Do you remember the apricot drugstore scrub of your youth? You probably picked it up after a friend recommended it to you. It may have been your first real skin care purchase. You would scrub away at your face until your skin was raw and baby smooth, albeit bright red afterward. Exfoliation has come a long way since those days. However, it’s still one of the most important steps in a proper skin care regimen. Exfoliation sloughs away dead skin and removes any surface debris that could be clogging your pores. It leaves skin brighter, smoother, and more even-toned.
There are so many different ways to exfoliate. How do you know which methods and products are worth using? There are scrubs, cleansers, brushes, serums, creams, overnight treatments, and perhaps our favorite of all, masks. Exfoliating masks are a great way to eradicate dead skin build up and brighten up a dull complexion. There are so many options lining shelves today, though, that it’s hard to know which ones to try. Good news, you don’t have to go out and buy an arsenal of products. It’s easy to make your own exfoliating masks with some simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen. SiO Beauty has got you covered with 8 recipes for exfoliating masks you can make at home! Say hello to soft, smooth skin in no time.
1. Baking Soda & Honey Exfoliating Mask
This mask is great for dry or mature skin in need of exfoliation. Baking soda gently sloughs off dead skin cells that clog your pores. Honey is packed with antioxidants and is naturally antibacterial, as well as super hydrating. It draws moisture into the skin and acts as a protective barrier. Vitamin E is also a great antioxidant that does wonders for repairing damaged and aging skin. Cinnamon also helps to detoxify your skin and increase oxygen flow, giving you that desired glow.
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons milk
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply a thick layer to your face, by working the mixture into your skin in a circular motion. Let the mask dry for 15 minutes, and then rinse with tepid water. For extra exfoliation, massage with your fingertips as you wash away the mask.
2. Orange and Yogurt Lactic Acid Face Mask
Plain yogurt is a great source of natural lactic acid, which is a superb exfoliant. The acid works to remove surface debris from the skin, revealing brighter, clearer, smoother skin underneath. The fresh orange juice adds in a dose of citric acid, which helps to brighten skin. Its Vitamin C content also fights free radicals and helps repair environmental damage. The aloe vera is soothing and nourishing, so your skin will be left feeling super soft for days.
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoons juice freshly squeezed from an orange, with the pulp
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Apply the mixture to your face using gentle circular motions. Let the mask dry for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water.
3. Fruit Salad Exfoliating Mask
This exfoliating mask perfects skin with a blend of three acids found in the fruits. Glycolic acid from the pineapple, citric acid from the lemon juice, and tartaric acid from the grapes all exfoliate away dead skin cells. It minimizes pores, reduces hyperpigmentation, improves skin tone, and smoothes skin’s texture. Lemon juice can irritate sensitive skin, so if you experience any burning sensation, wash off immediately.
- ¼ cup pineapple
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ cup grapes
Mash the pineapple and grapes in a bowl until there are no large chunks left. Pour in a teaspoon of lemon juice, and mix the ingredients together well. Massage the mixture into your skin until it’s evenly applied. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and gently pat dry with a clean, soft cloth or towel.
4. Milk and Oatmeal Lactic Acid Mask
The lactic acid in milk exfoliates away dead skin cells and reveals smoother, clearer skin underneath. The oatmeal soothes and softens skins while the cinnamon acts as a detoxifying antioxidant, fighting free radical damage. The result is a bright, youthful glow.
- 1 tablespoon whole rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Mix all of the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth and even. Apply the mixture to your face and let the mask sit for 20 minutes. Rinse it off while exfoliating the face further by moving your fingers in gentle circular motions to remove all leftover surface debris.
5. Rice Flour and Green Tea Exfoliating Mask
Green tea has incredible antioxidants. It repairs and renews skin while protecting it from environmental damage and pollution. Rice flour gently exfoliates, leaving you with radiant, glowing skin.
- ½ cup freshly brewed green tea, cooled
- 1 tablespoon rice flour
Brew your green tea for fifteen minutes. Once it has cooled down, stir in a tablespoon of rice flour. Mix well until it’s blended and smooth. Apply the mask in small circular motions to maximize the exfoliating benefits. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with tepid water.
6. Liquid Breakfast Exfoliating Mask
This exfoliating mask will leave your skin feeling refreshed and baby smooth. Orange juice deep cleans your skin, and its citric acid eradicates any clogs in your pores. Its high Vitamin C content acts as a powerful antioxidant to repair and brighten skin. The coffee grounds act as a gentle physical exfoliant.
- 1 tablespoon coffee grounds
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Add the coffee grounds to the orange juice until the mixture takes on a thick, mask-like consistency. Apply an even layer to your face, and let the mask sit for 20 minutes. Wash it off with massaging motions to exfoliate away dead skin cells.
7. Kefir & Honey Lactic Acid Mask
Kefir is similar to yogurt but has about 40 times more beneficial bacteria. It’s a natural source of lactic acid, which will work to clear away any impurities in your pores. Not only will the lactic acid in kefir exfoliate your skin, but it will also hydrate and soothe your skin. Honey is a natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent. That makes this mask a great option for people with acne prone skin. It will fight the bad bacteria, but still leave your skin nourished. Honey also reduces inflammation and draws moisture into the skin. It’s basically a miracle ingredient. Here’s what you need to do to make this mask.
- ¼ cup plain kefir
- 1 teaspoon honey
Mix the kefir and honey together. Apply an even layer to your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then rinse off the mask thoroughly. Pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.
8. Yogurt and Sugar Exfoliating Mask
Sugar acts as a physical exfoliant as well as a source of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid stimulates cell turnover and breaks down clogs in your pores. Yogurt boasts lactic acid which also removes surface debris from the skin. These two acids work together to powerfully, yet naturally exfoliate the skin. A double dose of potent acids leaves you with glowing, youthful skin!
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until the yogurt and sugar are blended together thoroughly. Apply to your face in a thick layer. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes. Then, wet your fingertips and massage your face in circular motions for extra exfoliation.
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