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Top 10 Natural Exfoliants That You Can Use For Your DIY Face Masks!

Top 10 Natural Exfoliants That You Can Use For Your DIY Face Masks!

If you want to have perfect skin, you need to start exfoliating.

Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from your face. Normally your skin will shed the dead cells naturally, but sometimes they can stay attached to the top layer of your skin for up to a month. This can make your complexion look rough and tired, and it can even make stop your skin from secreting oil properly. This can cause blackheads, red spots and blemishes, so it is very important to exfoliate.

When the dead skin is removed you will only be able to see skin cells that are alive, so your face will look healthier and your skin will glow.

Why Choose DIY Face Masks?

You can buy exfoliating face masks in most beauty and health stores, but most of these contain microbeads. Microbeads are rough on the skin so they can be irritating, and they are also really bad for the environment. This is because the beads are so small that they don’t get filtered out by water treatment facilities, so they end up back in the water supply. This is harmful to both humans and marine life.

This is why it is best to choose a natural exfoliant.

10 Natural Exfoliants

1. Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is a gentle natural exfoliator that helps to absorb oil, so it is ideal for people with greasy skin.

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    Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with one tablespoon of brown sugar, then add a tablespoon of raw honey. You can also add Jojoba oil and other essential oils for extra benefits. Click here to see the full ingredient list.

    2. Baking Soda

      Baking soda has lots of benefits, and one of the main ones is being a natural exfoliator. It is very cheap in comparison to other natural exfoliators, and it is very gentle so you can use it even if you have sensitive skin.

      Make your own baking soda face mask by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water and one vitamin e soft liquid gel pill. Click here to learn how to make the mask at home.

      3. Lemon

        Lemon contains alpha hydroxy acid, which helps to remove the glue-like protein that causes dead skin to stick to your face, so it is the perfect natural ingredient for an exfoliator.

        Simply mix half a fresh lemon with half a cup of granulated sugar, then add one teaspoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of organic honey. Click here for the full ingredient list.

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        4. Sugar

          Sugar is one of the best natural exfoliators as the grains are small and rough, so they are ideal for removing dead skin. Sugar also contains glycolic acid, which will help to break down dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

          Make our own sugar exfoliator with half a cup of sugar and half a cup of olive oil. Click here to learn how to make the mask yourself.

          5. Yogurt

            Yoghurt isn’t just a tasty treat – it is also an excellent exfoliator as it contains alpha hydroxyl acid, one of the main ingredients found in prescription skin care product. Yoghurt will also hydrate your skin as it exfoliates, so it is well suited to people with dry skin.

            Simply mix one teaspoon of yogurt with one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of oats. You can click here to see the full ingredient list.

            6. Almonds

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              You may not think that almonds are a good exfoliator, but if they are ground up finely they are great! The texture is perfect for exfoliation, and the nutrient-rich almonds will make your skin glow.

              Mix quarter of a cup of ground almonds with three teaspoons of raw organic honey and quarter of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. You can also add one teaspoon of argan oil for added benefits. See the full ingredient list here.

              7. Sea Salt

                Sea salt is a wonderful exfoliator as the granules are coarse and large. It is worth noting that due to the size of the grains, this is a strong exfoliator so it should be avoided by people with very sensitive skin.

                Simply mix one cup of finely ground Himalayan salt with one teaspoon of coconut oil and two teaspoons of sweet almond oil, then add one teaspoon of castile soap. See the full ingredient list here.

                8. Honey

                  Raw honey is great for your skin as it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic and anti-fungal benefits. This helps to reduce the chance of skin infections and redness, and it can also help to fight against acne. It also attracts moisture while exfoliating, so it is a moisturizing exfoliator that is suited to dry skin.

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                  Make you own exfoliator using one teaspoon of raw honey and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Learn more about the exfoliator here.

                  9. Coffee

                    Coffee can wake up your skin and help to decrease puffiness around the eyes. It also has a great texture for exfoliating; it is rough but also crumbly so it will remove skin without irritating your face. You can either use fresh beans or ones that have already been brewed!

                    Combine half a teaspoon of coconut oil with half a teaspoon of finely ground coffee beans for this exfoliator. Learn how to use the mask here.

                    10. Papaya

                      Papaya is a great exfoliator as it contains the enzyme papain, which helps to dissolve dead skin cells without irritating the new skin cells. This is very similar to the prescription medication tretinion, but without any side effects such as skin flaking!

                      You can make your own mask using just four teaspoons of blended papaya and one tablespoon of honey. Click here to see how to make your own papaya mask.

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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