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Natural Home Remedies to Exfoliate Skin

by Joanne Thomas ; Updated July 18, 2017

Dry, flaking skin feels uncomfortable, robs you of your natural glow and can make you feel self-conscious. Regular exfoliation is one of the best ways to remedy dry skin. If you prefer to use all-natural products on your skin, you may be wary of store-bought scrubs and their mysterious ingredients. Fortunately, exfoliating scrubs are some of the easiest beauty products you can make yourself.

Natural Scrubbers

To act as an exfoliant, a homemade beauty product must contain some kind of grainy particles to act as tiny scrubbers. Natural ingredients that offer the necessary properties include sugar, salt, Epsom salts, coffee grounds and oatmeal. Use fine grains, such as fine table salt, for a gentle facial scrub; coarse grains, such as kosher salt, are better for body and foot scrubs. Experiment with different types of sugar and salt or a blend of several ingredients. Grind oatmeal and coffee beans in a blender or coffee grinder for a custom texture.

Blend With Base Oils

To turn your chosen exfoliating ingredients into a scrub, you need to blend them with a natural base oil. Popular choices include coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. Oils that are solid at room temperature are easier to blend if you heat them gently over a double boiler or in the microwave. Try different ratios of oils to grains to get a consistency you like. Add a few drops of vitamin E oil, which is beneficial for the skin. Honey, which has antibacterial properties, can also be blended with the base oils and grains.

Add Aromatics

Aromatic ingredients are an optional addition to a homemade scrub. Find ingredients in the kitchen, such as fresh citrus zest, vanilla extract or pumpkin pie spice. Try fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Skin-safe essential oils, such as peppermint, lavender and tea tree oil, impart their essence in just a few drops.

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About the Author

Joanne Thomas has worked as a writer and editor for print and online publications since 2004. Her writing specialties include relationships, entertainment and food, and she has penned pieces about subjects from social media tools for Adobe to artists’ biographies for StubHub. Thomas has also written for such names as Disney, Hyundai, Michelob and USA Today, among others. She resides in California and holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Bristol, U.K.