When the skin on your face is looking dull and tired it is often a sign that you may want to think about carrying out a gentle exfoliation. By removing the dead skin cells you will be allowing the new and glowing, skin underneath to be visible.
You can make a simple exfoliating scrub using a few ingredients and I have included a recipe for you to try at home. This Rose Clay Facial Scrub gently exfoliates your skin using a combination of clay, oats and milk.
Don’t want to make this recipe, try the Pore Detox face mask instead. The multi-functional face mask is ideal for dull skin in need of a deep pore cleanse. With a blend of two types of clays, charcoal, coconut, honey and lemon it will leave your skin feeling gently exfoliated, deeply cleansed and glowing.
This is a preservative free face mask that you activate at home with water, giving you a fresh, 100% natural ingredient facial exfoliator.
Why you should exfoliate your skin
The reason you need to incorporate exfoliation into your skin care regime is to remove the build up of dead skin cells. Our skin is constantly shedding, a process known as desquamation.
This dead skin along with other dirt and pollution can clog the pores and prevent the new skin becoming visible. Leaving skin looking tired, dull and prone to outbreaks.
How to exfoliate your skin naturally
There are two ways in which you can use products to exfoliate your skin, the first is a face mask and the second is a face scrub. The Pore Detox face mask does both these jobs.
To use as a facemask: Blend 1/2 teaspoon of powder with 1 teaspoon of warm water and make a paste. Using a brush or fingertips apply to face. Leave for 10 minutes. Remove with water or muslin cloth
To use as an exfoliating cleanser: Blend 1 teaspoon of powder with 1 teaspoon of warm water to make a paste. Massage gently onto damp skin. Remove with water.
The skin on the face is very delicate and therefore only needs to be gently exfoliated. Ingredients such as salts and sugar are too harsh for your face and may aggravate it rather than exfoliate, particularly if you are prone to sensitive skin. Not sure of your skin type, read this skin type guide.
There are two ways to exfoliate the skin, physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Natural physical exfoliants for the face include clay, jojoba beads, oats whilst natural chemical exfoliants include milk and fruit powders.
How often should you exfoliate your skin?
It may be tempting, particularly during blemish outbreaks, to exfoliate on a daily basis. However, once or twice a week is sufficient for most skin types. Sensitive skin types may find this too much and should be guided by their skin, once a month may be more suitable.
How can I tell if I have exfoliated too much?
If your skin is looking red and sensitive then chances are you are exfoliating too much.
DIY exfoliating scrub
Using a few kitchen cupboard ingredients you can make a simple exfoliating scrub for the face. Clay and oats provide this scrub with it’s physical exfoliation whilst the lactic acid, present in milk, provides a form of chemical exfoliation. It is suitable for normal skin types, but with a few ingredient adaptations it can be made suitable for all skin types. I have included a link to these adaptations at the bottom of the blog or you can download the recipe card here.
Ingredients you need
Equipment you need
1 tablespoon Oats
cleanses | soothes | moisturises I exfoliates
1 tablespoon White kaolin clay
cleanses | nourishes | exfoliates
1 tablespoon Coconut milk powder
1 tablespoon Honey powder
cleanses | moisturises
cooling | balancing
|1 small sterilised pot
I small mixing bowl
1. Measure out all your ingredients.
2. In a mixer blend to a finer powder.
3. Place all your dry ingredients into a sterilised container.
1. Place 1 tablespoon of your dry ingredients into a clean bowl.
2. Blend with 1 tablespoon Rose hydrolat
3. Mix together to form a paste.
4. Gently in round circular movements massage into the face for a couple of minutes.
5. Remove with a warm wet cloth
6. Discard any of the unused paste
Need to adapt this to your skin type. Download this recipe card which provides substitutions to make this recipe adaptable to sensitive skin, dry skin, acne prone skin or oily skin.