If you are a beginner in your DIY skincare, face scrub is the best way to start because it’s a rinse-off product. It’s faster to make and apply. Also, sensitive skin people will love it because you keep these products/recipes on your face for an extended period. The ingredients inside the recipes are so gentle and safe. It’s nice to just get into your kitchen pantry, pull a few ingredients, and stir it up in a small bowl. This small bowl of goodies will transform your skin almost immediately.
When I started my first DIY skincare journey (technically in my childhood), my mom wanted me to apply ubtan/scrub paste on my face. It was our weekend ritual. But in today’s world, the beauty industry has bombarded us with words like peels, exfoliant, AHA, BHA, enzyme/chemical peels in the name of face scrub. Frankly, it makes it difficult for us to figure out what is proper and safe for your skin. That’s why I feel let me share a few simple recipes that can help you get your AHA, BHA, and physical exfoliant recipes. If you are wondering what is AHA and BHA? I have a blog post on this, so please check this one before you embark on the DIY journey. So let’s start with the question here:
Why do you need face scrub in your routine?
Our skin is a self-repairing and self-sustained organ in our body. Although our skin tends to shred by itself, particles and makeup can be built upon our skin thanks to polluted air. That’s why we need to include exfoliation in our facial routine. I prefer 1-3 times a week to help remove all the gunk and unclog pores.
Note: too much exfoliation is not good either, as dead cells protect our internal organs from the outside world. I believe that since pores are just unclogged thanks to exfoliation, it will help absorb other products better. Also, I include my facial scrub in my PM skincare routine. Additionally, you are not going outside at nighttime, so free radicals will not be in touch with your skin.
So, let’s have a spa moment in your kitchen.
10 face scrub recipes from your kitchen
So, in this blog post, let’s start with a physical exfoliant/face scrub recipe.
1) Almond Flour + Orange Peel Powder
Orange and almonds are a favorite food to eat, but how about applying to our faces. Almonds are rich in fatty acids as well as great antioxidants. Antioxidants are a great substance to add to your skincare routine as they will fight against free radicals. Orange peel contains flavonoids which help in skin cleansing properly. Both these ingredients are totally accessible and non-toxic. If you are into clean beauty now, it’s time to go further in your lifestyle and adopt “sustainable beauty.”
2 tbsp. Spoons Almond Crushed
2 tbsp. Spoons Orange Peel Powder
Water to activate
Add both ingredients properly. You can whisk it inside the coffee grinder for 2-3 minutes coarsely to mix up properly. Rub it on your face before applying a mask or serum during the nighttime routine! For deep cleansing, you can undoubtedly add chickpea flour as well.
2) Rice Flour + Green Tea Leaves
If you are into anti-aging, skin brightening, and dealing with acne-prone skin, this face scrub is for you. Rice flour removes excess oil from your face. At the same time, green tea leaves are a great source of antioxidants that naturally promote brightness and anti-aging treatment.
Here is the method to make it:
2 tbsp. Rice Flour
1 tsp Green Tea Leave (if you don’t find loose tea leaves, then add tea bags leaves)
Water to activate
First, grind green tea leaves inside the coffee grinder. Next, add rice flour and green tea leaves to a small bowl and ensure it’s adequately incorporated. Activate powder/scrub with water and use it in your nighttime routine.
3) Blackheads Removal Face Scrub: Witch Hazel + Aloe Vera Gel + Lemon Juice + Coffee Granules
My teenage years are all about blackheads on my nose and whiteheads on my chin. It’s totally gone after I started using this face scrub. I think there is some magic in this formula; I am totally hooked on it.
2 tbsp. Spoons Witch Hazel
1 tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops of lemon juice
¼ teaspoon of extra ground coffee granule (make sure it’s total powder as the area near the nose is quite sensitive)
Mix all these ingredients in! Make a smooth paste, and then that’s it; apply where you have blackheads and whiteheads. It’s excellent face scrub for the overall face if you are into glass-looking smooth skin.
4) Sweet Potato Peel + Brown Sugar + Yogurt
If you love sweet potato fries with brown sugar and a dash of Yogurt on top, this summarizes my face scrub recipe. Lol! Since it contains brown sugar, one gentle exfoliant, it contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), while Yogurt contains lactic acid. Both these ingredients helped in gently exfoliating your skin. Sweet potato peel is known as an anti-aging element. That’s why many beauty brands use sweet potato extract (perhaps alcohol-based) in their products.
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 ½ tbsp. Yogurt
2 tsp. Sweet Potato peel meshed.
Whip these ingredients up and apply them to your face. You will immediately see the results.
5) Good old Indian Face Scrub: Coconut Oil + Turmeric + Honey + Chickpea flour
When people say that “old is gold,” that’s true for this face scrub. Growing up in India, my mom made this paste/face scrub and rubbed it all over our bodies. One wholesome recipe contains hydration from honey and coconut oil while exfoliating from turmeric and chickpea flour. This is a body scrub recipe, not just a face scrub.
1 tbsp. Spoon Coconut Oil
1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
2 tsp. Honey
1 tbsp. Chickpea Flour
Water to make it paste consistency.
Mix dry ingredients (chickpea flour and turmeric root powder), then slowly add honey and coconut oil. Once everything is added, add water to make a paste consistency.
6) Greek Yogurt + Honey – Aka Lactic Acid Peel
I don’t have any exfoliant in this face scrub recipe because I use it as a peel. The function of the peel is the same as a face scrub which contains physical exfoliants (like jojoba beads, sugar, salt, etc.). If you want to start your journey on chemical peel, lactic acid-heavy Greek Yogurt is the best way to include it in your DIY skincare routine.
This recipe is as simple as it sounds, just add these two ingredients 50:50 and apply them to your face.
7) Papaya + Brown Sugar - aka AHA acid peel
I love papaya on my skin as you can immediately use papain enzyme in your skin. It promotes skin elasticity and makes skin healthy by gently removing the uppermost dead skin. It also encourages collagen production in your skin. Collagen is a primary skin element that keeps your skin youthful.
While I already mention brown sugar benefits in the earlier recipe.
4 tbsp. Papaya mesh
4 tbsp. Brown sugar
Mix both ingredients together and gently apply them to your skin after the skin cleanser.
8) Chia Seeds + Greek Yogurt
Are you a chia pudding kind of a girl? Chia seeds contain a soothing agent which helps with inflammation. It also strengthens skin barriers and improves hydration. Instead of making your breakfast, you should apply this pudding-like face scrub.
1/8 cup of chia seeds
¼ cup of Greek Yogurt
Add both ingredients in the morning and keep it in the fridge the whole day; apply this pudding/face scrub on your face and get glowing skin.
9) Orange Juice + Flex Seed Powder + Probiotics Peels
If you are into probiotics skincare, start adding probiotics peels (which you can quickly get into the pharmacy) into your facial washes and scrub. Also, flax seeds are a gentle exfoliant that promotes new cell generation.
1/3 cup of orange juice
¼ cup of flaxseeds powder
2 probiotics peels
Add all the ingredients together and apply them to your skin. When I feel dullness on my face, this face scrub immediately lifts my skin glow.
10) Oats Grounded + Tomato Pulp
Last but not least, how can we forget oats. Oat contains soothing, anti-inflammatory, cleansing properties. It removes your makeup and impurity from your face. And especially when you add tomato pulp which is an excellent source of Vitamin C, provide skin glow quickly.
1/3 cup of oats grounded + ¼ cup of tomato pulp. Add both ingredients together, and voila, your face scrub is ready for your self-care routine.
Love to hear from you about these recipes, and let us know if you try any!