How to make natural exfoliants
Put these recipes into practice and prepare these homemade exfoliants based on natural ingredients to keep your skin clean and hydrated.
Spicy body scrub with brown sugar and coconut
This recipe is an authentic delight for the senses thanks to the mixture of spices and aromas used in its elaboration, slightly spicy.
Brown sugar is a gentle exfoliant as its crystals are more rounded and dissolve easily, while the firmer coconut shell will help us repair the most damaged areas.
Both particles are easy to mix in a vegetable base of jojoba oil, an oil that helps us balance the hydrolipidic mantle, seborregulating the skin.
Adding a spoonful of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and ginger, we add to our mixture some spicy notes that will also help to raise body temperature, purify and reduce inflammation.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup coconut shells
- 1 tablespoon spice mixture: cinnamon, ginger, pepper
- 4 tablespoons jojoba vegetable oil
- 3 drops orange essential oil
Oat and almond scrub for irritated or sensitive skin
This exfoliator is ideal for dry, sensitive or irritated skin. It is also very useful for repairing skin after sun, as ground oats help soothe and soften the skin. In addition, the scent of lavender invites us to relax and feel at peace with ourselves.
Mix the ingredients well until a homogeneous paste is obtained and apply on the skin in a calm place, with relaxing music and tempered water, to enjoy the benefits to the full.
- 1 cup oatmeal/ground oat flakes
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Refreshing exfoliator for feet and light legs
After winter, when the feet have been hidden inside closed boots and shoes, we need to pay attention to our feet, preparing them for the season of sandals and barefoot walks on the beach.
The combination of Epsom salts, rich in magnesium, and olive oil, will help to keep the skin hydrated, without roughness or dryness. In addition, the essential oils of mint and lemon will give us a feeling of welcome freshness in the summer.
Mix the following ingredients in a bowl and apply the mixture over feet and legs, with continuous circular movements, massaging. Then put your feet in warm water and enjoy the lightness that this formula leaves on your legs and feet.
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 1 cup first cold pressed olive oil
- 2 drops mint essential oil
- 1 drop lemon essential oil
How to make a homemade exfoliant
Making our own exfoliator at home is not a complicated task. Fruit shells such as walnuts or coconuts, various salts and sugars mixed with vegetable and essential oils, can result in an effective product as well as sensory pleasurable, with the added benefit of involving us in its preparation in a gesture of self-esteem and fun.
We propose you 3 different recipes, with varied ingredients, with which to treat the different areas of the body obtaining excellent results.
Why it’s important to exfoliate our skin
A soft skin, with an even texture, firm and smooth, is the skin we would like to move in every day.
As the season progresses, with rising temperatures and the use of light clothing, we discover more of the body and this desire increases.
What to do when the skin appears dull, rough and lacking good tone? In this article we reveal some ideas easy to develop at home to make you feel comfortable in your own skin using natural ingredients, effective, full of properties beneficial to our body and respectful of our environment.
Our skin is made up of several layers. The stratum corneum, the outermost of them, performs the functions of maintaining moisture in the skin and defense against external agents, so balancing it is a priority if we want to avoid dehydration and irritation, in addition to that devitalized and opaque aspect to which we refer.
The skin appears rough and irregular when this superficial layer accumulates dead cells incapable of detaching naturally, either due to excess fat, aging or imbalances or disorders of various kinds that affect this renewal, slowing it down.
Benefits of Exfoliating
The use of body exfoliants helps us to cleanse the skin in depth, activate circulation, favour collagen synthesis and eliminate those dead cells and toxins that steal vitality from our skin, in addition to improving the reception, absorption and penetration of the active ingredients with which we want to complete our treatment later.
It is equally important that the formula we use is appropriate to our skin type and made with quality and organic ingredients.
If we break the corneal barrier of the skin, we affect its main functions of defence and protection, sensitising it, making it less resistant and more vulnerable to irritation by means of detergents, allergens and perfumes found in conventional exfoliants.