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DIY Exfoliating Scrub

Brown sugar examples: Muscovado (top), dark br...

Brown sugar examples: Muscovado (top), dark brown (left), golden brown (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Ingredients

-Brown Sugar

-Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

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.

Check out my youtube video on this:


 

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DIY Oatmeal & Banana Face Mask

English: Oatmeal Русский: Овсяныехлопья

English: Oatmeal Русский: Овсяныехлопья (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a do it yourself face mask that will leave your skin feeling hydrated and soft.  Why spend a ton of money on store bought masks that have harmful chemical ingredients that your skin absorbs?  For this you only need four ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 medium sized ripe banana
  • ¼ cup of rolled oats (preferably not quick oats)
  • Approx. 10 drops of almond oil
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
  • Blender or food processor

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in your blender or food processor until well blended and oats are ground.  You can adjust the thickness of the mask by adding or subtracting oats.  I prefer the consistency to be quite thick as it spreads on easier, but do what works for you.  Start with a clean face either just after a bath or after steaming your face to open up pores in preparation for the mask.  Use your fingers to spread the mixture relatively evenly over your face.  Note that this mask is a bit messy and should be done over a bowl, at a table, or in a shower with a drain catcher.  Store any extra mask in the refrigerator (toss out after a week or two).  Let sit for 10-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water and a wash cloth.  If you have dry skin you may want to moisturize afterward (for oily, combination, or normal skin this most likely will not be necessary).

Who is This Mask For?

This mask is great for most skin types, including dry, normal, combination, oily, and some sensitive skin types.  While oatmeal has many calming properties, if you have highly sensitive skin you may want to check with a dermatologist before trying this mask.  If you have very oily skin (or if you live in a very hot, humid climate) and you find this mask too hydrating, try reducing the amount of banana used.  This mask is great for winter months when everything is drier.  If you have acne-prone skin, do not be afraid to try this mask.  I have oily, acne-prone skin that is more combination during dry weather and I love this mask.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated but not oily and it has never caused me to break out.

Why These Ingredients?

  • Banana-very hydrating for the skin!
  • Oats-soften, trap in moisture, calm the skin
  • Almond oil-moisturizes, removes dead skin cells, has anti-aging properties
  • Pure vanilla extract-an antioxidant

Thanks for reading.  Please leave me a comment below if you try this mask with how it worked for you and your skin type.  Also let me know what masks you enjoy using!

Check out my YouTube video on this where you can see my friend Ruby apply her mask 🙂 :