The largest organ of our body is the skin,1 which continuously sloughs off dead cells. The process of sloughing off dead skin cells provides a way to new cells that come out from the lower layers of the skin. This frequent skin cells renewal makes your skin smoother, younger and more glowing. But, the skin cell renewal process slows down with age and as a result, dead skin cells accumulate on the outer layer of the skin. These accumulated dead cells make your skin dull and darker and cause blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. Just washing your skin with soap and water is not sufficient to remove the dead skin cells. Weekly exfoliation is necessary to get rid of dead skin cells and for getting a smooth and soft skin. Exfoliation also improves the blood circulation of your skin. Exfoliation is good for all types of skin. You should regularly exfoliate your facial skin as well as other parts of your body.
Elderly individual often suffers with sagging of skin and slowing of the epidural turnover rate.2 Skin sagging is caused by loss of elastic and collagen tissue that lies between dermis and epidermis.
10 Amazing Home Remedies To Remove Dead Skin Cells
There are so many products available in the market for exfoliating your skin, but you don’t have to use those chemical loaded products. You can rely on many ingredients in your kitchen itself which can easily remove the dead skin cells and give a nice glow to your skin.
Below are given 10 natural and effective home remedies to remove dead skin cells:
#1. Sugar and Olive Oil to Get Rid of Dead Skin Cells:
When sugar and olive oil combine together, they work as an incredible scrub for your skin. The sugar particles effectively remove the dead skin cells and at the same time the olive oil moisturizes your skin completely.
How to Use?: Take a half cup of fine sugar, two to three teaspoons of honey, two to three teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil, and a little amount of lemon juice. Combine all the ingredients thoroughly. Now apply it on your skin and gently massage in circular motion for a few minutes. Then wash it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin gently. Follow this process once or twice a week to see faster results. You can use this amazing scrub on all parts of your body, including the lips. But be extra soft with lips while massaging.
#2. Almonds and Honey:
Including almond in your daily diet is very good for health and almond oil can also be used for enhancing your beauty as well. You can make an amazing scrub with the help of almonds to effectively remove dead skin cells. It is a great source of antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin E making it an amazing home remedy. Moreover, the healthy fats of almonds give you a healthy and youthful skin.
How to Use?: Take 10 almonds and soak them in water or milk overnight. In the morning, peel them off and blend to get a granular paste. Now add two tablespoons of honey in it.4 Spread this paste on your skin evenly and rub gently in a circular motion for a few seconds. Allow it to dry for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off this home remedy with lukewarm water. You can use this homemade scrub twice or thrice a week for remove dead skin cells.
#3. Orange Peels:
We all like to eat oranges, and generally, the orange peels are simply thrown away. But, you will be surprised to know that the orange peels are an effective home remedy to remove dead skin cells as they are an amazing exfoliator. For this, you need to dry the orange peels in sunlight for 4 to 5 days, then grind these dried orange peels into a fine powder and store in a sealed container. You can use this home remedy in your daily skin care routine. This slightly abrasive orange peel powder effectively exfoliates your skin and removes all the dirt and impurities from it. Additionally, this orange peel scrub is a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C that makes your skin young and rejuvenated.3
How to Use?: Take an equal amount of orange peel powder and yogurt in a bowl. Mix them thoroughly to make a smooth paste. Apply it all over your face and neck and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes. Now massage gently with your wet fingers in circular motion. Then wash it off with plain water. Do this home remedy once a week and see how effectively it removes dead skin cells.
#4. Avocado Seeds:
It is commonly known that avocado pulp is very good for the skin, but you can also use avocado seeds to get rid of dead skin cells. This amazing home remedy is very helpful in eliminating excess sebum, dirt and other impurities from the skin. Avocado seeds are a great source of antioxidants that support repairing and nourishing rough, dry and damaged skin along with effectively removing dead skin cells.5
How to Use?: Take a few seeds of avocado and wash them properly. Now remove the brown skin of avocado seeds and blend to get a powder. Now, mix one tablespoon of avocado powder, one teaspoon of olive oil, and one teaspoon of honey in a bowl. Spread this paste on your face, neck, elbows, and other parts of your body. Massage gently in a circular motion and leave it on your face for 5 to 10 minutes, and then take a shower. Follow this home remedy once a week to effectively remove dead skin cells.
#5. Coffee to Remove Dead Skin Cells:
If you want to eliminate dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities from your skin, then you must try this great home remedy which is coffee scrub.6 Coffee scrub not only removes the dead cells from your skin, but also supports the production of new skin cells. In addition, the flavonols present in coffee repair damaged skin, improve skin complexion and improve the skin texture.
How to Use?: Take 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of fine sugar and one tablespoon of almond oil or extra-virgin olive oil. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to make a thick paste. Apply it all over your face and neck, avoiding the eye areas and massage gently in circular motion. Leave it for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with normal water and pat dry with a soft towel. Follow this effective home remedy once a week to remove dead skin cells. You can use coffee scrub on your knees and elbows too.
