Homemade scrubs are a recipe for healthy, glowing skin! Budget friendly, natural, always fresh, absolutely chemical free – is there anything not to like? I wouldn’t like to sound like your grandma, but nature really does have the best answers to most of our skin issues and it’s about time we looked into them. And since I’m sure a great many of you love natural masks and rinses, I thought I’d add a few great homemade scrubs for you to try next:
Vegetable Oil of Choice
As basic as homemade scrubs get but nevertheless very effective, a standard sugar scrub is the most budget-friendly spa-like treatment you can treat yourself with. Use fine brown or white sugar as well as olive, coconut or pretty much any vegetable oil you have at hand, mixing them in a 2:1 ratio so that for every spoonful of oil you add 2 spoons of sugar. Simple, isn’t it? And works like a charm, too!
Crystallized Raw Honey
Raw honey crystallizes pretty quickly, turning into a fantastic, universal, mild and most importantly, super nourishing scrub you don’t even have to bother making. Just scoop some of it up, massage into your chapped lips, dull wind-damaged skin or coarse knees and elbows and voila! Does it get any simpler than that? Or more natural, for that matter!
This easy to make, all natural homemade scrub is a perfect choice for all of you ladies with sensitive skin as well as a neat experiment any natural skincare enthusiast could try without having to fear the consequences. Let’s start then, shall we? Mix sugar and oil in a 2:1 ratio, blend a small to medium cucumber and mix all of these together. Rub it in gently, let it sit for a couple of minutes and enjoy your soft, exfoliated, glowing skin!
Black Lava Sea Salt
Perfect for oily and breakout prone skin, this DIY skincare recipe might be a bit on the fancy side, but it’s definitely worth a shot. It will clarify your skin thoroughly, leaving it fresh and glowing and it’s not a bad thing to use on your back too, especially if you tend to suffer bad breakouts as often as I do. Add two parts of salt, one part of olive oil and stir in a large slice of well mashed, ripe pineapple. Super simple, isn’t it?
Baking soda is a well-known, much-loved DIY skincare staple I’m sure you’ve experimented with at least once by now. But did you know there’s been some talk about it being bad for your skin in the long run? Bummer, right? Well, DIY beauty enthusiasts have already found a solution! Replacing water with coconut oil will help counteract that drying effect of baking soda some complain about, allowing you to get your cake and eat it too. Awesome! Guess I can let baking soda back into my life!
Strong Green Tea
Do not part with your favorite, invigorating green tea rinse – turn it into a scrub instead! A few tablespoons of cold, strong tea mixed with enough white sugar and honey to make a thick, gritty paste will provide you with a perfect scrub to experiment with during your next DIY spa day.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Where are my pumpkin pie lovers? This is the scrub for you! It will fill your senses with the intoxicating scents of autumn—cinnamon, nutmeg, and, of course, pumpkin! Not only does this scrub smell great, it also leaves your skin feeling moisturized and renewed. Combine all ingredients, using your spices sparingly, until you reach the desired consistency, then enjoy!
White Castor Sugar
Drop of red or pink food coloring
Mmm, who doesn’t love a refreshing glass of pink lemonade! But did you know you could use your favorite summertime beverage to exfoliate your skin? You can! Well, almost. This scrub looks and smells like pink lemonade, but is much healthier for you, will sunflower oil and lemon to renew and refresh your skin!
Drop of green food coloring
Nothing wakes up your skin like a healthy dose of mint! To make this invigorating scrub, start by microwaving about 1/2 cup of coconut oil until it’s softened, then add 1.5 cups of sugar, a tablespoon of the extract, and a bit of food coloring. Stir until it’s the consistency of a scrub. You’ll be amazed by the effects of this scrub!
Grape Seed Oil
Coffee Grounds (fresh or used)
Believe it or not, coffee makes an amazing body scrub! However, it smells pretty strong, so I don’t recommend leaving the house right after washing off this scrub! Do it on a full-out spa day, so that you can enjoy the scrub’s effects without walking around smelling like a Starbucks on legs! Simply combine 1/4 cup grape seed oil, or olive oil if you don’t have any, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 3 tbs coffee grounds, and a dash of cinnamon! Make sure you apply the mixture to damp skin, then rinse and enjoy your exfoliated skin!
Last but not least, how about a little something-something for a brighter complexion? I’d like to quote Ned Stark now and warn you that “Winter is Coming” and, trust me, you don’t need to wait until your skin gets as wind beaten and gray as the Stark banner to take action. Mix oil and sugar in the previously described ratio, muddle a few ripe strawberries to mix in and enjoy a fancy DIY skincare product that will leave your face bright, fresh and soft as a baby’s bottom.
Ah, but which one of these will you try first? Well, I’m sure you’ll be satisfied regardless of which one you choose. Enjoy and remember to seal and refrigerate your leftovers and use them up within two weeks.
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