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Homemade Exfoliator

Bhakti Satalkar

Making a homemade exfoliator is a great alternative to the chemical ones available in the market. Not only are they natural and safe, but are also much cheaper as compared to the commercially available ones.
With the rising amount of pollution, it has become imminent that we exfoliate our skin regularly and make exfoliation a part of facial skin care. The skin naturally does shed the top layer regularly, but the buildup that the process of shedding leaves behind, often remains in the pores.
When there is a buildup in the pores, the moisturizer that you use on the skin does not get properly absorbed into the skin. If the skin is not exfoliated regularly, the skin can become dry and look flaky as well.To expose the smooth, radiant skin below the surface and reveal a more youthful complexion, all you will need is a good exfoliator.
The other benefit of exfoliating is,that it improves the texture of the skin, helps to reduce lines and wrinkles, removes the residue that is clogging the pores, and helps to prevent the breakout of acne.
There are a number of natural homemade exfoliators, which you can use to exfoliate not just the face as well as the body.

List of Recipes

Recipe # 1

This makes for a wonderful body as well as face scrub, especially for delicate skin. To make this, you will have to combine oatmeal and water into a paste, not very thick or thin. Apply the oatmeal paste and rub the skin gently. Let it remain for a couple of minutes, rub the skin again, and wash with lukewarm or cold water. See the results for yourself.

Recipe # 2

If you are of the opinion that you need a coarse scrub, then this is the best one. You can either use sea salt or regular salt. Rub salt on your wet skin, while you are in the shower. Wait for a few minutes, scrub the skin, and wash off the salt. However, you will have to use a moisturizer on the skin, as this mixture can have drying effects on the skin.

Recipe # 3

Combine baking soda and water to make a thick paste. Rub the paste on the skin and wash off with lukewarm water. If you have some time on hand, you can leave it on the skin for a while, before you wash it off.

Recipe # 4

Combine sugar and olive oil. Apply it on dry skin or moist skin, but not on wet skin. Scrub the paste, and leave it on the skin for sometime before you wash it off. Unlike other similar mixtures, this one does not dry up the skin.

Recipe # 5

If you have excessive dry skin, this recipe will suit you the best. Combine sugar with honey. Apply it on the skin, scrub and wash it off. You can also add a couple of drops of olive oil.

Recipe # 6

Combining sugar along with baby oil also makes for a wonderful recipe. It is said to be like killing two birds with one stone, because the baby oil penetrates deep into the skin and moisturizers it, while the sugar sloughs the dead skin cells off.
Whether you use homemade products or the commercially available ones, do not forget to moisturize the skin later on. At the same time, ensure you scrub the skin gently, else you can injure your skin during skin exfoliation. In case you find yourself allergic to any of the ingredients mentioned, do not leave the paste on the skin, wash it off immediately.