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A List of Simple All-Natural Exfoliants For Your Skin

Why should you avoid store-bought exfoliants?

There are many products that you can buy to exfoliate your skin, but the problem with most of them is that they contain microbeads. Microbeads aren’t only rough on skin, but also terrible for the environment. The small plastic beads in these products aren’t filtered out by water treatment plants and are being washed right back into our water supply, often with harmful results for marine life.

In USA for instance, the state of Illinois recently banned the use of microbeads. The plastic waste caused by the microbeads, which are not filtered out during sewage treatment, are damaging water ecosystems.
In EU, the European commission has recently lunched the debate to closely monitor its long term impact. If you would like to read more about the project, you can read further update on the following link ⇒ EU.

The good news is, the best exfoliators are all-natural, so you don’t need to buy any harmful, expensive products. With ingredients that you already have on hand, you can have your face shining and refreshed in no time. List compiled by DIYNatural.

All-Natural Exfoliants

 Sugar

Sugar grains are naturally small and rough, which make them perfect for sloughing skin cells from your face. When added to an oil, such as grapeseed or olive oil, sugar is a fantastic exfoliant.

Another benefit to sugar?

It’s full of glycolic acid, which helps to naturally break down dead skin cells and decrease fine lines.

Hmm I am guessing your next question: How does it work?

Basically, glycolic acid contains small molecules that are able to penetrate into the skin. And, once it penetrates under the surface it loosens up the glue-like substance that holds the skin cells together and allows the skin to shed off the old dead cells. Once the skin has rid itself of the old cells it appears brighter and leaves your skin with a more, healthy glow.

Simple 😉

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Brown Sugar | OrganicIsBeautiful

Oatmeal

Oats is actually my favourite breakfast, no matter where I am or how I feel. It does the job and I looove trying new refreshing recipes. Oatmeal is one of the gentlest exfoliants you can find. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a great place to start for exfoliation.

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Oatmeal | OrganicIsBeautiful


Oatmeal works best when whole oats are ground up in a food processor, then added to water or another base and applied to the face with your fingertips. Another benefit to oatmeal is that it absorbs oil, so you will be cleansing as you exfoliate.

Baking Soda

I often use baking soda in my DIY skincare routine. And since all you really have to do is make a paste out of baking soda and water, it’s quite possibly the simplest and least expensive exfoliant on this list. Baking soda is one of my favorite exfoliants; my face always feels so much fresher after I’ve rinsed all the baking soda off, and it’s very gentle, too.

Sea Salt

Sea salt (not table salt!) makes a great exfoliant, too. The granules are large and coarse, and don’t dissolve easily. This makes it fantastic for use on the rougher parts of your body, like elbows and feet. Another nice thing about sea salt is that it isn’t at all sticky. To use, simply mix with a small amount of oil and rub into your skin.

The week end is coming soon, if you feel like pampering yourself with a refreshing and calming bath, read that:

Saturday Relaxation with Ginger and Dead Sea Salt.

Coffee

Caffeine is known to decrease puffiness around the eyes.

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Coffee | OrganicIsBeautiful

Exfoliating and decreasing puffiness at the same time? Sounds good to me! You can use either fresh coffee grounds or those you’ve already brewed (which makes more sense to me – recycling is always a good thing!), add them to a small amount of the oil of your choice, and apply to your skin.

Note: The only downside I see to using coffee as an exfoliant is that coffee grounds are inherently messy, so be prepared for a bit of cleanup.

Almonds

It probably sounds strange to think of rubbing almonds all over your face, but when they’re ground up very finely, almonds make for a great exfoliant. Almond powder is a chemical-free, nutrient-rich method to exfoliate your skin.

When added to a small amount of water, almond powder will exfoliate the skin without leaving behind any residue. Other powders hold similar health attributes for your skin such as Cinnamon, rice or green tea (matcha) powder.

Did you check out my article about Almond Milk?

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Almond | OrganicIsBeautiful

Now you know…

Using an exfoliant a few times a week is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and young-looking. Make sure you use them gently – exfoliating shouldn’t hurt! Scrubbing your face too hard or too often can result in irritated skin, and redness is definitely not the look you’re going for with this.

If you think it’s going to be difficult to incorporate natural exfoliation into your routine, take heart. Seriously, if I can learn to do it, you can learn to do it.

Once you get used to having such bright skin, you’ll never want to go back.

Happy Skin Everyone,

Next post next Monday on something called…Emu Oil I recently discovered and loved 😉

Amanda

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The Little Life of My Konjac Sponge.

