Do you realize how much money you’re wasting buying exfoliating products for your face? On top of that, most of those products use ingredients that are actually damaging to your skin! Let’s take it to the basics and make your own, using products from your own kitchen. Obviously you’ll need a small container to hold the scrub, and probably a tiny spoon or something of the sort to scoop out the scrub whenever you want to use it on your face.
As for the rest – only 5 ingredients. Here’s why:
Raw Turbinado Sugar – Turbinado sugar basically means raw cane sugar. Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, which boosts new cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps the dead cells hanging onto your skin. In other words, it breaks down the “glue” that bonds skin cells, encouraging cell turnover and generating fresher, younger-looking skin. Sugar is also a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin, so it’ll actually help hydrate your skin and keep moisture within.
Sea Salt – Sea salt is full of trace minerals that rejuvenate your skin, stimulate cell growth, and help your skin retain moisture. Sea salt is a natural detoxifier, absorbing the toxins from the skin. It contains bromide (a mineral known for soothing the skin), potassium (aids in the reduction of water retention), and iodine (regulates metabolic processes on a cellular level).
Raw Honey – Raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, which you may have read in my section about the benefits of raw honey and cinnamon. It kills skin infections, including acne, reduces inflammation, and hydrates your skin. It helps to both quell existing inflammation and prevent future infections, and the sugars in honey act as natural humectants and emollients, which increase the water content and reduce dryness in the skin even after they have been washed off. The slight acidity of honey creates a healthy environment on the skin that promotes tissue healing and regeneration, and it also contains proteins, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, probiotics and other components that it delivers to skin cells. Finally, the high antioxidant activity neutralizes blemish- and wrinkle-causing free radicals deep within the skin as well as on the surface, before they cause damage.
Olive Oil – Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols, which means it can protect the skin from premature aging, restore skin smoothness and help protect against UV rays, and helps prevent free radical damage to the skin. It enhances the exfoliation because as the crystals slough away dead skin, the olive oil deeply penetrates your skin to leave you glowing.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil has a ton of anti-fungal and anti-viral benefits, and it is an excellent treatment for acne. It can help neutralize or diminish the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox, and acne.
Here’s how to make it:
Ingredients (click ingredients to purchase through Amazon):
- 1 tbsp raw turbinado sugar
- 1 tbsp fine ground sea salt
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3 drops tea tree oil
Stir all ingredients together in a small container and put it in your medicine cabinet.
How to Use:
- Wet face.
- Take a small scoop and rub it throughout the face until most of the crystals have dissolved.
- Rinse off.