This week's "Find" is a wonderful, homemade face/body scrub - LEMON SUGAR SCRUB!
The Science Behind It -
Lemons are a citrus fruit that contain vitamin C, citric acid, B vitamins, a small amount of protein, and carbohydrates. The juice of a lemon can be used topically to benefit your skin (warning: this is a mild acid, so if it causes stinging or burning, you can dilute the juice with water before applying.)
So...what are the benefits?
- It can diminish scars and age spots.
- The antibacterial properties of lemon juice make it a great natural treatment for acne, which can speed up the healing of acne and prevent future breakouts.
- It can also successfully remove blackheads.
- If you have oily skin, it will help reduce oiliness.
- The citric acid provides a mini-face peel by removing the outermost layer of your skin and reducing shine.
- And your skin will be left looking brighter and feeling smoother.
So, here's the recipe...
All you need is 2 lemons, about 1 1/4 cups of sugar, small strainer, a zester (optional), and a jar or similar container to store the scrub in. Because your skin is the largest organ in your body (little science fact), it's best to use organic products! You don't want any bad/unnatural chemicals absorbing into your skin.
In a mixing bowl, zest the lemons (optional). Cut each lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl (use a strainer to catch all of the seeds). Add sugar and stir until well combined. If you prefer a more grainy sugar scrub, add more sugar. Pour the lemon sugar scrub into the jar.
Now, here's how to apply it...
First, wet your face with warm water to open up your pores. Then take about a teaspoon of the lemon sugar scrub and place it on a cotton round or square cotton pad. Then start buffing it all over your face and neck. Pay special attention to your trouble spots - t-zone, around the nose, hairline, chin, etc...
If you happen to get a little in your mouth...no big deal! I take a little lick every once in awhile because it's so delicious! It's like the world's best lemonade on my face - How could I resist?
Rinse your face with cool water and feel the difference.
I would recommend doing this at least 2-3 times a week, but you could do it every day if you wanted to.
Note: I started doing this scrub almost daily about 2 weeks ago. I have had so many compliments lately that I look younger and I can definitely notice that my skin has been clearer and smoother. Give it a shot and don't forget to share you results with us.
Be beautiful, my friends!