Hey, everyone! If you’re a regular reader, you probably read my post about my skincare routine that went live just over a month ago (and if you’re new, check it out by clicking the link!). I talked about how I use a cleanser, a serum, a toner, a moisturizer, and a spot treatment. One super key thing that was missing, however, was a face scrub!

It’s kind of crazy how I totally skipped over face scrubs in my last skincare post because I absolutely LOVE them! I’ve tried so many, including but not limited to St. Ives scrubs, Clean and Clear scrubs, Lush scrubs, etc. Some worked for me and others didn’t, but as you guys also probably know, I’m DIY till I die, which means I love making my own stuff and customizing everything. When I learned about NeedCrystals, I was enamored with the idea of having more control over my scrub since I’d be making it myself. NeedCrystals sells microdermabrasion crystals in different granule sizes, and you can add them to any base you want at home to create your very own scrub. This is perfect if you want to have more control over what you’re putting on your face or if traditional store-bought scrubs aren’t cutting it for you. NeedCrystals was kind enough to send me A POUND of crystals (that’s a lot, folks, these crystals are tiny yet powerful) and I used them to make my own, customized scrub right at home!

To make your own scrub, simply add one tablespoon of crystals to two tablespoons of your base substance of choice (aloe, cucumber gel, shea butter, jojoba oil, whatever you want!). Then, lather your new scrub on to your face, but be careful not to scrub too hard, otherwise, you can irritate your skin. The crystals work to rejuvenate your skin by stimulating cell growth and help correct redness and acne scarring as well. After gently massaging your face with the scrub for three minutes, wash it off with water.

The crystals are extremely fine; finer than grains of salt and finer than any typical scrub ingredient you would find in a drugstore.

I could feel the crystals on my face, but they felt smoother and gentler than a typical scrub. This is great if your skin normally feels too irritated by over-the-counter scrubs.

My skin felt AMAZINGLY soft after using this! I absolutely love how gentle and refreshing this felt on my face.

I personally feel so much better using this scrub that I made not only because it feels awesome and gets the job done, but because I know exactly what’s in it. Drugstore scrubs especially can be filled with chemicals and other substances that are unclear to the average consumer, but I used my NeedCrystals (which are composed of aluminum oxide) and my all-natural aloe vera which contains five very simple ingredients for a grand total of six ingredients. It’s important that we know what we’re putting on our skin and into our bodies each and every day.

Want to try this yourself? Here’s where you can purchase NeedCrystals and the other essential ingredients for your future face scrub:

●  NeedCrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals

Alcohol-free, all-natural Aloe Vera (this is the EXACT one I used for this post)

Shea Butter

Jojoba Oil

This post is sponsored by NeedCrystals. All opinions are my own.

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Hey, everyone! Sure, everyone loves charity, but with a busy life at work or at school, it can be hard to find the time to volunteer. Those of us in our early twenties may be hard on cash to donate as well. Good news is, there are several very easy ways to be charitable! Most of them involve so little effort that you don’t even have to leave your home or spend any additional money! I’ve used all of these services to donate to charity myself, so they’re tried and true. Using these five sites and apps, we can all make a difference in the world.

1. Amazon Smile

If you’re a low-key Amazon addict like I am, you should definitely switch over to Amazon Smile! All you have to do is train your web browser to go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. Shop on Amazon like you normally would, but now part of the money from your purchases will benefit the charity of your choice (I shop for the ASPCA!).

2. Free Rice

I used Free Rice back when I was doing SHSAT/SAT prep. If you have spare time and feel like brushing up on your vocabulary, this is the perfect way to keep your brain sharp and to donate free rice to those in need.

3. Charity Miles

Active people, this one’s for you. Charity Miles is a mobile app that you can download right this second. Charity Miles has partnered with corporate sponsors and several different charities. When you leave your house to go for a walk or a run, simply open the app. The app will then convert the distance you traveled into a monetary value, which you then donate to charity. Seriously, all you have to do is go somewhere and open this app on your phone. Easy peasy.

4. Sharebite

Ok, ok, you caught me, I’m interning for Sharebite this summer so this is a shameless plug. Sharebite is a food ordering platform (think Seamless, Grubhub, Eat 24…) and when you order your food, part of the money goes to either the charity of your choice (I chose the American Cancer Society), or our default charity which is City Harvest. This one’s for NYC residents only, but don’t worry, I’ll be the first to let you know if Sharebite comes to your city.

5. Good Search

Have burning questions that need answers? Instead of typing them into Google, try typing them into Good Search. You’ll be helping charities earn $ with your curiosity alone.

Have any other easy ways to donate to charity? Add them to this post by leaving a comment; I’d love to hear if you guys use any other services like these ones.