Remember those Monday mornings when you rolled out the bed just an hour before clocking in at work? As you scrambled to get ready, what was your one “must-do” before stepping out the door? Grab breakfast? Brush your teeth? Or slather on a layer of high-coverage concealer?
We all dream of waking up each morning looking fresh-faced and effortlessly beautiful, but the natural process of aging combined with the stress of modern life makes that a tough row to hoe. While trying to regain the supple complexion of our babyhood is impractical, a good face scrub can be a very cost-effective solution to getting radiant-looking skin.
How do You Make a Homemade Scrub for Glowing Skin?Pollutants and excessive exposure to the sun are the major causes of skin dullness and hyperpigmentation. If you’re looking to brighten your skin tone, a good exfoliator can effectively slough off dead skin cells, impurities, and makeup residues. It can also boost the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums by allowing better penetration into the pores.
While there is a multitude of expensive cleansers and peels on the market to choose from, some of the best all-natural exfoliators are super easy to make at home. The best part—these ingredients are readily available in your kitchen.
Sugar is an excellent exfoliator that can gently lift away dirt and excess oil to reveal softer and younger-looking skin. The glycolic acid found naturally in sugar dissolves dead skin cells while promoting cell turnover. Also, its naturally hydrating properties will ensure that your skin is not stripped of its natural oils.
Which Sugar Is Best for DIY Face Scrubs?There are three types of sugars you can choose from—brown, pure cane (unrefined white), or turbinado (raw) sugar. Brown sugar is the least abrasive, therefore a great choice for people with sensitive skin. Pure cane sugar can be used on all skin types, while turbinado sugar is generally reserved for the body due to its large granules. Since it is the least processed, raw sugar retains the most essential minerals.
Is a Coffee or Sugar Scrub Better?It’s difficult to pick a winner since sugar and coffee have very different properties. Sugar scrubs can brighten your skin and remove toxins, while coffee scrubs will reduce inflammation and promote blood circulation.
From face masks to shampoos, caffeine-infused products are all the rage right now in the cosmetic world. Though it’s not recommended to exfoliate your face with coffee grounds, as the coarse granules can create microtears in the skin, it is a great body scrub.
Recent studies have shown that when used twice daily for 12 consecutive weeks, caffeine can help to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Also, when massaged regularly onto the skin it can promote lymphatic drainage to temporarily improve skin elasticity, lighten dark spots, and reverse the effects of sun damage.
Does Scrubbing Lighten Skin?Melanin is our skin’s natural protective shield against harmful rays such as UVA, UVB, and bluelight. When there is an injury to the skin, our body naturally increases the production of melanin to promote healing, causing hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
Should I Scrub or Wash First?For best results, remember to gently wash your face before exfoliating. Cleansing beforehand will allow the exfoliants to penetrate deeper into the skin and prevent dirt and makeup from getting pushed further inside your pores.
How Many Minutes Should I Scrub?According to dermatologists, how often you exfoliate depends on your skin type, but as a general rule, less is more. Over-scrubbing can dry out your skin and lead to acne as it tries to overcompensate by producing more oil.
For people with sensitive skin, you may want to stick with a creamy face wash and skip exfoliating altogether. People with oily skin can exfoliate up to four times per week, provided that you work up to that frequency slowly. For normal to combination skin, scrubbing twice per week is plenty. Consult your dermatologist to determine the best approach for you.