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5 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dead Skin Cells

Skin is the body’s largest organ and it constantly lets go of dead cells allowing new living cells to come up. This continual renewal keeps the skin looking younger, smoother and more radiant. Exfoliation is really important because without it your skin would appear dull and darker making you look older than you actually.

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A shower isn’t enough, weekly exfoliation is one of the best ways to get rid of the dead cells and keep your skin soft and smooth. It also helps moisturizing products penetrate more deeply into the skin and even improves blood circulation.

No skin type should be left out of this process, be it oily, sensitive or dry skin. It could be used on any part of the body you feel needs exfoliation. Chemical products as we all know can have some terrible side effects, so home remedies are the best bet plus they are easy to get.

1. Oatmeal: The grainy texture of oatmeal works as a great natural exfoliating agent for all skin types. The saponins in it help remove dead skin cells, excess sebum and other impurities.

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Plus, the vitamins and minerals in oatmeal are good for your skin, and the protein in it prevents water loss to keep your skin moisturized longer.

How to use:

  • Put 2 tablespoons of instant oatmeal into a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply the paste on your face and massage using circular motions to scrub off the dead cells.
  •  Let is sit on your skin for another 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
  • Pat dry your skin and apply a light moisturizer.
  • Another option is to mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, 2 to 3 teaspoons of honey, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and a little water to make a paste.
  • Gently rub this oatmeal scrub on your skin for a few minutes.
  • Leave it on for another 10 minutes then rinse it off.

Repeat either of these remedies no more than once or twice a week. You can use these oatmeal scrubs on your face as well as body.

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2. Sugar and Olive Oil: The combination of sugar and olive oil make a great scrub for all skin types. While the fine sugar particles help remove the dead skin cells, olive oil works as a great moisturizer for your skin.

This scrub can be used to exfoliate all body parts, including the lips.

How to use:

  •  Thoroughly mix ½ cup of fine sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of honey and a little lemon juice to the mixture.
  • Apply this mixture on your skin and rub it around using circular motions for a couple of minutes.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water, then pat dry gently.
  • Use this sugar scrub once or twice a week.

3. Green Tea: Green tea is majorly drunk for health reasons, but that’s not what it’s useful for. The used tea bags can be used for a homemade skin scrub. The slightly rough texture of green tea leaves can help exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities. Moreover, green tea enhances skin complexion, improves skin elasticity and makes your skin healthy.

How to use:

  • Scoop out the contents of 1 or 2 used green tea bags into a bowl and add 2 to 3 teaspoons of honey.
  • Optionally, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly to make a thick paste.
  • Spread the mixture all over your face.
  • Leave the mask on for 10 minutes.
  • Gently scrub off the mask using wet fingers.
  • Use this scrub once a week.

4. Coffee: Regular coffee grounds make a smart choice for exfiolation.

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Coffee grounds help eliminate dead skin and support your body’s production of new skin cells. Moreover, the flavonols in the coffee grounds help improve skin texture, repair damaged skin and maintain a glowing complexion.

How to use:

  • Mix together 3 tablespoons of coffee grounds, 1 tablespoon of either extra-virgin olive oil or almond oil, 1 tablespoon of organic honey, and 1 tablespoon of fine sugar.
  • Massage the paste over your face, neck, knees and elbows using gentle, circular motions.
  • Then, let it sit on your skin for 5orange peels to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with warm water and gently pat dry your skin.
  • Use this scrub once a week.
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5. Orange Peels: Now orange peels can be put to useful utilization. Instead of throwing them out, dry the peels in the sunlight for a few days, then grind them into a powder form that you can use in your skin-care routine.

The slightly abrasive nature of the powder works as a natural exfoliating agent. It can help remove dirt and dead skin cells from your skin. Plus, its rich antioxidant and vitamin C content help rejuvenate your skin, making it appear young and vibrant.

How to use:

  1. Mix equal amounts of orange peel powder and plain yogurt to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply it on your face and neck area.
  3. Allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. With wet hands, gently rub off the paste using circular motions.
  5. Repeat once a week.


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