Friday, September 19, 2008

6 Homemade Exfoliating Scrubs for Smooth Skin

Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface, and has been used for many years to help maintain the skin. Exfoliation is involved in the process of a facial and during body treatments at spas.

Exfoliation removes the outer layer to reveal the newer skin beneath. This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne breakouts. It is considered the first step in cleaning the face, followed by washing with a hypoallergenic soap, then moisturizing. Exfoliation is important for men as it exposes the hair follicles, allowing a better shave. It is possible to overly exfoliate, which dries and irritates the skin. The face is the part of the body most sensitive to exfoliation.

Take Note of : Be-careful while using oil based scrubs in showers as it makes the floor extremely slippery. Do a patch test behind your ears if your skin is sensitive. Be gentle while scrubbing as our aim is to remove the dead skin.

Here are some Body and facial scrubs that you can make at home : I am suggesting Patchouli Oil as it helps to even the skin tone and the fragrance is great too. You can use other oil for fragrance like Lavender Oil, Rose oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil and Sandalwood Oil.

Sugar Scrub 
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Glycerin
Few drops of Patchouli oil
Mix all the above. First wet your skin and then gently scrub it into your body with circular motions. Wash it off with water. This scrub is good for dry skin.

Salt and Honey Scrub
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
Few drops of Patchouli Oil
Mix all the above. First wet your skin and then gently scrub it into your body with circular motions. Wash it off with water. This scrub is good for oily skin.

Almond and milk Scrub
1 Tablespoon Crushed Almond
½ Tablespoon Honey
½ tablespoon Milk
½ Tablespoon Tomato Juice
Few drops of Patchouli oil
Mix all the above. First wet your skin and then gently scrub it into your body with circular motions. Wash it off with water. This scrub is good for Combination skin.

Gram Flour (Besan) and Moong Dal Scrub
1 Tablespoon Gram Flour (Besan)
1 Tablespoon Crushed Moong Dal
Use Milk for Binding (Dry Skin)
Use Rose Water for Binding (Oily Skin)
Few drops of Patchouli oil
Mix all the above. First wet your skin and then gently scrub it into your body with circular motions. Wash it off with water.

Rice flour Scrub
1 Tablespoon Rice flour
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Milk
Few drops of Patchouli oil
Mix all the above. First wet your skin and then gently scrub it into your body with circular motions. Wash it off with water.

Wheat Flour Scrub
First wet your skin and then gently scrub it into your body with circular motions. Wash it off with water. Wheat flour on its own works great for exfoliation.
St. Ives Swiss Formula Apricot Scrub, Gentle, Sensitive Skin, 6-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 6)

2 comments:

  1. Many of your recipes have Patchouli oil in them... I find that smell to be obnoxious, and have a "dirty hippy" association with others. Can you recommend a substitute?

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  2. You can avoid adding oil altogether. Its ok. If you like you can add Almond Oil.

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