Now, don't confuse 'brightening' with 'bleaching' or 'whitening'. The natural, active ingredients in this simple scrub will not make your skin multiple shades lighter - but will help exfoliate dead cells and give a brighter, more luminous and even-tone appearance to the skin. This is very useful to treat active acne and gradually remove post-acne marks and other discolorations as well as general dullness.
What you'll need:
- 1 tbsp of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of honey
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- granulated cane sugar
- empty container
The measurements of these ingredients are totally up to you. For example, if you have drier skin, add more honey or a 1/2 tsp or more of any oil of your choice. If you prefer a gentler, more liquid scrub, include less sugar. That's the beauty of DIY's - you can customize it to your personal needs.
For reference, I used a 1/2 cup (4 oz) container to store my scrub.
Lemon juice contains a substantial amount of Vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), which function as a wonderful chemical exfoliant and lightening agent for dark spots on the skin. The process is very gradual, though.
Baking soda is another wonderfully multipurpose product that has great antiseptic, exfoliating and brightening qualities. Similarly to lemon, it will not drastically change your complexion but will help even out areas of discoloration and clear active breakouts.
Honey is another antibacterial ingredient that also helps calm acne-prone skin and clarifies the pores while moisturizing the skin.
The last ingredient, sugar, is simply added to physically exfoliate the skin. Add as much or as little as you'd like. I prefer white granulated sugar over brown because it doesn't break down and dissolve as easily. That way, I can keep the scrub party going, longer.
Mixing the ingredients is a breeze. Just mash together with a fork or spoon until everything is evenly distributed. However, just a warning, when you add the lemon juice and baking soda together, there will be a bit of frothing or bubbling (remember science class?), so be sure to mix in a container big enough to allow this without making an exploding mess (unless of course, you're into that).
And that's it. Now you have an all natural scrub that leaves the skin immediately squeaky clean and oh, so soft with the future promise of gradual tone improvement and clarity. Be sure to store in a sealable container and use within a week so that the natural ingredients don't deteriorate before you can take advantage of its full potency.
Also, you don't have to limit this scrub to your face. If you have issues with dark underarms or any other area of discoloration, scrub away!
PS, due to the photosensitivity that lemon is known for, it's best to use this at night and don't forget to wear sunscreen during the day!
Thanks for reading!
What's your favorite scrub?