Here is a recipe for my all-time favorite exfoliator. Seriously, I love this better than any drug store or high end scrub that I have purchased. It is super easy, affordable, and leaves the skin feeling amazing. You only need two ingredients.
-Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
You will need 2 parts brown sugar for every 1 part olive oil, depending on how much you wish to make. For example, for a smaller batch you would use ¼ cup of brown sugar and 1/8 cup olive oil. If you wish to make a larger batch, double this. Place the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until well blended. Rub this all over your face and body (avoiding the eye area) and rinse with warm water for an excellent moisturizing exfoliator. I use this once a week at night so as not to expose the new layers of skin to free radicals, as well as to give time for the olive oil to penetrate and moisturize my skin. If you have very dry skin you may want to exfoliate less frequently as your skin layers are already thin. This does not need to be refrigerated and it keeps for ages, just remember to stir it up before each use.
Why These Ingredients?
The fine brown sugar particles gently scrub away dead skin cells and unclog pores without damaging the skin as some scrubs with nut shells may. The olive oil nourishes and hydrates the freshly revealed skin. Remember to use cold pressed olive oil as this type of olive oil has the maximum amount of nutrients and antioxidants.
What If I Have Oily, Acne-Prone Skin?
No worries, so do I! I have used this exfoliator many times and it has never caused me to break out. This exfoliator is great for most skin types. I always recommend those with highly sensitive skin to ask their dermatologist before trying a new skin care regimen. After rinsing this scrub you will notice some oil stays on your skin, though it shouldn’t be enough to make your clothes stick to you. I would not wipe this off. Overnight your skin will absorb it and be left feeling very soft-not oily. This also shrinks up my pores (which are very large)-bonus!
Thanks for reading. Leave a comment below if you try this or have other facial scrubs you love.
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Thank you! Such wonderful ideas you are presenting to us Kristen.
Oh I did wash diapers for both my children. Yes it was a long time ago but now that I think of it.. OMG.. the waste with paper and isn’t it really better to put cloth next to the baby? I have not read your post on that …. just the title. HOpefully I will get to that soon. Love you.
Thank you so much, Robin, I really appreciate you reading them! Yes I am excited to go cloth (and a little nervous to be honest-it will be an adjustment). Love you, too! xxxxxxx
Wonderful post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Kudos!
I would be happy to! I have a post planned about exfoliation, but I’m still doing research and it’s slow going as I recently had a baby. I promise I will post it! Thx so much for reading.