The microbead has reigned for several years among body and facial scrubs. Dermatologists loved the small, round beads that help remove dead cells from the face and neck without the need for abrasive tugging and scratching.
However, recent studies showed that these tiny beads can end up in bodies of water and are mistaken for food by marine life which is why many companies have decided to not use it anymore. Also, there are several states that are already planning on making a bill to ban the use of microbead. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to live a life with a dull looking complexion. The examples below are not only good for your skin but the environment as well. Try finding the best one for you.
There are two benefits to using sugar. One it is considered as a humectant which means that it draws moisture so your skin will remain hydrated and soft. Two, it can be used no matter what your skin type is because it can quickly dissolve. Sugar can be used a scrub for the lips and included in your hair care regimen aside from beating back dryness in your legs and arms. According to Francesca Fusco, M.D, who is a dermatologist from New York City, there shouldn’t be any residue of sugar so you only need to add a tablespoon of sugar along with your conditioner and apply onto your scalp for scrub treatment.
2. Rice powder.
Rice isn’t just a necessary component in most Asian cuisine but it can also be used for exfoliating the skin using grounded white rice. It acts as a gentle barrier for sensitive and oily skin and can even treat skin inflammations such as eczema and rashes. Ellen Marmur, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, recommends buying this in powder form and then mix it with a lotion that doesn’t have any fragrance to create a mask. Apply onto your face and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing then apply some moisturizer on your face.
Salt is probably the roughest among the DIY exfoliators with its coarse texture and rough edges. However, there is much to be gained from the pain. The sloughing movement can boost blood circulation and if you turn salt into superfine powder, you can apply it to your face to draw water away to create a matte finish.
4. Coffee grounds.
You can go for a scrub that has been pre-made or combine olive oil with a handful of coffee grounds then massage it all over your body following your lymphatic flow starting from the feet all the way towards your heart. The caffeine plus the movement can help get rid of any fluid that has accumulated in your body.
5. Marshmallow root.
DIY goddesses can indulge themselves from time to time by buying a bag full of marshmallow root which they can rub against the skin of their body or face just like an eraser. Fusco said that it can be used by those who are using benzoyl peroxide or are in acne medications, or their skin are peeling or sunburned. Marshmallow extract and root are good for rosacea, puffiness, and eczema.
6. Seeds and shells.
The angular ends of apricot pits, grounded shells of walnuts, and grape seeds are perfect in loosening any rough areas on your knees, elbows, as well as ankles. However, its gritty texture may cause inflammation on people with sensitive skin. You should only use scrubs that are shell-based on the areas of your chest and face if they have been turned into fine powder first.
Almond and oatmeal scrubs are composed of finely grounded organic fibers that can gently remove any dirt or debris from your skin pores making them useful scrubs for sensitive skin on the face and chest. Oatmeal is also useful in soothing inflammation. According to Fusco, it’s good for itchiness, swelling, and rashes.