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4 Best Kitchen Ingredients that Exfoliate Skin Naturally
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
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
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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