Exfoliation or scrubbing is an important part of every skin care regime. A homemade facial scrub can make your skin look younger, shinier, and more radiant. It will take off the dead skin cells to make way for new fresh ones. And most importantly, it’s natural without any harmful unnatural chemicals or vague ingredients. Gradually people are re-discovering the powers of homemade facial scrubs, as the ingredients used in these are truly natural. These scrubs can be simply made out of the ingredients from your kitchen cabinet and are freshly prepared and cost effective.
Custom a facial scrub according to your skin type
There are tons of facial scrubs available out there in the market, but it becomes challenging to find exactly the right scrub for your skin type.
- Firstly, choose your exfoliate. You can choose either plain white sugar or brown sugar or iodized table salt or black lava sea salt. Sugar is less abrasive than salt as it dissolves more easily. Brown sugar is best for sensitive skin, because of its texture. Salt exfoliates well and can help remove impurities and dead skin. And the black lava sea salt also removes dead skin along with helping increase cell activity. Exfoliating facial scrubs can be used on all skin types. However, avoid using these scrubs on acne, broken capillaries, sensitive skin, and thin skin. Also avoid: irritated, sunburned, windburned, and injured skin.
- The next ingredient you select is your oil. We can choose among five different oils that are great for your skin—olive oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin coconut oil. All of these oils, except the avocado oil, are naturally antibacterial, which will help prevent any skin problems. Olive oil is good for really dry skin, and it won’t clog your pores. Sunflower oil is fatty oil that can help calm irritated skin and prevent clogged pores. Almond oil is fantastic because it can reduce the effects of UVB rays, and it can help improve skin tone. Avocado oil is actually extracted from the pulp of the fruit—not the seed—so it’s incredibly rich and will help your skin retain moisture. Finally, extra virgin coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and free radicals which help prevent aging.
- You could actually make a scrub with just an exfoliate and oil, however adding in one of these five fruits and vegetables gives your skin better results. However, adding in a fresh fruit will reduce the shelf life of your scrub, so you’ll have to store it in the refrigerator. Kiwis help brighten your complexion, and the seeds in the fruit pulp can act as mini exfoliates on their own. Strawberries are best for evening your skin tone and adding brightness to your skin, they are also rich in vitamin C. Pineapple is best for acne prone skin, it has an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Tomato contains lycopene which can help protect skin from UV rays. And finally cucumber can help reduce puffiness by reducing water retention.
So there you go with all the guidelines to prepare your personalized facial scrub by whipping together an exfoliate, oil, and fruit of your choice and texturing it into a scrub consistency. Now you are good to go ahead and exfoliate your skin.
General instructions for a face scrub
- Tie your hair back with the help of a hair band or clip.
- Wash your hands before you touch your face.
- Remove make up and rinse your face with some warm water.
- To open the skin pores, give steam to your face for a few minutes.
- After preparing your scrub, apply it to the face and neck if desired avoiding the eye area.
- Rinse off with warm water and make sure you close your skin pores before stepping out.
Some more homemade facial scrub recipes
Simple sugar face scrub: Take 1 tsp cane sugar, 1-2 drops of water, 1-2 drops orange, lemon, lavender or essential oil (optional). Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, gently rub the scrub into clean face. Take care to avoid the eyes. Remove by rinsing with cool water, and pat dry with a clean towel. A layer of oil acts as a moisturizer.
Sugar face scrub: Mix 1 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp sugar. Rub this mixture on the face and neck skin, using gentle circular motions, for 60 seconds. Rinse with warm water.
Lemon and sugar face scrub: Mix fresh lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, and honey in a bowl. Apply on your face and neck and massage gently. Wash off with cold water.
Tomato sugar face scrub: Mix tomato pulp and sugar to make this scrub. Apply it on your face and sun exposed areas of your skin as it will protect against harmful UV rays.
Papaya face scrub: Add papayas, honey and sugar together to prepare a scrub. This scrub helps exfoliate and dissolve dead skin cells and moisturize.