Over-the-counter scrubs can be harsh for dry or sensitive skin and can cause eruptions on the face. That is where homemade face scrubs come in.
Using them, you can finally get rid of flaky and dry skin without applying anything artificial. Plus, there are various ingredients in each formula, and you can look for one that suits you the best.
Just remember to note any existing allergies or special conditions that you may have regarding specific ingredients. The most common ingredients used here are sugar, brown sugar, olive oil (1), Vitamin C (2), shea butter, ground oats, and honey (3). Several essential oils have also been used for some of the recipes, which adds to their benefits.
So, read on to know all about the different homemade scrubs on the market.
Top Homemade Facial Scrub Recipes
1. Coffee And Sugar Homemade Face Scrub
If you are a coffee lover, then this face scrub is made just for you. It has some really good-smelling ingredients to enhance your skincare routine and help you relax. You can exfoliate dead skin cells with coffee grounds to enjoy the benefits of pure antioxidants.
- One tbsp cocoa powder
- One tsp cinnamon
- One cup of fine sugar
- One tbsp ground coffee
- Half tsp nutmeg
- Half tsp macadamia nut oil
Once you have all the ingredients for this homemade scrub, mix them together and then transfer the mixture to an airtight container. You can then use the mix for the next three months but remember to add a date on the label to keep using it before it expires.
2. Lemon And Sugar Face Scrub
Lemon (4) or citric acid can be used to reduce spots as well as brighten your skin. This is completely natural and can be used for oily and sensitive skin. However, for sensitive skin, make sure that you do not scrub too much if it is your first time using it.
- One tbsp honey
- One tbsp lemon juice
- Half cup sugar
- One tbsp evening primrose oil
You can mix all of the ingredients in a bowl to form a paste. This paste can be stored in an airtight container and kept in a cool and dry place.
We will recommend that you label the jar and put the name and the date on it to ensure that the mixture remains good for the next three months. Moreover, we will recommend using it twice a week for the best results.
You can apply it to your face and gently scrub in a circular motion. Then rinse your face with warm water and let it dry.
3. Yogurt And Poppy Seeds Scrub
The yogurt and poppy seeds facial scrub is made for sensitive skin. Here, you will only be using a few ingredients, which include raw honey that will act as a natural cleanser. The poppy seeds are coated with a layer of wax that makes them less coarse and they remove the excess sebum from the skin without causing it to break out. If you are not confident about using a sugar scrub, try this alternative.
- One tsp honey
- One tsp yogurt
- Half tsp poppy seeds
Take a glass and mix all the ingredients well with a stirrer, after which you can massage the skin slowly before rinsing it off. Also, there is no need to use it all at once, as you can store the mixture in the fridge for about a week.
4. Aloe Vera Skin Repairing Face Scrub
If you have tired skin, then apply this scrub on your skin gently to achieve a smooth texture in the long run. It works on normal skin and will help in healing acne marks. Moreover, calendula oil is used in this recipe, which works wonders to give you healthy skin.
- A cup of calendula oil (5)
- One cup of sugar
- Two tbsp of aloe vera gel
- One tsp of chamomile essential oil
Take a small bowl and put all the ingredients together. Mix them well to create a gritty mixture that easily removes dead skin cells. If you have dry skin, the aloe vera will soothe your face, while the sugar and the oil will remove the impurities.
After you have applied it, wash your face with warm water and dry with a towel.
5. Honey And Clay Homemade Scrub
One of the best methods of exfoliation is by using ground rice and clay. These add minerals to the face, and you can look forward to glowing skin but the mixture will need a few ingredients which you can easily find online.
- Some drops of orange flower water
- Half tsp of ground rice
- Four tsp of white clay or kaolin
- One tsp honey
- One tsp castor oil
- One tsp apricot kernel oil
First, you will need to mix the oil and honey in a jar before you can slowly add the rice powder and clay to the mixture. Stir continuously while doing this so that the ingredients mix evenly. If you feel that the mixture has become thick, then you can add a few more drops of orange flower water.
And if the mix is too thin, add some clay to get the right consistency. Once you have the right mix, you will need to use it immediately, and it can be stored in the fridge for two to three days if there is extra.
6. Crystallized Honey Facial Scrub Recipe
A few drops of this can help clean the clogged pores without eliminating all the natural oils in your face. Crystallized honey is suitable for all skin types, and you can get a healthy glow.
