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Baking soda can be used as a facial scrub for oily skin either alone on a damp washcloth or with a little soap. It leaves skin soft and smooth.
To make a salt or sugar scrub for dry skin, fill a small jar with salt or sugar. Add baby oil or vegetable oil until the salt or sugar is moistened. Massage about a teaspoon of it over your face or other areas with your fingers, then rinse with warm water. Towel off any excess.
For portable face-cleansing, fill a cosmetic jar with large cotton balls or gauze pads. Mix together in equal amounts rubbing alcohol and water. In place of water you can use green tea, a herbal tea made from chamomile or lavender (soothing), or rosemary (refreshing). The alcohol keeps it from spoiling. Add a few drops of baby oil or vegetable oil if your skin is dry. Put enough of this mixture in the jar of cotton to wet it thoroughly. Screw cap on well, so it won't dry out.
By Jennifer from Gilbertsville , NY
Just mix 2 parts oats with 2 parts honey and mix it together in a blender. Then massage it into your face and rinse well. It leaves your skin nice and clean feeling. It helps get rid of all the dead skin. About two tablespoons of honey and oats works well for one use.
I am into skincare using kitchen supplies and it states there is nothing better for skin than oats and honey so natural so yes I totally agree with you. Thanks for sharing. Helen x
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I have tried so many facial scrubs and either they didn't work or they were too expensive. Does anyone out their have a simple recipe for a facial scrub? One with not too many ingredients. Thanks.
By annette barton from Del City, OK
I have 2 for you:
#1) Mix finely ground Cornmeal with Vinegar (apple cider works best) I was told about this from an older women who ran a modeling agency in the 1950's.
#2) Sugar (that's it, plain old Sugar!) Sugar works great, but I would stay away from it if you're prone to acne or fungus because it can cause bacteria or fungus to grow if it's not washed off completely.
I like either of these because they have no dangerous oils to slip on when showering, but you can add baby oil to sugar (or salt) if you like for added moisturizing. For even more moisturizing you can add a mashed up avocado.
* On your body you can use table salt as well as sugar. Sugar or Salt make wonderful exfoliating scrubs to use right before using a self-tanner cream. My daughter swears by plain Sugar & always scrubs her legs & body before applying self tanner. (she keeps an empty asprin bottle filled with sugar in her shower) This why her self-tanner goes on smoothly & evenly. Pay close attention to your knees, elbows & heals & scrub them well! (Don't use salt if you have a cut or open wound!)
Just add a little bit of baking soda to your facial cleanser. it gently exfoliates without damaging your skin.
Equal parts sugar and virgin olive oil. There is nothing cheaper or easier to make. It's wonderful!!
A gentle scrub is baking soda. If you want acne to be fixed, try uncoated aspirin (usually can find at dollar stores), a few in the hand with a few drops of warm water.
Brown Sugar Facial Scrub
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sweet almond oil*
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Large pinch calendula petals*
Mix all together and put in jar with tight lid.
* Found in health food stores.
Depending on what you want to do with scrub and how sensitive your skin is. I made this one for a spa day for the women in my family a few years ago.
1/2 cup ground oatmeal.(easy to do, just put non-instant oatmeal in a blender or food processor and process until ground)
1/2 cup powdered milk
Mix this dry mixture together. Store in zip bag, jar or tin. Can be used daily. TO USE:Mix 2 tsp of dry mix with 2 tsp water to make a paste. Stir until smooth paste is formed. Massage onto face and throat. Rinse. If you want to exfoliate, add some coarse salt or ground almonds to the mixture. SOURCE: "The Herbal Body Book" by Stephanie Tourles
I have used used coffee grains ( from the same morining) mixed with my moisterizer and it actually wakes my face up as well. Got that from here one day last year.
Kitty litter it is clay. Just add water and put on face.
Make a paste of baking soda, oats/oatmeal, water and cinnamon optional for pleasant scent. Scrub your face with this. Not too many ingredients, not too expensive. Dab some lemon juice on a cotton ball for a nice refreshing toner afterward.
Buy the cheapest rough scratchy terrycloth washcloths you can find, put any kind of soap or cleanser on them, and scrub away. Terrycloth is gentler than loofah and is reusable over and over and over.
Cetaphil liquid facial soap + baking soda. I use it in the shower and scrub all over my face and neck... smooth and very soft skin afterwards.
Scrubbing your face every night with baby shampoo will clean oily skin and help get rid of blackheads.
I really need a face scrub because before I go to bed I want to feel refreshed and ready for the next day. Does anyone have a DIY face scrub without lemon, grapefruit, lime, or oranges, basically no citrus fruits or veggies? Thanks for all the suggestions. My face is really sensitive so can you suggest face scrubs that are kind to sensitive skin?
The best way to clean your face at night or in the morning is with apple cider vinegar. I have been using this for years and it keeps your face nice, clean, and refreshed. I don't use other products on my face because of the way they feel on my skin. I feel like they either dry my skin out or add too much oil to my skin.
I'm not sensitive to anything so I'm not sure how this will work for you, but I use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. I just make a paste and spread it on my face and scrub with my hands or if in the shower with a wash cloth. Smooths and makes my face brighter! I also add some coconut oil every once in a while. I also use coconut oil on my skin - all over. It is NOT greasy if you rub it in well. Good luck!
Which is good, using salt or sugar, as a facial scrub?
Villa: I swear by equal parts sugar and olive oil. I love the scrubbing affect it gives me and it's soooo cheap. You just need enough to use on your face daily, so I just put a drop of oil about the size of a quarter in my hand, and then enough sugar to mix it up. I hope that helps.
