Easy homemade exfoliants
Keep your skin glowing during the cooler months
By Christine Ver Raitt, Bikini.com
After a summer spent on the beach and under the sun have you noticed your gorgeous glow and soft skin? That’s because sand is a natural exfoliator!
You mean we’ve been frolicking on the beach and getting our spa on at the same time? Some cultures believe that ocean water and beaches have several health benefits such as soothing psoriasis and eczema, even improving emotional well being by reducing stress. Want that glow in your skin during the cooler months?
Here are some homemade recipes you can use to keep your skin soft and radiant and beach ready year round.
For rough skin:
½ cup raw sugar
4 oz. coconut oil
I like to use this scrub for the rough parts of my body like the heels of my feet, knees, and my elbows. Since raw sugar is course, it helps slough off dead skin on these rough spots faster. The coconut oil aids in keeping these particular spots moisturized.
For dry skin:
¼ cup oatmeal
2 Tbs. warm milk
1 Tbs. honey
Save a little of that morning oatmeal as your facial cleanser! Oatmeal is a natural moisturizer that soothes skin. Make a paste with the warm milk and honey and use it in areas that need a gentle exfoliation. This is perfect for those with sensitive skin also.
For sensitive skin:
¼ cup baking soda
2 Tbs. olive oil
It’s great for cleaning stainless steel pots and pans but gentle enough to clean your face. This is the least course exfoliant you can find in your pantry. The fine grains of baking soda exfoliate to a smooth finish. Make a paste with some moisturizing olive oil and gently rub it in small circular motions.
For normal skin:
¼ cup sea salt
1 Tbs. honey
2 Tbs. olive oil
The medium grit of sea salt is perfect for arms, legs, all over! Honey is a natural anti-microbial (that’s why it never expires in your pantry), and olive oil moisturizes. I make double and keep this in a jar near my tub.
For oily skin:
½ cup used coffee grounds
juice of ½ an orange
Don’t throw those coffee grounds away in the morning! Reuse them in a rejuvenating morning scrub. Coffee has natural anti-bacterials that help fight acne-prone skin. The juice in a citrus fruit like an orange also fights oils and provides some essential vitamin C.
These homemade exfoliants are super easy and inexpensive to make your skin should be glowing all year long! Try using my secret ingredient to all your mixtures and add a few drops of vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that aids in preventing skin dryness and wrinkles. You can find it as bottled oil or a capsule in health food stores. If you get the capsule, puncture a small hole into it and squeeze the contents of the capsule into your mixture. Dead skin cells just lay on top of our skin, so exfoliating them off two to three times a week should keep you looking vibrant and glowing.
Christine is the lifestyle blogger at feedmysole.com. She lives in sunny Los Angeles, and spends most of her time soul searching through foodie experiences and fashion finds. Follow her on Instagram @feedmysole or Twitter @feedmysoleblog.