We all know how important exfoliating our skin is. Not only does it slough away dirt and dead skin, it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and smooth as a baby’s bum! Exfoliating should be done every two to three times a week only and some exfoliating scrubs can cost up to Php2000+. It’s insane. Here are some homemade scrubs you can make (at a very affordable price):
Baking Soda Scrub
Baking soda can be used almost as anything! It can be used to clean sinks, to freshen air, to bake, the possibilities are endless. Did you know you could use this on your skin, too? Make a paste out of two tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water. Massage gently onto your skin and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. After rinsing, you will feel your pores have tightened up. Many claim that baking soda helps clear up acne.
Granulated Sugar Scrub
Granulated sugar is a natural exfoliant. Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon. Honey is known to be a powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Lemon on the other hand, has clarifying properties.
Coffee has this caffeic acid which is an anti-inflammatory and can boost collagen production. Combine 1 tablespoon of ground coffee with 1 tablespoon of water or olive oil.
Ground oatmeal is an incredible exfoliant. It absorbs and takes away surface dirt and impurities while leaving the skin feeling nourished and hydrated. Oatmeal is known to have so many benefits which include removing your bad cholesterol, providing high levels of fiber, reducing the risk of diabetes. It also soothes and heals anything (acne, sunburn, dry flaky skin, etc.). Mix 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon water or olive oil and gently rub on the face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse. You can add 1 drop of basil oil or tea tree oil to help the skin heal faster.
Cucumber and Avocado
This mixture is also good as a face mask as both cucumber and avocado hold soothing oils and hydrating elements. Mix with strawberries, honey, and oatmeal to create a thick exfoliant.
Keep your skin moisturized with these homemade moisturizers that have the same effective compounds as those expensive ones in a small bottle of disappointment.
Avocados are high in fats and vitamins such as A, D, and E. It helps the skin preserve moisture and reduce wrinkles. Mash half an avocado and leave on the face for 10-15 minutes.
Aside from the benefits mentioned above, honey is also a natural humectant, meaning it is capable of attracting water molecules from the air to the skin. This is a solution to dry skin. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of honey in equal amount of water, then add 6 more tablespoons of water. Let it sit on your face for 10 minutes.
Bananas are huge sources of immediate and prolonged energy. Combine 1/2 ripe banana, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of honey and leave on for 10 minutes.
Pimples are no fun. Here are quick and easy ways to get rid of those annoying bumps:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar does wonders for the skin. It kills of the bacteria, at the same time, balances the pH of the skin to make it hard for bacteria to grow back. Wash your face with water and pat dry. Mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts of water. Dip a cotton ball and apply directly on the blemish.
Cinnamon is an antimicrobial agent. Honey, as mentioned, has a lot to offer - being an antibiotic is one. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 teaspoon of cinnamon to form paste. Yes, sticky and spicy are two things you wouldn't want on your skin, but this fusion will surprise you with what it can do to your skin. After washing your face, apply directly and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off.
The banana peel has lutein which stimulates healthy cell growth. It is an antioxidant which reduces swelling and inflammation. After eating the banana (or using it as a scrub or moisturizer ;) ), rub the peel in a circular motion around your face until you feel that you've covered up everything. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
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