Oftentimes, people don’t understand why they can’t get clear skin. From acne to large pores, problem skin can ruin self-confidence. Some people buy expensive products to try and remedy these issues to no avail. If you can’t find the right soap to cure your skin, most likely you’re not properly exfoliating.
Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine because it helps rid the skin of excess buildup, dead skin cells, and oil. Facial scrubs also improve blood circulation, which makes your skin shiny and glow. Once you exfoliate your skin, your skincare products have a better chance of being absorbed.
When it comes to facial scrubs, don’t feel pressured to buy costly, over-the-counter products. Instead, custom makes facial scrubs in the privacy of your home. Not only can you save tons of money, but you can also experiment with ingredients based on your personal skin type. Here are some popular homemade face scrub recipes you can make with common items around your house.
Homemade Face Scrub Recipes
1. Oat Scrub
Oats are one of the healthiest meals you can have based on its anti-inflammatory abilities. It’s also a great skin exfoliator that removes excess oil and dirt from larger pores. To start, finely grind a half cup of oats in your blender. Pour some of the finely ground powder into your hand with enough water to create a paste. Spread the paste on your face and gently massage before rinsing.
You’ll have lots of ground oat powder leftover, so store it in an airtight container for future uses.
2. Lemon Salt Scrub
Lemon has many skin benefits. Lemon juice is a natural bacteria killer. It also minimizes sebum production and skin inflammation. Since lemon juice is naturally acidic, use this natural scrub in moderation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with one tablespoon of water and salt. Gently rub this mixture in a circular motion for three minutes followed by a warm water rinse. If you plan on going out after your skincare routine, put on sunscreen to avoid sun damage.
3. Honey Sugar Scrub
Both honey and sugar are natural moisture retainers. They also unclog pores and buff away excess skin. For this scrub, you’ll need equal parts of finely ground sugar and raw honey. You can use either brown or regular sugar for this scrub. Once you’ve made a paste, apply your scrub and gently massage before rinsing your face. If you have leftover scrub on your face, follow up with a wet face towel.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great exfoliating agent. To create a facial scrub, you have two options. You can either mix baking soda with enough water to make a paste, or you can add a bit of baking soda to your regular facial cleanser. Gently massage either mixture on your face for a couple of minutes before rinsing. Baking soda can be drying, so make sure you follow up your skincare regimen with a moisturizer.
5. Coffee and Oil Scrub
In addition to buffing the skin, coffee’s caffeine content perks the skin. Add equal parts coffee grounds in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba and gently rub it into your skin. This doubles as a full body scrub.
Depending on your skin type, you should use a facial scrub two or three times per week to avoid over-exfoliation. A spot test before using these scrubs is highly recommended. Be sure to avoid using an exfoliant on damaged or broken skin.