The skin cells undergo a continuous cycle of renewal, with new skin cells coming up to the surface and making the skin younger and healthier. As we age, this cycle of cell renewal slows itself down. The slowing down of this cycle ultimately leads to undesired accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface layer of the skin.

The accumulated dead skin cells on the surface make the skin appear dull, dark, and aged. This layer of dead skin cannot be removed by the simple routine of cleansing and washing, and this where exfoliation comes into the picture.

Regular exfoliation of the facial skin is vital to keep the skin looking young, healthy and radiant. The removal of dead skin cells not only makes the skin glow, but it also makes penetration of moisturisers into the skin easier and deeper. It does not matter whether your skin is dry, normal or oily. Exfoliation is a must for every skin type.Although there are a number of chemical based cleansing and exfoliating products available in the market today, but you can find a number of natural exfoliators in your kitchen. These homemade scrubs do the job just as well, or sometimes even better.

Here we have 6 home remedies to remove dead skin cells.

Also, find important tips to keep in mind when exfoliating, towards the end of this post.1. Sugar and Olive oil

1/2 cup sugar + 3 tbsp olive oil

Combine sugar and olive oil and you will have a scrub that works well for all skin types.The sugar removes the dead skin sitting on the surface and the olive oil deeply moisturises and nourishes your skin.

You can also add lemon juice or honey to this scrub. The lemon juice will help lighten and brighten the skin, while honey helps the skin look tighter.

2. Sandalwood, Gram and Rice powder

2 tsp sandalwood powder + 1 tsp gram powder + 1 tsp rice powder

Combine these and add a little milk or rose water to create a thick paste. Apply and massage on the face for a few minutes and wash off with normal water.

3. Coffee

3 tbsp coffee ground + 1 tbsp almond oil/ olive oil + 1 tbsp sugar + 1 tbsp honey

Coffee ground removes dead skin and at the same time, assists the body to produce new skin cells. Also, the flavonols present in coffee repairs damaged skin cells and improves the overall texture of the skin.

4. Oatmeal

2 tbsp oatmeal + 2 tbsp yogurt

You can alternatively use plain water or rose water instead of yogurt. 1 tsp of honey or lemon juice can be added to this scrub as well for added benefits.

The grainy texture of oatmeal makes it an excellent exfoliant for the skin. Saponins present in this natural scrub not only remove dead skin cells but also help in removing excess sebum and skin impurities. The protein present in oatmeal prevents water loss and keeps the skin hydrated and moisturised.

Oatmeal with its natural soothing and anti-inflammatory properties is excellent for those with sensitive or aging skin.

5. Avocado seed

Few avocado seeds (remove the brown layer) ground into powder (1 tbsp) + 1 tsp olive oil

Combine the avocado seed powder and olive oil to make a thick paste. Massage into the skin to remove the dead skin, provide the skin with antioxidants, and repair and nourish dry and damaged skin.

6. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp baking soda + rose water

Create a semi-thick paste combining the two and apply on the required areas on the skin. Leave it on for 15-20 mins and wash off with normal water. This scrub is not recommended for those with dry or sensitive skin.

Things to keep in mind when exfoliating:

  • Cleanse your face thoroughly off dirt and makeup (if any) before you go ahead with the process.
  • Steam!!! Before you start exfoliating your skin, it really helps to steam, for about 10-15 minutes. This will open up all the pores and make it easier to remove dead skin and impurities, by letting the scrub penetrate into the skin better.
  • Once you have exfoliated, it is vital to moisturise, no matter what skin type you are.
  • When using the scrub on your facial skin, be gentle and do not use the scrub too abrasively, as this could scratch, damage and irritate the surface of your skin.