So, here we are deep in the abyss of winter. I’m feeling it, the husband is feeling it, and the kids are waaaay beyond feeling it. Cue Crazy-town. Does anyone else have a home that looks like an explosion of one too many Pinterest Winter-Boredom-Buster pins gone wrong?
Anyway, I digress. My home isn’t the only one feeling the visual pain of a long and freaking freezing wintertime. Enter my visage. I’m fairly certain my face is going to slough off and die thanks to all of this harsh arctic air. That’s gross, but whatever.
And while I wish weekly trips to the spa were in my cards, we all know that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. But not to fret, because who needs a spa when they have a bowl full of lemons. Enter the exfoliator.
This lemon exfoliator is easy-peasy and works just as well as any high end product I’ve tried, and what’s better, I’m sure you have all of the ingredients sitting in your cupboard.
Recipe for Homemade Lemon Exfoliator
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 T Olive Oil (find quality oils to purchase here)
5 T Sugar
1 tsp Honey
Mix together all ingredients in a jar until smooth. After washing your face and while skin is still damp, gently rub exfoliator into skin with fingers in a circular motion. Great for the lips too! (I dare you not to taste it!) Rinse well with warm water. Follow up with moisturizer of choice. Ask everyone within a reasonable distance to come feel the softness that is otherwise known as your face. This recipe makes enough for 3-4 separate uses. I like to store it in a glass jar with a lid.
As far as a cost breakdown goes, it’s cheaper than cheap. The entire recipe cost is around $1.25, depending on the price of your lemon. Each recipe is good for 3-4 uses, so that’s $0.31-$0.42 per use. I think this would make a super cute (and economical) friend gift.
Let’s talk about the benefits of our sweet (literally!) and simple ingredients:
Lemon: Acts as a natural brightener while evening skin tones and lightening acne and other scars.
Olive Oil: Exceptional moisturizer that packs a powerful anti-oxidant punch against sun damage and other environmental pollutants.
Sugar: Perfect sized granules for gently scrubbing away dead skin cells.
Honey: Another moisturizer that does wonders without clogging pores. Natural anti-oxidants help slow down the again process.
Tell me that’s not something to shout about. Now this should go without saying, but this is 2014, the age of needless warnings. We’re going for a nice natural glow—not a skin rubbed raw until it’s bleeding kind of look. Take it as you will.
- 1 Lemon juiced
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 5 tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Honey
- Mix together all ingredients in a jar until smooth. After washing your face and while skin is still damp, gently rub exfoliator into skin with fingers in a circular motion. Great for the lips too! (I dare you not to taste it!) Rinse well with warm water. Follow up with moisturizer of choice. Ask everyone within a reasonable distance to come feel the softness that is otherwise known as your face. This recipe makes enough for 3-4 separate uses. I like to store it in a glass jar with a lid.
Now grab some friends for girls’ night, your daughter for a date, or lock yourself in the bathroom for a much needed mommy break and get (gently) scrubbing!
Comments & Reviews
I just tried this and my skin is sooo soft and clean! Thank you!
Can I use lime instead of lemon?
Dose it have to be olive oil or could I use EVOO??
EVOO works too!
it doesn’t mater if it is a mexican lemon
its because this kind of lemons are smaller and i think that the cuantity is like of 2 lemos or something like that
Hi. Tried this scrub. Absolutely amazing!! My skin looks and feels so much cleaner already. Not to mention soft!! I was just wondering. How often can I use this scrub?
I just disi this and it was amazing!!! I tried on my face and i liked so much that I exfoliated my whole body with it and my skin is so soft and hydrated. Thanks for this recipe! Xoxo
I just made the lemon exfoliator. Mine came out very liquidy. I’m not sure how it would turn out like a paste.
Maybe your lemon had more juice…try adding in more sugar to get the right consistency.
Turned out amazing! I love it!
Can you use brown sugar?
I have never subbed the white sugar for brown sugar before! It might be worth it a try!
I love your site – just found it on pinterest. I’ve made similar scrubs and olive oil is great for the skin. I’ve used both kinds of sugars in many different proportions, depending on what I have, and if it goes dry, just remix with more oil 🙂 Awesome – I will have to try w/lemons!