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5 DIY Facial Scrubs from Your Pantry


If you’ve read a few of my blog posts, you would know how much I stress the importance of exfoliation.  Exfoliation helps with the skin’s process of sloughing off dead skin cells that rest on the surface of our epidermis.  Without exfoliation, your skin can become dull or worse-clogged with dry skin flakes and trigger an inflammatory response.  In a previous post, I mentioned 4 products you can use to exfoliate.  However, when a tool isn’t handy, you can create your own facial scrubs, directly from your kitchen cabinets!  Scrubs are super easy and simple enough for anyone to try. 

Ingredients. I don’t like to use salt because I find it too abrasive.  If you have an open cut anywhere, it’s definitely going to sting and burn.  Also, be careful when you’re using natural products like kernels or nuts.  The edges are jagged and can definitely bruise the skin.  I also avoid items that I know are acidic and possibly irritating to my skin like lemon juice or vinegar.  I don’t want to upset the pH balance on my skin, so I stay with scrubs that are gentle.  I start with a damp skin, or pre-moisturize with aloe vera gel and castor oil so I don’t irritate my face.

Quantities.  You can play around with the quantities.  If you want a thicker scrub, use less oil.

Be Gentle!  The key thing to remember about exfoliation is that you must be gentle.  You don’t want to cause more harm by scrubbing too hard or exfoliating too much.  Different methods work for different people.  I had to learn that I couldn’t exfoliate my face more than twice a week, and that I had to be especially gentle on my cheeks.  My body can handle a lot more.  It’s better to start off slow so you can see what your body and face respond to.

Oils.  I like to use light oils that do not have a high comedogenicity (ability to clog pores) and help the scrub glide better across my face.  Try sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba, and sunflower oils.

Directions.  There’s nothing special required; just grab all the ingredients and mix to your desired consistency!

Below are 5 DIY recipes you can try:

Simple Sugar Scrub

1 cup granulated sugar

¾ cup oil

Brown Sugar Scrub

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup honey

½ cup oil

Banana Scrub

1 ripe banana

½ cup sugar

*Mash bananas together (be careful not to mash too much) until it has incorporated with sugar.  Spread over face and gently scrub.

Coffee Scrub

1 cup finely ground coffee beans

¾ cup oil

Green Tea Scrub

Contents of 2 organic green tea bags

1 cup granulated sugar

¾ cup oil

The great things about these recipes is that you can try some immediately!  Which recipe is your favorite?  Comment below on other scrub recipes that are good to try.

Photo Credit:  thatbigb.com

  • July 09, 2015
  • Tiffany A

I’m Tiffany, and the drastic changes to my skin in my late 20s, led me to start making my own skin products. I've learned that managing my eating habits, stress, and my skin regimen is helping to get my skin back on track. Now I blog about my skin struggles and what I’ve learned along the way. Check out my awesome body butters here.

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