4 Ways To Exfoliate For Smooth, Summer Skin

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 and lavender for exfoliating

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!

Whole milk

Whole milk for exfoliating

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!

Sea salt

Lemons and sea salt for exfoliating

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!


Sugar for exfoliating

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.

More homemade beauty ideas on the BLDG 25 Blog.


  1. I actually mix oatmeal, milk, lemon and sugar to make a facial mask! It’s incredible and works wonders!

  2. I found out the benefits of oatmeal years, ions ago…the only difference back then I would just add a bit of hot water, mix till it was a paste and use as a facial mask. I now use coconut oil, epson salts, and lavender oil in my bath, and a combination safflower oil and grapeseed oil on my face (a very small amount goes a long way!) It’s great for facial dry skin, also a few drops on the scalp is great! BTW Grapeseed oil has an SPF of 4 and is great antioxidants for fighting free radicals!

  3. I mix sugar with honey and a little bit of water!
    love the idea of mixing oatmeal with lavender <3

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