I have previously talked about how I try to use all things natural, not only in eating, but also on my skin. So, I make homemade bath powders from everyday kitchen ingredients. The same rule applies for homemade face scrubs. Use only those items that you can easily find in your kitchen cabinets.
Benefits of homemade face scrubs
A good 1-2 minute session of exfoliating scrub for the face can actually brighten up your dull and tired skin. This process helps remove the dead skin cells and impurities, unclog pores and makes your complexion clearer and brighter.
I use homemade face scrubs as I am aware of the ingredients that have gone into them and so I know that they will not irritate my skin or damage them.
Here are 7 easy 2-ingredient homemade face scrubs. I don’t like to complicate things, hence every scrub that I make has only two ingredients. Let’s learn how to make homemade face scrubs from your kitchen:
Lemon – Sea Salt Face Scrub
Lemon-sea salt face scrub, also called as the antibacterial homemade face scrub for blackheads. These two super ingredients clean your skin and make it dirt-free. Lemon removes all the dirt from the surface of the skin that helps in preventing blackheads, whiteheads and acne, while salt kills the germs that clog open pores. It is an excellent homemade face scrubs for oily or acne prone skin.
Squeeze one-part lemon and 1 tsp sea salt. I just cut the lemon in half, sprinkle some salt on the lemon slice and rub it on my face.
PS: Don’t use too much lemon juice as the citric acid in lemon can sometimes irritate your skin and may make it turn red.
Raw Sugar – Honey Face Scrub
A magical, extremely tasty (I might have licked some off my face ? ) homemade face scrub for dry skin, brown sugar and honey work together to gently exfoliate the skin. While raw sugar removes excess oil from the skin surface and drives out toxins, honey lubricates skin and help heal skin. This homemade face scrub with honey works for sensitive skin as well.
Yoghurt- Orange Peel Powder Face Scrub
An unusual combination but equally powerful as an exfoliating agent. The citric acid in the orange peel powder disinfects and kill germs that clog pores, while the probiotic enzymes found in the yoghurt softens the skin and nourishes it.
Coffee Powder – Coconut Oil Face Scrub
A great smelling face scrub if ever there one is!! The caffeine in coffee contains antioxidants that improves and stimulates blood circulation which makes the skin look young and health, while coconut oil hydrates the skin and helps clean it.
Oatmeal – Tomato Face Scrub
This is a gentle homemade body scrub for acne. It eliminates dead skin cells and other impurities and makes your skin feel revitalized and nourished. Oatmeal will make your pores clean and healthy, while the antioxidants in tomato will reduce acne and blackheads.
Grind coarsely ½ cup oatmeal in a food processor. Transfer the oats to a bowl and add fresh tomato juice.
PS: You can replace tomato with cucumber juice, which is rich in antioxidants, reduces tan, treats dull skin and blemishes.
Almond – Raw Milk Face Scrub
Not many people know about this awesome face and body scrub. I used it during post pregnancy care and it did help my skin regain vitality and radiance.
Almonds and raw milk are natural remedies for moisturizing your skin and making it look brighter. Almonds contain Vitamin E which keeps your skin hydrated and protected, while milk is a wonderful facial cleanser, natural moisturizer and adds glow to your skin.
Blitz a handful of almonds and soak the almond powder in raw milk for a 2-5 minutes before scrubbing your face and body.
Epsom Salt – Olive Oil Face Scrub
Another less know face scrub which is highly beneficial for skin elasticity and radiant complexion.
Epsom salt is basically Magnesium Sulfate. While Epsom salt is not a kitchen staple, it stays in my bathroom cabinet. It softens rough skin, soothes skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and reduces stress. After a heavy workout in the gym, I usually massage Epsom salt on my body, especially on the parts I have worked out, and then pour warm to hot water. It relaxes the muscles and reduces soreness.
Combine ¼ cup salt and ½ cup olive oil to make a paste. Antioxidants and vitamin E in olive oil are anti aging and hydrate the skin.
Kitchen ingredients for DIY homemade face scrubs:
These ingredients are easily found in the kitchen and make for excellent face scrubs. Mix and match as per your skin type and mood.
- Raw Sugar – Exfoliates gently, deep-cleanses skin, removes dead cells and excess oil from the skin surface, and toxins and germs from open pores.
- Sea Salt – Exfoliates, removes dead cells, dirt, grime, excess oils, germs and pollution from the skin’s surface. Removes peeling skin and keeps it smooth and supple.
- Honey – Antiseptic and antibacterial, honey kills off germs and bacteria that clog open pores. Gently moisturizes, hydrates and heals the skin.
- Lemon – A natural astringent, it contains antibacterial properties that fight off germs inside skin pores. Controls oil production in the skin and thus prevents blackhead and acne formation.
- Tomato – Tomato is known to remove tan easily from the skin.
- Orange Peel Powder – It gently exfoliates, nourishes, and hydrates skin. Citric acid in it disinfects and kills germs that clog pores.
- Yoghurt – Probiotic enzymes in yoghurt destroy germs on the skin’s surface, deep cleanse open pores, tightens large pores, and soften and nourish the skin.
- Raw milk – Lactic acid in milk help reduce pigmentation, hydrate skin, heal acne and relieve sunburn.
- Almond Powder – Lightens skin, protects from sun damage, reduces skin inflammation, decreases acne and promotes healthy moisturized skin.
- Coffee Powder – The caffeine in coffee contains antioxidants, improves blood circulation, protects against UV damage and stimulates the skin to add radiance and youthfulness.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal absorbs excess oils, clears the pores and makes the skin clean.
- Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and moisturizing properties, which help clean and hydrate your skin.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, has anti-ageing properties and enhances exfoliation.
A few rules of thumb that I always follow while using face scrubs:
- Don’t put anything on your face that you wouldn’t eat. Your skin is equally delicate and important like your stomach.
- Don’t rub the face scrub hard on your skin, it can actually do more damage than good.
- Using the top of your fingers, gently massage the scrub onto your face and neck avoiding the eye area.
- Exfoliate gently for 1-2 minutes, keep it on for another 10 minutes.
- Wash it with warm water if your skin is not too dry. I prefer cold water in the summer and warm in the winter.
How often face scrubs should be used?
Face scrubs should not be used daily, at least not on the face. Some face scrubs that have ingredients that exfoliate gently, you can use 2-3 times a week, for the rest like Epsom salt, etc. use only once a week.
How to store face scrubs?
I store my face scrubs in glass jars. You can make a small batch of your favorite face scrub and store it in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, if it smells unpleasant, time to discard it.
So, these were my 7 simple homemade face scrubs from your kitchen. I hope you like them and try them all once before you decide which one best suit your skin. Here are a few homemade face scrubs that my blogger friend Shilpa Gupte makes and applies on her skin. Do check them out! The more the merrier, I think!