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Do you ever wonder why your skin still feels dry after moisturising? Or why your face doesn’t feel clean after cleansing?

Well, do not fear, because this is a common problem for a lot of women.

On average, our bodies shed about one layer of dead skin a day. It is the failure to remove this dead skin properly that can cause oil and dirt to clog your pores.

Many exfoliators that you can buy in shops contain loads of harsh chemicals, and frankly, are way too expensive.

Instead, why not true one of these four easy at-home exfoliators instead?

Oatmeal exfoliator

Oatmeal works as a wonderful soothing facial scrub. It absorbs and removes dirt and leaves your skin nourished and replenished. It can also help with skin conditions including acne, dry skin, and even sunburn.

Mix 1 tbsp of ground oatmeal with ¼ tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of water and stir it into a paste. Rub the mixture onto your face using gentle circular motions. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off.

Sugar exfoliator

Granulated sugar works wonderfully as an exfoliator. Mixed with a small amount of honey and lemon juice, you have a simple and easy at-home solution. The honey acts as an antioxidant and the lemon is great for clarifying purposes.

Mix 1 tsp of sugar, ½ tsp of honey and a squirt of lemon juice and stir them together. Gently rub onto the face in circular motions and rinse with lukewarm water.

Baking soda exfoliator

Also great for deep cleaning teeth (as well as baking cakes), baking soda can be used to exfoliate your face.

Add 1 tsp to your regular facial cleanser or else make a paste with baking soda and water. Gently rub it into the skin and leave for five minutes before rinsing off.

Coffee exfoliator

The caffeine in coffee can act as a stimulant for the skin (as well as the brain). It also has properties which can help boost collagen production.

Simply add 1 tbsp of water to 1 tbsp of coffee and stir together. Rub the mixture gently onto the face and rinse off with lukewarm water. Although, make sure to plug your sink and clean the coffee out into the bin, as the grounds can clog your drains.

 

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Dull, dry, flaky skin is neither attractive nor a sign that your skin is in good condition.

Here are four things you can do to ensure you never leave the house without your face having a natural glow:

Exfoliate
Having dull, flaky skin will never leave you looking like you have a nice glow. Make sure you exfoliate at least once a week, depending on your skin type. Exfoliating helps to remove the build up of dead skin cells on your skin and will give your skin an instant glow.

Moisturise
Make sure your skin has enough moisture to ensure it never looks dull. Use a light weight product in the morning but apply a slightly more heavyweight one before you go to bed.

Fish oil supplements
Make sure you are getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids. It is great for helping to evening out skin texture and maintaining skin elasticity.

Use suncream
Protecting your skin from the sun will help to prevent it becoming dry and leathery looking. While it might not make a huge difference in your appearance now, you will definitely see it when you’re older.

 

 

 

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Let’s face it, nobody wants to kiss someone with dry and cracked lips. Not only are they unappealing, but they can also be sore.

Exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub can help prevent chapped lips. So if you want to have a smooth and kissable pout, have a look at this short video.

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There are a number of reasons why someone can end up with dry skin, from genetics to allergies and in some cases even asthma. But, a lot of the time, external factors are the biggest cause for dry skin.

Here are ways you can tackle it:

  • Use cleansers that are suited to your skin type.
  • Don’t over-scrub your face as it will strip your skin’s natural oils and leave you with a dry and uncomfortable feeling.
  • Always use a moisturiser after you’ve cleansed your face. Whether it’s in the morning or at night, your skin needs to be moisturised.
  • Make a habit out of exfoliating. This will remove any dead cells lying on the surface of the skin.
  • Since saliva has enzymes that draw the moisturise from your lips, it’s best you avoid licking them. Instead, use a balm whenever you feel your lips are dry.
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