One thing that avid DIY beauty enthusiasts must always remember when making any homemade facial exfoliator is to be careful with using any ingredients that they can find, especially when they have sensitive skin.
While making your own beauty products at home has a lot of benefits, you must still be cautious of the ingredients that you use. Otherwise, your skin care miracle could turn into one ugly skin disaster.
Here are some of the ingredients that, though effective, are still worth being careful about:
Sea salt is a good natural exfoliant since it’s coarser, but you must be extra careful when using this as a facial exfoliator.
Sea salt may be a good ingredient to be used for foot and body scrubs, but it must be used sparingly and in a lesser amount as a facial exfoliator since it has a tendency to dry out the skin.
It may be a bit harsh for those with delicate and thin skin. If you have acne scars and have a wound on your face, don’t use sea salt because it might sting a bit.
If you don’t have any problems with using sea salt, just make sure that you gently rub this onto your face and that you moisturize thereafter.
Some DIY facial exfoliator recipes require having cinnamon or some other spice in them. But those with skin that is prone to irritation should think twice before using cinnamon and other spices.
Since they’re spices, they can cause a burning sensation or an irritation to your skin.
This Cinnamon Face Mask & Scrub by Cinnamon Vogue is a quality product.
Baking soda is a really good ingredient because it has amazing cleaning properties.
But a problem can arise for those with very sensitive skin types. It’s not advisable for them to use baking soda regularly as it may cause some burning and stinging.
So to be on the safe side, if you have very sensitive skin, test it out on your hands first before trying it on your face.Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser for combination skin is a great choice.
Always remember that using clay and mud masks is only good for those with oily skin and some combination skin types but not for those with dry and sensitive skin types.
A clay and mud mask is a good exfoliator that’s also used to unclog pores since it draws out and absorbs excess oils and impurities. But since it’s of a thicker consistency and it tends to dry out easily, those with dry and sensitive skin types must be wary in using it.
Also, never forget that this must be rinsed off and scrubbed from the face with cold water.
For a great clay mask check out Aztec Secret clay mask.
Using oils as an ingredient may seem harmless, but this is only if you have a dry and sensitive skin type.
While essential oils and other oils are added not just because of its benefits to the skin but also because of its calming, stimulating, and rejuvenating properties, those with oily skin types should be wary in the amount of oils that they use – or else, somebody’s face might end up looking very shiny and greasy.
While the natural ingredients for a homemade facial exfoliator don’t generally have adverse effects to the skin, it’s still safe to be wary and be extra careful in dealing with the different ingredients that you use.
Caution is still the key when you’re making and using your own exfoliator because you may have a different skin type that requires a different treatment or degree of care than other skin types.
It may be that you’re allergic to a certain kind of fruit or ingredient. Or you may have a skin condition like acne and eczema, which can be made worse if you’re not careful with the exfoliator that you’re using.
Hi, I'm Amy, the Beauty section editor for Independent Femme. I've worked at a cosmetics distribution company for a number of years and learned my way through beauty tricks by making a tonne of mistakes along the way. I'm here to ensure you don't make the wrong choices some of my former clients and I made!