August 30, 2012

Easy To Make At Home Exfoliating Scrub

I've always been a little wary of making my own skin care exfoliator at home even though I hear and read about people doing it all the time.  I think this is partly due to the fact that I'm not much of a cook in the kitchen, and the idea of using ingredients in my own pantry intimidates me.  If I can screw up a Hamburger Helper, then what makes me think I can make something good enough to put on my face??

 { Simple ingredients: Pure honey, cinnamon, lemon juice, and brown sugar.}

Thankfully through the power of social media, an old high school friend (Thanks Paula!!) who follows my JennySue Makeup Facebook page, sent me a message filling me in on a website she likes, www.beautywithoutcruelty.com, and a simple recipe for an at home scrub she uses on herself that she thought I'd enjoy.  After hearing how simple the ingredients were and what each one naturally does, I decided to get in the kitchen and whip up this scrub:

  • Honey - is a natural emollient (something that softens the skin) and an anti-bacterial.
  • Cinnamon - brings blood to the surface and is rejuvenating. 
  • Brown sugar - smell good exfoliant.
  • Lemon juice - this is one I added myself, because I had also recently heard that juice from a lemon or lime is a natural skin brightener.

Mix all of these together to create a thick paste like substance.  No specific measurements really (that's kind of how I roll), I just eye balled it and had fun mixing it all together in my daughter's small princess bowl until it looked like similar store bought scrubs I own (despite the dark brown color!).  I applied this scrub after completely cleansing my skin with my favorite makeup remover wipes.  I rubbed it all over my face for about one minute before removing.

{Looks ugly but smells unbelievably yummy!}

Honestly the super thick honey and large grains of the sugar made it a little tougher to remove with my warm water and washcloth than most of my exfoliators are, but the end result was pretty amazing.  I felt the bigger difference when I woke up this morning, and felt how super soft my skin was!!  

DISCLAIMER!!  Of course I'm obviously NOT a certified dermatologist or anything even close to a skin doctor, so I can't recommend this homemade scrub would work for everyone because of your existing skin condition.  I have very dry skin and it's pretty tough (I'm not sensitive at all, even to retinoids) so I wasn't too scared of this causing some weird reaction on me.  So if you want to try this yourself, I'd suggest starting on a small patch of skin, washing it off, then waiting an hour or so to see how you react to it.  ENTER YOUR KITCHEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! HA!

She also told me how great an egg white mask is for shrinking pores, but I might have to wait a bit on that one.  The thought of raw eggs sitting on my face gives me a slight gag reflex.  

Now I'm curious to know...Have you ever tried concocting your own skin care recipes at home?? If you did, what were they?  Was it a disaster or a delightful outcome?? Please share!!  






1 comment:

Haliza said...

I followed what Michelle Phan showed in youtube but this one is definitely something I would try out.