By Anja Springthorpe
Facial exfoliating is the removal of dead skin cells, resulting in a fresh and glowing complexion. If you suffer from sensitive skin, exfoliating with commerical facial scrubs can leave you with irritated, raw-looking patches. Many commercial scrubs contain industrially-produced microbeads. These small plastic particles may be too harsh for delicate facial skin. They also have been found to accumulate in the oceans, posing a real environmental problem. While leading skin care companies now replace microbeads with more sustainable options, making your own all-natural facial scrub at home is a simple way to gently exfoliate your face without chemicals or gritty scrubs.
You don’t have to look far to find the right ingredients to make your own facial scrub. In fact, your kitchen is likely to provide several suitable exfoliators.
Baking soda, sugar, coffee, oatmeal and sea salt are common ingredients in homemade scrubs. Mixed with olive oil, coconut oil or honey, these scrubs can be part of your daily routine, leaving you with soft, fresh looking skin. Very sensitive skin can be exfoliated using ground oatmeal mixed with kefir or organic honey. A scrub made with ground coffee powder and coconut oil will leave your face glowing. Ground eggshells also provide a good base for an exfoliator. Bake eggshells for five minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, grind in a coffee-grinder and mix with an oil of your choice, honey or natural yogurt.
Exfoliating creates a healthy skin tone, smaller pores, improves absorption of creams and helps smooth makeup coverage.
Relaxing lavender facial scrub
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 teaspoons organic raw honey
Combine all ingredients in an airtight container. The facial scrub can be stored for up to 1 month. Use 1 teaspoon to scrub face, rinse with warm water.
Making your own all-natural facial scrub at home is a simple way to gently exfoliate your face without chemicals.
A scrub made with ground coffee powder and coconut oil will leave your face glowing