Regular exfoliation is beneficial to the skin, as it helps discard dead skin cells and promotes growth of new skin cells. Using an exfoliating scrub for the face removes the dull look and invigorates the skin to maintain a natural, healthy glow. Any healthy skin care regimen should involve the use of an exfoliating scrub once every 2-3 weeks.
The scrub cleans the facial skin, unclogs the pores, clears away impurities, stimulates generation of healthy new skin, and refines and smoothens the complexion by getting rid of dead skin. Besides these benefits exfoliating also helps get rid of problems like pimples, infected ingrown hair, wrinkles, and other skin disorders. After using a scrub, the face not only looks clean and healthy, but also feels fresh and smooth.
Homemade Scrubs for the Face
We all know exfoliation is beneficial to the skin, however, very few people know that over-exfoliation is not good. A gentle scrub needs to be used to remove dead skin and must be applied without unnecessary force, thereby preventing skin irritation. The commercially available exfoliating scrubs for face contain harsh chemicals capable of harming the skin. Moreover, uneven scrubbing compounds can conduce to mechanical damage and nicks. So, the safest and best exfoliating scrub is the one that is prepared at home.
Scrub 1: Honey and Sea Salt
To prepare this scrub, all you need is honey and sea salt. Just combine 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of sea salt, and gently massage it onto the face for a minute or two. Rinse the scrub off with warm water and then end up splashing ice-cold water, so as to close the pores. The honey in this scrub is a natural antioxidant and is used in various skin care products. Its antibacterial properties kill off any bacteria, thereby keeping the skin sterile during the exfoliation process. Moreover, the coarse texture of the sea salt in the scrub sloughs off the dead cells. Sea salt also stimulates new skin cell growth.
Scrub 2: Lemon, Cornmeal, and Honey
To prepare this scrub you need 1 cup of cornmeal, 1 lemon, and some honey. Place the cornmeal in a mixing bowl and squeeze a lemon into it. Scoop the pulp out of the lemon, discard the seeds, and add it to the cornmeal. Pour as much honey as required to attain a creamy texture and stir well. Moisten your skin and gently begin to exfoliate the skin in a circular motion, keeping your eyes closed during the process. For the next one minute gently rub the face and neck with the prepared scrub, and then rinse well. One tablespoon of the prepared scrub is required per exfoliation. The rest of the scrub can be stored in the refrigerator up to the next two weeks in an airtight container.
Scrub 3: Raw Oats, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Basil Oil
Crush 2-3 tablespoons of raw oats into tiny bits in a grinder. To it add ¼ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and honey enough to create a smooth mixture. Once the mixture smoothens add one drop of basil oil to it. You can even use tea tree oil instead of basil oil. Wash your face, dry it gently by patting it with a towel and apply this sticky paste onto your face. Rub your face in circular motion, carefully avoiding the eye. After 15 minutes wash the scrub off with lots of warm water.
Scrub 4: Fuller's Earth, Orange Peel, and Oatmeal
Mix ¼ cup of Fuller's earth, ¼ cup of dried orange peel, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and some water in a bowl till a smooth consistency is obtained. After washing your face and gently drying it with a towel, apply the scrub onto your face and neck in circular motion. Since dead cells tend to accumulate near the nose and chin, take extra care while scrubbing those areas.
It is good to use an exfoliating scrub for the face, however, a common mistake people make is using the scrub too often and scrubbing vigorously. Exfoliation should be done only once in 2-3 weeks. Young people scrub harder to remove blackheads and acne, while older adults do it to get rid of wrinkles and other imperfections. However, scrubbing vigorously will only make matters worse in the long run. Rubbing too hard for too long in one particular area will only cause the skin to aggravate. When done gently and not too frequently, exfoliation can bring back that lost gleam on your face!