You might have heard that exfoliation helps remove dry or dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. But, it does much more than that, such as:
Removes toxins from the skin
Absorbs nourishing ingredients
Increases blood circulation
Growth of new cells
Moreover, scrubs can lead to brighter, firmer, and smoother-looking skin. If you are concerned about the ingredients and want to know what you are putting on your skin, a DIY homemade scrub may be an option. Another bonus of homemade scrubs is that they are easy and quick to make, and you already have all the ingredients available at your home.
What Ingredients to Avoid?
If you are making a scrub for your face, you have to be mindful of the ingredients. Compared to the skin on the body, facial skin is more delicate and sensitive. So, the facial scrubs should not contain any harsh ingredients and must contain finer particles. For example, sugar scrubs are excellent for the body but too harsh for the face skin.
The same goes for coffee grounds, nutshells, and sea salt – particles too coarse for the facial skin. The harsh ingredients in your scrub can cause irritated, red skin and, in some cases, even break or scratch the skin.
What Ingredients Work Best?
To prevent skin scratching or irritation, go for a mild exfoliator with finer and smaller particles. A few options include:
Baking soda, in a small portion
Finely ground organic oatmeal
These are all physical exfoliators, and to make them work, you have to rub or scrub your skin with these ingredients. There is another option, chemical exfoliator, available in addition to the physical exfoliators. These exfoliators use enzymes and natural chemicals to remove dry or dead skin cells.
Some ingredients you can use in your homemade chemical face scrub are:
Apples: contain malic acid
Mangoes: a rich source of vitamin A
Yogurt and milk: contain lactic acid
DIY Face Scrubs
Soothing Coconut Sugar Face Scrub
Sugar is a classic and well-known exfoliator for several good reasons. Unlike salt, sugar gives you smooth skin without drying it out. Moreover, this face scrub contains coconut oil to hydrate and soothe skin, thanks to its omega-3 fatty acid content.
Plus, matcha has high polyphenols levels that help increase skin cell growth. The presence of a tiny bit of honey helps in deeply nourishing your skin, preventing it from drying.
1 cup of coconut palm sugar
1 tsp organic honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp. of organic matcha powder
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl or a jar and gently scrub your face with the mixture. After rubbing for a few minutes, rinse your face well. Not only face, but you can also use this scrub on your body. For quick and better results, use this scrub two or three times per week.
Anti-Aging Rose Face Scrub
This anti-aging, oil-based scrub reduces inflammation, tightens pores, and hydrates skin, making it noticeably brighter. The ground almonds smooth out wrinkles and exfoliate to help turn back the clock.
5 teaspoons of ground almonds
2 drops of rose oil
2 tbsps. grapeseed oil
1 tsp. warmed honey
Take a small bowl and blend all the ingredients to make a good paste. Then rub onto the face and rinse off with warm water. Use two to three times a week for enhanced results.
Acne-fighting Strawberry Face Scrub
Treat and prevent pimples with this soothing acne-fighting facial scrub. If dull, oily skin or persistent breakouts is your problem, this scrub will clear, brighten, and reduce surface bacteria.
½ cup mashed strawberries
A splash of raw apple cider vinegar
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup almond meal
Mix the ingredients and leave the paste on your skin for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse the paste off with warm water.
Glow-Boosting Coffee Face Scrub
For a quick brightening boost, give your complexion a jolt of caffeine. Coffee has several rejuvenating skin benefits- your face instantly wakes up while gently exfoliating it with coffee.
1 tbsp. honey
½ cup milk or yogurt
½ cup freshly ground coffee
Mix all the ingredients and gently massage onto your skin. After some time, rinse with warm water. You will have an instant glow on your skin.
Mattifying Kiwi Face Scrub
Kiwi is rich in vitamin C and amino acids, both of which helps in reducing excess oil production in the skin. Olive oil contains strong antibacterial properties and helps the skin from secreting excess sebum, which is one of the concerns of people with oily skin.
Plus, brown sugar not only sloughs off the dead skin it also hydrates the skin and gives your skin a healthy glow, which is a bonus.
A few drops of olive oil
2 tsp brown sugar
1 whole kiwi (peeled and mashed)
Stir all the ingredients and mix them well until you get a nice mixture. Gently rub the scrub onto your skin and massage in a circular motion. Keep doing it for three to five minutes, and then remove it with warm water.
Blackhead-Busting Lemon Face Scrub
Say bye-bye to the blackheads with this scrub. If you want to get rid of them and don’t want to see them for a long time, try this scrub with lemon juice. Lemon juice has antiseptic properties that help kill bacteria. Moreover, it is also great for reducing inflammation and sebum. Since lemon juice is acidic, so be mindful while using it. Too much lemon juice in a mixture can irritate your skin.
Lemon juice can also make your skin extra sensitive to the sun, so never skip sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage.
1 tsp distilled/purified water
1 tbsp. salt
½ tsp lemon
Mix all the ingredients well and apply the paste to the face. Rub the paste in a circular motion and gently scrub for three minutes. Be careful! Do not rub too hard, or you will irritate your skin. Rinse off with warm water, and moisturize or follow the rest of your skincare routine.
Brightening Oatmeal Face Scrub
This creamy, rich face scrub is perfect for tired, dull skin, as it calms redness, softens, and gives skin a much-needed boost. Oatmeal face scrub will leave your skin radiant.
½ tbsp. brown sugar
½ cup cooked oatmeal
¼ cup honey
¼ cup milk
Combine all the ingredients and mix them well until you get a thick yet grainy texture. Put it on your skin and scrub for a few minutes and then rinse well. The honey in the scrub will nourish your skin and will prevent it from drying.
Hydrating Honey Cherry Face Scrub
Sweet stuff like honey is excellent for hydrating skin. Whenever your complexion needs exfoliation and a boost of nourishment, use this honey scrub.
1 tbsp. almond powder
1 tbsp. brown sugar
¼ cup honey
3 tbsps. yogurt
Mix all the ingredients and gently scrub the paste onto your skin. Finally, rinse it off with warm water after 15 minutes and follow with the rest of your skincare routine.
DIY scrubs are not only easy but super affordable too. All the ingredients you need are already available in your kitchen, so you do not have to go and buy them. You can save a good amount of money by not buying the expensive scrubs from the market and make your own at home. The best thing about these scrubs is that they are eco-friendly and safe to use on your skin.