Your face is your canvas. And beautiful clear skin that needs no make-up, is what we all aim for. You probably use a variety of cleansers and scrubs, but many brands contain harsh chemical ingredients that can leave your skin dry and irritated. What you want is a gentle cleanser that will smooth and brighten your skin without irritating it. This article will show you what a good face scrub can do for your skin, and share simple natural recipes you can make at home in just a few minutes.
Exfoliation is essential for radiant, younger-looking skin. Gentle scrubbing will lift dirt and make-up residue, as well as dead skin-cells. The dermis, the inner layer of your skin, pushes dead skin cells to your epidermis, your skin’s outer layer. Some of these can clog your pores and cause acne or blemishes, or make your skin feel rough or dry. Exfoliation removes dead cells, leaving your skin clear and soft.
You can exfoliate your whole body, not just your face. Using a soft dry brush is the best option if you have sensitive skin, as there’s no need to use beauty products. As well as removing dead skin cells, brushing the skin improves your blood circulation and can also reduce cellulite. It can even be good for your immune system, because you are less likely to get infections from clogged pores.
The Perfect Scrub
You may have heard hot water helps to open up your pores and clean your skin. But the truth is hot water can be harsh on your skin and cause irritation or dryness if you have sensitive skin. Warm water is just as effective at breaking down and loosening dirt, and is gentler on your skin.
Rub an olive-sized amount of scrub between your palms, and in gentle circular motions begin applying it to your face. Focus on your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) where the skin produces more oil, and around the hairline where dirt can accumulate. Keep gently massaging your face for 30 seconds to a minute. Make sure you don’t press too hard, as this can damage your skin.
Wash & Dry
Thoroughly wash the cleanser off with lukewarm water. Be gentle and mindful of the edges of your face, specifically around the nose and ears. Residue build-up and can cause breakouts and irritations. To dry your face, dab it with a soft towel.
Exfoliate once or twice a week for best results and to give your skin the time it needs to naturally go through its renewal process. If you put on too much make up or feel your skin needs a good cleanse, you can exfoliate three times a week.
Make Your Own Natural Cleanser and Exfoliator
Nature is amazing, and her pantry is full of plants and foods that you can use as natural scrubs for your beautiful face. Here are some of the best natural exfoliators:
Natural baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is the main ingredient in many expensive exfoliation products, as well as deodorant, haircare and toothpastes. When you smooth it onto wet skin, it cleanses, removes dead skin cells and reveals brighter softer skin.
Natural Brown Sugar
Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, which boosts new cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps dead cells hanging onto your skin. Natural brown sugar is best, as it hasn’t been mixed with chemicals to refine it. Mix a few teaspoons with your favorite oil and gently massage it onto your face in a circular motion, then wash thoroughly. The most nourishing oils for skin are olive oil, jojoba, and almond.
Sea salt stimulates cell growth, rejuvenates the skin and contains natural minerals that help your skin retain moisture, making a sea salt mask great for dry skin. Mix a few teaspoons of sea salt crystals with some of your favorite oils like olive oil, jojoba, or almond. Gently scrub your face in a circular motion and wash your face thoroughly. You can also add skin-loving essential oils like lavender or chamomile.
Exfoliating with oatmeal is perfect for sensitive skin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and is very moisturizing. Mix finely ground oatmeal with raw honey and/or kefir (you can also use organic yogurt or buttermilk). Massage onto your face in a circular motion, let sit for 15-30 minutes, then rinse off. This lovely face scrub doubles up as a tasty snack, why not make some spare to eat?
Kefir contains more beneficial bacteria than yogurt. It’s also a natural source of lactic acid, which hydrates and soothes your skin. Apply a thin layer to your face and let sit for 15-30 minutes, then rinse off. Your skin will be soft and smooth for several days.
Raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. It hydrates, kills skin infections, and fights acne. You can mix honey with any of the other ingredients mentioned for a scrub bursting with antioxidant and anti-bacterial benefits.
You now know the best way to cleanse and exfoliate, and which natural ingredients to use for bright, smooth, radiant skin. Which one will you try first?
These natural ingredients have been around for centuries and have been used as natural skin remedies by countless beauty gurus and professionals. However, if you have sensitive skin, it is best talk to a dermatologist before you try them, to avoid the risk of any allergic reactions or irritation.