According to a survey conducted by the Environmental Working Group—the average person uses nine personal care products every day—with 126 unique chemical ingredients, including preservatives. Meaning that if something doesn’t agree with your skin, identifying the culprit can be like trying to find a needle in the haystack. Skip the detective work and consider items that might be in your pantry, says Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. “When you mix your own products, you get to choose the ingredients.” Think natural exfoliators—such as sugar, oat flour, and baking soda—that just need a touch of water at the bathroom sink. Click through to see a few ingredients that will help get you started.
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“Sea salt is a strong ingredient, so gently pat it onto your skin instead of scrubbing,” says Grigore of this acne-fighting option. “It’ll pull out toxins and kill the bacteria causing the breakouts.” However, if you’re using topical treatments or pills to fight blemishes, you’ll want to avoid this one. Sea salt isn't just great to use on your face, but it is also one of The Best Natural Salts To Buy—making it a healthy addition to your lifestyle in more ways than one!
A large-grain sweetener like turbinado or demerara is less intense than salt. Sugar contains glycolic acid, which Grigore says helps skin stay fresh and dewy. But don't worry—using this sweet kitchen staple on your face won't negatively impact your daily recommended sugar intake.
Since this breakfast favorite breaks down quickly in water, it’s an especially good exfoliant for sensitive-skin types. Pick up a package at the grocery store or grind rolled oats in a food processor. The grain also promotes the production of collagen and protects against UV damage.
You may want to buy this—since professionally-ground meal tends to be smoother than what you can make at home. The nut flour can help fight aging and keep skin supple, says Grigore, thanks to an abundance of vitamin E. The powder also contains biotin—a B vitamin that can soothe rashes.
One of the 9 Surprising Uses For Baking Soda is as a fantastic cleanser, soaking up “extra oil in spots where you’re breaking out,” says Grigore. Test on a small area first—as some people are allergic—and avoid blending with other intense ingredients like salt.