Toss Out All Your Drug Store Beauty Products

You don’t need the harsh sulfates, unregulated chemicals, and harmful parabens of store-bought cosmetics. You don’t need the high boutique prices of organic beauty products.

You need something natural, affordable, and easy. Annie Strole takes staple ingredients – stuff you probably already have in your pantry and fridge – and creates dozens of 5-minute-or-less beauty recipes that really work. DIY and get beautiful!

Microdermabrasion is an incredible tool for reducing scarring, dark spots, and hyper pigmentation, but it certainly isn’t cheap and isn’t always the safest. This recipe is about as close as it gets to a spa microdermabrasion using all natural ingredients! Microdermabrasion may have a sensitizing effect on the skin, so this treatment is best done in the evening.

At-Home Microdermabrasion

2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon distilled water
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 drops lavender essential oil

Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and use your fingers to thoroughly stir until a paste is formed. Gently massage the paste onto your skin in small, circular motions for 5 minutes. Remove with a moist towel, using soft, swiping motions, careful not to do any additional scrubbing. Pat face with cool water.

You may experience redness for a couple of hours, so make sure not to aggravate your skin with any more facial treatments or makeup application. Be sure to wear sunscreen the next time you are exposed to sun.

Excerpted from Homemade Beauty by Annie Strole. Copyright © 2014 by Annie Strole. Excerpted by permission of Perigee, a division of Penguin Group (USA). All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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