Fact: Our skin bodies continuously shed one layer of dead skin at a time.
And if this fact does not provide you with the shock value that you crave for, here’s another fact: not all of your dead skin cells fall to the ground. Some can still be stuck to your body, thus your skin feels dry and thick to the touch.
Your goal then is to be able to slough off these layers of dead skin cells so that your skin feels softer and looks better. The main solution to your dead skin cells woes: scrubbing.
Yes, scrubbing will gently reduce the dead skin cells from your skin’s layers. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to visibly reduce the lines and wrinkles that may have settled on your skin. Underneath all of it: smooth and clean skin that will, of course, eventually shed away in a day or so.
In the end, it is a continuous cycle of shedding dead skin cells and sloughing them away by scrubbing it. The good news here is that this doesn’t have to put a huge dent on your wallet--you can create DIY recipe scrubs and exfoliate at home.
Here are three of your best options when it comes to choosing a natural exfoliator, along with some DIY Recipes.
Gentle yet effective--sugar can do your skin a favor when it comes to your exfoliation routine. Exfoliating with sugar on your body can give you tons of benefits such as removing dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. Not to mention, it is also a good source of glycolic acid which can leave your skin looking fresh and free of dry spots.
To make: simply combine about one and a half cup of brown sugar with a cup of olive oil. Mix this into a coarse paste and rub directly on your skin for exfoliating and moisturizing effects.
Want to improve your blood circulation and enjoy anti-aging benefits from your exfoliator? Use a salt scrub once a week and enjoy the anti-inflammatory effects of salt. All the minerals and large granules of salt will help you slough away dull and dry skin to reveal softer skin.
To make: Mix a cup of sea salt with half a cup of olive oil. The granules will be tougher and bigger so its best to avoid using this as a facial exfoliator. This is best for tough, dry skin in your elbows and feet.
Say goodbye to inflammation through this antioxidant-rich scrub. This is best used for cellulite treatment while getting rid of dead skin cells at the same time. With coffee as the main ingredient of your scrub, you’ll be able to even out your tone and delay the signs of premature aging. If this doesn’t convince you to start re-using your coffee pods, then we don’t know what will.
To make: Simply combine half a cup of ground coffee with two tablespoons of olive oil.
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Tara O'Doherty is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of voxie. She's a global award-winning strategist, marketer, designer, author, speaker and educator who lives in Toronto, Canada with her two fat dogs. She is best known for her SickKids VS digital work which resulted in numerous global awards and helped secure over $700 million dollars in donations for the hospital. She is also the former co-Founder and CPO of JADEO and x-VP of Experience Strategy at Cossette Communications, and currently the VP of Design and UX at Akendi.