There are many reasons as to why some regions of your skin darken over time. It can be due to your genetic composite, the high levels of insulin in your body that causes poor discharge of glucose in your body or simply dead skin cells building up at the areas of the skin that rarely see the light of day (like your armpits and inner thighs) or faces the frequent hair removal process that you have chosen, like shaving and plucking. These are some of the causes of melanocytes—the dark pigmentation of your skin— to increase in production and thus causing the appearance of dark discolouration of the skin.
One of the ways to brighten your skin is by removing the dead skin cells that have collected and layered themselves onto the folds of your skin is by including a regular session of exfoliation during your shower. The commitment is not a demanding one if you seek glowing skin or to achieve fairer looking underarms. Just twice a week and you can surely feel and see the difference.
So how should you get started? Well, apart from getting a tub or two from the obvious off-the-shelf product lines, you can actually make some right at home with ingredients that are commonly found in the pantry. Things like coconut oil, raw sugar, coffee grinds and lemons are key to making your own scrub and can actually cost you way lesser than the option of getting your scrubs from the store. Read on to find a recipe that you can try out below for a refreshing and rejuvenating scrub that is perfect as a quick perk-me-up in your morning shower.
Papaya & Sugar Scrub
This scrub is great for refining pores, moisturising your skin, alleviating dark spots and blemishes, leaving your skin soft and brighter. The blend of vitamins antioxidants and enzymes found in papaya can nourish your skin and help you attain a healthy glow. Get started with:
- 3-5 pieces of ripe papaya
- 3 tablespoons of raw sugar
Mash the ripe papaya pieces into a smooth paste. Put it through a sieve if you like, then add the raw sugar to the paste. Mix well and gently massage your skin with the mixture on clean and wet skin for 5 minutes. Leave the scrub on for 5 minutes and wash off with your body wash. Alternatively, you can achieve similar results with strawberries, tomatoes in place of papaya.
Orange Peel, Honey & Sea Salt Scrub
Give your skin a luminous glow like a mermaid emerging out of the ocean with this blend. Promising your skin anti-ageing properties from honey, and purification and whitening of the skin by orange peel powder, this scrub aims to rid dead skin cells effectively too. You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of orange peel powder
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of honey
In a container, fold in orange peel powder, honey and sea salt till well-combined. Slather this scrub and work it on your skin for 5 minutes then rinse off with warm water. If you would like to give this a go on your face, swap the sea salt to super fine grain salt for a gentler exfoliating scrub. It is effective to help rid both blackheads and whiteheads, especially at the T-zone areas.
Baking Soda & Lemon Scrub
If you are an avid baker or one that takes caution to the products that you use for cleaning at home, chances are lemon and baking soda are easily available in your dry pantry. This is a great opportunity for you to work these two ingredients to benefit your skin whitening journey. When combined, you can rid bacteria and dead skin cells while revealing fresher and lighter skin tone, without any form of abrasion. All you need is:
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of water
- ¼ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
Make a paste with the ingredients listed, adding a drop or two of water if needed. Apply this paste on areas of skin that you would like to lighten and scrub for 5 minutes. Wash it off and moisturise after. Do this daily for best results. If you find it a hassle to make it fresh every day, get a pill container and measure out the baking soda in them. While in the shower, pour the baking powder into your hands and make the paste with drops of water. Skip the lemon juice in this case.
Word Of Caution
Like a coin, there are two sides to these do-it-yourself scrubs too. Chances are that you may be allergic to some of the ingredient listed or have sensitive skin that is not suited for abrasive exfoliation. It is only wise to perform a test patch before nose-diving into the routine. When in doubt, consult a professional for advice.
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