When it comes to keeping your skin healthy, exfoliation is an essential step. However, new exfoliation products are constantly being introduced onto the market, and many of these contain exfoliants that will irritate and scratch your skin, causing more harm than good. To help you choose the most effective exfoliator for your skin, OROGOLD takes a look at some of the best exfoliating ingredients out there.

Sugar
Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, which not only boosts the production of new skin cells, but also breaks down the protein that keeps your dead skin cells attached to the surface of your skin. To make a homemade sugar exfoliator, OROGOLD recommends mixing some pure sugar crystals with your favorite skin oil, such as jojoba, olive or almond, until it turns into a paste. Rub this onto your face in gentle circular motions and then rinse off.

Oatmeal
Since oatmeal is such a gentle exfoliant, it is ideal to be used by those who suffer from sensitive skin. In addition to oatmeal’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, it also acts as a natural moisturizer, and is an extremely cheap ingredient to use if you want to make your own exfoliator at home. To do so, mix some ground oatmeal with some honey, and apply to your face, letting it soak in for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off.

Woman exfoliating her face with a sugar scrub

Citrus Juices
Citrus juices contain alpha hydroxy acids, commonly known just as AHAs, which penetrates into the skin and dissolves the protein that holds onto dead skin cells, thereby releasing them to reveal the fresh skin beneath. Many exfoliators that contain AHAs often use large doses of them, which can cause your skin to become more sensitive to the sun, so a homemade exfoliator that makes use of citrus juices is often best. OROGOLD recommends mixing some cane sugar with a quarter of a cup each of the following: lemon juice, apple juice and grape juice. Wait until the sugar has fully dissolved before using a cotton ball to apply the mixture to your face. Let it soak in for ten minutes before rinsing it off.

Papaya
Papayas contain an enzyme called papain, which is extremely effective at dissolving dead skin cells without harming the new ones beneath. It works in a similar way to many prescription doses of retinoids, but without any of the side effects, such as skin irritation or flakiness. In addition to this, the enzyme can also reduce the appearance of lines and age spots, helping the skin to heal. Papain is found in its highest concentration in young fruit, so green papayas are the best ones to purchase. OROGOLD suggests mashing up the fruit and using this to make a facial mask.

It can often be difficult to decide on an exfoliation product, simply because of the huge variety of choices out there. A homemade exfoliator is always a good option, as not only can you tailor the ingredients to target your specific skin concerns, but you will also know exactly what the exfoliator contains, and know that you are not putting any harmful ingredients onto your skin.

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