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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 😉

Brown Sugar | OrganicIsBeautiful
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.

Oatmeal | OrganicIsBeautiful
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.

Coffee | OrganicIsBeautiful
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?

Almond | OrganicIsBeautiful
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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Try This: Savory Breakfast Yogurt

Yogurt can be much more intimate that you may think. I will not mention its fabulous and natural healing and calming properties for your skin. No, that would be a sacrilege. Why? Because today, on OiB, we indulge ourself. A me-time should I say. You have finished pampered yourself, you had some turmeric latte to kick start your day.

Now, it is time for breakfast time. Yes, it’s time to take yogurt beyond fruit and granola. Look to your favorite spices and nuts, consider the possibilities of any leftover cooked veggies you have in your fridge, and start layering ingredients until you have a bowl that’s to your liking. Not sure where to start? Here’s some good options.

And the good thing is all of which can be happily mixed and matched.

1- The base: Tomato

Tomatoes | OrganicIsBeautiful
Tomatoes | OrganicIsBeautiful

Tomatoes, raw or roasted, is plain yogurt’s best friend. Chopped or grated raw cucumber is great, too, as are shredded or thinly-sliced carrots and radishes. Roasted or sautéed onions or garlic, squash, greens, and mushrooms are also good options. Even better if you have them leftover from dinner the night before.

2- The Taste: Pesto

Pesto | OrganicIsBeautiful
Pesto | OrganicIsBeautiful

Use any herb you like: basil, parsley, dill, mint, etc. Do you have some pesto or herb oil in the fridge? Definitely use that.

3- Shape it: Nuts, Grains & Seeds

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Sunflower Seeds | OrganicIsBeautiful

Because every bowl of yogurt is better with something crunchy on top, pick your favorite nuts and seeds and sprinkle generously. Go for pumpkin, sesame, and chia seeds; almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pistachios; or crunchy coconut chips.

Walnut | OrganicIsBeautiful
Walnut | OrganicIsBeautiful

(I like to toast a mix of a few different nuts and seeds in a small skillet before adding them to my yogurt bowl, but you don’t necessarily have to do that.) Nut and seed butters work with yogurt, too, so go ahead and add a swirl of almond butter, tahini or even hummus. Feel free to check my Facebook page for more details. I am also on Instagram and Twitter 😉

Instead of sweet granola, try raw or toasted rolled oats, or an unsweetened puffed grain cereal. Leftover cooked whole grains or quinoa can be a nice, chewy addition as well. Quinoa? Sounds familiar. If not, click on the link for a quick reminder

4- The rest

Never forget a sprinkling of salt: it’s the finishing touch that makes everything sing. If that salt is a flaky sea salt and adds a little bit of crunch, even better. Something spicy like chili flakes or curry powder is always nice, too. For that matter, so is a few shakes of hot sauce.

Unless you’re using pesto or herb oil, a drizzle of your very best olive oil is the ultimate finish for a savory yogurt bowl.

Note: I would hate to show off my [not-that] awesome photography skills on OiB one day. Yet, that day has not come yet. The visual used to prepare my article are from Epicurious.com.

So, now you know 😉 Oh, the possibilities! Have you ever tried savory yogurt? What are your favorite combinations?

Amanda 😉

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