Exfoliation is a deep cleaning that removes the dead, outer layer of skin. Exfoliation is necessary for removing toxins, clearing acne, removing the appearance of fine line and wrinkles and creating a healthier glow. Some people avoid exfoliating out of fear that it will create a rash on their sensitive skin. Those who have had this experience in the past likely used chemicals that were too harsh for their needs. Chemicals created in laboratory environments often cause breakouts even on those whose skin is normally healthy.
How to Exfoliate
The key to exfoliation is using the right ingredients. You can create your own scrub at home that works as well as nearly anything you can find elsewhere. As a bonus, this home scrub is better for you and far less expensive.
Argan Oil Sugar Scrub
Combine one half cup brown or refined sugar, one tablespoon argan oil, and one tablespoon coconut oil in a clean jar. Blend well and rub onto skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and follow up with pure argan oil to remove impurities and encourage cell regrowth.
This scrub is gentle enough to use on the face. It is even beneficial on the delicate skin around the mouth and eyes. You may wish to add a drop of pure vanilla extract, rose oil or diluted peppermint oil for a lovely, refreshing scent.
Sea Salt Scrub
Sugar scrubs help to moisturize while exfoliating skin. Salt scrubs reveal a subtle, healthy glow while also removing impurities. Sea salt scrubs are simple to make and easy to use. Make them for yourself and package some in pretty jars to give as gifts.
A sea salt scrub is made with one cup of sea salt and one half cup of light oil. Argan oil is arguably the best option, but some may prefer almond oil, coconut oil, walnut oil or jojoba oil. Mix the ingredients well. Rub into the skin. Rinse with warm water. Don’t forget to moisturize.
Coffee Body Scrub
Place one cup coffee or espresso grounds and three tablespoons argan oil in a clean, dry container. Mix well. Use this scrub on your body, avoiding your face and hair. Pay special attention to any dry areas, like heels or elbows. Rinse very well with warm water. Moisturize all areas with pure argan oil or coconut oil.
Take care not to get this scrub on any clothing or linens as it may stain. It is also important to rinse the shower, tub or sink very well after using the coffee scrub.
Gentle Face Scrub
Those who prefer to stay away from sugar scrubs can get the same benefits from using ground oatmeal. Use a coffee grinder to finely grind a tablespoon of oatmeal. Add argan oil and rub gently into skin. You can enhance the restorative powers of this mixture by adding plain yogurt. Leave this on your skin as a mask and rinse after about 10 minutes.
Any of these scrubs can be enhanced with a light essential oil. It is important to ensure that you use pure essential oils that are gentle enough for skin. Popular choices are tea tree, lavender, ylang ylang, neroli and clary sage. Oils like cinnamon, peppermint or any citrus oil can be used but should be diluted first in a carrier oil.