The shelves are lined with a plethora of facial scrubs, some affordable and some wildly expensive. Which one do you choose? How much should you spend?
Without a doubt, the hype surrounding exfoliants is real. Exfoliating is a step in your skincare routine that shouldn’t be ignored.
According to Dermalogica, the skin naturally sheds dead skin as new skin emerges. The problem is, the oils in your skin can often trap these dead cells in your pores, creating blackheads and pimples and causing your skin to look dull and lacklustre.
Exfoliating is a great way to polish away those dead skin cells and reveal the fresh, vibrant skin underneath.
So you definitely need an exfoliant, but you don’t need to break your wallet to get one.
In fact, you can make your own DIY facial scrubs at home using all-natural ingredients that are just as effective as the solutions you buy in the stores and don’t have the drawback of added parabens and preservatives.
Recipes for DIY facial scrubs
Here are six fantastic facial scrubs you can make right now with things you probably already have in your kitchen.
1) Coffee and honey
Mix 2 tablespoons ground coffee with 1 tablespoon honey. Add a few drops of lemon juice to create a smooth consistency. This scrub is best used in the shower, as rinsing it off can be messy. Be sure to use caffeinated coffee. According to Women’s Health, caffeine calms red skin, reduces puffiness and tightens sagging skin.
2) Brown sugar and grapefruit
Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1 or 2 teaspoons grapefruit or orange juice. The brown sugar reduces dramatically when a liquid is introduced, so keep an eye on how much juice you’re adding. The brown sugar acts as a gentle exfoliant while the vitamin C in the grapefruit brightens your skin.
3) Oatmeal and Greek yogurt
Mix 2 tablespoons ground steel cut oats with 2 teaspoons unflavored Greek yogurt. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to lighten the mixture’s consistency. This scrub has the additional benefit of being a mask first. When you apply it, allow it to dry on your skin. Then use warm water to gently scrub it away. The oatmeal has skin-soothing and softening properties, while the probiotics in Greek yogurt soothe inflammation and eliminate acne, according to Elle (elle.com).
4) Baking soda
Baking soda makes a simple, inexpensive and effective facial scrub. Simply mix 1 tablespoon with a little water in the palm of your hand to create a paste, then rub over damp skin. Baking soda absorbs excess oils, whisks away old skin cells and brightens the look of your skin.
5) Lemon and olive oil
Mix 1/2 cup of granulated or brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Add enough lemon juice to create a thick, pliant consistency. Massage onto skin for 60 seconds, then rinse away with warm water. The addition of olive oil will soften and moisturize your skin.
6) Banana and milk
Mash half of a banana and mix with 2 tablespoons ground, rolled oats, 2 teaspoons milk and two teaspoons honey. Bananas have plenty of potassium and vitamins E and C, all of which will give you brighter, clearer, softer skin. Allow this mixture to dry on your skin to let it double as a mask.
All these DIY facial scrubs and masks will improve the appearance and health of your skin. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Sugar-based scrubs will harden over time and can attract pests, so keep them off your kitchen and bathroom counters. The banana scrub should only be made the day you’re going to use it, as the banana will go bad quickly.
Enjoy the freedom of taking care of your skin at home for mere pennies instead of spending lavishly at the beauty counters. Your skin will thank you for it!