A DIY Guide to Exfoliating Face Scrubs

Make Your Own Exfoliating Scrub

Though there are dozens of exfoliating products lining the shelves, you may want to concoct your own. When making an at-home exfoliating scrub or mask, consider using these natural ingredients Dr. Badreshia-Bansal recommends:

Oatmeal: It can be used on all skin types as a natural exfoliator.

Milk: It contains lactic acid, which is found in many popular exfoliating products.

Lemon: This juicy fruit is packed with vitamin C and can be an exfoliator and skin brightener that's great for knees and elbows. (Make sure you wash this off well before going out in the sun to avoid a nasty skin reaction that can happen when lime or lemon juice hits the skin in the sunlight.)

Sugar and Salt: These coarse ingredients act as physical exfoliating agents.

That being said, taking your skin care routine into your own hands comes with risks. "I'm not a fan of the at-home exfoliating," says Dr. Bobby Buka, section chief at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "You're not sure how harsh the products are for your skin." He recommends in-office peel treatments to his patients instead. "After a peel, your skin would have some brightness to it, increased turgor or plumpness, and less congested pores.

If you want to start off with a gentler all-natural exfoliating mask, Dr. Buka says some of his patients make this one at home: Pop a whole avocado nut in your blender to grind it up, add soy milk, and blend the ingredients into a grainy liquid. Patients will put this on for 20 minutes before bed, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the soy milk may help with pimples.

We also like this Frozen Egg & Honey Facial Mask we found on SafeCosmetics.org, which is recommended for dry skin and may soothe sunburns.

Want more? Learn more about the Top 10 Natural Exfoliants.

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