Exfoliating your face regularly is important for an even complexion. Generally, dead skin cells will flake off, but some of the stubborn ones will take a bit longer than usual. This can make your complexion look dull and tired, and the dead skin can clog your pores, causing acne and oily skin.
An exfoliating face scrub can remove all these leftover dead cells and allows your moisturiser to penetrate more easily, leaving you with healthy, glowing skin. However, exfoliating too much or with too strong of a product can leave you with dry, sensitive skin that burns easily – so you'll end up with dark patches and an uneven skin tone.
Unfortunately, lots of store bought exfoliants can be very harsh on your skin, and often contain microbeads that are harmful for the skin.
So why wouldn't you want to look at natural, homemade options that will do the job beautifully? Even if you alternate these with your regular exfoliating face wash, you'll be doing the environment a favour and probably helping your skin out as well!
Here are a list of ingredients that you can use as a base for your exfoliating face mask or scrub:
- Sugar – brown or white
- Baking soda
- Sea salt
- Ground fruit seeds
- Ground nuts
- Ground coffee beans
And here are some other ingredients that the exfoliating agent is commonly mixed with. These help to nourish, repair and energise your skin in various ways. Most of these ingredients don't just add moisture and healing properties, they actually help with the exfoliation process too.
Choose one, two, or even three ingredients to mix your exfoliating agent and you have a homemade, all-natural face scrub that will get you great results.