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Have you been toying with the idea of making your own homemade face exfoliator?
Exfoliators, whether shop-bought or homemade, are good for scrubbing away dead skin cells and unclogging pores to reveal smoother and more radiant skin.
Although there are several exfoliating products available to buy, it’s surprisingly easy to make your own homemade exfoliator with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen cupboard.
When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin, which may sound a bit gross, but happens to be really good for skin.
Over time, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria build up on our skin, regardless of how often we wash clean our face . And this build-up can block our pores, leading to breakouts and other skin issues.
Getting into the habit of exfoliating, which is done either by using an exfoliating scrub product or chemical exfoliation product, can keep any build-up in check and also help reveal glowing skin. What’s more, exfoliation is a crucial step in most facials, mainly because it helps pores absorb products better.
The older we get, the more important it is for us to exfoliate our skin. Why? Because as we age, the rate at which our skin cells regenerate naturally slows down. And this means old skin cells hanging around on our skin for longer. This can make skin dull, rough and dry and potentially lead to excess oil production and clogged pores that can cause blemishes.1
Take a small amount of the mixture in your hands and gently rub it into your skin in a circular motion. Continue for up to two minutes and rinse off with warm water. After showering, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturiser or body lotion for super-soft skin.
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Using a brush, apply the paste evenly over your face. Scrub gently in circular motions and wash off with cold water after 7 to 8 minutes. After a few hours, wash your face with a regular cleanser and moisturise your skin.
How to use
Apply the mixture to your face by gently scrubbing in an upward circular movement for around 8 to 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Use twice a week for the best results.
Apply to your lips with your fingertips and gently slough off dry, dead skin cells by scrubbing in circular motions. Use a gentle technique and don’t over-exfoliate – this will avoid small tears from potentially being created in the skin. Rinse with warm water and follow with lip balm. Use this scrub once or twice a week.
Apply to cleansed skin in gentle circles for about 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse the scrub from your skin with lukewarm water. Spoon any remaining mixture into an airtight container and store in the fridge for another time.
Apply the scrub to your skin in circular motions for 30 to 60 seconds, then wash off with warm water. Keep any leftover scrub in the fridge for another time.
Tip: You may also want to try using milk or yogurt instead of water. They both contain lactic acid that works as a natural chemical exfoliant. Alternatively, add apple cider vinegar, which contains malic acid, to help make skin look that little bit brighter.
Has this list of homemade face exfoliators made you realise most of the products that are sitting in your kitchen cupboard can actually be put to good use for your skin?
Most of them can be whipped up in a matter of minutes too, and if you get into the habit of applying these homemade exfoliators regularly, then you should soon start to see the results – brighter, clearer and more moisturised skin!
Last updated: 27 May 2021
Joined Holland & Barrett: May 2019
BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science
Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare.
After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.