• Our Top Five Best Natural Exfoliants

    September 12, 2019 • BEAUTY, DIY RECIPES, GUIDES, LIFE

    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.

    Face and body scrubs to make at home | Biome Eco Stores

    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.


    Face and body scrubs to make at home | Biome Eco Stores

    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: Evohe Face & Body Exfoliant >

    DIY Skin Care: Gentle Pumice & Clay Facial Exfoliant >

    Ground Coffee

    Face and body scrubs to make at home | Biome Eco Stores

    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: Rasasara Skinfood Body Exfoliating Paste >

    DIY Skin CareCoffee & Coconut Sugar Body Scrub >


    Face and body scrubs to make at home | Biome Eco Stores

    Natural loofah is one of our favourite natural exfoliants. Unlike the plastic versions you find at the supermarket, natural luffah sponges are from Luffa aegyptiaca plant, also known as the sponge gourd or the Egyptian cucumber. This fruit is a deep green in colour and resembles a large cucumber, up to 45cm in length.

    When the fruit is young and immature, it can be eaten like a cucumber. At this stage the luffa will not have developed its inner fibrous netting it is commonly grown for.

    If it is left on the plant to mature, the outer shell will begin to turn brown, and when you shake it you will hear the seeds rattling. If you soak the fruit in hot water for several hours, the skin will easily slip off, revealing a natural loofah sponge.

    Ready made: Hazelnut Tree Loofah Soap >

    DIY Skin Care: Grow your own! You might find seeds at a local market or Facebook group.


    Face and body scrubs to make at home | Biome Eco Stores

    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: Butt Naked Chai Lip Scrub >

    DIY Skin Care: Activated Charcoal DIY Body Scrub >


    Face and body scrubs to make at home | Biome Eco Stores

    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: Simple As That Exfoliant >

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