My Procedure: Facial Scrub

At first glance, not many people would think I am the kind of person that would be a skin freak. I drink lots of water and if I wake up one morning to find a pimple on my face, I panic. There is infact a reason as to why my skin is so important to me. When I was little, I had Eczema and I still do. The Eczema had gotten worse and we had to take serious precautions for my skin’s well-being.

I started researching about skin care and tried out facial remedies that could be beneficial. I discovered a DIY video on a green tea facial scrub and found it to be extremely effective for my skin.  This particular facial scrub is easy to make and with just a few ingredients you’ll be on your way to having smooth, soft, and bright skin.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of Green tea

3/4 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 tablespoons of honey

Optional: 1 tablespoon of Baby Oil

Instructions

Make the Tea

To start with our most important ingredient, you will need to fill up half a cup of hot water. Personally, I like to fill the cup all the way to drink the left over tea. Why waste it right?

Can't have tea, without the tea leaves!

Can’t have tea, without the tea leaves!

After you have filled your cup with hot water, pop the tea bag in and stir it until it is completely submerged into the water.  I encourage you to use only green tea because it does not only do wonders for your health but for your skin too.  I hear that it is naturally rich in antioxidants and has the power to repair skin cells. It also can prevent ageing and what most teens like me get, acne.

Cool the tea down

Time to cool it down!

Time to cool it down!

If the tea is hot when we put it in the scrub, the sugar will dissolve so the next step is to pop in in the freezer for about 3 or 4 minutes.

Throw away the tea bag

 

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After about 3 or 4 minutes, take the cup out of the freezer and squeeze the remaining tea out of the tea bag.

Making the scrub

Careful not to spill!

Careful not to spill!

Throw the tea bag away and grab a spoon to measure. Carefully pour 2 tablespoons of your chilled green tea into a small bowl.

Add the sugar

Time to add a little sweetness!

Time to add a little sweetness!

The next ingredient is sugar! Why do we need sugar in a face scrub? Well the sugar is the very thing that will do the scrubbing! Sugar produces a type of acid that exfoliates the skin. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells which helps to increase blood flow for younger looking skin. Sugar not only exfoliates, but it also softens, brightens, cleanses pores, and breaks up scar tissue.

Add the honey

To get that golden color, add honey!

To get that golden color, add honey!

Once you’ve added your exfoliant, insert 1/2 table spoons of honey. Well if sugar exfoliates, what does honey do? Honey attracts moisture to the skin and is antibacterial, meaning it helps prevent breakouts or pimples. It also brightens and lightens the skin.

Add more sugar

An apple sauce mixture!

An apple sauce mixture!

Just incase if you added too much green tea or if the scrub is watery, add 2 generous teaspoons of sugar. The goal is to get that cement or applesauce type mixture.

Optional Ingredient

The secret ingredient

The secret ingredient

I add baby oil to my scrub for its softening effects to my skin. Its vitamins and minerals are really beneficial and I encourage you to add 1 teaspoon of this into your scrub.  This step is optional and the scrub will still have its beneficial effects without the baby oil.

Ready to put it into use!

We’ve completed making the face scrub, now its time to put it into use!

Gently scoop some of the scrub onto your figure tips and lightly smear it on your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Avoid your eyes and hair. Then once a good amount of the product is on your face, gently massage the scrub with your fingertips in a circular motion. Use your fingertips only and not the inside of your hand. I tend to exfoliate more on my forehead or certain areas where it is dry. Remember when exfoliating your skin with the scrub, be gentle or else when you wash it off, your skin will be red and puffy.  Continue adding more of the scrub onto your face and massage gently.

Rinse off after 1 to 2 minutes of massaging. While rinsing your skin with water, exfoliate at the same time with left over scrub or tea. Your skin should feel smoother and look brighter. If you still have remaining green tea left over in your cup from the first steps, you have two options. Either smear it all over your face for brightening effects or drink it!

 

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