I love the way my skin feels after I exfoliate with a homemade face scrub. There are a few natural brands who make scrubs that I love, but to be honest, it's hard to shell out $15 or even $20 or more for a scrub that I know is so easy to make a homemade face scrub with ingredients I have on hand.
There's no need to spend the cash or subject your skin to all that extra, unnecessary stuff when you can quickly make your own face scrub yourself. Homemade scrubs work just as well and you won't believe how easy they are to make. It only takes a minute! There's a few different ways you can do it – and it's fun to experiment and find what works best for your skin.
For Dry, Sensitive Skin
If your skin is very sensitive and tends to be on the dry side, you'll love a good moisturizing scrub that softens and removes inflammation. Coconut oil is the absolute best for this. Pure organic unprocessed coconut oil is solid in the container, but melts at 76 degrees.
I take a small sterile jar and add a tablespoon or more of coconut oil. Place the jar of coconut oil in warm water to melt. When the oil melts, stir in enough sugar to make a thick paste. Voila – an instant facial scrub that will leave your skin silky smooth and deeply moisturized.
If you have oily skin, use jojoba oil as your base instead of coconut oil. Jojoba is easily absorbed and won't clog your pores. This is an incredibly light oil that closely mimics the skins natural sebum. It clarifies and lightly moisturizes without becoming heavy or greasy.
Add a tablespoon or more to a jar and mix with enough sugar or fine sea salt to make a thick, kind of dry paste. For oily skin, more sugar or salt works well to prevent adding too much oil to the skin. You can add a teaspoon of honey to this mixture to help fight blemishes if you're prone to breakouts.
For Sensitive or Irritated Skin
Grind a ¼ cup of oatmeal into a fine powder. Add a teaspoon of honey and enough water to make a paste. Use the mixture to gently scrub the skin. Oatmeal is very soothing to inflamed skin and honey is naturally anti-bacterial and good for healing blemishes and minor skin irritation.
Skin Brightening Cleanser
If your skin is looking a little dull and you want to brighten it up a bit, make a scrub with baking soda. Place a tablespoon of baking soda into a clean, sterile container. Add just enough water to make a thick paste. Wet your face, then apply the paste and scrub gently. Rinse and gently pat dry. I find that baking soda minimizes the appearance of my pores – research tells me this is impossible, so… just saying. Give it a try.
You can also add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to your cleansers for fragrance and for their skin healing properties. Lavender is a great essential oil for facial scrubs because it is good for all skin types. It's relaxing to body and mind, and soothes the skin. My post on how to make face serum includes a few more skin-loving essential oils and their properties.
Making your own scrubs is super easy and a great way to save money. They also make lovely gifts! When you DIY, you know you're only putting pure, natural ingredients on your skin. Scrub away the winter flakes knowing you're only using pure, plant-based goodness.
Have you ever made your own scrub? Isn't it easy? Share your favorite ingredients below!