Exfoliating your skin to remove impurities and dead cells is an essential part of a regular beauty routine. Your local store will sell plenty of creams you can use, but it’s both less expensive and far more satisfying to make your own facial scrubs. This article explains how.
Taking good care of your skin in day-to-day life is worth far more than any “miracle” rejuvenating cream that claims to dial back the years. From keeping hydrated to eating a healthy diet, prevention is better than cure when it comes to staying youthful-looking.
One of the most important things to get into the habit of is exfoliation, which rids your skin of impurities, dead skin cells, and acne-causing bacteria. Doing this regularly will make up for a lot of the stresses and strains daily life puts on your skin, from pollution to makeup to harsh weather, all of which can lead to faster aging.
The beauty aisle of your local store will be packed with all kinds of expensive lotions and potions, which can do the job. But why go to such an expense when you can make your own homemade scrubs, which cost less, work better, and contain no dangerous chemicals? Here’s what to do.
The Basic Homemade Scrub Recipe
For a flexible, but effective skin scrub, mix 1tsp of coarse granulated sugar with a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil and enough pure water to make a stiff paste.
This basic scrub will gently remove impurities and debris from your skin thanks to the coarse sugar, and the oil will add an extra layer of benefit depending on which type you choose. For example, a citrus oil such as lemon or orange will have antibacterial properties to cleanse your pores and prevent acne, while clary sage oil can reduce puffiness and fight fine lines.
To use this scrub, wash your face and fingers with warm water and mild soap. Dry your skin carefully but thoroughly with a clean cloth, and then apply the scrub in an even layer using gentle circular movements with your fingertips. Leave for between five and ten minutes before rinsing off with tepid water, then apply your favorite non-medicinal moisturizing cream or lotion to lock the benefits into your skin.
Variations to Try
The basic foundation scrub is flexible enough to be adapted to both your preferences and your skin’s changing needs. Here are some variations you might like to try.
– Use organic runny honey instead of water when making the paste. This will strengthen the antibacterial properties of the scrub, while also adding an antifungal action to reduce the risk of infections.
– Also, try adding a pinch of ground cinnamon to the honey mix. This will add even more antibacterial power, while also working to reduce inflammation. This makes it ideal if your skin is prone to acne or non-allergic rashes.
– If your skin is particularly dry, replace the water with a neutral oil, such as olive oil, to help seal in moisture and make your skin suppler.
– If you often wear makeup, using coconut oil in your homemade scrub is an excellent way of removing every last trace of cosmetics, while also replacing lost moisture and helping to prevent blackheads.
– For an all-around superstar face-and-body scrub packed with antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the basic mixture, using honey, olive oil, or both to blend it to the texture you want. This scrub will moisturize, cleanse, and exfoliate all at the same time. However, take care not to add more than a few drops of tea tree oil—it’s so powerful that it can be an irritant in high doses.
Pampering yourself with a facial scrub should be an essential part of your regular beauty routine, but you don’t need to spend a fortune on overhyped creams. These homemade scrubs will work just as well, or even better while costing a fraction of the price. And you can mix and match the ingredients to suit your mood and the changing needs of your skin.