It’s no secret that I love to make my own face scrubs. They’re easy to make! They don’t contain any ingredients you don’t want (chemicals, preservatives). And they can be tossed together with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen ~ but whose skin-beautifying benefits you might not know.
Today’s tip is a great example: lemon juice can actually fade skin discolorations! Lemon is a mild bleaching agent, which can help to reduce and even eliminate freckles and blotchy, brown discolorations (sometimes called “age spots” or “liver spots”).
Adding sugar to lemon juice speeds exfoliation, getting rid of that top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the glowing, fresh skin beneath. Be sure to use real cane sugar if you want the exfoliation ~ regular white sugar or brown sugar, but not sugar replacers like agave or stevia ~ because the cane sugar produces glycolic acids, which are natural exfoliants.
Stuff to Know:
- If your skin is highly sensitive, dilute the lemon juice with water by a 1:1 ratio.
- If your skin is extremely dry, add a tsp. of coconut oil to the mix.
- Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
- It’s best to make and use this scrub right away. However, if stored in the fridge, it can be used within 3 days.
- Hyperpigmentation can be the result of underlying health issues or reactions to certain medications or birth control. If you have concerns about your skin discoloration, please see a dermatologist.
- For a container, I used a small plastic jar from my craft box. A used jam jar, plastic yogurt cup, or something similar would work just as well!
Lemon & Sugar Face Scrub for Skin Discolorations
- 1 tsp. sugar (use white or brown cane sugar or coconut/palm sugar)
- fresh juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 tsp. raw coconut oil (optional)
Steps to Make:
- In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
- To increase the amount you’re making, simply keep the ratios the same.
- Transfer to your container.
- Remove all makeup first.
- Remove a small amount, about the size of a quarter, and spread between your hands.
- Apply in small, circular movements to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin for one minute. Avoid the delicate eye area.
- Rinse well with temperate water.
- Pat your face dry. Do not rub.
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Questions for readers:
Do you use lemons in your beauty routine?
What’s your most-wished-for beauty aid?