Are you washing your face with soap or a store bought face wash? While many people still think this is the best way to take care of our skin, by washing our faces we are actually stripping our skin of all of its natural oils. Notice how your skin is tight after a wash and you feel the need to moisturise? These natural oils provide our skin with a protective barrier. Many soaps and face washes also contain toxic ingredients such as parabens, fragrances and sulfates, which are being absorbed into our bloodstream through the skin.
So how do we get rid of the dirt and grime on our face at the end of the day? I scrub away using a homemade face scrub that is simple and easy to make. The best thing is that as it is oil based, your skin will be left beautiful and soft and you won't feel the need to moisturise at all.
¼ cup sugar (I use caster sugar, but other types will do too)
¼ cup of coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbs honey
Method: Mix all ingredients together in a container until combined. Store in the bathroom or shower and use as necessary.
Coconut oil is extremely hydrating for the skin and helps prevent sagging and wrinkles. You can use regular coconut oil that you would use for cooking (make sure it is virgin coconut oil), alternatively I use fractionated coconut oil which stops the oil solidifying when it is cool.
Honey is a natural antibacterial so can be used to treat and prevent acne. It is also full of antioxidants so slows down signs of aging.
You can also experiment with different scents by adding essential oils (such as lavendar, lemon, orange) instead of honey and vanilla. You can also use olive, jojoba, almond or avocado oil instead of coconut, or salt instead of sugar.