I thought that one of the benefits of getting older was no longer getting breakouts! It seems lately that I’ve been getting some minor breakouts and dry flaky skin and it’s annoying.
I’ve been washing with Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, I love this daily scrub. But once, or twice a week, I feel I need a little something more powerful to get rid of the flaky skin.
Then I use Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel, I’m not really sure if it helps shorten the time of breakouts. Sometimes it seems like it does and sometimes it doesn’t. It does tend to leave the areas around where I put it dry.
Sometimes, when I remember, I’ll take some Witch hazel on a cotton ball and swipe that over my face. But I really don’t like the smell. Then I finish up with Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15.
So I did a little research into homemade face scrubs that have the benefits of moisturizing, healing, and acne reduction. My research lead me to Lemon and Honey Face Scrub.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Honey: Anti-aging (who doesn’t want to slow down the clock?) it pulls moisture from the air and into the skin, it helps to even out skin tone, clear the skin, soften the skin and brighten the skin. It has inflammation-reducing properties, is antibacterial and can help reduce pain and swelling, and it can help minimize scaring. These qualities make it beneficial in treating acne. I may try a dab of honey on the problem spots after washing, and let it sit for a while (between 15 and 30 minutes) and wash off.
Lemon: Lemons cleanse the face and body. are antibacterial and can help treat acne, rich in vitamin C and citric acid so they help brighten and lighten skin when used over time. Lemon can reduce excess oil and can calm dry scalp and remedy dandruff.
Sugar: Like honey, sugar also draws moisture from the air and into the face. Sugar is a source for glycolic acid, which promotes younger looking skin. Lastly, it exfoliates and gets rid of dead skin.
Olive Oil: Olive Oil has regenerative properties and it helps keep skin soft and smooth while toned and firm, and can help sooth and heal skin irritation. For really dry skin, virgin olive oil can be used as a night cream or added to a face scrub. Adding olive oil to the a face scrub, or using as a face massage as a carrier for essential oils it can also promote circulation.
This is pretty simple to make. I took the sugar in a bowl and added the olive oil and honey, mixing well. When mixed, I squeezed the lemon to the mixture. I would recommend using a citrus reamer over a strainer. I had to pick out the seeds, it wasn’t a big deal. Once all mixed up, I put it into one of my cute jars.
So far, I’ve tried this on my face twice this week in preparation for a potential date this weekend. After rubbing it in, I let it sit on my face for about 15 minutes. You can let it sit for as long as you want. When it was time to remove, I washed it off with a warm wash cloth. So far my face is nice and soft and some of the redness is gone. In addition to the results I’ve seen, it got the Harley Seal of Approval. I was applying the scrub to my face today and I looked over and Harley was licking the lid to the jar. Thankfully I have enough canning lids!