Summer skin

Ladies, it’s mid-June. By now, you’ve probably shown off that summer skin having donned a stylin’ swimsuit a few times, sported your super-chic mini every other weekend since late May, and exposed your arms and feet more times than you can count.

While you look darn fine in your summer duds, your skin may be beginning to show the slightest amount of wear and tear (and clogged pores) from one too many sweaty trips to the park or beach. Get your summer skin back into its original, radiant condition by giving one of the following skin-smoothing homemade beauty products a try.

1. DIY Coffee and Cardamom Scrub from Essie Button, via Bust Magazine

Ingredients
Ground organic coffee
Organic brown sugar
Organic ground cardamom
Raw Shea butter, or olive or almond oil

Method
Combine the materials, a bit at a time, until you get the moisturizer-to-scrub ratio you desire. Rub on, let sit for your desired amount of time, and wash off. The scrub will leave your skin hydrated and smooth.

Four natural scrubs from Free People Blog

2. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal nourishes skin, is a great exfoliator and removes impurities. Blend some oatmeal and a pinch of lavender blossoms until you have a fine mixture. Add water and use as a facial scrub.

3. Whole milk bath

Whole milk’s lactic acid is an exfoliator and the liquid’s fat moisturizes skin. At the end of a long, hot day, add some whole milk to your bath. When you emerge, your skin will feel silky smooth.

4. Sea salt scrub

Sea salt is a wonderful exfoliator for rough skin. Cut a lemon in half, cover the cut, fruity portion with sea salt, and rub it on your elbows, heels and knees.

5. Sugar scrub

Mix sugar with olive and an essential oil. The mixture smooths your skin and smells heavenly.

Image: EmilyGrace Photography