Exfoliation is an important skincare step for achieving radiant and youthful skin. And while you can easily purchase an exfoliating product at any drugstore, you also get to choose from a wide range of DIY all-natural exfoliating scrubs. To make your own facial scrub with ingredients you already have in your home, here are 9 exciting combinations of facial scrubs that also work for every skin type.
#1 Classic Baking Soda Scrub
Baking soda is one of the best and cheapest exfoliants you could be using. The versatile household ingredient is appreciated for its mild disinfectant properties and for its fizz when combined with an acidic base. But you want to avoid mixing baking soda with acids when making face scrubs as this could be too harsh of a cleanser for your skin. Instead, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to create a smooth paste. Rub mixture gently into your skin and rinse well.
#2 Simple Sugar Face Scrub
Sugar scrubs can provide incredible exfoliation and moisturizing of the skin. This is because sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA). To get the skin-loving benefits of glycolic acid, make a basic sugar scrub by mixing a ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar with equal amount of skin-benefiting oil such as almond, olive, or coconut oil. The sugar crystals will provide gentle mechanic exfoliation in addition to its glycolic acid content.
#3 Kefir Face Scrub for Younger-looking Skin
Kefir is a great source of lactic acid, which is another type of AHA. The lactic acid in kefir helps dissolve the lipids holding together dead skin cells. It also helps brighten the skin and reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots. To make a kefir scrub, you can mix a couple of teaspoons of kefir with either sugar or rice powder or even coffee grounds to create a thick and creamy paste.
#4 Enticing Coconut Oil and Sugar Scrub
Coconut oil added to DIY scrubs not only smells fantastic, but also helps fight acne, dryness, and flaking. We suggest making your own coconut oil body scrub simply because there is no reason not to pamper your whole body with coconut oil. To make the scrub, melt one-quarter of a cup of coconut oil at 75-77 F° until runny and add it to a half a cup of granulated white or cane sugar. Optionally, add an essential oil for that extra spa experience and let cool in the fridge for up to 30 minutes.
#5 Oatmeal and Honey Face Scrub
A review article published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology states that oatmeal possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making it a helpful ingredient for a range of skin conditions. When you combine the power of oatmeal with the healing and acne-fighting benefits of honey, you get a facial scrub that will leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful. Simply mix two parts oatmeal with one part honey and additionally, add one part of your favorite oil to create this delicious-looking facial scrub.
#6 Brown Sugar and Olive Oil Face Scrub
Brown sugar crystals provide mechanical exfoliation while also being a rich source of glycolic acid. Olive oil is rich in nutrients and antioxidants that some studies found protected the skin against cancer. To make this dark and lovely olive oil scrub, mix 1 cup of brown sugar with ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil. Additionally, you can mix in rose hip oil or an essential oil to make the scrub smell even better.
#7 Coffee Face Scrub
This face scrub uses only three ingredients and makes for a muddy-looking face and body scrub. Mix equal amounts of honey, lemon juice, and coffee grinds to make a brownish and invigorating facial scrub. Instead of throwing away coffee grinds, use them to exfoliate your skin and infuse it with caffeine which some studies show protects the skin from UV damage.
#8 Green Tea Scrub
Mix one tablespoon of green tea leaves with 1 cup of granulated sugar, ½ cup of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of honey to get this antioxidant-infused face scrub. The scrub works great on any skin type because it is very gentle, but it is usually recommended as a face scrub for combination skin because green tea is known to help control sebum production.
#9 Himalayan Salt Body Scrub
Himalayan salt is known for its flamingo pink color and its huge range of health benefits. The salt is particularly rich in trace minerals such as magnesium and calcium which are known to improve skin barrier functioning. For a DIY Himalayan salt scrub, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoons almond oil, 1 tablespoon castile soap, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a cup of finely ground Himalayan salt. Place the mixture in a glass jar and use as a whole-body scrub.
You do not need to spend a lot of money on expensive face and body scrubs as you already have ample exfoliating ingredients somewhere in your home. The scrub combinations listed here work well for every skin type because they are gentle, yet effective. While some rely on mechanical exfoliation with the help of granulated ingredients, many have naturally present components known to help exfoliate the skin. Try them out for yourself and see which one works best for you. Make sure you follow these tips for exfoliating your skin like a pro.
Brian Adam, I am a Health Writer, Researcher, and Advisor with a passion for Men’s Health and Wellness, places a strong emphasis on Diet as well, believing that the Combination of Exercise, a Healthy Diet, and a Positive Mindset is the best way to achieve one’s Full Potential. I write on most of the topics related to Healthcare, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, etc.