Ever since going vegan, I have been obsessed with natural ingredients. I have found that once you start eating healthier, you really start to care about what is going into your body, and how it is affects you both short-term and long-term.
In the last month of two, that obsession has transitioned from food to skincare. Sure, I still love learning about the benefits of healthy eating, but lately, I have been researching natural skincare. I have always had sensitive, acne-prone skin. While the vegan life has helped my skin, I have still dealt with acne, especially when I decided to go off of the pill. In the last year, my skin has gone through phases where my skin is either clear or bumpy. It has been so inconsistent, that I finally decided to look into new skincare. I am aware that the makeup I use probably doesn’t help, but since I love makeup, I make a sacrifice.
Still, I have really been caring about the state of my skin, which has lead to me making some new skincare purchases. Not only that, but I have grown to appreciate the value of making skincare products out of ingredients that I already have at home. I have tried many DIY masks, and while nothing beats my Herbivore masks, I have realized that you don’t have to spend a fortune for great skin.
I have always loved exfoliating. While I don’t have very dry skin, I love how smooth and renewed by skin feels after using an exfoliant. After running out of my St. Ives scrub, I was looking for something 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Before purchasing Lush’s Ocean Salt Scrub, I experimented with making my own exfoliator, and developed a recipe that I am in love with. I actually still use it sometimes instead of my expensive LUSH product. I ultimately love both, but I appreciate the simplicity of a homemade product. I love being able to have control over how much of each ingredient I am adding to achieve my desired consistency an results. After much experimenting, I have decided to share my Green Tea and Lemon Exfoliator.
I love lemon juice for skincare because it is so great for brightening. I like using matcha powder because it is a great detoxifier that fights free radicals. It can be used to support the reduction of acne.
Since my personal skin needs have involved clearing acne and brightening, my tea and lemon exfoliator is excellent because it has so many more skin benefits other than just being an exfoliator. It has been a great addition to my skincare routine. I use it 1-2 times per week, and I always notice a difference in how my skin looks and feels. The best part is: there’s only 3 ingredients! It’s an amazing budget-friendly remedy that gets the job done just as well as store-bought exfoliants.
My recipe is good for about 1 use, but it can easily be doubled or tripled. If you store leftovers in an airtight container, it can last for a week. Most people don’t need to exfoliate every day, maybe just 2-3 days per week, so if you make enough for 3 uses at the beginning of the week, you’re all set!
Now, all of the ingredients I used are very safe, and do not irritate my very sensitive skin. However, if you know that you have any irritation to exfoliators, lemon juice, etc., use with caution. Make sure to not be too aggressive when applying. Over-exfoliating can actually have an opposite effect, and can dry and/or irritate the skin. As long as you are gently applying it, and have no known irritation to any of the ingredients, the exfoliator should suit you very well and can be a lovely addition to any natural skincare routine. Oh, and the best part is: It takes about 2 minutes to make. I usually make mine at last minute before I start my skincare routine. It’s so easy, so I don’t even consider it as a hassle.
I really hope that you enjoy my DIY Tea and Lemon mask! If you’ve never made your own skincare products, I think you will be surprised on how easy it is to achieve healthy, glowing skin using products you probably already have on hand!
- 1 Tbsp Organic Cane Sugar
- 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Tsp Matcha Powder
- In a small cup or bowl, mix ingredients together until sticky, with a little bit of extra liquid.
- To use: Apply to face over the sink (it gets messy) and gently massage into the skin for about 10 seconds. Rinse off.
- Repeat 2-3 times weekly.