If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!
By Marianne Wilson Stein
During this time of year your skin's needs differ based on the cooling temperatures and seasonal changes. During a summer spent in the sun, your skin can appear dull and dry, especially after the summer and dry weather we had in the Pacific Northwest. Exfoliation can remove the dull outer layer of skin,and unclog pores plugged by regular sunscreen use.
Even though we have many prepared facial scrubs, I thought it might be fun to share a recipe for a clarifying scrub you can make. If you try this, let me know what you think.
I have put together a simple, yet effective scrub that you can make at home. It starts with citrus peel (orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit). Be sure to save the peel after eating. Buy organic whenever possible. The acid in the oil helps to loosen the dead top layer of skin and then the ground peel sloughs off the dead skin. Add plain yogurt with active cultures. The lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid, in the yogurt helps smooth and exfoliate skin. These two ingredients are the chemicals of the peel. Now it’s time to add the humectant properties with honey and olive oil. Honey is a natural antioxidant and anti-microbial and will help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays and rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin. Olive oil contains four different antioxidants and is one of the best moisturizing oils as it absorbs quickly and does not leave your skin feeling greasy. Finally, add the oats. Because oats are slightly rough, they are one of nature's most amazing exfoliates. They soften the skin, making it silky smooth.
Mix ingredients until well blended and massage on a damp face. Leave on skin for 5 - 8 minutes, rinse well with warm water and finish with a splash of cold water. While it is best to use when fresh, you can store the rest in the refrigerator for up to a week for another exfoliating facial later on.
This scrub is great for all skin types.
Marianne Wilson Stein is the Creator of Luscious Beauty for Gifts From the Earth.