5 DIY Exfoliating Treatments for Smooth Skin

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Exfoliating should be a regular part of your skin care routine, and if it’s not, it’s time to add it in. Your skin has a life cycle of around 28 days, but as we age, this cycle becomes longer. Exfoliation helps to remove these dead skin cells, revealing a new, radiant layer of skin from beneath. As a result, it also enhances absorption of skincare products, evens out uneven complexion and lightens blemishes.

Exfoliators don’t need to be expensive. If you love knowing what goes into your skin, here are 5 scrubs you can make at home:

Coffee Coconut Scrub

If you’ve got leftover coffee grounds after making your morning cuppa, this scrub is a great way to use them up! It’s also a great dupe for the coffee scrub you’ve been seeing all over Instagram, but for less than half the price!

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Directions

Mix ingredients and rub in circles all over face. Rinse.

Honey Oatmeal Scrub

This one is great for nourishing and moisturising your skin. It is gentle and suitable for sensitive skin!

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Directions

Mix ingredients and rub in circles all over face. Rinse.

Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

Sugar is a great exfoliant, but as its particles are larger and rougher, it should be used on the body only.

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
Directions

Mix ingredients and rub in circles all over body Rinse.

Sea Salt Scrub

This sea salt scrub is great to detoxify your skin. As it is a little rougher than the other exfoliants, it is recommended to use on your body instead of your face.

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A few drops of your favourite essential oil
Directions

Mix ingredients and rub in circles all over body. Rinse.

Green Tea Scrub

Green tea has many anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial properties, and is great for those with blemishes.

Ingredients
  • 2 bags of green tea
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
Directions

Cut open the tea bags and pour contents into a small bowl. Mix ingredients and rub in circles all over face. Rinse.

Most experts recommend exfoliating 2–3 times a week, as long as your skin can handle it. When using scrubs, don’t scrub too hard! It can cause distress to the skin, and end up doing more harm than good. Be careful not to over-exfoliate — most experts recommend exfoliating 2–3 times a week, as long as your skin can handle it.

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