Konjac Sponge, say thank you to Mother Earth. If it is something you have not heard of then I am delighted to introduce you to the Konjac sponge. Curious name!?

I love a little pamper and this is one way I can feel like I am treating myself to a relaxing natural gentle cleanse of my face and body, with minimum effort and ease.

Once you try the Konjac sponge your wash routine will never be the same again as you become familiar and newly dependent on its uses.

What is the Konjac Sponge?

Konjac is derived from a potato like plant that can be found in areas such as Asia.

That is how it looks like:

It has been used for a number of years as a food source but more recently started being used in beauty treatments. The Konjac sponge is made from a vegetable fibre which is produced from the plant and then combined with French clays to make a sponge.

Some of the benefits of the Konjac sponge are: Biodegradable

  • Natural Extremely soft and gentle
  • Comes in different varieties suitable for numerous skin types

What can it do?

I was constantly looking for a natural cleanser and with the Konjac sponge there is certainly a lot to thank Mother Earth for in finding me my solution. The Konjac sponge provides you with a gentle cleaner and exfoliator for both face and body.

This is how mine looks like. I think I got it early May, thats a good 6 weeks ago:

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Try it for yourself and witness the delicate nature in which it removes dead skin from your body leaving your skin feeling fresh, amazingly soft and smooth. Make up removal is another use and if you are anything like me, removing your make up can always be a bit of a chore.

Did you know? Argan Oil is also a fabulous gentle make up removal to try out!

The soft texture of the sponge allows you to use it to take off a lot of your make up gently and quickly leaving you feeling super fresh.

∴ Is there a technique to using the sponge?

When you first get your sponge the texture may seem quite dry and hard.

There is one simple trick. The trick is to wet the sponge under warm water and gradually you will feel the texture begin to soften in your hands.

Once softened the sponge will adopt a puffy and wet appearance and this is now where you can begin you mini pamper and use the flat side of the sponge to exfoliate and gently remove dirt and dead skin. Removal of the dead skin will leave you feeling great as your tired skin is stimulated and feels brand new.

We all know how good that clean freshly washed feeling is.

All good things must come to an end an over time your sponge will require replacing, usually when it begins to deteriorate and break up. But hey, where is the harm in replacing something for new when you know how good your skin is left feeling after using your sponge, particularly as they are also so reasonably costed. Not only that but even when you dispose of your old sponge it can be used in compost as it is natural and totally safe.

Once your face is freshly clean, a drop or two of organic coconut oil, carrot oil combined with the right skincare routine will make your skin glow. Promise 😉

Lots of love xx

Amanda.

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Honey Skincare.

The benefits of honey extend way beyond your tea cup! Its wide-reaching benefits can boost beauty inside and out, contributing to a younger, smoother complexion, and it is perfect for every skin type, from the most sensitive to inflamed or acne-prone. Be sure to use raw, unprocessed honey, as it is potently antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Try these three simple honey beauty ideas to get your skin purified, plumped and glowing. Photo and recipe courtesy of TheChalkBoardMag.

Honey contributes to a younger, smoother complexion without any additions or additives, and is perfect for every skin type. You already know how beneficial it is for dry skin as well as dry hair. The beautifying benefits of honey can be experienced by even the most sensitive, delicate, inflamed or acne-prone skin.

NOTE: Be sure to use raw, unprocessed honey and your beauty routine will never be the same…

3 WAYS HONEY CAN BEAUTIFY YOUR SKIN

FOR ACNE + IRRITATION:

Honey is a potent antibiotic and antibacterial that acts both internally and externally. Externally, it works to disinfect as well as heal wounds, burns, eczema, acne and other skin irritations. One of the leading causes of acne is bacteria in the pores, so using a potent yet gentle antibacterial such as honey is incredibly effective in treating sensitive or acne-prone skin.

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Honey | OrganicIsBeautiful

Manuka Honey Spot Treatment:
A little goes a long way. Simply replace your face wash with honey. Apply about 1 teaspoon of honey to the face and skin and gently massage the in small circular motions. For more pore-penetration, simply allow the honey to remain on skin for a longer period of time before rinsing.

For spot treatment, simply apply honey to inflamed area and let sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing.

FOR ANTI-AGING

Honey is full of probiotics, antioxidants, nutrients and enzymes, making it incredibly nourishing and the perfect aid in anti-aging – both internally and externally. Used alone it is an effective way to help plump and hydrate the skin, and prevent free-radical damage. Adding other potent superfoods, like turmeric, compliments and strengthens honey’s anti-aging powers.

