Wiki-dictionary defines microdermabrasion as “A cosmetic treatment in which the face is sprayed with exfoliant crystals to remove dead epidermal cells.” Minus the blast of crystals (because seriously, who has some of those lying around) the procedure sounds easy enough.
Easy enough to come straight out of your kitchen and onto your face? I think so! But before I get to that, let’s talk about microdermabrasion just a little bit more.
What The Heck Is Microdermabrasion?
To expand on the definition I mentioned above, microdermabrasion is a popular skin exfoliating procedure. It is painless, non-invasive and typically gentle enough to use on sensitive skin – meaning all of you sensitive-skinned sisters now have an easy way to exfoliate. In fact, microdermabrasion works to scrub away the outer dead layers of skin off your face.
This is important because these outer layers of dead skin can make your face look dull, haggard and dry. If untreated, this layering of dead skin cells can get caught in your pores which will eventually lead to acne breakouts.
But not to worry ladies because I’m about to share with you my 3 favorite quick and easy microdermabrasion tricks that come straight out of the kitchen.
The Old Faithful
I like to refer to this as the old faithful because it’s a quick and easy go-to that people have been using for ages.
All you need is 1 part water to 3 parts baking soda. Simply mix together your two ingredients in a bowl until they form a paste.
On a clean face, gently rub your paste onto your skin using circular motions. Be careful when applying this paste around your eyes. The skin below your eyes is the thinnest and most sensitive area of your face and you don’t want to damage it.
After about 1 minute of scrubbing, rinse off your face with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply some moisturizer and off you go! Simple and effective; I like it!
*Tip — If you have extra sensitive skin, strain the natural juices from a fresh cucumber and use as a substitute for water. Cucumber has a naturally soothing effect on your skin.
A Bitter Sweet Scrub
Especially great for acne-prone skin, this next DIY microdermabrasion recipe uses only sugar and lemon to scrub your skin to radiance.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Stir your ingredients together until they form a paste. Then using circular motions, gently scrub this paste onto your face, once again avoiding contact with the eyes. Follow that up with rinsing your face off with lukewarm water and patting dry.
Lemon is high in vitamin C which makes it a natural astringent and a great ingredient to help tighten pores and brighten your complexion.
Sugar on the other hand is another one of nature’s greatest exfoliants. Rich in glycolic acid it will help clean out your pores, even out your skin tone and improve your overall skin texture. Talk about a double whammy!
Sloughin’ It with Sea Salt
Last but certainly not least, is my sea salt microdermabrasion recipe. It helps to improve circulation and slough off dead skin cells leaving your skin soft and radiant.
All you have to do is mix together approximately 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil and 1 tablespoon Sea Salt. This recipe will not be as paste-like as the others but no worries. Using clean fingers, rub onto your face with those circular motions you are so familiar with by now. After a minute, rinse off with lukewarm water, pat dry and enjoy.
What I like about this particular blend is how the sea salt promotes the body’s secretion of healthy oils and naturally relieves dry, flaky skin. Since olive oil is similar to your body’s oils, you won’t have to worry about over-producing oil. The only thing you’ll be worrying about is who to show off your gorgeous skin to first! Ahhh the dilemmas we ladies face.
Oh, and did I mention that all these microdermabrasion tricks cost $2 or less per use? So what are you waiting for? Get in your kitchen and start scrubbing your way to healthy, glowing skin!