What is a good home remedy for skin exfoliant?


Quick Answer

Honey, yogurt, sugar, oatmeal, lemon juice, sea salt and ground fruit seeds or nuts are natural exfoliants that can be used at home. Likewise, add a teaspoon of baking soda to a daily cleanser to activate baking soda's natural exfoliating qualities.

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Raw, unprocessed honey has antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities. These properties help fight acne and reduce skin infections. A natural exfoliant, raw honey should be applied to the skin, left for 10 minutes and rinsed off.

Yogurt's lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, making it a natural exfoliant. Let the yogurt sit on the skin for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Lemon juice also contains alpha hydroxy acid. Make a tonic of lemon juice, apple juice and grape juice with cane sugar dissolved inside. Apply to the face, and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties and works well when mixed with honey and yogurt. Make a paste out of raw honey, plain yogurt and finely-ground oatmeal. Apply this to the face, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well.

Sugar, salt and ground-up seeds or nuts are also useful as exfoliants. Any one of them works well mixed with enough botanical oil to make a paste; olive, grapeseed and sweet almond are good oils to try. Massage the paste gently into the face using a circular motion, and rinse well with cool water.

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