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Get The Most From Your Makeup: Exfoliator

Planning on taking a tropical vacation this winter? The next time you are at the beach, collect a heaping handful of sand and seal it in a Ziploc bag. When you get home, put the sand in a bowl next to your bathroom sink, and as you are washing your face, add a pinch of sand into your cleanser to create an at-home exfoliator on the cheap.

You shouldn't scrub too hard, and I recommend only using this sand concoction once every other day since you wouldn't want to over-exfoliate and strip your skin of its natural oils. I love this simple recipe; it reminds me of the Bobbi Brown Sandbar Soap, which I still think is such a simple yet smart invention. If you try it at home, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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aleach61 aleach61 8 years
A dermotologist told ma to mix a tablespoon of Baking soda with a liquid facial cleanser(use damp fingers to mix) for a gentle facial exfoliator. It works great, and the baking soda makes my skin feel soft and smooth. I do this twicw a week.
Professorluv Professorluv 8 years
I mix brown sugar with my soap! and if it gets in your mouth it doesn't taste bad!
Kgirl99 Kgirl99 8 years
cetaphil is actually a pretty harsh cleanser but i guess it might be more gentle than anything you'd find in a drug store. it's best to look for cleansers with gentle surfactants such as decyl glucoside or cocobetaine. stay away from SLES and SLS and other evil sulfates.
sugababee sugababee 8 years
sand is not the greatest idea, but sugar works great!
lolabee lolabee 8 years
I heard that sugar is not good for your skin, correct me if I'm wrong,so I guess salt is my choice.
lil11ro lil11ro 8 years
yeah sand is not the best idea. i'm an esthetician also and not only is there bacteria and other nasty things in sand from the beach but it is way too harsh for the skin on your face. i was taught that even st eves apricot scrub is not good because it can cut your skin. and also you are only supposed to exfoliate one time per week... more than than makes the oil over produce in your skin.
TFS TFS 8 years
oh yes thats right ladies rubbing all that sh*t,dirt & pi*s covered sand in your face is going to really cleaner your skin.. hmm.
jmast jmast 8 years
Well, my dermatologist said that if dermabrasion was too hard on my skin then just mix cetaphil with baking soda. Cheap and works just as good as expensive exfoliators.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Never that.
danig danig 8 years
Yeah I was thinking sugar ISO sand too. sorry Bella.
nadams01 nadams01 8 years
sand from the beach.....i don't think so. it's contaminated. maybe go to an aquarium store. they sell sand there REALLY cheap and its cleaned so that it doesnt contaminate your tank....or your face for that matter. it's at least better than the dirty beach stuff.
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 8 years
Eeew thats gross
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 8 years
Eeew thats gross
jmurph12 jmurph12 8 years
i like the idea of the sugar. i might just try that tonight!
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
Yikes. I'll stick with my face scrub from Fresh.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
This post scares me - I don't even use a rough exfoliator on my face. It's just too harsh. I use an enzyme exfoliator made by sensaria, and I love it.
starbright14 starbright14 8 years
I once picked up a staph infection, and my doc thinks I got it from sand at the beach... so remember: sand at your own risk!
gaelgirl gaelgirl 8 years
correct me if i'm wrong, but sand is just tiny pieces of glass & rock. that could easily cut up your skin on tiny levels. st ives apricot scrub is evil for the same reason. i suggest mixing in a little table sugar. it's not too harsh & melt away.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I would agree with a lot of people and say you're better off using sugar or salt and not sand. That seems too harsh to me.
htiduj htiduj 8 years
ew. i would NEVER mix sand from the beach into something and put it on my face. it could be filthy! who knows whats in the sand?! people walk on it, litter on it, drive on it. no. definitely not. not unless i found a deserted island that nobody ever set foot on. im a big exfoliator myself - but i have to say that you have to be careful not to over exfoliate, especially in the winter or you will get blackheads and breakouts and damage your skin. (i found out the hard way). my two favorite face exfoliators are the following: 1) fresh sugar rose face scrub 2) nuxe spa face exfoliator i particularly like to use the nuxe one in the winter as it has a more creamy base, and so its less harsh on the skin. as for body, i love the fresh sugar scrub, but lately ive been into pri - el dead sea salt scrubs. the thing is, you can only use those sparingly - otherwise your skin will be killed - especially in the winter. so for a more "everyday" kindof a scrub, i like the Soap and Glory Flake Away. though ive had trouble finding it in its big size. Another great option is Lush's Almond Butter. because both flake away and the almond butter have a creamy base, they are gentler on the skin, so you can use them more frequently. i generally use them (in the winter)on my elbows, knees, feet, hands, and chest every other day, then once a week my whole body, and then once every other week i will use either the sugar scrub or the dead sea salt scrub.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Gah!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
WTF? Smiley overload, and I didn't even put them there!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I wouldn't trust LA's sand. Every time we get rain the treatment plants overflow into the ocean and they have to close the beaches. I like the idea a lot, but I think I'd use sugar.
Mikaela81 Mikaela81 8 years
YIKES! Maybe for your body, but not for your face! As an esthetician, I would never recommend this. At least sugar is a natural aha, but for a real product Dermalogica makes a fantastic dry exfoliating powder called Daily Microfoliant, just mix with h2o or a cleanser. And it's actually meant for your face.
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