:: Lemon Peel Infused Facial Scrub – DIY ::
There’s nothing like the feeling of being able to quickly and easily throw together some things you find in your kitchen and be able to do something fantastic with them! Homemade Health and Beauty items are at the top of that list – with spa prices being exorbitant – sometimes you want to pamper yourself even when you can’t justify that kind of spending within your budget.
I’m a huge fan of any way I can find to not only get more for my money spent, but also find secondary uses for things, especially in the kitchen! There are so many things we can reuse in terms of food waste; read Recycle These 6 Food Items and Save Money.
Lemon is a powerhouse of good benefits, but for specifically our facial skin it is brightening as well as being a great acne fighter with its antibacterial properties. The acids in the lemon act as a gentle “peel” exfoliating the surface layers of dead skin cells and refining even wrinkle prone skin. Take care though, some individuals with sensitive skin may even find a dilute use of lemon irritating to the skin.
You can use sea salt for your scrub which delivers trace minerals by absorption into your skin – and its anti-mircrobal action has proven beneficial for acne. I use epsom salt for my scrub – containing magnesium. (Buy epsom salt online here.) Studies have shown improvement in migraines and depression with magnesium as well as it being a fantastic detoxifier. With either salt, give it a spin in a coffee grinder or a food processor first, taking care not to damage facial skin with coarse crystals.
I use jojoba oil for my scrub. (Buy jojoba oil online here.) It is non-comedogenic – doesn’t clog pores – and that is very important to me. Coconut oil is another great choice with its antibacterial and anti fungal properties but be warned: It is NOT recommended for acne prone skin.
Make your scrub
Just cut the very outer layer of your lemon peel, leaving behind the white pith. It’s easy to do with a sharp paring knife. Confession: I’ve been married 24 years and I still don’t own a zester. I need to do something about that pronto. Then just cut the peel in very narrow strips. Pack them into a container and pour enough jojoba oil over them to cover. Leave your oil for a week or two in a sunny spot and give it a jiggle when you think of it. Then you’ll strain off the peels and combine the oil and salt to desired consistency for a fragrant and healthy exfoliating spa treatment 🙂
Do you love making your own health/beauty products?? We’d love to hear your ideas and what you’ve come up with in your home!