Over the weekend, I posted about my favourite foodie face masks, and this post is a continuation of the beauty food theme 🙂
I think most of us know how important it is to exfoliate our skin regularly to remove dead skin cells and help to boost our complexion, but rather than spend your hard-earned cash on pricey shop-bought exfoliators, it can be just as effective to make your own at home with natural, normal everyday ingredients!
Here are some of my faves:
Sweet Citrus Scrub: Aim to use this exfoliant twice a week for brilliant results, and a smooth complexion. The sugar both removes dead cells from our skin’s surface and acts as a ‘humectant’, sealing moisture into our skin. The lemon’s vitamin C and citric acid improve pigmented areas and lightly exfoliate our skin’s surface. Look for organic sugar and lemons for better-quality ingredients.
Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1-2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mix well to form a paste. Lightly scrub all over your face to exfoliate thoroughly. Rinse with warm water and admire your newly smooth and glowing complexion!
Brown Sugar and Oat Scrub: These are two really handy ingredients that most of us will have lying about somewhere in the kitchen. Just like the sweet citrus scrub, this one helps to keep skin smooth and soft by removing all the dead cells to reveal our fresh new cells. I’ve also used coconut oil for its skin-nourishing benefits. This will taste just like the ingredients for flapjacks or crunchy granola so you may find yourself licking the bowl afterwards!
Simply combine a a tablespoon of melted coconut oil with three tablespoons of brown sugar and two tablespoons of oats. Rub gently over a cleansed face, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner: The use of raw apple cider vinegar as a facial toner goes back for centuries, with the beautiful Helen of Troy supposedly a fan! It helps to maintain the delicate pH of our skin, which harsh commercial toners can sometimes unbalance. It also softens, exfoliates, reduces flaky and dry patches, improves redness and reduces spots and acne.
After cleansing your face at night, apply the vinegar to a cotton pad and apply to your face. If it’s too strong, then mix one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar with two cups of warm water and use it to rinse your face. It can smell a little pungent, but the results are worth it!