Friday, September 23, 2011

DIY: Spa -- Milk & Honey Face Scrub

DIY: Spa
Despite the fact that I am now a full time working adult, my skin has not caught up and is still teenager disgusting. I ran out of my usual St. Ives apricot scrub and my face was in need of a good exfoliation, so I whipped my easy, cheap, face-fixing concoction – milk & honey face scrub.

It’s super easy, and great for your skin without harsh chemicals, soap, laurel sulfates or any other chemical crap.

I stole a side dip container (see blue cuppie in picture) from Applebee’s a while back—just popped it into my take out box, because I wanted the dip but I didn’t want it to make the rest of my meal soggy, so the cup had to come along.

It’s the perfect size for this, but you can use whatever size container you’d like. For the very lazy of you, however, I do not recommend making a big batch and saving it for future uses, because the baking soda will dissolve more and lose its scrubby-ness.

You Need:

1 tbsp honey (whatever kind you like—organic if you’re fancy and wealthy.)

1 tbsp baking soda

1 tsp milk (optional)

·         Mix all ingredients up in a cup.
(I usually do this in the shower so the steam can open up my pores a little bit more and it’s not a sticky mess on my bathroom sink.)

·         Wet your face with warm water and apply scrub and then scrub like you would normally scrub your face.

·         Leave it on anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes then rinse. It will tingle slightly, if your skin is sensitive then you might want to rinse off sooner than later.

I used it as a body scrub too. It’s good for flaky, dry winter skin too, and it makes you smell awesome. If you want a courser body scrub add a tablespoon of sugar in the raw or course brown sugar (bigger scrubbing particles for bigger areas.) When I got out of the shower, I still had some zits (it is not a miracle worker,) but my face literally looked glowing.

Why it works? Honey contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase, and when you combined it with water, it produces hydrogen peroxide which acts as a mild antiseptic, killing some zit causing germs on your face. In addition to the glucose oxidase enzyme, honey also contains antioxidants and flavonoids that may function as antibacterial agents. Honey is also a humectant, which means it attracts and helps retain moisture, rebuilding the moisture level in the skin without making it oily. Honey has been around and been used for thousands of years—things have been found preserved in crystallized honey, so maybe it helps preserve your young, youthful face?

Baking soda is made up of small grains that aren’t too harsh on your sensitive face, and it’s also been used for a long time as a cleanser (in the washing machine,) as a rash/sunburn soother/calmer, among other things.

Lactic acid in the milk is a mild exfoliate in itself and has been shown to improve overall skin appearance. Try it and let me know what you think!

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