You already know how important exfoliating your skin is. If you want naturally perfect-looking glowing skin then exfoliation should be a regular feature in your skincare routine. Now obviously you already know the need for a healthy diet and keeping yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and getting a good night’s sleep part so I am not going to talk about that.
So let’s get into the exfoliation aspect. We oftentimes go and invest in a chemical-based exfoliator for our skin. While not all are bad but there is a chance for chemical-based exfoliators to speed up the aging process.
This is because many chemicals within exfoliators can dry up the skin and cause wrinkles. This is why I always go with organic or all-natural exfoliators. When I realized chemicals can harm my skin I wanted to know more about natural products for the skin.
So I dived into the beauty world and scoured through vast amounts of research to find out how to exfoliate skin naturally. Now I will let you in on what I found. But before we go into the details here are some basic things you should know about the process.
Some Basic Exfoliation Knowledge
So exfoliation is a process of removing the old skin cells so that the newer cells come to the surface. That’s the simplified version of it. It also helps you clean your pores so that there isn’t a build-up of oil, dust and other things on your skin that can hamper the health of the skin.
But you have to be careful about over-exfoliation as well. Because there have been instances where people do it so often that it ends up damaging the skin, sometimes permanently. So naturally, you may want to know how often you should exfoliate?
Well, this depends on the needs of your skin but the standard is to exfoliate at least once every week. Make sure you don’t restrict your exfoliation routine to the face. You should always exfoliate your neck, and chest at least once per week as well.
You should be careful about what you use on your skin because caustic chemicals like alcohol can end up causing more damage than usual. Now, this obviously raises a question right? Should you use chemical-based exfoliators? In short yes you can.
But I prefer using wholly organic products on my face because they work just as fine while minimizing skin damage or preventing it altogether. There are plenty of natural face exfoliators out there. And if you have decided to go organic like me then check out the all-natural skin exfoliators in the following passages.
Here are some of the best exfoliator for sensitive dry skin you can use for yourself instead of using a chemical exfoliant for your skin. Trust me you can find most if not all in your kitchen.
I don’t know if you know but the oatmeal you eat every morning is also one of the best and the most gentle exfoliators you can use. Oatmeals also have anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties so if you have sensitive dry skin then it’s perfect for you.
One of the best exfoliation scrubs. You can make it by finely grounding up 3 tablespoons of oatmeal, and mixing it well with one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of raw or organic milk. Once you create the scrub apply it over your face, neck, and chest in a circular motion and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water and you are done.
If you have highly sensitive skin then baking soda is one of the best exfoliators you can use. If you look closely you will see that many exfoliation scrubs have baking soda as an active ingredient.
This is because baking soda is very gentle on irritated skin while also being a great exfoliator. You can use baking soda as an added helper with your regular skin cleanser or you can just take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with 2 teaspoons of water and mix. Yes, making one of the best exfoliation scrubs is that simple!
Sea salt is almost the perfect exfoliator. It is mildly abrasive and has trace amounts of minerals that help the skin with things like cell growth, skin rejuvenation, and moisture retention. Now you can use regular table salt as your natural exfoliator but in my experience sea salt works best.
To make the scrub, all you need to do is mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 2 teaspoons of your favorite oil. Then apply on your face and wait. Then simply wash it away with warm water and you are done. It’s pretty simple, right?
Now if you are looking for an alternative to sea salt then sugar is what you are looking for. Sugar is much finely ground than sea salt so it is a much grainier exfoliant. On top of that, sugar has glycolic acid.
What glycolic acid does is it breaks down old dead skin cells and clears pores and reduces fine lines. So it’s amazing for your skin. So what you can do is just take 1 teaspoon of sugar, white or brown doesn’t matter then mix it with your favorite oil. And you have your all-natural exfoliator.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You already may know about the magical skincare product that is apple cider vinegar. But did you know that it can be an amazing exfoliant for all types of skin? Well, the reason it is so amazing as an exfoliator is because it contains alpha-hydroxy acids.
This will help loosen the dead skin making it easier to simply wash off. Using apple cider vinegar is very easy as well. All you need to do is just take some vinegar and dab a cotton ball in it and then in a circular motion apply it all over your face, neck, and chest. If you have over sensitive skin then you can dilute it with some water.
Very much like salt and sugar, coffee is a mildly abrasive ingredient. So it works as an amazing exfoliator. It will remove the old dead skin layer very smoothly without damaging the newer skin layer underneath. And remember that caffeine you love in coffee your coffee?
Well, caffeine helps your skin perk up and decreases puffiness when used in moderation. To make your coffee exfoliator you need 1 teaspoon of fresh or used coffee grounds and 2 teaspoons of natural oil. Trust me this scrub will be as energizing as your cup of morning joe.
So rice is not just a great source of carbohydrate but it can work as your all-natural exfoliator. Well, not rice per se but rice flour. The rice flour is finely ground so the granules can help exfoliate your skin gently. On top of that, rice flour is highly absorbent.
This means it will soak up excess oil and clean up pores keeping your skin completely smooth clear and glowing. You can create an amazing anti-blemish exfoliant by simply mixing 2 teaspoons of rice flour and 1 teaspoon of honey. Trust me, it is one of the best exfoliators for every skin.
Almond is a mainstay in any superfood category list. This is because they are so nutrient-rich. On top of that, they are one of the best natural exfoliants for not only your face but skin in general. You need finely ground almond to create your exfoliant.
Don’t worry if you can’t find it in your kitchen you can easily find it in your local grocery store. But trust me it will be worth the trip. Just take 1 teaspoon of almond powder and 1 teaspoon of water mix them together and there you have it your all-natural exfoliant. Use it to gently exfoliate your face once every week and you will see results.
The All-Natural Solutions
Now that we covered how to exfoliate the skin naturally there is one more thing you should know about. Do you know what is a perfect exfoliation routine? Well, it is where you exfoliate and when you are done not only are your skin properly exfoliated but your skin is moisturized. Now you might think why do I have to worry about moisturizing when exfoliating, right?
Well, because oftentimes exfoliants can remove moisture from the skin. Dry skin will cause the skin to contract that in turn cause fine lines to occur which is the first sign of wrinkles and early aging. So whenever you are using a scrub all-natural or not make sure you use one that moisturizes as well. Your skin won’t glow if it has wrinkles.
And with that being said that brings about an end to this part of our conversation. Please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below. I would love to hear your experiences with exfoliators so do send them in and also send us any other thoughts and suggestions you might have. Until next time, toodle-oo~