In an important step towards keeping our waterways clear, President Obama signed a bill in late December of 2015 to ban microbeads that are found in many beauty and healthcare products. Microbeads are designed to provide exfoliation, however the flaw of their design is that they do not dissolve in water. Once flushed, they enter the waterways and are often consumed by sea life.
You may be wondering what you’ll do without the exfoliating properties of microbeads. Truth be told, nature provided us with materials to achieve this before plastic was ever conceived of. These materials include: sugar, salt, oatmeal, coffee, nut shells, nuts, baking soda or a body brush.
During the cold, dry winter months, my poor lips get chapped beyond the ability of a lip balm to help them. My favorite remedy is to make my own scrub out of sugar, which is gentler and tasty.
Lip Scrub Recipe
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- Dispense the olive oil into the palm of the hand
- Add the sugar on top of the oil, mixing together with fingers
- Apply the scrub to lips and scrub gently to remove dead skin
- Rise with warm water and pat lips dry
Not only does this recipe remove chapped skin, it moisturizes the lips and keeps them pleasingly soft.
For the sake of ease and convenience, you can make a body scrub with body wash and any natural exfoliating material you like.
Body Scrub Recipe
- ¼ - ½ Cup Body wash
- 1 Tablespoon Exfoliating material (salt, sugar, coffee, oatmeal, etc)
- Add the body wash and the exfoliate in a cup, mixing together to blend
- Use as you would like any other body scrub
Keep in mind that homemade scrubs do not contain any preservatives and will not store long. Make enough for one time use and throw away remaining product. Also, stick to a finer grained sugar or oatmeal for the face due to the delicate nature of facial skin. Should your skin react to any of the exfoliates, discontinue using them.
If you’re adventurous enough, you can search the internet for all sorts of natural scrub recipes and make your own. They are also fun to give as gifts.
Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.