Exfoliating your skin is a key element to any skincare routine; it clears away dead skin cells and helps unclog pores, leaving your skin looking its finest. It can be difficult to filter through the hundreds of exfoliators on the market to find the one that is perfect for your skin—trust us, we understand the struggle—but did you know that some of the best natural exfoliators can be found around your house? We rounded up some of our absolute favorite natural exfoliators that are sure to leave your skin baby-smooth without breaking the bank or leaving you scouring Sephora for hours.
Baking soda is pretty much a miracle product; you use it to keep your fridge clean, to bake cupcakes, and to exfoliate your skin so you can put your best face forward. It’s incredibly kind to skin, so it works for all skin types without causing unnecessary irritation. Mix one or two teaspoons with a few drops of water until they form a paste, then swirl the paste on your skin (and even your lips!) for about two minutes. Wash it off with a warm washcloth and finish up with your favorite moisturizer to reveal beautiful, soft skin.
There are a lot more benefits to citrus than just the delicious scent. The juice of a lemon or grapefruit functions as a non-scrubbing exfoliator that lightens up the dark spots on your skin. Citrus contains AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which works to separate any of the dead skin cells that are stuck on the top layer of your skin. Just be mindful when using citrus as a natural exfoliant—it can leave skin susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to lather on sunscreen once you’re done!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a ton of health benefits, and now we can add natural exfoliant to the list of superpowers this natural healer has. With a pH level similar to skin, apple cider vinegar works to restore your skin to its tip-top shape. Apply it to your skin using a cotton ball and let it rest for around 20 seconds, this will give it enough time to eliminate any of the dead skin cells in order to reveal a fresh layer of skin.
We’ve all seen the trendy turmeric lattes health influencers have been raving and 'gramming about, but have you heard about the benefits turmeric has for your skin? Turmeric powder works to remove dead skin cells, but its hidden talent is that it's an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and undesirable texture. Just mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 4 to 5 drops of lemon and apply to the skin, allowing it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash the paste off with warm water and follow up with a moisturizer.
Honey does a lot more than sweeten your tea. Massaging honey into your skin during times of trouble will ease problem areas without irritating skin further. It provides just enough exfoliation to remove the dead skin and ease irritation while soothing your face and helping it glow.
For the days when your skin needs some TLC without harsh exfoliation (which is always, right?), yogurt should be your ingredient of choice. Its pH balance of 4.5 is enough to exfoliate your skin by removing the dead skin cells and reducing redness while sealing in moisture.
Wondering what a fruit enzyme is or how to use it to exfoliate your skin? It's easier than you think. Pumpkins, tomatoes, and pineapples are just a few examples of the fruits you can use to reveal a healthy, brighter layer of skin. Simply mash each respective fruit and apply the consistency to your skin for around 15 minutes before rinsing off. The enzymes then do all the heavy lifting, making your skin look and feel its best.