Taking care of our skin is very important. More often than usual we find ourselves adoring the faces of babies and their smooth skin. Ever wondered why babies have such soft skin? Well, that’s because they naturally replace their skin cells every few days. However, research suggests that as you grow older, the rate of cell turnover slows down. Because there are dead cells in your skin’s surface, your complexion might look dull. Exfoliating your skin means removing these dead skin cells. One can exfoliate their skin both physically with scrubs or chemically by using acids or enzymes. According to Dermstore, some of the reasons you should exfoliate your skin are:
– It fades age spots
– It unclogs pores
– It reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles
– Minimizes pore size and superficial scars
– There is better absorption of moisturizers, antioxidants, and collagen-boosting serums
How to exfoliate skin naturally
As MNN suggests, the only safe home exfoliator is one that is enzyme-based. That is because these work by triggering the cells’ own process of breaking down in the right conditions and won’t harm the ‘cement’ between the cells that are still healthy. Grainy scrubs, on the other hand, will scratch the skin. Some of the ways you can exfoliate skin naturally are as follows:
Honey will help in speeding up the natural exfoliation process. Due to its humectant qualities, it will help in attracting moisture and works well as a hydrating facial scrub.
What you need to do is put a dab of honey into clean hands and then scrub the face gently, washing with warm water.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda, according to research, is an alkaline that softens sebum and debris, this way giving you a cleansed face.
What you need to do is mix baking soda, water, and a dab of liquid soap. The mixture will create a paste so there should be enough water for a paste-like substance. Initially, clean your face with warm water and then massage the mixture on your face. Afterward, rinse off with warm water and dry your face. Make sure to avoid getting this mixture into your eyes.
3. Lemon + Sage
Citrus fruits, and especially lemons, contain alpha hydroxy acid. This acid has the ability to remove the top layers of dead skin cells and makes the skin firm.
To make a natural exfoliator, you can add other ingredients as well, with lemon being the main one. So, mix half cup sea salt, one teaspoon dried sage, the juice of one lemon, olive oil, and 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. Add enough olive oil so the mixture turns into a paste. Apply it in the shower and then rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal is a great gentle exfoliator. It’s specifically great for those with sensitive skin. Apart from working as a face exfoliator, it also contains anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that benefit all skin types.
What you can do, according to Sio Beauty, is mix two to three tablespoons of finely-ground oats, one tablespoon of honey, and one teaspoon of raw or organic milk. Scrub the mixture gently onto your face, neck, and chest as you use circular motions. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Yogurt can also be a choice of natural exfoliator. It contains lactic acid which would help in removing dead skin cells as well as soften the skin and reduce acne breakouts.
What you need to do is spread it over your face and let it sit for some minutes.
Sugar contains small amounts of glycolic acid and that helps in breaking down dead skin cells, as well as prevent clogged pores and decrease fine lines.
What you can do is mix one teaspoon of sugar with two teaspoons of oil, and you’ll end up with an all natural exfoliator.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains lactic and malic acids which work well for exfoliating, reducing blemishes as well as treating acne. It also has alpha-hydroxy acids which help the skin rejuvenate.
What you can do is soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar after washing, and rub it on your face, neck, and chest using circular motions.
How often should I exfoliate?
There’s a dilemma when it comes to how often should one exfoliate. However, as research suggests, it’s better not to overdo it. How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type as well as exfoliation method. If the exfoliation is more aggressive, then it needs to be done less. Over-exfoliation could lead to red and irritated skin.
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