Welcome back to the DIY Face Mask series. This installment will cover exfoliation, which is an important part of any skincare routine to remove dead skin cells and increase natural cell turnover. Proper exfoliation helps ward off blackheads and blemishes, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As with all of these recipes, know your skin! if you are allergic to any of these ingredients when ingested, you will be allergic to them topically. If you are uncertain, do a small test patch for 15 minutes to be sure! Happy Exfoliating!
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Mix all ingredients together fully. The consistency of this will be more liquid than a paste. Massage into skin gently for sixty seconds. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off residue with warm water.
- Lavender Oil — never apply essential oils directly to skin without a carrier oil (i.e. olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.); when used topically, lavender oil helps to decrease inflammation, kills bacteria, reduces scarring, soothes pain or irritation, cleanses skin, and helps prevent acne.
- Brown Sugar — brown sugar is a great gentle exfoliant that contains glycolic acid (natural alpha hydroxyacid aiding in cell turnover) that slows the aging process; also helps with sunspots; brown sugar is also a natural humectant, which means it deposits moisture into the skin and protects skin from toxins
- Raw Honey — naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and packed with antioxidants, honey helps unclog tired or angry pores, and as a natural humectant helps retain good moisture; in this recipe it is a booster for the exfoliating ingredients
- Olive Oil — filled with Vitamin A and Vitamin E, olive oil is a great moisturizer and environmental damage preventive; it penetrates deep into pores, so when combined with an exfoliating agent (here: brown sugar) it allows deep and thorough cleansing of bacteria, dead skin cells, and unnecessary oil; helps reduce the signs of aging leaving skin plump and glowing
Tip: This exfoliating mask works very well as a body scrub too. Just multiply the recipe accordingly. I gave these out as Christmas gifts and put them in small 8 oz jars, which allowed me to multiply the recipe times
- 1/4 cup coffee grounds (you can use dry or used; I prefer used because they contain more antioxidants)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Mix ingredients together fully. The consistency will be quite oily. Scoop out of container used for mixing and massage into skin for 60 seconds. Let sit on skin for another 60 seconds. Rinse off with warm water.
- Coffee Grounds — filled with antioxidants, coffee grounds are great for gentle exfoliation, making the skin appear younger, and aid in reducing the size of pores, while the caffeine helps to reduce inflammation
- Olive Oil — filled with Vitamin A and Vitamin E, olive oil is a great moisturizer and environmental damage preventive; it penetrates deep into pores, so when combined with an exfoliating agent (here: coffee grounds) it allows deep and thorough cleansing of bacteria, dead skin cells, and unnecessary oil; helps reduce the signs of aging leaving skin plump and glowing
Tip: This can also be used as a body scrub, because coffee also helps to temporarily reduce stretch marks (for about 3-4 hours), which is great for a date night or a beach afternoon.
- 1/8 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- Water until it forms a paste
Mix Greek yogurt and baking soda together, adding in water as necessary until it forms a gooey paste. Massage into skin for 30 seconds, and rinse with warm water.
- Greek Yogurt — loaded with natural lactic acid (an alphahydroxy acid), Greek yogurt helps to exfoliate, rejuvenate, and aid in preventing wrinkles
- Baking Soda — good as a gentle exfoliant and contains antiseptic properties, but there is a lot of information out there as to whether baking soda is good or bad for the skin because of its alkalinity. Compare these two articles: for baking soda and against baking soda if you’re interested in what people are saying. I’ve used it, but I’m no scientist, and I want to ensure you have all the information to make your own skincare decisions. That said, you can always substitute brown sugar in this recipe.
- 1/2 cup of steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cucumber, peeled
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Blend ingredients together in a blender. Scoop out mixture and massage into skin for 60 seconds. Let sit for 5 minutes. Remove with warm water.
- Oatmeal — oatmeal is widely used as a gentle exfoliator with skin calming benefits and is one of the few skicnare ingredients given great rank by the U.S. FDA; great for moisturizing and exfoliating, oatmeal is also known for its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties; it helps to restore the skin’s normal pH levels and soothes irritated skin
- Agave Nectar — very similar to raw honey, agave nectar has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it also helps to brighten skin and remove pigmentation spots
- Cucumber — known for its calming and soothing properties, cucumber reduces inflammation and because it’s high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin A it will help fight dark circles and hyper pigmentation; the B-5 in cucumbers aids in moisture retention while the silica aids in fighting wrinkles because strengthens connective tissues
- Fresh Lemon Juice –contains loads of citric acid and Vitamin C, which is great for toning, evening out dark spots, and aids in controlling unnecessary oil; lemon juice is a natural exfoliant and helps target and prevent acne
That concludes the exfoliating installment! If you haven’t already, check out the hydrating installment here! Please let me know if you try any of these! If you have any exfoliating DIY skincare recipes, put them in the comments below! Next up in this series, we will have a look at DIY recipes to target brightening the skin to make it appear glowing!
Stay Glittery, Beauties!