Whose face doesn't love a good exfoliation? I know mine does. Exfoliating your face serves many key functions. It helps unclog pores and prevent blackheads from forming. It also improves skin turnover which keeps it looking radiant and fresh. Although skin types vary from person to person, I recommend exfoliating 1-2 times per week. This all-natural and affordableDIY makes that easy to do.
Four simple ingredients make up this DIY Brown Sugar & Olive Oil Face Scrub. Each ingredient boasts multiple health benefits that gives your skin that much needed TLC. Here's why we chose the following elements to make up our scrub:
Brown sugar is a great exfoliant for the face and a great alternative to salts, which can be harmful to the sensitive skin on the face. Brown sugar contains glycolic acid which penetrates the skin cells and encourages cell turnover, leaving the skin looking and feeling refreshed. Brown sugar is has a natural humecant property, meaning it absorbs moisture in the air and releases it into you skin when applied, ensuring well-hydrated skin.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) has many naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. Just as these are important for the health of your body, they are also important for the health of your skin. EVOO contains vitamin E and K. It is full of polyphenols (a class of antioxidants that regulate cell enzyme function and stimulate cell receptors) which rejuvenate aging skin and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. EVOO also contains an important component called squalene. Squalene helps the skin to form a protective barrier and boosts cellular regeneration, it promotes skin elasticity and diminishes age spots.
EVOO has proven effective in treating common skin disorders including acne, psoriasis and eczema. Studies have shown that it also protects against damaging UV rays and skin cancer related tumors. Overall, EVOO helps keep skin healthy, smooth and youthful.
Rose Hip Oil
Rose Hip Oil is a great anti-aging oil, it is packed full with vitamin c, which works synergistically with it's high amount of vitamin a to penetrate deep into the skin to get down into the pores and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing the moisture balance in the skin.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil is one of many wonderful essential oils that can be used in this facial scrub. We chose lavender because its wonderful healing properties, not to mention its glorious scent. Lavender is known for it's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and relaxing properties. It is great for skin inflammation, acne, sores or red spots, and sunburns. Lavender EO has a slightly cooling effect on the skin and has the ability to calm down the tissues it comes in contact with.
DIY Brown Sugar & Olive Oil Face Scrub
Time: 10 minutes
1 cup Brown Sugar
100 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
25 ml Organic Rose Hip Oil (or other beneficial oil to the skin)
10-15 drops gentle Essential Oil of your choice (lavender, chamomile, tea tree, grapefruit etc.)
Small Mason Jar
Measure your oils, about 100 ml of EVOO and 20 ml of rose hip oil. Then, mix 'em together.
Measure out about 1 cup of brown sugar, and put it into a medium-sized bowl.
Add your essential oils to your EVOO and rose hip oil mixture, then stir it in with a spoon.
Pour the oil mixture over the sugar and stir it up! Once it is all incorporated into the sugar, you are good to go.
Package it as you please, we decided on a little mason jar to ensure airtight storage, this will prolong your scrub's shelf-life, making sure it truly does last a whole year!
Tip: Store in a cool, dry place, and use it within a year.
This rejuvenating DIY Brown Sugar & Olive Oil Face Scrub is an easy and creative project you can keep for yourself or give as a unique gift! Have you made any all-natural DIY skin care products?
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