Not only is homemade facial scrub natural and chemical-free, it also contains your favorite ingredients! These tips on how to make a natural face cleanser will guide you through the process of making a scrub you’ll love.
With the astronomical prices of organic and chemical-free products, learning how to make your own scrub will also help you save money.
Before the tips, a quip:
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~Kahlil Gibran
Many people believe that to make your natural face cleanser, you have to have a giant stock-pile of secret oils, herbs, and tinctures in your house. But the truth is that the best natural scrubs are made from everyday household items such as: sugars, salts, and fruits.
If you have a favorite facial scrub (Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub is a bestseller), you can recreate it in your own home with these tips.
If making your own natural face cleanser isn’t your thing and you want to experiment with seaweed, check out L’or de la Mer’s organic anti-cellulite seaweed scrub - it’s made with Dead Sea Salts.
How to Make Homemade Facial Scrub
There are thousands of beauty scrubs on the market, and they all promise to shine, smooth, and and brighten dull skin. But, what the creators of beauty products don’t tell you is that you can make your own natural, healthy, and chemical-free scrubs from the comfort of your own home, for a fraction of the retail price.
Make sure to test your skin’s sensitivity to everything you put in your face cleanser, to make sure you don’t have hidden skin allergies.
Choose an oil to moisturize your cleanser
An essential part of a great scrub is its moisturizing base. The best moisturizers come in the form of oils, and there are so many to choose from. Some people prefer to use flower oils because they smell better than vegetable oils, but flower oils are a little harder to find. Plus, they cost more than the standard vegetable oils. Some people prefer sweet almond oil, but again, it is pricey and hard to find. My personal favorite is olive oil. Olive oil has a neutral smell and it is excellent for your skin because it is filled with vitamins A and E. If you want to make a natural facial cleanser using olive oil, make sure it’s organic, chemical-free, and extra virgin.
Pick a fruit to add to your facial scrub
Different fruits have different properties for creating healthy skin. For a moisture-rich homemade facial scrub, you want to choose fruits with a creamier texture, such as: avocado, banana, or papaya. These fruits have natural oils and vitamins that are gentle, and they do not strip the skin of any moisture. For a deep exfoliating scrub, you want to choose fruits with a slightly acidic content, such as pineapples or lemons. These fruits are high in enzymes, and the enzymes help rid skin of dead cells, dirt, and oil.
If you’ve decided making your own homemade facial scrub is too much work, read Uneven Skin Tone? How to Improve Skin by Eating Certain Foods.
Decide if you want to add “extras” to your natural cleanser
Some people like to add extra vegetables, herbs, teas, or coffees to their scrubs because each of these substances has beneficial properties. You can add kelp or seaweed to increase the antioxidant properties of your facial scrub, or you can add teas or coffee because the caffeine in them helps tighten and firm skin (caffeine also is a good antioxidant). You can also add honey for extra sweetness and moisture. Just make sure you test the combinations before you apply them, as you want a final product that is smooth, fragrant, and appealing to the senses.
Choose your exfoliates
There are many different kinds of exfoliatesthat you can use in your natural face cleanser. One of the most popular ones is sugar. You can choose from brown, white, cane, or raw sugar, but just make sure the granules are the right size and texture for your skin sensitivity. If you prefer something less sweet, you can go with salt, but make sure it is NOT table salt, as it’s too harsh on the skin and can leave it parched and dry. The best salts are natural sea salts which you can get online or at any local grocery store. For a much gentler exfoliate, use oatmeal. It has a much less abrasive feel than the salt and sugar, but it will not remove as much dead skin as the sugar or salt.
Whip up your natural facial scrub!
Once you have chosen your selection of ingredients, all you need to do is blend them together using a kitchen blender, hand blender, food processor, or mixer. Start by mashing the fruits together, and then add the oil and extras. Once there is a smooth consistency to the mixture, add the salt, sugar, or oatmeal and mix until the granules or oats are well blended. Apply the scrub whenever you desire, but remember to refrigerate when you are done, because the scrub will eventually expire due to oxidation. Generally, the scrub will last anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge.
If you struggle with acne, read 7 Easy Ways to Treat Adult Acne, Pimples, and Blemishes.
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