Creating your own face scrub at home can seem like a daunting task when you have no idea where to start or what ingredients you need. Luckily, most of the necessary ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry just waiting to be mixed together. The recipe I am going to provide is my favorite version that I’ve come up with after trying this a few times but you can certainly add in anything else that you like!
Before embarking on this scrubbing adventure I decided to do some research (you will find that this is my pre-trying routine and most of my research comes from Pinterest). I wanted something that would really scrub deep into my pores but also tone my skin and contain a moisturizing element. I have very dry skin so a harsh scrub without moisturizer built in is really just doing more harm than good.
I always start the scrub with a base of coconut oil. I like to use the Nature’s Way brand which you can usually find at a vitamin store or natural food shop. The key thing to look for is organic, expeller-pressed, virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is amazing because it contains anti-bacterial properties that will help fight off any junk trying to cause flare-ups on your skin. On top of that, it is a phenomenal moisturizer (you can also use it to moisturize your hair, hands, feet..you name it). Add about a tablespoon of this to a bowl and stir it a little bit. It will start out as a solid but it will slowly melt into the other ingredients as we continue to add things in.
To the oil, I pour in some apple cider vinegar. My favorite brand is Bragg’s ACV. It’s organic, natural, and can be found pretty cheap at Stop & Shop. ACV acts as a toner for your skin and has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties as well. I toss in about a tablespoon or two. This recipe is basically a science experiment so use your judgement. Some of you may be thinking that adding this to your scrub will make it smell terrible – it has the opposite effect. I promise when you’re done mixing you’re going to want to eat this scrub out of the bowl like frosting.
Next comes the baking soda. I definitely don’t measure this part – just keep tossing it in and stirring everything until you see it start to create a paste (it will fizz up at first from reacting with the ACV..don’t panic, it’s science). Baking soda is what I use to get the “scrub” part of this face scrub. It removes dirt from the face and helps to fade acne scars. The small grain of the particles helps exfoliate the skin without causing irritation. I just use whatever I have in my pantry for this element – however there are some natural baking sodas out there that I would like to give a try.
I decided to throw some raw honey from Bee Flower & Sun Honey Co. and regular honey in this batch. Both are great for smoothing your skin and give you that I-just-got-a-facial-glow. For the sake of measuring, I would say I add 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 1 tablespoon of regular honey. Both also provide natural moisturizing for all skin types. The raw honey came from my local grocery store and I just used a store-bought version of regular honey. I would highly recommend looking for some local honey since you can use it as a natural sweetener AND it will help prevent seasonal allergies!
Once you have mixed everything together you should have a goopy but thick scrub in front of you. If it needs more liquid, just add more oil, honey, or ACV. Not thick enough? Toss more baking soda in. If you want to add a few ingredients of your own feel free to do so. Lemon, sugar, yogurt, and eggs are all products that I have read about and attempted scrubs/masks with.
Okay, this fancy homemade scrub is ready to do your dirty work. Grab a clean cloth for your face – you will thank me later. I like to start by washing my makeup off with warm water. Technically the ingredients in this will naturally remove makeup so you can skip this step if you want but I personally like starting with a clean face.
That’s better! Start by scooping a bit of the scrub into your hands and apply it to your face in a circular motion. This gets the blood flow going to wake up those tired eyes and bring your skin to life. You can even scrub over your lips if you want to exfoliate them as well. Don’t scrub too hard – the baking soda will take care of getting the dirt out without too much force. Keep rubbing it in for a few minutes until you feel positively radiant. At this point I like to leave the scrub on my face for a few minutes just to get all of the benefits of what I put in it. Then take your wash cloth and wet it with warm water. Use the cloth to gently wipe the scrub off of your face. I have found that this is the only way to completely get all of the scrub off without making a huge mess.
After I finish this I like to top off with my Own nighttime moisturizer. You don’t really need to moisturize after the scrub but I like the added benefits of a smoothing night cream to make my skin feel extra delicious.
The great thing about this scrub is that everything is natural and does not contain preservatives and all the other junk that gets mixed into products to extend their shelf life. Experiment with your own ingredients (if you’re unsure about what to use just research the product online to make sure you’re not going to damage your skin) and have some fun with it!