Summer is all about baring that sun-kissed skin. With cutoffs, mini-skirts, and laid-back days of going makeup-free on the beach, I always want to give my skin some extra attention in the summer – and for me, that starts with exfoliation. The simple act of exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface, as well as oil that could potentially clog pores and cause issues. There are tons of ways to exfoliate, and many of them can be done with things you already have in your home! Here are 4 ways to exfoliate your for softer summer skin.
Oatmeal has long been used as a way to nourish the skin and remove impurities, and it also makes an excellent exfoliator. Blend some oatmeal with a pinch of lavender blossoms until you have a fine mixture, add a little water, and use as a facial scrub!
The lactic acid in whole milk acts as an exfoliator, as the fat moisturizes your skin. Wash your face with a splash of whole milk, leave on for a minute, and wipe clean for smooth, hydrated skin. For your body, just add a bit of whole milk to your bath and soak in the benefits!
Coarse sea salt is a great exfoliator for the areas where your skin is the roughest – like your elbows, heels, and knees. Cut a lemon in half, cover it with a layer of sea salt, and rub these areas until they’re as smooth as can be!
This one probably didn’t come as a surprise to you – but it’s one of my favorite ways to exfoliate! There’s a never-ending amount of exfoliating sugar scrubs that you can make. One of the simplest is to mix some sugar with a bit of olive oil and an essential oil of your choice. It’s an awesome moisturizing body scrub complete with the benefits of aromatherapy! See the full tutorial for this homemade body scrub.
What’s your favorite way to exfoliate? Share your recipes and tips below!
Photos by Brigette.
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