Warmer weather is here! That means more outdoors, more sun, more heat, and …likely showing more skin. I try to keep my skincare regimen pretty basic and use the simplest, cleanest products and ingredients I can find.
Since the skin is our largest organ, a hot humid Chicago summer can give our pores a BIG job. Additional sweating means oils, sweat, and dirt can build up and make our our skin look a little less than lustrous.
Common skin complaints:
- blackheads a type of acne formed when dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria are trapped under an open pore
- whitehead a type of acne formed when dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria become trapped under a closed pore
- pimple a pink to slightly red bumps with a soft white surface filled with fluid and oil
- milia a tiny white bump with keratin (a protein) trapped beneath surface of the skin
I always wash my face every night before bed and moisturize with coconut oil. During the summer to keep my skin smoother I use this basic scrub as an exfoliator. It’s super easy and I make with 4 ingredients I have in my kitchen!
Homemade Lemon Face Scrub
* 5 Tbsp sugar (exfoliator)
* 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (moisturizer)
* 1 tsp honey (antibacterial)
* Juice of 1/2 a lemon (brightens skin naturally)
Mix all the ingredients (try to use organic if possible) together until smooth. After washing your face with your favorite cleanser and before drying your face, gently rub the scrub into the skin with with circular motions. Rinse well with warm water. Pat dry. No need to moisturize afterward. This recipe makes enough for 6-10 uses. Store in a glass jar with a lid – I like to keep mine in the fridge. That’s it!
Note: Depending on the thickness you prefer for the scrub, you can use more or less sugar. The first time I made this I used cane sugar but the consistency was WAY too thin. That’s why I stuck with regular white sugar.