Although you have not yet noticed, in your fridge and cupboard you keep a wide variety of cosmetic material that can be very beneficial for your skin. Previously, our grandmothers and their mothers and grandmothers, in turn, obtained the raw material for their masks and creams in the garden of the house or in the kitchen. Without a doubt, the results were not as immediate as those offered today by the commercial products of the cosmetics industry, but they were comfortable and very economical alternatives.
Ingredients to be used and their benefits
Not everything you find in your pantry or refrigerator will serve to exfoliate your skin or be appropriate for your skin type . For this reason, first I will give you a general idea of the ingredients you could use to pamper your skin at home and in this way you can exploit your creativity. Later, I will tell you my recommended recipes for you to prepare and apply the most appropriate home scrub for you.
Oatmeal is a highly recommended natural exfoliant. It is ideal because besides nourishing your skin, it drags its dead cells leaving it soft. If you have dry skin or with many signs of aging, germ, and wheat flour are 2 excellent options because they hydrate and nourish your skin.
Honey has abundant nutritional and emollient properties. Thanks to its texture, it is the best base to prepare several types of masks achieving correct adherence to your skin.
Within the fruits and vegetables you also find wonderful cosmetic ingredients. The avocado is a natural exfoliant that by just rubbing it directly on your epidermis, you eliminate dead cells, which accelerates the regeneration process of your skin. Pineapple is widely used in purifying and revitalizing masks because its enzyme, bromelain, has detoxifying and decongestant properties.
Papaya contains the enzyme papain that acts as a gentle exfoliant just like the apple. For a stronger exfoliation, the apricot is ideal because being rich in vitamin A, deeply nourishes your skin, softening your lines of expression.
To prepare your homemade scrub I suggest using natural and fresh ingredients. You must use it immediately after preparing it. It is preferable that you do not keep it (even in the fridge) since it can easily oxidize and lose its cosmetic properties.
Home Exfoliator for Acne
If you have acne problems either because you are in your teens or because buds appeared after the 30’s, you can use this mask to improve the appearance of your face.
- Mix 1/4 cup of plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply it evenly on your face and neck making gentle circular massages.
- Leave it on for 5 more minutes and rinse.
- This homemade scrub cleans, moisturizes and cleanses your skin of unpleasant comedones. Use it daily.
Homemade Strawberry Scrub
Strawberries are a good homemade and natural exfoliant because they contain alpha hydroxy acids that eliminate dead cells and reactivate the birth of new ones. In addition, its small nuggets act in a similar way to the granules that come in the scrubs you get in the market.
- Macerate 4 strawberries and add 2 tablespoons of honey stirring until a consistent paste is obtained.
- Apply it on your skin and let it act for 5 minutes without massaging.
- Then rub the skin in a circular manner for 1 minute and rinse.
Exfoliating to Decrease Expression Lines
You can change the papaya for any fruit that contains fruit acids such as kiwi, grape, apple or peach.
I suggest you always use the pulp of the fruit. If it is not cohesive enough to apply on your face, you can mix it with a teaspoon of oatmeal or wheat flour.The exfoliating masks based on fruit acids are ideal to reduce fine lines. You must use them periodically to obtain good results.
- Mix 1/4 cup of macerated papaya with 1 tablespoon of honey to obtain a homogeneous consistency. Apply it on your face leaving it to act for 10 minutes.
- After this time, remove with plenty of cold water and moisturize your skin with your usual cream. Finally, apply your sunscreen.
Oatmeal Home Scrub
Oats have a grainy texture that allows you to exfoliate your skin in an excellent way. It is great to remove dead cells when your skin looks very thick or heavy.
- Option 1. Mix well 1/4 cup of ground oats with 1 tablespoon of honey. Pre-tone your skin and spread the mask. Let her act for 15 minutes. Then remove with plenty of water.
- Option 2. Heat a cup of water and remove from heat. Then soak 1 tablespoon of oatmeal in the hot water for 1 hour until it softens. Then, remove the excess water without draining completely. Finally, add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and mix to obtain a homogeneous consistency. Apply the exfoliant on the clean face making gentle circular movements for 2 minutes. If you have time you can leave it for 5 more minutes and rinse with warm water.
Exfoliating with Cleaning Granules
The granules perform a spectacular and gentle cleaning when combined with warm water. To prepare them, you should sift 1 cup of wheat flour and mix it with warm water until you get a thick paste (I suggest adding little by little tablespoons of water and mixing until you get the desired consistency).
You can use a mortar to make the flour finer and creamier. You can also change wheat flour for oatmeal, corn, barley, soybeans, potatoes, rice, red beans or almonds. If you want to achieve a softening effect after exfoliation, you can add some drops of vegetable oils such as avocado, wheat germ or almonds to the pasta. Once you have prepared your granule scrub, clean your face by removing makeup and compress the paste on your face with your hands in a hollowed out shape and with suction movements. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse.
If you have sensitive skin , I suggest you apply a thin layer of vegetable oil (maybe grape or apricot seeds), 20 minutes before using the exfoliant. This will soften and detach the dead skin cells gently and without irritating your skin.