Be it any time of the year, you need to take good care of your skin. A proper skin care regimen is one that includes cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing. Well, washing the face properly and applying some moisturizer are something that most people do. Well, the neglected part is exfoliating or scrubbing.
It is very important to scrub your face as well as your elbows, feet, knees and hands at least once a week to enjoy soft and smooth skin. There are many exfoliating products available in the market. This makes one confuse as which one to choose and which one to avoid.
If you do not rely on cosmetic products, then it is better to opt for a homemade scrub. With simple kitchen ingredients you can make an excellent face and body scrub at home.
What you’ll need:
- Half fresh lemon
- Half cup of granulated sugar
- One tablespoon of olive oil
- One tablespoon of organic honey
Benefits of the Ingredients:
Lemon: Due to the high content of Vitamin C in lemon, it can be used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone. Plus, being an astringent it can even tighten skin pores and improve skin complexion.
Sugar: A natural exfoliating agent, sugar helps to gte rid of dead skin cells. Plus, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which helps to even out skin tone, unclog pores and improve overall skin texture.
Olive Oil: High in Vitamin E, olive oil has a soothing and healing impact on the skin. Plus it is a natural moisturizing ingredient with excellent anti-aging benefits.
Honey: A natural source of anti-oxidants, honey prevents pre-mature aging signs. Plus, honey helps to lock water into the skin which means the skin remain hydrated. Also its antibacterial properties keep the skin free from acne, pimple and other kind of blemishes.
How to make the scrub
First of the all, collect all the above mentioned ingredients in one place. Extract the juice of half a lemon in a bowl. Next add one tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl and stir quickly until the ingredients bind together and it has a medium thick consistency.
Next add in the half cup of granulated sugar and mix again. Your homemade scrub is ready and can be used as a face scrub or body scrub.
How to use this home made scrub
As a body scrub: Apply this homemade scrub to your body, paying extra attention to elbows, knees, feet and hands and rub in circular motions with the help of your fingertips for about five minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel. Finally apply a light coat of your favorite moisturizer. Use this body scrub once a week to enjoy soft and smooth skin.
As a face scrub: The lemon and sugar scrub is also great for the face, but you need to use it very gently. This scrub is ideal for people who suffer from breakouts and acne as all the ingredients used in this homemade scrub are good for acne prone skin.
Regular use of this scrub will give you even skin tone and blemish free healthy looking skin.