• Our Top Five Best Natural Exfoliants

    August 29, 2017 • BEAUTY, DIY RECIPES, GUIDES, LIFE

    Our Top Five Best Natural Exfoliants

    One of the key steps to radiant, healthy skin is regular exfoliation to remove dry, dead skin cells.

    The problem with many store-bought scrubs though is that they contain things like plastic microbeads, palm oil or palm derived ingredients, sodium lauryl sulphate, and synthetic colours, fragrances and preservatives – ingredients that are no good to anyone or the environment.

    So we have put together our top five best natural exfoliants, including ready made products and homemade body and face scrub recipes.

    Why We Need To Exfoliate Our Skin

    A regular exfoliation routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.

    As new skin cells are created in the dermis (the skin’s inner layer), the old, dead skin cells are pushed towards the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin).

    Eventually these dead skin cells will flake off. However as we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down and the body is slower to generate new skin cells and shed the old ones.

    When the old, dead skin cells start to build up on the surface of the skin, it can leave your skin looking dull, rough and dry.

    Furthermore, the build up of dead skin cells can result in the production of excess oil, clogging pores and resulting in blemishes.

    The process of removing these dead skin cells also allows your natural moisturising cream to penetrate more deeply, therefore increasing their effectiveness.

    Keep in mind that while regular exfoliation is is important, it is just as important not to go overboard. Limit exfoliation to once a week at the most, as anything more than that can result in dry, irritated skin.

    Pumice

    Pumice is a type of volcanic rock that is high in naturally occurring minerals, such as magnesium, iron, silica and oxygen.

    Regular use of a pumice stone is great for keeping feet and elbows nice and smooth, but it can be too abrasive to use beyond those areas.

    Ground pumice on the other hand provides a much more gentle exfoliation and is suitable to be used on your face and rest of your body.

    Ready Made: Volcanically Yours – Peppermint & Pumice Exfoliating Body Soap >

    DIY Skin Care: Gentle Pumice & Clay Facial Exfoliant >

    Ground Coffee

    Coffee is packed full of antioxidants, and when applied topically to the skin, ground coffee can provide a range of fantastic benefits. Ground coffee a great natural exfoliant as it gently removes dead skin cells, and stimulates blood flow. This in turn help to brighten skin and even minimise the appearance of cellulite (temporarily).

    You can make your own coffee scrub at home by mixing ground coffee with either sugar or salt and a small amount of oil. In a circular motion, gently massage into your skin and rinse.

    Ready Made: Zk’in Clarifying Exfoliator >

    DIY Skin Care: Coffee & Coconut Sugar Body Scrub >

    Coconut

    There are several ways you can incorporate coconut into your exfoliation routine.

    Ground coconut flesh is naturally rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and Vitamin C as well as essential minerals of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus,  Potassium and Zinc. It provides an effective light to medium exfoliation.

    Coconut sugar on the other hand provides a more coarse exfoliation, and is suitable for body scrubs and foot scrubs in place of regular sugar.

    For areas that can get really dry, like feet, coconut fibre provides a much more thorough exfoliation. For these areas, you might like to try a scrub pad made from coconut fibre.

    Ready Made: Seahaven Organic Sea Scrub >

    DIY Skin Care: Shea & Coconut Sugar Body Scrub >

    Sugar

    Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Glycolic acid works to break down the protein that keeps dead skin cells hanging on to your skin. This in turn encourages the production of new skin cells, generating fresher, healthier skin.

    A simple sugar scrub is easy to make at home by mixing pure sugar (organic is best), with an oil (olive, coconut, or jojoba oils work well) to make a paste. In a circular motion, gently massage into your skin and rinse.

    Ready Made: Ohana Organics Awapuhi Scrub Butter >

    DIY Skin Care: Activated Charcoal DIY Body Scrub >

    Salts

    Certain salts, including Tasmanian Sea Salt, Murray River Salt Flakes and Magnesium Salts (magnesium chloride flakes), are full of trace minerals that are effective in rejuvenating skin, stimulating cell growth and helping your skin retain moisture.

    A salt scrub is great for dry skin. You could easily make your own at home by mixing your choice of salt (the abovementioned salts are recommended over regular table salt), with your favourite oil (olive, coconut or jojoba oils would be fantastic options) to make a paste. In circular motions, gently massage into your skin, avoiding your face, and rinse.

    As salt can be quite coarse, we recommend using a salt scrub on your body only, not your face.

    Ready Made: Miessence Darling Salt Glow >

    DIY Skin Care: Magnesium, Turmeric & Ginger Foot Scrub >

    Discover Biome’s Naked Beauty BarTM

    Looking to simplify, reduce waste and know exactly what you are putting on your skin?

    At Biome’s Naked Beauty BarTM, you will find all of the beautiful raw ingredients you need to make your own natural skin care and cleaning products. These ingredients are available in convenient reusable glass jars, and in bulk from our Indooroopilly and Balmoral stores.

    Find our stores here:

    ·         Brisbane City: 33 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City

    ·         Paddington: 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

    ·         Balmoral: 216 Riding Road, Balmoral

    ·         Indooroopilly: Level 3, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

    Find all our DIY skin care and cleaning recipes here >

    Find all our DIY skin care ingredients online here >

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    One Response to Our Top Five Best Natural Exfoliants
    1. Eunice
      September 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      will using grounds like these clog up the pipes when it gets washed down the shower?

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