How do you make homemade facial scrub?
By Karen from Lakeville, MA
Well, there are tons of recipes here on Thrifty Fun and online for all kind of different facial scrubs. I have used olive oil and sugar mixed to make a body scrub, but it's a little too harsh for the face. I've heard that some people use a finer grain - like baking soda. Other people use oatmeal and honey.
My aunt taught me to soap my face and then use sugar as a scrub. It works.
If you use baby oil in a facial scrub recipe, won't your face be oily from the baby oil?
Maybe other people do it differently but I exfoliate, then cleanse and then use a toner so I don't see how your face could be oily after that. Even if you cleanse first and then exfoliate by using a toner as the last step would remove any excess oil.
This is a page about making a sea salt facial scrub. The combination of salt and oil create a wonderful exfoliating and moisturizing scrub.
This is a page about using baking soda as a facial scrub. Make a simple and effective facial scrub with baking soda.
This is a page about oatmeal facial scrubs. A homemade facial can save you money and leave your skin feeling wonderful.
This page contains recipes for homemade sugar scrubs. Sugar works as a great base for an exfoliator. Exfoliation is an important step to keeping your skin looking young and vibrant.
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Does anyone have a recipe for a homemade facial skin exfoliant?
By Susan from Liverpool, UK
A great exfoliant is sugar, seriously. Just mix it in with your cleaner. You can use it on your face or any other part of your body. I use it on my bikini line to prevent in-grown hairs. It works great and is gentle enough to use anywhere and it's very cheap. (06/09/2009)
Yogurt Face Mask
Mix together, apply to the face, let it set for 15 minutes then wash off with warm, soft water.
Do not use sugar, if candida is an issue, it will get worse or start a problem. You can use salt or ground up oatmeal as a scrub, then use a 10% solution of white vinegar as an astringent. It's a mild alphy-hydroxy and helps to peel off dead skin. You may see your skin peeling as time goes on, then when you wash, it gets rid of it. (06/11/2009)
I would like to make a facial scrub similar to St. Ives. Their scrub is too coarse for my skin, I need something with smaller grit. What can I use? I have heard of using ground almond shell. Is this okay, what else is there to use? I like to make mine up enough to use for a month or so at a time. Please help.
Judith from Lincoln City, OR
I read in my magazine that this helps your face:
-1 Egg White
-1 TBS Honey
-1-3 TBS Finely Chopped Oats
Whisk the egg white and honey together in a bowl, then add a TBS of finely chopped oats until it forms a paste. If it is still runny, then add more oats. Relax for 10 minutes, then wash off. (12/13/2008)
Baking soda is great for clearing up blackheads. Rinse your face with warm water and then apply the baking soda mixed with some water to make a paste. Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse off. The oat scrub someone else posted is excellent. And if you want something just a little stronger, add a touch of cornmeal. I often just use a little corn meal mixed in my palm with some of my regular face wash. (12/14/2008)
You might like Burt's Bees products. It's organic and it really helps black/white heads, and dried skin. There are masks too. It's great and really works! (12/14/2008)
Ground shells actually have sharp edges, and although you cannot see the damage without a strong magnifying glass, it will be there. More natural products, such a salt and sugar, work well. If you want to buy a product instead of making it, my favorite is Avon Clearskin Cleansing Scrub. It invigorates the skin, smells strongly of peppermint (yum!), and I really notice that my skin is much smoother after using it. (12/28/2008)
By Cathy from Townsville, QLD
Well, I am an Esthetician so I'm a pretty good expert on this problem. Don't use scrubs that contain oats, nuts, or anything that could be jagged and damage your skin. Baking soda and water is really good and you could use it more often because it's not rough. I would suggest not to exfoliate more than 2x/wk. If you have oily skin, this could make it worse because your skin is having to overcompensate for the "loss" of oil, therefore producing more. A mild exfoliate such as baking soda or salt would do just fine. (12/30/2008)
I have tried this face wash, toner, and moisturizer kit called AcneFree. I tried it once at night, and in the morning, my face looked SO much better. I used it twice a day (once in the morning, once at night) and in a week, my face looked incredible. Problem is, stop using it, and your face could get worse than it was before. But once it's cleared, use it once a day, once every other day, and your face will look fantastic. It could make your face dry out, so I recommend using a moisturizer or a homemade honey-oat mask after you use it. Hope it helps! :D (01/05/2009)
If you are having really bad acne, please look into the possibility of food allergies and intestinal candida (yeast). A good naturopathic doctor can help you find out more about what to do for these conditions. Many people have food allergies and don't even know it because they're symptoms are skin related (i.e. eczema, rashes, and acne). Acne drugs will only put a band-aid on the problem and create a better environment for yeast to grow in your intestines. My acne has been much better since going off wheat, it's totally worth it. (02/06/2009)
Reply to Judith from Lincoln City, OR:
From a reliable source in the dermatological field, the use of any type of seed or pit product, no matter how finely ground, actually scratches the skin surface and should not be used. St. Ives Peach and Apricot scrubs were 2 examples of exfoliates to avoid, even if advertised for "sensitive" skin. Your surface skin is still being scratched. Just a bit of info I heard from a dermatologist worth passing along. (03/09/2009)
By Luann DeLuca
A friend and I were having a conversation on problems teens have with their skin. She said one of her school classmates made a facial scrub with table salt and water.
I am looking for some homemade facial scrub recipes.