DIY Skin Care: Natural Exfoliants for Radiant Skin

Natural exfoliants, such as salt, sugar or finely ground grains, remove dead skin cells through abrasion. Natural exfoliation is the simple process of removing dead, dry skin cells to reveal the healthy new skin beneath the surface. Exfoliating the skin stimulates circulation, helps unclog pores, smooths skin texture and improves the ability of the skin to absorb moisture. Because it stimulates cell turnover and collagen production, regular exfoliation can even result in more youthful looking skin. Three primary methods of natural exfoliation are exfoliating skin scrubs, fruit enzyme exfoliants and alpha-hydroxy acids.

Homemade Sea Salt Scrub

This homemade sea salt scrub uses almonds and honey to moisturize while smoothing skin.

• 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
• 1/2 cup sea salt
• 2 tablespoons almond oil
• 2 tablespoons liquid honey
• 5 drops frankincense essential oil
• 5 drops rose essential oil

1. Mix all ingredients together in a small unbreakable container. Wet your body in a warm shower, and apply the scrub to your legs, arms and torso.

2. Massage into your skin with a circular motion, rinse well and pat your skin dry. The oil in this body scrub makes the tub slippery, so use a rubber tub mat to prevent falls.

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Grapefruit essential oil has antiseptic qualities that makes it ideal for treating congested skin.This grapefruit sugar scrub is a good body scrub for sensitive skin. Adding almond oil to the sugar scrub leaves behind a fine layer of oil to seal in moisture.

• 1 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup almond oil
• 10 drops lavender essential oil
• 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

1. Mix all ingredients together in a small plastic container. Rinse off with a quick warm shower, and then massage the scrub onto your damp skin while standing in the bathtub.

2. Finish by rinsing well with warm water. This scrub makes the tub slippery, so use a rubber mat to avoid falls.

Papaya Enzyme Mask

Papaya enzyme masks and peels are gentle enough for all skin types, but can occasionally irritate sensitive skin.

Choose less-ripe papayas for this papaya enzyme facial mask because they contain the highest concentration of papain. Adding honey helps to moisturize skin.

• 2 teaspoons oat flour
• 1/2 cup fresh papaya, peeled and diced
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 2 drops rose geranium essential oil

1. Pulverize dry rolled oats in a coffee grinder into a coarse powder, to make 2 teaspoons of oat flour. Puree papaya in a food processor until smooth.

2. Mix in honey and essential oil, and enough oat flour to make a thick but spreadable mask.

3. Cleanse your face and neck with warm water, and smooth the mask onto your skin. Relax for 15 minutes, then remove the mask with warm water

Gentle Citrus Scrub for Skin

This Gentle Citrus Scrub can help improve skin texture and color, as well as reduce fine lines and reduce age spots.

Citrus fruits are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E.

This citrus scrub contains a variety of much needed alpha hydroxy acid agents: yogurt, lemon and sugar. While bran adds gentle polishing power.

• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup plain yogurt
• 1/4 cup wheat bran
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 5 drops orange essential oil

1. Mix all ingredients together in an unbreakable container.

2. Wet your body in a warm shower, and apply the scrub to your legs, arms and torso.

3. Massage gently into your skin with a circular motion, rinse well, and pat your skin dry.

Rosemary Fruit Face Mask

This fruit face mask has apples, strawberries and yogurt which are rich in natural alpha-hydroxy acids. Lavender and rosemary essential oils also stimulate cell rejuvenation.

• 1/4 cup chopped apple
• 2 strawberries, sliced
• 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 2 drops lavender essential oil
• 1 drop rosemary essential oil
• 1 tablespoon oat flour (or more)

1. Puree apple, strawberries, yogurt and honey in a food processor until smooth. Thoroughly mix in essential oils and enough oat flour to make a spreadable mask.

2. Cleanse your face and neck with warm water, and apply the mask to your face and neck. Relax for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove the mask with warm water.

Liz Marie Galvan, from Liz Marie Blog, offers this simple face mask made from all natural edible ingredients. The honey moisturizes and cleanses skin gently. The cinnamon fights breakouts with its antiseptic properties, and the nutmeg sloughs off dead skin cells to reduce blackheads and even out skin tone.

Honey Spice Face Mask

Ingredients:

• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Pour honey into bowl, then add nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir to combine.

2. Apply mask to face, being careful to avoid the eye area.

3. Let sit 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Follow with a moisturizer.

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