One of the things that really irk me in life is buying a new exfoliator, then using it and after a while figuring out that it isn't doing anything for my skin. Or noticing that it actually makes me break out more; not what I want for part of a skin care regime! And lets not get me started on the fact that I don't even know how to pronounce half of the ingredients on the back of those bottles...
It's actually amazing what the things sitting in your fridge or growing in your garden can do for your skin, which is why I made up my own exfoliator this morning. I know two out of three of the above ingredients are fresh, and all of them are natural, organic and cruelty free!
After using my own face scrub this morning my skin was so soft and moisturised, and it felt so cleeeeaaan! I won't be going back to the mall anytime soon to buy a new exfoliator thats for sure!
But before I tell you how to make it, lets first break down these ingredients and look at how they benefit the skin.
Epsom salts helps exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead skin cells and black heads. And due to its anti inflammatory properties this salt can also help reduce the appearance of acne.
Lemon Juice has antibacterial properties which helps heal acne, prevent further break outs and reduce blackheads.
If you haven't heard about the benefits of coconut oil then you must have been living under a rock! Coconut oil is extremely moisturising, which can be used as an all over body and hair moisturiser or as a cooking oil alternative in your frying pan. This can be found at most supermarkets.
Mint can help soothe skin, reduce pimples and relieve itchiness, is has also been shown to reduce some symptoms of acne due to it's antiseptic properties.
Mint Epsom salts
Lemon juice Coconut oil
Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil on low heat in a sauce pan / Loosely tear up mint leaves and add to sauce pan / Take off heat and let to cool for a minute / Add in 1 tablespoon of epsom salts / Squeeze in juice of half a lemon.
**Any of these ingredients can be changed in amount to how thick or grainy you want the consistency to be**
Once mixture is cool enough to apply to your face, do so like you would with any other type of face scrub focusing on any blemished areas.
I let the scrub sit for a minute or two before I really scrubbed in the epsom salts. Rinse scrub off with a warm flannel and pat face dry with a clean towel.
Also don't be afraid to also rub a bit onto your lips, the salt will help exfoliate any dry or dead skin and the coconut oil will soften and moisturise.
You can continue on with your normal skin care routine as normal, I skipped toner and went straight to applying my SPF moisturiser, as my toner would remove any coconut oil left on my skin.
If you still have some left over you can store it in a container in your cupboard, but because the main ingredient is coconut oil you might have to reheat the mixture again as it will slowly harden once it fully cools.
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Michaela Loye is an 22 year old blogger and free lance photographer hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. She has a passion for adventure and locally sourced beauty products.