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DIY At-Home Microdermabrasion Scrub

Have you seen those at home microdermabrasion kits? They are soooo expensive. I'm way too frugal (read cheap) to buy them.

So, I set out to make my own version, which I think works just as well. In fact, I really like it a lot.

For those of you who are wondering, microdermabrasion is basically a high-powered way to exfoliate the skin. You can get a professional microdermabrasion treatment at a day spa (check out this article that I wrote about microdermabrasion for the nitty-gritty details.)

You can also do a less costly home version. The at-home treatment won't be as powerful as the pro version, obviously, but it's still a great way to remove dead cell build up and leave your skin super smooth and glowing.

My homemade version utilizes powdered goat's milk to add some extra vitamins and minerals, and to help soothe the skin. Powdered goat's milk can be purchased online but you can also use regular ol' powdered milk you get from the grocery store.

P.S. Rice bran can be a bit tricky to find, and rice flour is NOT a good substitute. It's an awesome skin care ingredient thought, so you don't want to leave it out if you can help it. Online herbal supplies will carry it.

RECIPE: DIY At Home Microdermabrasion Scrub Recipe

This scrub will leave your skin feeling ultra soft and smooth, and looking bright and refreshed. Don't get too carried away, though. This scrub is powerful! You should only use it about once a week or so. And don't use it in the eye area.

Here's what you'll need:
1/2 cup powdered goat's milk
1/4 cup shredded soap (Don't worry; there's an explanation further down.  Read on!)
1/8 cup kaolin clay 
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon rice bran

Step 1: First, let's talk about those soap shreds. Get yourself a mild soap bar, one that you would typically use on your face. If you're a soaper, use one of your handmade soap bars.

Not a soap maker yet? You can easily start with the melt and pour method. And if you're feeling really adventurous, you'll want to try cold process soap making too.

But, back to the soap shreds. Take your soap bar to a cheese grater, and shred yourself 1/4 of a cup.  It's easier than it sounds.

These soap shreds will give your microdermabrasion scrub a bit of lather and a cleansing property.

Step 2: Put the soap shreds into a small blender or food processor along with the powdered goat's milk. Pulse until the shreds are finely minced and incorporated into the goat's milk. You may have to stop to stir down the sides a few times.

Step 3: Pour the soap/goat milk mixture into a small bowl and stir in the kaolin clay, baking soda, and rice bran. Mix well.

Put your mixture into a small jar. This recipe fits about a half pint mason jar.

To use: Mix about a teaspoon in your hands with enough water to form a creamy paste. Massage over the face and neck for about 30-45 seconds. Rinse well.

Shelf life: Your microdermabrasion scrub will easily last 12 months or longer on your bathroom shelf.

Make it a facial day! Try these recipes too:

DIY Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Mask 
Pumpkin Seed and Rosehip Facial Serum
The Secret to Pro-Quality DIY Oatmeal Products

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