As we age, cell turnover slows down and dead skin cells linger on the surface giving you a dull complexion. Regular exfoliation of both your face and body will help get rid of the dead top layers of skin. This will allow serums and moisturizers to better penetrate the skin and help strengthen a healthy foundation. Creams and lotions need to be absorbed to be effective. Below are some cheap and easy ways to exfoliate your skin at home with natural ingredients and tools.
1. For facial skin, soak a washcloth in whole milk and drape it over your face. Milk has lactic acid that will help exfoliate the skin while the milk fat will keep the skin moisturized. After five minutes, rinse out the washcloth and gently remove any remaining milk on your face with the cloth.
2. For the face and whole body, try a combination of white sugar, salt, lime juice and olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil to 1/2 cup of white sugar, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of white table salt and use the solution as a face or body scrub. This is great for dry skin as the oil will help the skin retain moisture while the skin is being exfoliated. Olive oil is safe for use on the whole body and will no clog pores.
3. Consider trying an oatmeal scrub by blending a cup of oatmeal with a sprinkle of dried lavender and blossoms. You can also combine oatmeal half and half with corn meal in a blender, and add a sprinkle of raw almonds or sunflower seeds with your choice of essential oils. After making the dry mix, add a few teaspoons of water to a small handful of the oatmeal mix and use it as a facial scrub.
4. For use on the tougher skin areas, especially in your knees and elbows, try a loofah. It is about as natural as you can get for exfoliating, as they are just the dried insides of a gourd. You can use one to scrub your whole body with warm water or the addition of a mild soap. For hard to reach spots, such as the middle of your back, you can buy a loofah with a…