Natural Beauty: 3 Homemade Face Scrubs For Silky Smooth Skin
Dead skin cells can make your face look and feel dry, rough and dull. As you get older, your skin becomes less efficient at removing dead skin cells, which leads to a build up that can leave your face looking much older than it should. Regular exfoliation with a gentle face scrub loosens these dead cells and enables you to wash them away. Here are three homemade face scrubs for silky smooth skin.
Rose Water and Honey Face Scrub
Rose water helps to reduce inflammation, moisturizes and balances the skin's pH levels. It's also a natural antioxidant and astringent that can help to treat acne and some skin conditions, including dermatitis. Honey is well known for its ability to soothe, heal and repair damaged skin. These two ingredients are a powerful combination that can help to repair skin damage and reduce acne.
To make the scrub, you will need honey, pure rose water, powdered milk and fine sugar. Combine one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of rose water and mix well. Add one to three teaspoons of sugar, depending on your skin type. If you have sensitive or damaged skin, it's best to use just one teaspoon of sugar, as this will provide a more gentle exfoliation. Next, add one tablespoon of powdered milk, then mix all of the ingredients together to form a paste.
Depending on the consistency of the honey, you may need to add a little extra powdered milk. You can use the face scrub straight away or store it in your refrigerator for up to three days.
Coconut, Wheatgerm and Vitamin E Salt Scrub
Coconut oil contains antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties that help to cleanse your skin and heal minor infections. Wheatgerm oil contains antioxidants and other nutrients that help to protect your skin from fine lines and wrinkles, while vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that fights damage caused by free radicals.
These three oils can be combined with fine sea salt to make a natural anti-aging face scrub that will nourish your skin. Blend one tablespoon of coconut oil with half a teaspoon of wheatgerm oil and one teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Add two to four teaspoons of salt, depending on your preference, and mix well. The more salt you use, the more effective the scrub will be. However, using too much salt can irritate sensitive skin.
Simple Olive Oil and Oatmeal Face Scrub
This simple face scrub is ideal for sensitive or damaged skin, as it provides a mild exfoliation that will gently lift dead skin cells and moisturize the skin underneath.
Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer and contains properties that help to heal the skin. Oatmeal is much gentler than salt or sugar when used as an exfoliator, and also helps to soften the skin. Always use cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, as cheaper types of olive oil are often processed using chemicals or heat that can destroy nutrients.
To make the scrub, pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a cup, then stir in one tablespoon of oatmeal. For a thicker consistency, sprinkle some extra oatmeal into the mixture. Use the scrub straight away, as it can quickly spoil.
Before applying a face scrub, cleanse your skin thoroughly. Apply the scrub to wet skin, using small circular motions to massage it into the skin and gently dislodge dead skin cells. You can use the scrub to exfoliate your lips, but it shouldn't be used on the delicate eye area. Remove all traces of the scrub, rinse your face thoroughly and pat your skin dry. Finish with a rich moisturizer or face oil.