A healthy life style and skin care routine reflects your skin. You should keep your skin clean to avoid problems such as pimples and blackheads. Having beautiful soft, smooth and glowing skin requires some amount of care and nurturing, which includes having a healthy diet, regular cleaning and washing of skin and of course to regularly remove dead skin cells that accumulate and steal away the shine from your skin.
Due to natural process, there are some skin cells on our body which die and the new ones grow. These dead cells cover our skin and take away the natural shine and glow of the skin. Hence it is very important to cleanse up and remove dead skin cells, so that the radiant and new cells come to the surface and adds on to the beauty of the skin. The most effective way to remove dead skin cell is by way of exfoliation.
Exfoliation is the key to removing dull, dead and lifeless skin. Commercially available exfoliating products may contain harmful chemicals or irritate sensitive skin. Moreover, these products are also very costly.
For a long time, people have been making their own exfoliating scrubs from common household items, and continue to do so today as an alternative to purchasing these products. You can customize homemade remedies, and moisturizing after-care is also simple to find in products you have the house.
Here are a few homemade facial recipes to remove dead skin cells on your face and regain the glow on your skin.
Exfoliating Lemon Sugar Facial Mask
For this recipe, you will need to mix juice from half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of sea salt and enough of sugar until the final mixture is thick and consistent but not dry.
Apply this mixture on the damp face and leave it there for between 10-15 minutes. Then scrub gently using circular motion. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and nutrients that helps skin problems. It lightens the skin, reduce dark spots and gives glow.
Salts are coarse and grainy. That is why salt scrubs are very useful for ex-foliating the skin. They remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin.
Sugar which is also an exfoliator, contains glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. The natural glycolic acid in sugar helps to condition and moisturize skin, and protect it from toxins.
Exfoliating Pumpkin, Carrot and Sweet Potato Facial Mask
For this recipe, you will need half ounce each of pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato, 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey (or manuka honey).
You mix everything together and blend them in a blender. Apply this mixture on your face and rinse off with lukewarm water after 30 minutes. This facial mask is also suitable for very sensitive skin and you can also apply it to the under eye area to get rid of dark circles and brighten the area around your eyes.
You can also add a pinch of cinnamon to boost the skin brightening effect. This recipe will make your skin soft, supple and radiant. But if your skin sensitive, don’t use cinnamon and also avoid the area near to your eyes if you use cinnamon, because it is spicy (causing a burning effect on your skin).
Pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato are rich in beta carotene and can do wonders for your skin. Greek yogurt is rich in proteins, lactic acid and enzymes which sooths and cleanses the skin making it soft and smooth. The enzymes in the yogurt remove dead skin and help in production of new cells. Your skin will feel smooth and glowing.
Exfoliating Honey Yogurt Clay Facial Mask
For this recipe, you will need half teaspoon clay, 2 teaspoons of yogurt and half teaspoon of honey. You combine all the ingredients to form a paste which you will apply it on your face. Leave it on the face for 15 minutes before you rinse off with lukewarm water.
If you have normal to sensitive skin, you should use kaolin clay that can exfoliate and cleanse the skin without drawing out too much oil. For oily skin, you should use French Green clay or Rhassoul clay, which have a greater ability to absorb oil and draw out toxins. The yogurt and honey in this mask help to moisturize, nourish and protect the skin.
Exfoliating Pineapple Facial Mask
For this recipe, you will need half a cup of pineapple cut into small pieces and 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. You get a blender to blend all the ingredients together until the final mixture is smooth. You apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before you rinse it off.
Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that removes the dead cells and cleanses the pores. It is an astringent and helps close dilated pores while making the skin look refreshed.
Olive oil is high in antioxidants and Vitamin A. Antioxidants help ward off harmful free radicals that can lead to skin diseases and cancers. Vitamin A helps your skin maintain the proper neutral pH, which is essential for maintaining a healthy, radiant skin tone.
You may like to watch a Video HERE to learn how to make your own mask to remove dead skin cells and get youthful beautiful and brighter skin.
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