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Homemade Facial Scrubs

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.

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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.

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March 14, 2002

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.

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June 16, 2009

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

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June 16, 20090 found this helpful
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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!)

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June 16, 20090 found this helpful
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Just add a little bit of baking soda to your facial cleanser. it gently exfoliates without damaging your skin.

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful
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Equal parts sugar and virgin olive oil. There is nothing cheaper or easier to make. It's wonderful!!

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful
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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. Rub on your face. If you have time, use some honey (preferably local and fresh) with a few aspirin (dilute with a drop or two of water to dissolve), rub on face and leave around 10 minutes, wash off. Smooth and clean!

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful
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from recipegoldmine.com

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.

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

Oatmeal Smoother
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

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June 18, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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June 22, 20090 found this helpful
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Kitty litter it is clay. Just add water and put on face.

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June 27, 20090 found this helpful
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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.
Moisturize as usual.

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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July 3, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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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?

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September 7, 2014

Which is good, using salt or sugar, as a facial scrub?

By Vila

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July 25, 2012

How do you make homemade facial scrub?

By Karen from Lakeville, MA

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July 25, 20120 found this helpful
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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.

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September 8, 2012

If you use baby oil in a facial scrub recipe, won't your face be oily from the baby oil?

By Bob

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January 6, 2017

This is a page about using baking soda as a facial scrub. Make a simple and effective facial scrub with baking soda.

A bowl of baking soda.

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January 6, 2017

This is a page about making a sea salt facial scrub. The combination of salt and oil create a wonderful exfoliating and moisturizing scrub.

A woman using a sea salt facial scrub.

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February 6, 2014

This is a page about oatmeal facial scrubs. A homemade facial can save you money and leave your skin feeling wonderful.

Preparing Oatmeal Facial Scrubs

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August 18, 2011

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.

A sugar scrub with sugar near it.

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June 16, 2009

Does anyone have a recipe for a homemade facial skin exfoliant?

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June 9, 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?

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