I am in love with the following homemade and all-natural beauty scrub. The benefits are endless... I'll even show you a photo of me with no make-up or crafty filters at the end.
What's in it?
-1 TBS "RAW" Honey (must be raw)
-1 TBS Olive Oil (or melted Coconut Oil - solidified doesn't work the best)
-1/2 - 1 whole juiced lemon (depends on how juicy is it)
-1/2 cup brown or white sugar (you may need more)
The RAW honey has amazing benefits. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxident, and moisturizing substance. It can help fight redness, acne, aging, and dry skin. More on raw honey benefits.
The Olive (or Coconut) Oil is a great moisturizer for the skin, and like the raw honey, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Despite what you might think, I do not break out from the oil. I usually break from bad things I put INTO my body (wheat, sugar, dairy)... not oil on my face. More on oil benefits here and here.
The Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, which has been known to help dark spots and discoloration in the skin. It also helps to diminish wrinkles and other aging skin conditions. More on vitamin C here.
The Sugar acts as the "scrub" portion of this formula. It is gentle and all-natural, and will scrub out the dead skin cells leaving your skin radiant. A lot of store bought scrubs have sand and/or microfibers which are just not good for the skin. They are too harsh and damaging.
In a small bowl mix the raw honey, olive oil, and lemon juice. Add the sugar as you stir. You want a thick consistency so you may have to add more sugar depending on your liquids. Once it's all mixed you are ready to scrub away!
How to Scrub:
In your shower or bath, use this scrub all over your body in a rotational pattern: face, neck, chest, knees, elbows, arms, legs, back of thighs, bum... everywhere! I use up the whole bowl full in one shower/bath, and while I use this everywhere I concentrate on my face the most. I even leave it on my face while I take care of all of my other shower routines. This lets the ingredients settle and work their magic. After I'm all rinsed I like to splash my face with VERY cold water to close my pores and lock in all the moisture. Then I dry skin with a soft towel and follow up with moisturizers and creams.
For me, this scrub leaves my skin feeling so so smooth, and I get a very natural glow. Make-up glides on so much smoother, and when I use this scrub, I don't have to use powder or foundation. I just use concealer and bronzer/blush where needed. This scrub also helps to keeps my face moisturized all day long.
Here is photo of my face after using this scrub. No make-up, no filters... I swear to/on whoever/whatever you believe in. I'm not perfect. I have dark circles, the start of what looks to be crows feet, and still some redness around my nose - but I truly believe that this scrub brings out the best with what I've got. Also, I'm 30 incase you were wondering....
Do you have a homemade scrub recipe?