Let’s ex­fo­li­ate

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR BEAUTY - Jody-Anne Lawrence Life­style Reporter For sug­ges­tions, tips and queries email: jodyanne.lawrence@glean­erjm.com.

HAV­ING A mix­ture of acne and eczema on my face makes find­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cial cleanser tricky but, of course, I had to do a lit­tle ex­per­i­ment­ing on my own, so this week with DIY Jo I will share my fa­cial scrub ex­pe­ri­ence.

There are a few scrubs on the mar­ket that I must ad­mit are very good, namely, St Ives and Aveeno. But like sham­poos, you have to change af­ter a few bot­tles for it to be ef­fec­tive. I re­alised my skin just even­tu­ally got used to them.

Bak­ing soda has a great rep­u­ta­tion for ex­fo­li­at­ing. So I de­cided to use it as the base or grain in my scrub.

I then added co­conut oil. Yes, again with the co­conut oil, as it is said to be an­ti­fun­gal and an­tibac­te­rial as well as a good cleanser, so, of course, I could not help my­self and added it for those ben­e­fits as well as its mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties. Ev­ery­one who knows me knows I have a gen­uine love for laven­der oil. So also I added a few drops as it has a rep­u­ta­tion to re­duce wrin­kles (not that I have any yet), treat acne, and eczema. Then I added the su­per­hero in­gre­di­ent – witch hazel.

Witch hazel is great for ton­ing the skin, re­mov­ing dark spots and blem­ishes, and it is su­per gen­tle. It does not carry a heavy scent. There is noth­ing to hate about this prod­uct.

So af­ter adding a small amount of witch hazel, I mixed it all up. I used it and im­me­di­ately I felt a dif­fer­ence with the tex­ture of my skin. It was so soft and smooth. I gave a bit to my co-worker, and my sis­ter to try. This was when I re­alised that co­conut oil is not nec­es­sar­ily for ev­ery­one. It worked per­fectly for my co-worker and I am con­stantly re­minded that she needs a new batch. How­ever, it did not work for my sis­ter, thus, I tried to find a sub­sti­tute for the co­conut oil.

It was a toss-up be­tween olive and ar­gan oils. Both of which I think work well with my skin, but I chose olive oil be­cause of its an­ti­age­ing prop­er­ties. And it was an ef­fec­tive sub­sti­tute. It was milder on the skin yet just as ef­fec­tive.

So I am proud to say I have achieved a rel­a­tively ef­fec­tive scrub that I have been us­ing for more than a month with lim­ited to no break­outs. Thus, an­other check in my DIY check­list.

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