- One tsp yogurt
- One tsp crystallized honey
- One tsp carrier oil of your type
For preparing this mixture, you can use any carrier oil present in the house, including coconut oil, rosehip oil, black seed oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil. Just remember to only use a pure carrier oil with no impurities in it.
Once you have prepared it, you can gently rub the face in circular motions. Do this till the honey changes from crystallized to liquid form before rinsing your face with water.
You can keep this face scrub in the fridge for a week, so make enough you have prepared enough for two to three applications, and then store it.
7. Baking Soda Face Scrub
If you have combination skin, then baking soda can do a great job of cleaning the face. It is a fine-grained exfoliating ingredient that has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. If you have a few scars or acne, this may actually help them heal better.
- One tablespoon of baking soda
- One tablespoon coffee
- One tablespoon honey
Before applying this scrub, remove your makeup and sunscreen with a face wash. Then wash your face and dry it with a towel, after which you can combine the ingredients in a bowl. Apply it to the face and massage it for a minute before rinsing with warm water and patting your face dry. We will also recommend following it up with a good moisturizer to get the best results.
8. Brown Sugar Homemade DIY Face Scrub
Brown sugar can be a great exfoliating agent and can help brighten your skin tone over time. It is used in this DIY face scrub to provide an efficient way of removing the impurities from your face.
- Two tbsps honey
- ¾ cup of coconut oil
- One tsp vanilla extract
- One cup of brown sugar
- A few drops of vitamin E oil
To prepare this, first mix all the ingredients except honey. You do not need honey immediately, as the oil and sugar mixture should work as a good facial scrub. Thus, wet the face with warm water and apply the scrub all over by moving your fingers in gentle circular motions for a few minutes.
After that, clean the face well and apply honey to it, and let it rest for the next half an hour. Rinse it off once it dries, and your skin should feel smoother and softer.
9. Honey And Cinnamon Face Scrub
A honey and cinnamon scrub will help in getting rid of acne and cleaning the face. Also, cinnamon has antioxidant properties along with anti-cancer and antimicrobial effects. The anti-inflammatory properties will add to your skincare routine to help you achieve clearer skin in the long run. This recipe can also reduce the amount of oil present in the skin to make you appear fresh.
- Three tbsps honey
- One tbsp freshly ground cinnamon powder
Mix both the ingredients to make a smooth paste and with a brush apply it to your face. Scrub the skin gently with your fingers, and then wash your face after a few minutes. You should be able to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood flow while you move the fingers.
However, we feel that this might not be a suitable scrub for dry skin, so remember to do a patch test before scrubbing your entire face.
10. Matcha Green Tea Homemade Scrub
Green tea is known to have antioxidant properties, which should protect the skin, thanks to the presence of polyphenols that prove good for the skin.
- Two tsp honey
- Two tbsps matcha green tea
- Two tsp rice powder
- Half tsp cinnamon powder
- Ten drops of jasmine essential oil
You will have to mix all the dry ingredients together and add essential oils and honey to the mixture. The rose water can be used to adjust the consistency of the liquid while we will recommend keeping the facial scrub in a container for future use.
Moving on, when it comes to application, you can scrub the face gently with it and leave it for ten minutes on the face. Wash it off and add a little rose water to brighten the skin.
Tips To Remember
1. Circular Motion
While working with granules, you will need to make sure not to damage the skin, so please massage in a circular motion gently. Also, try sticking to natural ingredients only while creating scrubs, as these will not cause skin irritations and make sure your skin is protected.
Since you make these at home, the homemade face scrubs should only be used up to a certain amount of time. Some can last for three months, while others can last for a week or two, depending upon the ingredients. It would be best to always label the container and write the date on it.
3. Overdoing With The Scrub
Scrubbing once a week with DIY face scrubs should work out well. Please do not overdo the process, as you may lose healthy essential oils otherwise.
Homemade face scrubs can work wonders if used in the right way but remember to moisturize your face well after using a face scrub to enhance the effect. In case you have oily skin, then it is best to stick to gels or serums instead of a heavy moisturizer.
Be careful about the type of face wash you use every day. While homemade facial scrubs can help in exfoliation, you will need to use a face wash with a lower level of artificial ingredients in it.
Further, please know that lactic acid can remove dead cells and lighten dark spots while salicylic cleans the pores to prevent acne. Together, they can help clear breakouts giving you clearer skin.
Also, you can opt for a mild aloe vera face wash after scrubbing to avoid using any formula that’s too strong. With this, we will be wrapping up, and we hope you are able to make the right choice.
Take care and keep glowing!