Need a good facial, but not comfortable going to the spa just yet. Don't worry, you can create that glow with a simple DIY scrub, using all the ingredients already in your kitchen.
DIY scrubs get rid of dead skin cells, leave your face feeling baby-level smooth, and minimize the looks of pores. They're also way less expensive than a store-bought version, so consider yourself saving some extra cash, too. There are a few things you should keep in mind before diving into the scrub game. Some ingredients like walnuts, salt, and kernels don't have round edges, and can actually create tiny micro-tears in the skin that can lead to increased irritation, so make sure to grind them up.
Soothing Aloe Scrub Ingredients:
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together, and massage into skin for gentle exfoliation. The Benefits: Aloe vera strengthens the immune system, reduces arthritis pain, and healswounds. It also helps lower blood sugar, helps fight oxidative stress, and heal the side effects of radiotherapy treatments.
Sugary Coconut Exfoliator Scrub Ingredients:
1/3 cup of sugar
1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Directions: Combine the sugar and coconut oil, mix, and get scrubbing. The Benefits: Studies show that coconut oil can improve the moisture content of dry skin and reduce the symptoms of eczema. Coconut oil can also protect against hair damage and can work as a weak sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Oats and Honey Scrub Ingredients:
2/3 cup oats
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of yogurt
Directions: For this recipe, deconstruct your oats in a coffee grinder or blender, or you can just use oat flour if you have it on hand. Then add the honey and yogurt to the oats and mix with a spoon until the ingredients are adequately combined. Then, yep, you know the drill. Start slathering that scrub onto your face. The Benefits: Oats are super soothing to the skin and that honey naturally has anti-bacterial, acne-fighting agents.
Flax Seed Facial Scrub Ingredients:
1/3 cup of flax
a spoonful of glycerin (or try shea butter, jojoba oil, cocoa butter or avocado oil)
1 tablespoon of white clay
1 teaspoon of sugar
a splash of lemon juice
Directions: Put about 1/3 cup of flax and a spoonful of glycerin in a bowl and then grind until smooth. Then add the white clay, lemon juice, and sugar. Mix all your ingredients and follow by gently swiping onto your face. The Benefits: Flax seeds have a lot of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits says Benjamin, which will help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. If you're feeling it, you can also swap out the flax with oats for some extra moisturizing action.