Although there are many excellent commercial facial scrubs, they can also be quite expensive. Anyone can create a homemade facial scrub, usually from household items or those that are easily obtained, that works just as well to sooth and exfoliate the skin. The most important thing to know about facial scrubs, of any kind, is that they should not be applied more than every two weeks. Overuse can result in dry, red, irritated skin.
DIY Facial Scrub
Honey Egg Facial Scrub
Start with two egg whites. Separate the eggs, just as you would for cooking, retaining the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until they are foamy. Fold in a fourth cup each of olive oil, whole milk and honey. Add chickpea flour, a little at a time, until you reach a paste consistency. The mixture can be scented with essential oils, but it is not necessary. Lavender or rose scents are appealing.
Spread the honey egg facial scrub over your face, while rubbing it into the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Let the facial scrub remain on the face for approximately 5 minutes. Saturate a soft washcloth with warm water. Use the washcloth to remove the facial mask. Give a final rinse to the face to remove any remaining scrub.
Each individual ingredient benefits your skin in different ways. Olive oil adds nutrients, moisture and softness to the skin. Chickpea flour reduces puffiness. Honey adds nutrients and cleans out pores. Eggs firm the skin and milk acts as a moisturizer.
Sugar Facial Scrub
Almost everyone has white sugar in their kitchen cupboard. It is healthier to use on your skin, as an exfoliate, than to eat. The lovely oils smell delectable and leave your skin moisturized. This simple scrub is quick and easy to make. Choose between almond oil, olive oil or sesame oil, as desired.
Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup oil. Mix the two ingredients until they are fully mingled together, yet still a bit grainy. This facial scrub is primarily for the face and neck areas, but can also be used in the shower on elbows and knees. Always avoid the eye area when using any facial scrub, not only can it irritate the eye, but also the delicate surrounding skin. After the sugar facial scrub has remained on your skin for 5 minutes, rinse it off completely.
Oatmeal Facial Scrub
Oatmeal has long been used as an exfoliate ingredient in commercial, as well as homemade, scrubs. It leaves the skin smooth and silky. Feel free to extend this oatmeal facial scrub into the shower to use on legs, arms or other areas that may need some tender repair.
Place a half pound of glycerin soap base, found at craft and hobby stores, into a sauce pan. Heat, but do not boil, the soap base on medium-low heat. When all the base is melted, let it cool before proceeding. Chop ¼ cup oatmeal in the blender, until fine. Add to the blender the soap base, 1 tablespoon honey, ½ teaspoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon sweet almond oil. Blend the ingredients until a paste is formed. Spread the mixture over the face and gently rub around the forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck. Let the oatmeal scrub remain on the face for about 5 minutes. Rinse with clear water, until all the scrub is removed.
Place any remaining scrub into an airtight container and put it into the refrigerator. Before the next use, place the bottom of the container in a sink of hot water. This will soften it, as well as warm it up so it is more comfortable on your skin. Remember to apply and rub the facial scrub into the skin gently. Never over work it. Let the scrub ingredients do most of the work. After all, when the job is finished the skin should exhibit a healthy glow, not damaged, red splotches.
About the Author: Carleen Coulter