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April 9, 2012

I Exfoliate, Therefore I Am

I would exfoliate every day of the week and twice on Sunday if I could. I know it’s wrong. But shiny, squeaky clean skin just makes me feel like I’m aging backwards. Alas, all that scrubbing does more harm than good. So when I do exfoliate (2-3 times/week), I make it count. Like this fruit-enzyme and lactic acid facial peel from facialist Sarah Kurn, who I interviewed her for today’s DIY Spa story in the Star Tribune. It softens and tightens while lightening sunspots—all without harsh chemicals, which you’ll realize aren’t all that necessary after this. I also love the therapeutic ritual that Kurn has incorporated. Enjoy it!

1 papaya, mashed
1 T. sugar
1 lemon
1/2 c. plain, organic yogurt
1/4 t. grape seed oil
1 white hand towel
Combine mashed papaya and sugar in a small bowl. Apply to cleansed face and gently massage for 1 minute. Rinse well with warm water. While skin is drying, squeeze half of lemon into a bowl, add yogurt and blend. Apply mixture to face and gently massage. Leave yogurt mask on. Fill a sink with very warm water. Squeeze remaining half lemon into water in sink. Immerse towel in water, ring out, then wrap face, leaving nose exposed. Apply gentle pressure to towel and leave towel on for 60 seconds. Relax by taking deep, slow breaths. Remove mask with towel. Apply grape seed oil to entire face by gently tapping into skin (no additional moisturizer required).
  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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