When I delved into the world of homemade skincare products, I learned SO much.
One of the most interesting things I learned, was that the way you exfoliate, is incredibly important.
Most store bought exfoliates have rough exfoliates like nuts in them, that can actually cause micro tears in the surface of your skin. These micro tears invite in bacteria, and damage your skin's dermis. It's incredibly important to use a gentle, fine exfoliant, or one that dissolves easily. It's also very important to gently rub them into your skin in a circular motion. Don't harshly scrub your face! You've only got the one. You should also only be exfoliating twice a week.
My favorite natural exfoliant ingredients are sugar and jojoba beads. Both are gentle, don't harm the environment, and are relatively easy to get your hands on.
If you're looking for a bad ass sugar scrub recipe, follow the link to my blog on sugar scrub! If you want to make a DIY Jojoba Bead Scrub, then you're in the right place!
Lavender EO, or EO of choice
1. In a mixing bowl combine 1 oz of Aloe Vera Gel, 1.5 tbs unscented liquid Castile soap and 2 tbs Organic Coconut Oil.
**Note: In cold climates, if your coconut oil is solid, you may want to gently heat it a bit first. It will blend more easily if it's a bit liquid.**
2. Using a hand mixer, blend ingredients thoroughly.
3. Add 1 tsp organic jojoba beads and 5 drops of Lavender EO
4. Blend again.
5. Allow mixture to settle for 30 min.
6. Store in a 4 oz jar.
Other Essential Oil Options:
Peppermint (Only use about 2 drops if you choose peppermint)
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