Exfoliation removes dirt that has built up on your face, which sometimes causes blackheads. It also removes dead skin cells that can make your complexion look lifeless and dull. It restores the natural glow of your skin.
All exfoliating recipes should have an ingredient or an enzyme that will aid in the gentle removal of dead skin cells. There are ingredients in your home that you can use to make inexpensive and yet still effective exfoliating facial wash.
Here are some recipes that you can try:
- Cut a slice of fresh pineapple into chunks and place in a blender. Add three tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin olive oil is best). Blend until you get a smooth paste. Apply all over your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Use gentle circular motion when you wash it off. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry.
- You can mix a tablespoon of granulated sugar with enough of your facial cleanser to make a paste. Gently massage your face using your fingers with this preparation for about 5 minutes before rinsing it with warm water.
- Extract the juice of two ripe apples and four ripe pears using a juicer. Cut strips of cotton material from an old T-shirt or fleece shirt (use white or any light colored ones as dark colors may react with the acids from the juices). Soak the strips in the juice and lay them across your face while you rest for about ten to fifteen minutes before you take a shower.
- For quick exfoliation, cut thick slices of lemon and gently rub the slices all over your face. Lemon can also lighten blemishes, fight blackheads and tighten pores. Rinse with water.
- Mix one egg yolk, one-half cup of milk, one-half avocado, peeled and mashed. Beat the ingredients together until you get a thin, creamy consistency. Apply all over your face with cotton balls. Rinse with warm water.
- Mix together three tablespoons oatmeal, three teaspoons of witch hazel and some water enough to moisten the oatmeal. Apply to your face in an upward and outward circular motion. Rinse well with warm water. If you have dry skin, add more witch hazel. A mashed banana will add extra moisturizing to dry skin.
- Another simple exfoliating recipe is olive oil and granulated sugar. Coat your face with olive oil. Moisten the tips of your fingers with the oil and dip them in the sugar. Gently scrub sections of your face in circular motion to loosen dead skin cells. Wash with warm water and a gentle facial soap.
- For light exfoliation, beat two eggs, a little water and honey to make a thin paste. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for fifteen minutes before you wash it off with warm water.
- For normal and oily skin, use one tablespoon of baking soda, one-eighth teaspoon salt and two to three tablespoons of water. Mix the ingredients together and allow the salt to dissolve. Apply on your face with cotton balls, rubbing very gently. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
You do not need to spend too much to make an exfoliating facial wash at home. Use what you have in your kitchen. A simple formula to follow is to have a mix of some acids to tighten the pores and lighten blemishes, some fruit flesh and oils as a moisturizing ingredient, fiber and grains for the exfoliation.