#6. Green Tea:
Green tea is very effective in removing dead cells from your skin because of its slightly rough texture. Plus, it makes your skin healthy, enhances skin complexion, and improves the elasticity of your skin.7 Most of the people drink green tea for its health benefits. Generally, after making it, the tea bags are thrown, but, instead of throwing the away, they can be used to enhance your beauty by effectively removing dead skin cells. Here is how you can make an amazing scrub by using these used tea bags.
How to Use?: Scoop out the green tea from one or two used tea bags and put that in a bowl. Now add two to three teaspoons of honey in it. You can add one teaspoon of baking soda in this mixture to make it more effective. Mix all the ingredients properly to make a fine paste and spread it all over your face and leave it for about 10 minutes. Now massage this homemade green tea scrub gently using wet fingertips. Then wash it off thoroughly with cold water and pat dry. Use this home remedy once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells.
#7. Gram Flour:
Gram flour or besan is an ingredient, which can be found in your kitchen easily. It acts as an incredible exfoliator by making your skin soft and smooth. If your skin is oily, gram flour will effectively remove all the excess oil from it. In this way, gram flour helps prevent problems like pimples, blackheads and acne along with effectively removing dead skin cells.
How to Use?: There are 2 different ways to make this scrub:
Prepare a paste of two tablespoons of gram flour and five tablespoons of rose water or plain water. Apply it on your face and let it dry completely. Now massage gently in a circular motion with your wet fingers and wash it off with cold water. Use a soft towel to wipe your face and apply a light moisturizer.
Another home remedy using gram flour to remove dead skin cells is mixing two tablespoons of gram flour, two tablespoons of plain yogurt, and one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a bowl. You can add more yogurt if the paste is too thick. Apply this paste on your skin and leave it to dry completely. Now massage this homemade scrub in a circular motion on your face and wash it off with plain water.
Follow either of these effective home remedies once a week to remove dead skin cells.
#8. Oatmeal to Remove Dead Skin Cells:
The grainy and coarse texture of oatmeal acts as an amazing exfoliating agent for all types of skin. Oatmeal protects skin from effects of ultraviolet light and inflammation.8 Oatmeal contains the property of saponin, which is very helpful in removing the excess sebum, dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin. Moreover, the minerals and vitamins in oatmeal make your skin healthier, and the property of protein in it controls water loss and keeps your skin completely moisturized for a longer time.
How to Use?: There are 2 effective ways to make homemade oatmeal scrub for removing dead skin cells:
Prepare a thick paste of two tablespoons of oatmeal, one tablespoon of honey, and two tablespoons of plain curd in a clean bowl. Now, take this mixture and apply it all over your face, avoiding the eye area and massage gently in a circular motion using your fingertips. Wait for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Now, pat dry with a clean towel and apply a good moisturizer.
Take two tablespoons of oatmeal, two tablespoons of lemon juice, three tablespoons of honey, and a little amount of water in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients to make a thick paste. Now gently massage this scrub on your face and neck. Leave it for 5 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.
Repeat any of these effective home remedies once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. This homemade scrub can be used on your body as well.
#9. Pumice Stone As A Home Remedy To Get Rid of Dead Skin Cells:
Pumice stone is the best option for removing the dead skin cells, especially of your feet. Pumice stone not only eliminates the dead skin cells, but also prevents the problem of cracked heels.
How to Use?: Take some warm water in a tub and add a few drops of any liquid soap into that. Now soak your feet in this water for about 10 to15 minutes to make your skin soft. Then take a pumice stone and rub it gently on your feet in circular motion. Now, wash your feet with plain water and pat dry. Apply coconut oil or olive oil on your feet. Wear a pair of clean socks before going to bed. Do this once a week to effectively remove dead skin cells.
#10. Dry Brushing to Remove Dead Skin Cells:
Another effective way to remove dead skin cells is dry brushing. This home remedy effectively eliminates all the dead cells that build up on your skin and opens up the pores. Dry brushing also makes your skin tight and improves its texture.
How to Do Dry Brushing: Take a natural bristle brush and start the process of dry brushing with your feet. Now slowly move upwards, covering your legs, thighs, stomach, chest, shoulders, arms and back. Continue this process for 10 to 15 minutes in a circular motion. After brushing your whole body, take a bath with slightly warm water. Now pat your body dry and apply a moisturizer. You can repeat this process few times a week to effectively remove dead skin cells.
Some Important Tips for an Effective Exfoliation:
- Steaming supports your scrub to work more effectively as it opens up the pores of the skin and softens up all the impurities. So, always steam your face for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing for effective removal of dead skin cells.
- Always use any home remedy on clean and make-up free skin to make it more effective in removing the dead skin cells.
- You must use a good moisturizer after exfoliation, as it strips away the natural oil from your skin and leaves it dry.
- Massage the scrubs gently on your face, as harsh massage can harm your skin.
- Never use a sponge or loofah to scrub your skin as they tend to collect bacteria and pass on infection to the skin.
- If the scrub enters the eyes, wash them immediately with cold water.
- Use a scrub only once or twice a week, as daily scrubbing can lead to redness and irritation.
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