If you haven’t already been convinced by my 13 ingredients to avoid in cosmetics to avoid toxic chemicals in your beauty products, you should still try this exfoliator for its luxuriousness. It is simple and smells like lavender and coconut. And it’s great for sensitive skin. Does it get better than that?
Exfoliating on a regular basis is good for your skin. Your body is constantly shedding and producing new skin cells. Since your face has more sensitive skin than most of your body, it sometimes needs a little help getting rid of the dead cells. Too many dead cells left on the skin can clog pores and lead to breakouts. So using a natural exfoliator like this not only helps avoid the chemicals in most store-bought exfoliators, it also can help prevent breakouts and moisturize at the same time. Oh, did I mention it’s also anti-inflammatory?
The ingredients are all great for your skin:
- Coconut oil: moisturizes skin more efficiently than water or petroleum based lotions, naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants and nutrients your skin needs (make sure to get an organic, non-refined, cold pressed oil to get the full benefits)
- Baking soda: gentle, non-irritating exfoliator
- Lavender essential oil: anti-inflammatory for skin, relaxing scent (look for 100% pure therapeutic grade)
And here is the full recipe:
If it is especially warm out you might want to put this in the fridge right after mixing to let the coconut oil solidify more quickly. If it takes too long for the coconut oil to re-solidify the baking soda tends to separate. It’s easily fixed by just stirring it up- and it can be used on a hot day even if the coconut oil is melted- just make sure it is mixed well. Using this scrub may take a little getting used to at first. If you are used to oil-free products, the feel of using a coconut oil based scrub may be strange. Trust me- once you get past the initial weirdness it just feels amazing. And I usually can skip my moisturizer after I use this scrub because it moisturizes well enough on its own. I’m becoming a big fan of lavender essential oil. It is supposed to be great at helping with rashes and skin conditions like eczema. Anything anti-inflammatory is ok by me! I use this exfoliator about every other shower. My other face wash is the three ingredient honey face wash I posted last week that I use between exfoliations. I’m planning to make a new moisturizer soon- so keep your eyes open for that recipe in the coming weeks! Try out this awesome homemade exfoliator- and let me know how it goes for you!