The Best Ways to Exfoliate the Face Naturally

You don't have to use any products to exfoliate your skin.

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Skip those expensive exfoliators and long checkout lines in favor of something with a little old-fashioned charm: a natural exfoliator. Whether you find a new use for unused fruit in your fridge or scrub your face during a stress-busting bath, you'll find that exfoliating those dead skins cells away can be affordable and totally attitude-free. After all, a radiant glow is supposed to look effortless -- and with a natural exfoliator, it nearly is.

Ransack Your Kitchen

You'd be surprised how many household foods make stellar exfoliators. Mash up strawberries for a cool, gentle exfoliating mask. "Marie Claire" website recommends mixing 1 egg yolk, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 cup oatmeal. Rub it onto your face -- the oatmeal is the exfoliator -- and let it sit for a calming treatment that will make you hungry for breakfast. Or take a note from The Daily Green -- courtesy of "Good Housekeeping" website -- by mixing 1 oz. ground almonds, 1 tsp. clear honey, 2 tsp. sunflower oil and 1 tsp. lemon juice for a natural exfoliator that will bring fresh, moist skin to the surface.

Add a Pinch of Salt

Thanks to its rough texture, salt is a natural exfoliator -- and when it comes to your face, a little goes a long way. Add a pinch or two to any homemade mask to reap the exfoliating benefits. Simple recipes include honey or olive oil with a touch of salt; these will exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. Leave the mixture on your face for a few minutes before rinsing clean.

Take a Bath

The next time you draw a bath, add some Epsom salt to the water. Besides relaxing your muscles and removing toxins from your body, Epsom salt gives you the same exfoliating effect as other salts do in homemade facial masks. Scoop up a handful of the salty water and gently -- that's the key word when it comes to your face -- massage it onto your facial skin as you bathe, then rinse away for a clean glow.

Get Buzzing

You don't have to smother your face in any product -- homemade or store-bought -- to get rid of those dead skin cells. "Marie Claire" recommends a motorized cleansing brush on your face. It utilizes electric toothbrush technology to vibrate away debris, making pores appear smaller and getting rid of blackheads in the process. And if the idea of an electric device scrubbing your face is too much, simply scrub with a brush yourself, minus the motor.

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