By now, you’ve probably heard about how important it is exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. Getting rid of the gunk always feels good, right? It absolutely does, but in this case, less is more, especially if you have sensitive skin. While it can be tempting to slough all the dead skin off with force, gentleness is key. Exfoliating too hard or too frequently irritates your skin even further. To help you ease into exfoliation, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite gentle DIY exfoliators for sensitive skin. We recommend choosing your favorite and using it on your skin 1-2 times per week.
We love skin care products that pull double duty. This recipe can act as an exfoliating scrub and face mask. Bonus: The only two ingredients are honey and baking soda. Honey boasts antibacterial properties, while baking soda gets rid of dead skin cells with ease.
Essential oil lovers, this one’s for you! With the pure lemon essential oil and jojoba oil, you’ll be treating your skin and your sense of smell. The sugar removes dead skin while the lemon boosts your circulation.
This one makes the list of our DIY exfoliants because it takes us back to fall. It also contains coconut oil, which moisturizes your skin like a pro. No more dead skin cells and extra hydration? Sounds good to us! We’re just a little sad we can’t eat it.
Oatmeal naturally fights inflammation, so this scrub is a perfect choice if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis. Combined with a mashed banana and a just a hint of honey, it soothes your skin, restoring hydration.
Raise your hand if you’re a caffeine addict. (We’re all guilty; don’t feel bad.) The caffeic acid in coffee boosts your skin’s collagen production and reduces inflammation. We can definitely get on board with a little skin stimulation!
After you’ve used one of these DIY exfoliants, it’s crucial to moisturize. This prevents pollutants from clinging to your skin. We recommend choosing a lotion that’s formulated for sensitive skin, like one from Sebamed. Our range of moisturizers and creams protect your skin against environmental stressors and skin conditions. Check them out here.