If you are starting out with homemade exfoliating treatments, begin with a simple baking soda scrub. Baking soda is an extremely versatile ingredient, used in everything from cleaning around the house to baking in the kitchen. The grains in baking soda are perfect for exfoliating skin, and the ingredient has been touted by many as a sure-fire cure for acne. In order to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, mix one teaspoon of baking soda into your regular facial cleanser, to make the consistency more grainy. You can also just make a paste of baking soda and water, rub it onto your skin gently in a circular motion, and allow it to stay on for 5 to 8 minutes before rinsing it off.
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Making for a soothing, dirt and oil absorbing facial treatment, ground oatmeal is a popular ingredient in cleansers. It is gentle to the skin, and has nourishing and hydrating properties – in addition to soothing ailments like acne and skin burn, it is the perfect treatment for both dry and sensitive skin. Salt complements enhance the properties of oatmeal, so make sure you combine the two to make a completely effective exfoliating scrub. Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and bind the two together using one teaspoon of either water or olive oil. Rub it onto your skin gently, allow it to stay on for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse.
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Granulated sugar is among the most popular natural exfoliators, and seems tailor-made for getting rid of pore-clogging impurities. To make a killer exfoliating scrub, combine a teaspoon of sugar with half a teaspoon of honey (which has wonderful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties), and squeeze in a little fresh lemon juice (which has great clarifying properties). Mix it all together, and apply this powerfully effective exfoliator on your face or body – for optimum results, leave it on for 4 to 6 minutes, and then rinse it off thoroughly.
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In addition to the ability to jolt you awake every morning, coffee can also be equally invigorating and stimulating for your skin. The caffeic acid it contains promotes collagen production and has anti-inflammatory properties. In order to make a coffee exfoliator, you can either use fresh ground coffee, or use wet coffee grounds from the pot you brewed earlier in the morning. Mix a tablespoon of the coffee with one tablespoon of either water or olive oil, and buff it onto your face in circular motions. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, and then wash it off.
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