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Give your skin a boost with these organic exfoliants

Twenty-eight days. That’s how often your body naturally sheds dead skin cells. However, with the constant exposure to environmental elements, your skin needs all the help it can get. Once a week exfoliation ensures your skin cells are properly oxygenated and moisturized. The result is skin with a softer texture, clearer pores, improved circulation and a natural lustre. Fortunately, there’s a variety of organic solutions you can use at home. Here are some of the most popular ingredients and why they’re featured in DIY scrubs.

Baking Soda

You’re probably already using this multipurpose product to stop fridge odours. But did you know that this product also works as a soft exfoliator for sensitive skin? So much so, some spa microdermabrasion treatments use it as well. You just need a teaspoon or less in your facial cleanser to get a good scrub in.

Honey

Raw, organic honey aids skin protection and self-repair thanks to its antioxidants. Moreover, its anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and antifungal benefits help reduce skin infections and acne recurrence. The cherry on top is its humectant qualities, which means it highly moisturizes the skin as it exfoliates it.  Superlative for dry skin types.

Lemon

This and other citrus fruits naturally possess alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is highly effective for oily skin and if you have dark spots. The AHA works as an exfoliant by targeting the protein that glues the dead skin to your face. Its Vitamin C content brings in the cleansing effect.

Oatmeal

If you have oily skin, this natural exfoliator is ideal for you. According to the May Clinic, it helps to absorb oil, as well as, acts as moisturizer. Apart from its anti-inflammatory properties, its texture is uber gentle which makes this perfect for sensitive skin.

Papaya

According to the Global Healing Centre, this fruit contains the enzyme papain. It works to protect new skin cells while dissolving dead skin cells without causing skin flaking or irritation. Additionally, it’s believed to reduce the appearance of age spots and lines.

Sea Salt

This is not for the sensitive skin types as its granules are large and coarse. That being said, this heavy-duty exfoliant is great for feet which tend to be rough and acquire a massive build-up of dead cells. It’s also good for super dry skin for overall body exfoliation.

Sugar

You’ll notice quite a few DIY scrubs will incorporate sugar. This is because of its small and rough grains that give your skin a good rub down. But it also has glycolic acid (an AHA), which helps to reduce fine line appearance, as well as, break down dead skin cells.

Yoghurt

The lactic acid found in yoghurt also has AHA, which makes it a good exfoliant. Furthermore, it’s known for evening out skin tone, as well as, skin hydration. Idyllic ingredient for dry skin types.

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