Thursday, November 22, 2007

Simple Facial Scrubs

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Why use facial scrubs? Scrubs are a simple way to exfoliate dead skin cells. Exfoliation exposes the fresh new healthy layer of skin underneath giving your skin a natural healthy glow.

You don't have to buy expensive fancy products. You probably have ingredients to do the job efficiently already in the kitchen cupboard. My favorite inexpensive quick scrub is sugar. Yes-- plain white granulated sugar.

Mix a teaspoon or so of sugar with a small squirt of your favorite liquid soap for a quick foamy facial scrub. Rub the mixture in a gentle circular motion for a few seconds, rinse well with warm or tepid water followed by a few splashes of cool to cold water to close the pores. Next apply your favorite moisturizer. I sometimes use a cosmetic sponge to rub my scrubs in but your fingers will work just as well.

For dry skin substitute the liquid soap with honey instead. For sensitive irritated skin substitute the sugar with ground oatmeal or use mixture of half sugar and half oatmeal.

Caution: I would not use table salt. Although there a many scrubs made with salts (mostly mineral salts), they are more appropriate for body scrubs. Salt, particularly table salt, tends to be more drying and the crystal formation of salt grains can be extremely abrasive on facial skin.

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