• DIY Gentle Exfoliating Mask–Simple Green Beauty

    Posted on March 27, 2010 by in DIY, Skin

    Exfoliating the skin keeps it healthy and glowing, although excessive scrubbing with abrasive ingredients isn’t good for the delicate skin of the face.

    Here is a simple exfoliating mask that you can make with three ingredients that are right in your kitchen:  lemons, sugar, and honey.

    Lemon Juice has a high vitamin C content which brightens the skin as well as citric acid which exfoliates and speeds up the treatment of acne also lightening acne scars and blemishes.

    Sugar Cane produces glycolic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid that easily exfoliates the skin.  Alpha hydroxy acids are known for their anti aging properties for stimulating collagen production while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

    Raw Honey
    is antibacterial, has amino acids which are moisturizing, and antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage.  Raw honey also has gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid responsible for honey’s acidity.  Raw honey is more nutritious to the skin still containing all of its healing properties that have not been pasteurized or eliminated with high heat temperatures.

    It is preferable to use organic and raw ingredients as they are pesticide free and still have their innate healing properties intact, although this mask will still benefit your skin if you are not using organic and raw ingredients.

    To begin use 2 tbsp. raw sugar and grind it in a coffee grinder.  This breaks it down to smaller particles so it is dissolves easily in the mask and is extra gentle on the skin.  Now mix the sugar with 2 tbsp. of raw honey.  Finally squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a second bowl and add to the mixture once all the lemon seeds are removed.  When you apply, always start with freshly cleansed skin, and apply a thin layer of the mask to your face and neck avoiding the eye area completely.  Allow the mask to penetrate into the skin for 5-15 minutes.  Now add some water to your finger tips and gently massage the skin before rinsing.  Follow with the moisturizer of your choice.  Please store your mask in the refrigerator.  The mask should last for a week.

    You may use this mask two to three times a week.  Because of the natural citric and alpha hydroxy acids in this mask it is suggested to avoid prolonged sun exposure.

    Simple Green Beauty the Minimalist Beauty Way!

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Kristie says:

    This mask is great and I have to say…I used the rhassoul clay posted about earlier and it has revived my skin! I use it as a facial cleanser and my skin redness is gone! Thanks minimalistbeauty for your lovely blog!!!

  2. Kim says:

    I remember reading on this site about a complexion facial brush from Sephora. I can’t find it and you directly the page and tell me how you use it. Thank you

  3. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Kim, The complexion face brush is good for exfoliating. I don’t have the link in my beauty routine anymore because I haven’t gotten a new on in some time and haven’t been using it. You can still find it at Sephora and even some drugstores. You simply add your facial cleanser to the damp complexion brush, and gently brush over your face to cleanse the skin. I hope that is helpful.

  4. Ynetta says:

    Can you use organic lemon juice? If so how much?

  5. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Ynetta, Depending on the size of the lemon you use the juice of one lemon is about 1/4 cup. Hope that helps!

  6. shayne says:

    Hi Dawn Michelle
    I am so blessed (and also cursed) to find your website. I am African descent, and its very rare to find a blogger who has ethnic african skin who has had success with natural products. Partly its because of this sensitive yet oil/dry skin, all at the same time, and part of it is because many products, e.g.,that call themselves “honey” or “oil” are not really genuine so its hard to know when you find an original or a fake! So I am blessed to find you, I just had my baby and my face is blown up with acne and huge blackheads all the way to my skin. My belly is hyperpigmented! My feet are layered in dead skin. So thank you for sharing your information about pumpkin seed oil and for this mask. I am cursed because I have found you after spending so much money on useless products, wrong oils, etc! I wish i found your site earlier!!! Thanks.

  7. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Shayne,
    Welcome to Minimalist Beauty and it is always divine timing that you find something. To help with healing acne check out this article about oils high in linoleic acid as well as this article about understanding your skin. You can also read see what I wrote about natural solutions to hyperpigmentation here. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy and just know that your body is in a transition right now so be patient.
    Best wishes always!