All Natural Skin Care - Part 5: Facial Mask and Scrubs

For the final chapter of my all natural skin care routine, I wanted to share my favorite mask and 3 of my favorite scrubs.  And, stay tuned at the end to find out how much money I'm saving with my new skin care regime :-)

Mask
There are tons of recipes out there for masks, using everything from avocados to garbanzo bean flour.  But I keep going back to this long-standing favorite....

...a frothy egg white mask!

How to:  Crack open an egg and separate the yolk from the white.  Stir up the egg white with a fork until frothy; apply the egg white to your face, avoiding the eye area; allow it to dry (Note:  When it hardens completely, you won't be able to crack a smile and your kids might want to run and hide because you will look like a wax mannequin :-).  Rinse it off with warm water.  Your skin will feel firmer and your pores instantly tighter.

Another very important aspect of my skin care routine has been exfoliation.  I try to use one of the following scrubs at least 2-3 times per week.  Whatever method you use for exfoliation, remember to always follow with a good toner and moisturizer!

Scrubs
1) Microdermabrasion crystals + Your Favorite Cleanser
Microdermabrasion crystals are aluminum oxide crystals that feel like super fine grains of sand....
While these are generally used in a microdermabrasion machine, an esthetician once told me that I could just buy the crystals and use them with a little soap and water to exfoliate my skin.  I purchased a 5 lb. bottle about 5 years ago and still have 1/4 of the bottle left! 

How To:  Lather some soap in your hands; add about 1/8 - 1/4 tsp of crystals and a little water; scrub gently in circular motions, avoiding eye area.  Rinse thoroughly.  Keep in mind that these crystals do not dissolve in water so as you rinse off the crystals, you will still be doing a little exfoliating...don't overdo it!  *Bonus Tip:  You can also use these crystals mixed with a little body wash to help exfoliate your arms and legs in preparation for applying a sunless tanner.

Where to Buy:  Several suppliers on Amazon....here's a link to one that includes free shipping ~  Microdermabrasion Crystals

2) Lemon Juice + Sugar 
Not only does the sugar provide great exfoliation but the acids in the lemon juice help break up dirt and oils in the pores and dissolve dead skin cells.  You can vary the size of sugar granules, depending on how deep of a scrub you want.....from super fine Baker's Sugar to coarse Organic Cane Sugar.

How To:  Saturate a cotton pad with lemon juice; add about 1/2 tsp of sugar to the cotton pad and work into skin in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Add more sugar as necessary.  Rinse thoroughly.

3) Baking Soda + Water/Lemon Juice
If you find that sugar is just a little too rough for your skin, baking soda is a great alternative. You can mix it with water or add a little lemon juice for additional foaming and cleansing action.

How To:  Wet your face and hands with a little water; add about 1 tsp of baking soda to your hands and gently scrub your face, avoiding eye area.  Add more water if needed.  Then, for a little extra cleaning power, add about a tsp of lemon juice in your hand and work into your skin.  The lemon juice and baking soda foam and bubble, cleaning out the pores and helping to dissolve dead skin cells.  Rinse and pat dry.

As I close out this mini-series, I thought it'd be fun to calculate how much I am going to save per year, using this new skin care routine.  Previously, I was using bareMinerals Exfoliating Cleanser, bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer and Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Eye Cream.  By just switching out these three products with my Nubian soaps, moisturizer serums and Baobab oil, I will be saving over $300 per year!!!!  Now that's what I'm talking about!  Not only do I get better looking skin, I get to save TONS of money!  

Hopefully this series was helpful and inspiring to you :-)