Whose face doesn't love a good exfoliation? I know mine does. Exfoliating your face serves many key functions. It helps unclog pores and prevent blackheads from forming. It also improves skin turnover which keeps it looking radiant and fresh. Although skin types vary from person to person, I recommend exfoliating 1-2 times per week. This all-natural and affordable DIY makes that easy to do.
Four simple ingredients make up this brown sugar face scrub. Each ingredient boasts multiple health benefits that gives your skin that much needed TLC. .
What's so great about these ingredients?
Brown sugar is a great exfoliant for the face and a great alternative to salts, which can be harmful to the sensitive skin on the face. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid which penetrates the skin cells and encourages cell turnover, leaving the skin looking and feeling refreshed. Brown sugar is has a natural humecant property, meaning it absorbs moisture in the air and releases it into your skin when applied, ensuring well-hydrated skin.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) has many naturally occurring vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and K. It is full of polyphenols which rejuvenate aging skin and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. EVOO also contains an important component called squalene which promotes skin elasticity and diminishes age spots.
EVOO has proven effective in treating common skin disorders including acne, psoriasis and eczema. Studies have shown that it also protects against damaging UV rays and skin cancer related tumors. Overall, olive oil helps keep skin healthy, smooth and youthful.
ORGANIC JOJOBA OIL
Jojoba oil contains unique liquid waxes and fatty acids that nourish the skin. It's excellent combined with other skin care oils.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender Essential Oil is one of many wonderful essential oils that can be used in this facial scrub. We chose lavender because its wonderful healing properties, not to mention its glorious scent. Lavender is known for it's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and relaxing properties. It is great for skin inflammation, acne, sores or red spots, and sunburns. Lavender EO has a slightly cooling effect on the skin and has the ability to calm down the tissues it comes in contact with.
DIY BROWN SUGAR & OLIVE OIL FACE SCRUB
TIME: 10 MINUTES
1 cup Brown Sugar
100 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (about 3.4 fluid ounces)
25 ml Organic Jojoba Oil (or other beneficial oil to the skin)
10-15 drops gentle Essential Oil of your choice (lavender, chamomile, tea tree, grapefruit etc.)
Small Mason Jar
Step 1: Combine brown sugar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jojoba and Essential Oil in a medium-size bowl.
Step 2: Package in a mason jar to ensure airtight storage and maximum freshness
Tip: Store in a cool, dry place, and use it within a year.