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4 Best Kitchen Ingredients that Exfoliate Skin Naturally


Hi Wendy,

I've heard about that too. According to The University of Maryland Center, using a scrub that contains abrasive ingredients such as ground apricot kernels or ground walnut shells can actually create tiny scratches on the skin surface.

I used to use St Ives apricot scrub to slough off dead skin cells when I was younger but I didn't have acne breakouts with it. However, I stopped using it a long time ago simply because I found that homemade natural face scrubs are far better than any of those from the shops. I also love the entire process of creating your own facial scrubs at home; it's easy peasy and really fun. Another big draw for me – a cheap way to rejuvenate and keep my face youthfully smooth and radiantly bright as I age.

There are quite a number options when it comes to natural ingredients for face scrubs. Some people use coffee grounds, sunflower seeds, or flaxseeds while those with sensitive skin swear by calendula flowers.

When deciding on what main ingredients are best to use in homemade facial scrubs, the most important thing is to make sure that the particles (or fine grains) are perfectly spherical so that they won't irritate, damage or scratch your skin.

Here are a few natural things from the kitchen that I found to be have good "scrubbing" power and super effective in my own experience with homemade face scrubs.


What Kitchen Ingredient is Good to Use as Natural Exfoliating Scrub?

1. Salt is a common ingredient used in many DIY face scrub recipes because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. So if you've problems with blackheads, zits, pimples or acne, this is excellent stuff.

I personally prefer to use dead sea salt crystals (salt taken from the dead sea) rather than regular salt and ordinary sea salt since it's packed with 10 times more minerals. Research has shown that dead sea salt is effective for treating a variety of skin problems including psoriasis, eczema and acne. The high concentration of magnesium found in dead sea salt helps improve skin hydration and reduce inflammation. Further research into dead sea salt benefits has also indicated a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkle formation.

To make a sea salt face scrub, just combine 1 tablespoon sea salt with 1 teaspoon organic olive oil in a small bowl. Wet your hands and face, and apply the mixture to your face. Gently massage for about 1 minute and then rinse thoroughly.


2. If you find that salt is a bit too harsh for you, I highly recommend you use oatmeal to exfoliate your skin instead. Finely-round oats is very gentle on dry skin as well as sensitive skin and will protect skin from dryness. Oatmeal contains silicon, pectin, gums, emollients, avenanthramides, and other minerals that will help soothe acne-prone skin and heal all skin types, even for the most sensitive skin.

To use, apply slightly moistened rolled fashioned rolled oats (grind in a blender for 5 seconds) and slowly massage them on your face with your fingertips using circular motions. Oatmeal gently removes dead skin to reveal brighter, smoother complexion.

Alternatively, mix it up with a little milk and raw honey to give dry skin extra moisture.  


3. Cornmeal, like oatmeal, is a gentle face scrub ingredient that won't irritate skin and is one of nature's best moisturizer. Cornmeal is also brilliant for absorbing T-zone oil so your skin feels refreshed and baby soft after use.

For oily skin type, add just enough water to a small amount of finely ground cornmeal to make a paste. Gently massage the paste on your face and then rinse off. If you want to use cornmeal as a body scrub, then mix it with some organic coconut oil.

You can also combine 2 tablespoon cornmeal, oatmeal and wheat germ with a little water. This healing and relaxing exfoliating facial scrub is excellent for people with sensitive skin.


4.  Baking soda (also called sodium bicarbonate) also ranks high on my list of exfoliating ingredients out of the kitchen. My teenager has terrible blackheads on his nose that won't go away even with blackhead removal strips until he put baking soda on his face.

This simple face exfoliator recipe costs only pennies to create, but is really powerful for getting rid of blackheads, whiteheads, and oil. It leaves your skin naturally clear and instantly smooth.

Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with a little water to form a paste. Apply to the blackheads and surrounding areas. Leave it on for about 1 minute. Give your face a deep down clean by gently scrubbing with your fingertips before washing off with lukewarm water. Then splash your face with cold water to close up your pores.

Instead of water, you can also mix baking soda with any creamy cleanser as a carrier for your baking soda facial scrub. Gently rub it on your face for about 30 seconds and rinse off thoroughly.

Please make sure that you're not allergic to baking soda. People with sensitive skin may experience some kind of tingling, itching or burning sensation.




By Tiffany Moore

I've always been a big fan of St. Ives apricot scrubs, but a friend told me that they're really bad for skin. She said something about the sharp edges of ground apricot kernels cutting my facial skin and make me more prone to acne breakouts. I've heard that I can make homemade face scrubs using simple kitchen ingredients like brown sugar and salt, or even oatmeal. I'd love to try my hands at making my own organic facial scrubs at home. Can you help me out with kitchen ingredients that are good for gentle skin exfoliation? Thank you so much. – Wendy, Kentucky.

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