Let’s be real, here. Everyone’s favorite part about their skin regimen is exfoliating. It brings new life to your face by rubbing away dead skin and cleansing your pores. But those microbeads in many of the big name cleansers are no good for your skin or the environment. Believe it or not, Illinois even recently banned cosmetics using those little plastic beads because of the havoc they’re wreaking on the suffering ocean ecosystem. The good news for you is that the natural alternatives are simpler, cheaper, healthier and… tastier? A DIY exfoliating spa treatment is only a few ingredients away and will leave your skin feeling cleaner and healthier than it ever would with microbeads.
Combine orange peel powder and oats in equal amounts (two tablespoons each) and mix one tablespoon of honey. Adjust the consistency to a thick paste,with a little water. Apply on clean skin using very mild upward and small circular strokes. Let it sit on face for a couple of minutes and then rinse well. Pat dry, tone and moisture.
Take two ripe bananas, mash and add ground sugar. For hydration and moisture, add one tablespoon of honey. Gently massage this mildly fragrant pulp on your face for five minutes, then wash it off with cool water.
3.Curd and papaya scrub
Mix half-a-cup of ripe mashed papaya with two tablespoons of hung curd, three drops of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey. Massage this homemade facial scrub into your skin using gentle circular motions. Leave it on for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cool water.
4.Ground oats and tomato scrub
Take a plate of ground oats and powdered sugar. Slice large red and ripe tomatoes. Dip two large thick slices of tomatoes into the ground oats and sugar mixture. Now rub your skin gently with this using circular motions. Once your entire face and neck are scrubbed, take some more tomato slices and let it sit on your face for a while. Tomatoes have natural bleaching agents and the oats soothe your skin.
5.Lemon scrub for your hands, feet
Take one lime and slice into half. Hold both the halves in your hands and dip into powdered sugar. Now, scrub your hands and feet for five minutes with this. Never use this on your face as this may harm sensitive facial skin.
6.Grapefruit-Avocado Oil Sugar Scrub
When it comes to keeping skin toned, grapefruit is the queen. It stimulates your skin to get that collagen pumping while the retinol antioxidant will help treat discoloration. Also, the avocado has glutamine amino acids for extra cleansing power!
7.DIY Skin Brightening Face Scrub
This looks like a delightful summer drink, but think again. Unlike many on the list, this scrubs opts for salt as your exfoliant to clean out those pores. But our favorite part is the addition of strawberries because they’re a natural source of salicylic acid. Who knew?
Homemade Body Scrub Recipes
1. Coffee grounds and olive oil body scrub
Exfoliate, rejuvenate and reduce the appearance of cellulite with this great-smelling homemade scrub.
All you need:
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- equal parts raw sugar and ground coffee
Just mix all the ingredients and it is ready to be applied.
2. Coconut oil and sugar body scrub
Smell sweet and feel good with this quick-whip homemade body scrub.
Your blend will need:
- 3 tablespoons warmed up coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 drops of your favourite essential oil
Just mix all the ingredients and then you can apply it on your skin.
3. Refreshing peppermint body scrub
Pamper your skin and refresh your senses.
The homemade combo needs:
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons sweet almond oil (make a paste)
- few drops of peppermint oil
- For a gorgeous light pink colour, add a few drops of pomegranate juice
4.Vanilla and sugar body scrub
- Sweet almond oil
- Granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
If you want a mildly-perfumed scrub, mix 4 tablespoons sweet almond oil, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract for a sweet, yet not overpowering, body scrub
How to scrub correctly
Splash water on your face. Take a one tablespoon scrub and gently massage all over your face and neck avoiding the under-eye area. Don’t apply too much pressure and do not keep scrubbing for more than two minutes. You may scrub a little harder on the T-zone area of face.
How many times should you exfoliate?
Normal skin: Exfoliate twice or thrice a week
Dry skin: Exfoliate not more than twice a week
Combination skin : Exfoliate twice a week
oily skin: Exfoliate twice a week
Sensitive skin: Exfoliate once a week only