Did you know that your skin sheds daily ALL over your body? Our skin has many layers. The skin’s epidermis (which is the top layer) is composed of cells called keratin. Keratin starts growing at the base layer of your skin (which you can’t see) and when they reach the top, they die. The problem is most of the dead skin cells that die, stay on the epidermis. When this transpires, your pores get clogged which causes your skin to get acne, rough, dirty, and also causing wrinkles and lines.
I am not telling you anything you don’t already know and if I have, awesome! Washing your face and body are just as important as exfoliating the face and body. Whether you have dry, oily, normal or sensitive skin don’t worry, it can be done on all skin types. You should be exfoliating at least one to two times per week.
Not only is exfoliating important for you to get rid of the dead skin cells, but it is important for keeping your home clean and sanitary as well. Just think about all the skin cells in your bed, if you aren’t using a mattress protector. Yes, your skin falls off your body in and around your bed. That transpires into your mattress getting heavier and full of dead skin cells. Think about all the dust around your home. The dust on your tables, kitchen counters, blinds, shelves, couches, window sills, etc. What about fresh fruit, for example, sitting in a basket or plate on the kitchen counter and the skin cells that could be lying on it. Eewww!
Things lying around your house that you can use to exfoliate without breaking the bank
Raw honey is an antibacterial and anti -fungal. Honey is great for acne and it can be used with any exfoliator. So add some honey to any of your recipes, if you’d like.
Sugar and coconut oil – With these two, I mix 2 parts sugar and 1 part coconut oil. I use this about twice a week in the shower. It leaves the skin extremely soft and is great for people with dry skin.
Oatmeal and honey – You’ll need to blend the oats first so that they aren’t powdery, leaving some little clumps. I mix 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp nutmeg, 15-20 drops of lavender oil and you can add other oils as well.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is found in many store purchased exfoliators. By mixing 6 tablespoons of baking soda with water (depending on how thick or thin you want it) works wonderfully in the shower. You may also want to squeeze half a lemon in it for the alpha hydroxyl acids. Add moisturizer when you’re done.
Sugar and essential oil – 3 parts sugar, 1 part olive oil and 15 to 20 drops of any favorite essential oil, makes a wonderful exfoliator.