Exfoliation is something that I actually never thought was really important until I got a little older. As a teenager, I would buy all the cool looking, acne fighting, black head busting, microbead infused face washes, but wasn't even sure what all that meant. Microbeads are, according to NPR, “tiny bits of plastic, [or] small scrubbing components used in hundreds of personal care products like skin exfoliants and soap.” Now that I am older and a little wiser, I know that I shouldn't be putting any product on my skin that contains actual....plastic. Like, seriously?
Back to exfoliation.
Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.
For me, I realized that I needed to start exfoliating not only my face, but all over my body once I started getting really bad ingrown hairs from shaving down there..I also have experienced them on my face from removing some of my unwanted facial hair.
There are tons of brands that make products that aren't harmful to the environment like FIRST AID BEAUTY’s Facial Radiance Polish or LUSH Cosmetic’s Let The Good Times Roll exfoliator, but I'm all about that DIY life and that's what this post is about.
This simple scrub has 5 powerful all natural ingredients:
it's the perfect base to this face mask because of all its natural properties. It's nature’s antibiotic salve. It’s also a top notch moisturizer and antioxidant.
Old or fresh coffee grounds can be used in this recipe. The benefits of coffee are endless; it will help to freshen and revitalize dull and dry skin. Caffeine wakes skin up, leaving it looking vibrant. It’s been known to reduce under eye swelling and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, making it a wonderful addition to any skin care regimen.
Is the perfect grainy texture for a less harsh exfoliation. It’s harsh enough to remove dead skin while still leaving healthy skin in great shape. It acts as a moisture magnet as it brings moisture to your skin from the environment around you. Sugar also contains an acid that helps speed up the production of new skin cells, making skin appear younger and fresher.
In small amounts, its helps with exfoliation and removes heavy oils. With proper use, it’s proven to clear up severe cases of acne and aid in balancing very oily skin types.
Jojoba oil is unique in that, unlike most other vegetable oils, it closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner. It has nearly replaced animal fats in the manufacture of skin lotions and creams. That's why I love to use it for my skin/hair.
Let's get to it.
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