Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, opening clogged pores thereby reviving dry patchy skin. This can be done mechanically via microdermabrasion or chemically with chemical peels.
Microdermabrasion is carried out by a skin care professional. It involves the use of a machine to remove the dead skin layer by suction. Meanwhile, chemical peel is done via the application of a cosmetic product which also removes the top layer of skin.
After exfoliation, the skin is left feeling smooth and new. It is necessary to exfoliate two to three times a week but not everyday as this can lead to microscopic injuries leaving your skin prone to reactions or infections.
If you want to level up your beauty routine but still save up, you can opt for the creative method of DIY. It is quick, easy to make and all the ingredients can be found right in your home! Try any of these easy three DIY exfoliants;
Honey and sugar scrub
Sugar is a great exfoliant which can be used along with the ever rich-in-antioxidant honey. As the sugar exfoliates, the honey helps to rejuvenate, soften and moisture your skin. This is a plus because exfoliation is to be followed by moisturization in order to prevent your skin from drying out.
Coffee and coconut oil
Next time you are waking your senses with a cup of coffee, keep in mind that you can also renew your skin with it as well. This combo can also be used as a lip scrub. Olive oil can be used as substitute in place of coconut oil.
For centuries, salt has been a staple in beauty regime. Its versatility is still accounted for from medical to beauty, cooking and so forth. Salt scrubs are very much available in spas but you can make yours at home. This you can do by using any of your favourite skin oil and mix with equal parts of salt. Epsom and sea salt are the most common for exfoliating but if you have regular cooking salt then that’s okay as well.
In making any of the above, ensure abrasiveness of the exfoliant (sugar, coffee or salt) is not too much to avoid injury. Check to be certain the DIY serves its purpose to your satisfaction.
Remember to apply exfoliator gently in circular motion for a minute or two. Do not do this vigorously else you’d injure yourself. You can also try adding lemon, orange or fragrance to your DIY.