DIY skincare is, in many ways, the Final Frontier. You can make all kinds of weirdly wonderful crap on Pinterest these days (we're partial to these super-yummy smelling DIY candles), but is it really a good idea to mix up a concoction in your kitchen and put it on your face? If you're using the right natural ingredients, the answer is a big, fat yes. Using a homemade scrub is also a quick and cheap way to liven up dull skin.
Not only does exfoliating slough away dead skin cells, but it also unclogs the oil and dirt that lives in your pores and causes breakouts. Most store-bought exfoliating products contain harsh chemicals and dozens of questionable ingredients that have unknown benefits — another reason to make your own. As with any other exfoliating treatments, these should be used two to three times a week, not every day. And keep in mind that when trying a new skin-care product (or in this case, recipe), test it out before you go to bed. That way, if you have an adverse reaction, you can give your skin time to recover while you sleep.
To keep things cheap and easy (and totally pinnable), we've put together four of our favorite natural exfoliators you can make at home.
The range of what baking soda can do just seems to be getting wider and wider. It can freshen the air, remove stains, clean showers and sinks and trigger explosions in science fair volcanoes. Oh, yes, we can use it to bake too. But there is one more non-food-related use to add to baking soda’s resume: face exfoliant. The grains in baking soda are just the right size to act as a gentle exfoliant, and many claim that it has helped clear up acne.
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