As I discussed in many of my previous posts, it is important to use a good quality cleanser. However, in most cases a cleanser will only remove the most outer surface dirt. It cannot usually penetrate deep enough to give your skin a good clean. That’s why along with a cleanser, it is important to incorporate a face scrub to your skin care regime as well. One of the benefits of using a face scrub is that it exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells. This in turn helps the skin to revitalise where you achieve a more youthful appearance. If you especially suffer from blocked pores, blackheads or really oily skin, then it makes it even more necessary to use a face scrub.
An obvious question is, how often do I use a face scrub? The answer is, it depends… It depends on many factors such as type or quality of your skin. Do you use sun protection or whether you suffer from particular skin conditions such as acne?
Some face scrubs can have a heavy texture, while others are light-based. In most cases, if your skin is on the drier side, you can use a face scrub once or twice a week. While those with oily skin can increase the use to about three times a week. Any more than that will dry out the skin.
There are some really good face scrubs in the market suited for particular skin conditions. For example, The Body Shop has a decent selection of face scrubs containing vitamin C that are really good for dull tired skin. However, if you want to save a bit of money or want to simply create something yourself, then below are some effective homemade face scrubs that will really improve your overall skin quality and look.
Top Homemade Face Scrubs
Oatmeal and Honey Face Scrub – Oatmeal has many wonderful effects on your skin. It contains anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and is especially beneficial for acne prone skin. It is also useful if you have dull, itchy or dry skin.
Get 2 tablespoons of oatmeal and mix this with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Apply this on your face, concentrating on the nose, chin and forehead area. Avoid the skin under the eyes. Leave it on for 20 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
The oatmeal will clean away dead skin cells while raw honey will nourish and brighten the skin tone. In the case of oatmeal, make sure to first grind the pieces. You can buy ready-made oat flour or use a grinder if you prefer.
Baking Soda and Rose Water Face Scrub – If you suffer from blackheads then this homemade face scrub is ideal for you. Blackheads can be an unpleasant sight and are especially prominent on your nose.
Get 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 2 tablespoons of rose water. Rose water is really good for toning the skin while baking soda will clear out your pores. Mix this well and apply on your face, concentrating especially on the nose and affected areas. Leave it on for 20 minutes then wash off.
It works best on oily or combination skin. May cause irritation for those with dry skin.
Honey and Olive Oil Face Scrub – Those with dry skin will really benefit from this homemade face scrub. Honey acts both as a cleanser and facial moisturiser. While olive oil will make the skin soft, supple and bring a natural glow. Read my post on ‘Is Olive Oil Good for Your Skin? If so How?‘ to understand how much I adore this oil. It is a boon for those with dry, cracked skin or for those looking to reduce fine lines.
Get 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Mix this well and apply on your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes then wash off and pat dry with a towel. Your dry skin will feel hydrated, and especially those with itchy, flaky skin will get relief from these conditions.
Cucumber and Sugar Face Scrub – Cucumber has to be one of my favourite ingredients when it comes to skin care. It has a really soothing effect on the skin and helps to tighten the pores. The sugar on the other hand acts an exfoliator removing dead skin.
Chop small amounts of cucumber into a blender and create a puree. Then get a tablespoon of granulated sugar and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil (almond oil will also do). Mix this well and add it to the cucumber puree. At this point the quantity should be half and half. Apply on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Then wash off and pat dry.
Avocado and Lemon Face Scrub – Avocado will really help to nourish and revitalise your skin. While those suffering with dull lacklustre skin tone, the lemon will help brighten the skin.
Cut a ripe avocado into half and scrape the contents into a bowl. Mash this with a spoon until it becomes creamy. Then add 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and mix well. Apply this onto your face and scrub in circular motions. Leave it on for 20 minutes then wash off. Your skin will feel revitalised and radiant.
Strawberry Face Scrub – We all know strawberries taste great but they are also great when it comes to making your own homemade face scrubs. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and will help nourish your skin. They also have skin lightening properties and are beneficial for lightening scars and dealing with hyperpigmentation.
Mash a handful of strawberries in a bowl. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Mix this well to create a medium paste. Apply all over face in circular motions and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off and pat dry.
Kiwi and Yogurt Face Scrub – Kiwis contain vitamins C, K and E and are full of anti-oxidant properties. Yogurt has lactic acid which helps exfoliate the skin in a gentle way. This is really beneficial for those with sensitive skin.
Peel the kiwi then cut and mash the pieces in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt and create a medium paste. Apply all over face and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off and pat dry.
Cheap and Easy to Make
These homemade face scrubs are inexpensive and very easy to make. But they will make a big difference to your overall skin appearance and health. Just be sure not to overdo it and only use 2 to 3 times a week depending on your skin type and condition.