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Honey | OrganicIsBeautiful

Honey Turmeric Anti-Aging Mask:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 probiotic capsule, opened
  • 1 turmeric capsule, opened

Combine all ingredients well and massage over the face and neck. Allow to sit for about 20-30 minutes, then rinse.

HYDRATE + EXFOLIATE

Honey’s naturally occurring probiotics and enzymes make it a wonderful exfoliator without stripping the skin of moisture or its sensitive oil barrier. Honey is a potent humectant- meaning it can both draw out and retain moisture, hydrating and plumping the skin – making it gentle enough to use daily to promote clear, bright skin without drying.

Tumeric…! Is that familiar?! Oh Yes 😉 Recall our delicious turmeric latte recipe shared on OiB a few weeks back.

Yogurt Honey Hydrating Scrub:

  • 2 Tbsp of raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp yogurt (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp almond or coconut oil
  • For the face: 1/4 cup baking soda
  • For the body: 1/4 cup fine coffee grinds
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Coffee | OrganicIsBeautiful

NOTE: Milk? Really! And the answer is yes. The milk contains in yogurt makes it a natural facial cleanser! And, almond milk , an nutritious alternative, is known to be high in vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin’s health!

Combine all ingredients and gently massage over the face and or body, paying particular attention to rough or dry areas and using the appropriate exfoliant. Allow to remain on skin for a few minutes and rinse. Skin should be smooth, soft and hydrated.

And, that’s will be all today on OiB. You will never look at honey the same way, right? What about you? I am curious to know your usual beauty routine when it comes to honey. I know there are many other properties.

Feel free to share yours. Wishing you all a beautiful day and a happy smile 😉

Amanda.

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Simple Homemade Scrub

If like me you have hard skin on your hands and feet or want to just exfoliate your body and get it ready for your summer holidays, then this simple scrub is a god send! From my experience, this scrub has to be the simplest homemade beauty product I’ve ever made! It has no unwanted chemicals and can be tweaked any way you wish.

As you’ll see I’ve left out measurements because this scrub can be made fresh each time in small amounts or can be made in batches and stored in an airtight glass container.

Lets start 😉

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The Basics

All you’ll need is:

  1. Oil(s) of choice
  2. Salt or sugar
  3. Essence oil(s)

And that’s it.

Simply take equal amounts of oil and salt/sugar and a few drops of essence oil and mix until combined fully. coconut is always my oil of choice, but any oil you like will do 🙂 Now that you know the basic recipe, I’m going to tell you my all time favourite ways to tweak this scrub, both for the hands, feet and body?

Photo and recipe courtesy of https://tothemoonandthestars.wordpress.com
Photo and recipe courtesy of https://tothemoonandthestars.wordpress.com

Two Amazing DIY recipes

⇔ Lemon Tea Tree Foot Scrub:

If you suffer from smelly feet and can’t seem to find anything to help, try making a batch of this scrub and using it twice a week, from personal experience I’ve found this works a dream:) Combine equal amounts of any oil and salt then add some lemon juice, between 3-6 tablespoons and a few drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus. The acid in the lemon juice really helps in breaking down thick, hard skin and the tea tree helps kill the odor causing bacteria, which will help make your feet feel fresh and brand new:)

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Eucalyptus | OrganicIsBeautiful

You can also find on OiB further tips on how to use lemon for your skin or your immune system. What about coconut oil you will say!? Do not worry, I have it all prepared here and here.

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⇔ Rosewater Hand & Body Scrub

This recipe is perfect for exfoliating and moisturizing skin before a tan and helps keep dry skin away from problem areas such as the knees and elbows. Like before take equal amounts of oil and this time sugar, combine it with a few drops of rose essential oil and a few capfuls of rosewater. If you want that added moisture kick a little Rose Hip oil is lovely and will help really nourish your skin. The rose water helps sooth the skin and also helps give it a lovely fresh scent, I used this once a week and I can honestly say my skin feels amazing every time:)

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Rose Petals | OrganicIsBeautiful

And those are my favourite ways to tweak this scrub. That is the beauty of this simple recipe, you can create many different scrubs for many different needs. Orange and basil go perfectly and you can use spearmint/peppermint instead of tea tree. The possibilities are endless:) I will prepare DIY tutorial with visual in the coming weeks. It will be featured on my Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram.

Photo and recipe from this (very) cute blog 😉

If you make these scrubs and like them or have a recipe you love, please let me know in the comments.

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