Skincare can seem challenging. With a plethora of products on the market for the same thing and not really understanding your skin needs, what to use, how to use it can seem like a monstrous task that you really don’t want to tackle. Like anything else, it must be tackled. You don’t need a really big budget or a lot of products. One of the biggest things you can do to encourage beautiful, even-toned, and smooth textured skin is exfoliating. You don’t have to buy your exfoliation products from the store. In fact, what you need can be found around the house in the kitchen. 


I was in my early twenties when I was in Target about to sink a fortune into various products for my body skincare. As I reached for some projects, a woman of a particular age stopped me. Placing her hand in-between mine and the shelf, she informed me that I didn’t need the products that I thought. All I needed was cornmeal and honey. She explained that cornmeal was the exfoliant and honey was an amazing moisturizing agent. She told me that if I didn’t like it, I could come back and try one of these products. I tried the scrub, and it has been my weekly scrub since then. Mix cornmeal and honey until the mixture is smooth and glides onto wet skin with ease. Once the skin is coated, rub the skin with the mixture in circular motions for about a minute. Rinse and repeat. Add your moisturizer for the silkiest, smoothest skin.


Once I started with the body scrub, I started looking for more natural scrubs to incorporate into my skincare routine. Using either coffee grounds or coarse sugar, mix in grape-seed oil and vitamin E. This mixture can be more gritty than smooth. In circular motions, apply the scrub to your lips. Massage into the skin for two minutes. Take a warm wet cloth and wipe away any excess. Then add your favorite lip balm!


This mixture requires you to purchase the Aztec clay. In a glass bowl, add apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and vitamin E. Mix well then apply the mask to a clean face. Allow approximately 10 to 15 minutes for drying time. With a moist, warm towel begin removing the mask. This clay mask tightens pores and really cleans your skin. After the mask is removed, take another clean towel and wipe your face. Grab some Witch Hazel with Rose Water and refresh your face. Add your favorite moisturizer and you are ready for whatever comes your way with a fresh face.

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