Sometimes, simply washing your face just doesn’t cut it, and while using soaps and masks can certainly do a better job of keeping your face feeling fresh and clean, in order to really promote healthier, younger facial skin, you need to exfoliate. By scrubbing the skin, you will be removing dead skin cells that cling to your face, promoting smoother, livelier skin, and there’s absolutely no reason why you should spend a fortune on overpriced facial scrubs when you can easily make ones in your home from ingredients that you probably already have.
Here are five such recipes for homemade facial scrubs, made from ingredients most of us have lying around in our kitchen.
1. Rice Scrub
Get any type of uncooked rice and grind it down to smaller grains (but not to the point of powder). Add honey to the ground rice and mix to form a paste. Cut a lemon in half and dip the broad end in the paste, applying a good amount of it to the lemon. Rub the lemon with the paste on your face and rinse off.
2. Coconut Oil Scrub
This scrub is best used for dry skin, as it leaves the skin feeling soft and glistening. Mix about half a cup of coconut oil, two tablespoons of sugar and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply to the face. Remove the scrub with a damp washcloth and wash the face using cold water.
3. Almond Meal Scrub
Almond meal isn’t just a great flour substitute for people who are trying to cut on carbs. It’s also a great exfoliating agent. And you don’t need to buy prepackaged almond meal, either. Just put raw, unsalted almonds in a food processor and grind until you get a fine powder. Add almond oil (coconut or olive oils can also work) and a few drops of essential oil of your choice to the mix. Apply the mixture to a freshly-washed face and scrub gently. Remove with a damp washcloth and wash the face using cold water.
4. Yogurt Scrub
In and of itself, yogurt can do wonders for your skin, but you can really put it into action by adding a few ingredients. Just add some coffee grounds or sea salt to the yogurt for a particularly potent scrub.
5. Cinnamon Scrubs
Cinnamon is a veritable superfood that gives off a wonderful aroma, and just like all the other ingredients above, healthy food makes for healthy cosmetic creams. Mix one teaspoon cinnamon and one tablespoon honey and stir well. Apply to the face and let rest for thirty minutes, then wash off with warm water.