Time to banish that freeloading and pore-clogging dead skin from your face and other dainty areas. Some of the dullness that plagues your skin may be due to the dead skin cells you’ve been hauling around. Heck, if you’ve been neglecting this, you may lose a pound or two of (dead) flesh before you’re done. Here are a couple of ways to exfoliate with using harsh chemicals or scratch loofahs (which don’t belong on your face anyway):
• Time to crack out a classic exfoliator—oatmeal. Not that prepackaged stuff with maple sugar or cinnamon. Pull out the good stuff. It’s as easy as mixing fresh dry oatmeal with warm water and slathering it on. Pop open a book or magazine and catch a breather while the oatmeal mask dries.
• Mix one teaspoon of granulated sugar with half a teaspoon of honey and add a squeeze of lemon. Mix it together and exfoliate away. The honey is an antioxidant with antimicrobial properties while the lemon helps clarify your skin. You can leave this on your skin too for about 20 minutes and rub off gently in a circular motion with warm water.
• Need a little more help with problem skin? Try apple cider vinegar and a little water. Dab it on and sit for five minutes before rinsing. Since the apple cider vinegar has alpha-hydroxy acids, it can help to balance your skin’s pH levels.
• Baking soda makes a gentle exfoliant for you face. Add a teaspoon to your favorite cleansers or just mix it with water to make a paste. Rub the paste onto your skin, leave it for 5 or 10 minutes, and then rinse and pat dry.
If you do have sensitive skin and you are trying something new on your face do a patch test first.