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Homemade Beauty 101: Facial Scrub Recipes

Exfoliating, or removing dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin, is a vital part of any beauty regimen. It keeps pores clear, clean, and unclogged, and gives newer, younger skin the chance to truly shine. Exfoliating also reduces chances of acne flare-ups, and helps remove stubborn makeup particles that just won’t go away.

Yet spa treatments can get expensive, especially since some people need to exfoliate more often—very active women, those who wear heavy makeup regularly, and those who live and work in polluted areas, for example. And sensitive skin can get severely irritated by storebought scrubs, even those packaged as “all natural” or for sensitive skin. So whether you’re looking for a way to banish dry skin without spending hundreds on salon treatments, or just want to make sure the “all-natural facial scrubs” you receive really are all natural, these homemade skin exfoliant recipes might be for you!

Baking Soda Facial Scrub

A simple homemade skin remedy. As described earlier, mix:

  • 1-2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 3-4 drops water

either in the palm of your hand or a small bowl. Stir the mixture with your finger or a spoon, creating a paste. You should still be able to feel particles of baking soda, but be able to spread the mixture, too. Smooth the paste over your skin with circular motions; let sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse off and discard any leftovers, or add more water for a gentle shampoo or bath salt.

Yogurt-and-Cornmeal Body Scrub

A bit stronger; not recommended for the face unless your skin is quite resilient.

  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1-2 drops essential oils, like peppermint, tea tree, or rose (optional)

Stir yogurt and cornmeal together in a bowl; add essential oils for relaxing, energizing, or muscle- and joint-soothing effects. Scrub medium-tough areas, like the arms, back, legs, or hands, with vigorous, wide circles. Rinse off in the shower or over a small basin, and make sure to clean the tub soon, to remove any oils left behind.

Yogurt and Grits Tough-Skin Blaster

Similar to the cornmeal scrub above, but for the toughest skin; try it on feet, elbows, and knees.

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup grits
  • 1 drop essential oil (wintergreen is especially good for relieving sore feet)

Mix as described above and make sure to use quickly, as the grains may start to absorb the yogurt’s moisture and turn soft fairly quickly. Massage into problem spots with strong, round scrubs and rinse off into a small tub, such as you would use for a foot soak (after all, you wouldn’t want the mixture to harden in your shower drain, would you?).

Brown Sugar Scalp and Body Scrub

Who says exfoliants are only for faces? Thoroughly cleanse your scalp with this gentle, yet effective, scrub.

  • 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp of your favorite conditioner

Stir the mixture together in any container you don’t use for food or chemical purposes, but don’t stir too much, or you will dissolve all the sugar. Use a soft touch and circular motions to exfoliate the whole scalp of dead skin and leftover hair products. Rinse well, perhaps rinsing twice or shampooing the mixture out, to make sure you remove it all.

For more information, check out some simple Face Packs You Can Do at Home, and other PerfectLocks articles on skin care.

Take care of yourselves,


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