Are you sick of spending your hard earned cash on expensive skin care products that aren’t doing much for your skin?
Don’t worry, you can make your own at home.
There are around 3,550,000 results that come up in Google when you search for DIY Facial Scrub.
But how do know which ones are safe and which are not?
When it comes to skin tones, no one is the same. Whether it be normal, oily, dry or a combination, it’s just a matter of deciding which category you fall under. From there, a good facial scrub can prevent breakouts and exfoliate dry skin to remove dead cells.
So, which skin type are you?
According to Dermis.net, a normal skin complexion displays a smooth texture and a rosy clear surface, with no visible blemishes, oily patches or dryness.
Beauty therapist Trish Hoskin said the best way to care for your skin is to not put anything with chemicals on it. “Use water, or something that is perfectly pH balanced. No detergents,” she said.
Dry skin appears dull and is characterised by a lack of moisture, which results in tightness or even flaking. Fine lines are accentuated, as are wrinkles.
Ms Hoskin said creamy cleansers and anything containing vitamin E are great for dry skin. “Lubricate, lubricate, lubricate,” she said. “A combination of both oil and cream to moisturise can be beneficial if your skin is extremely dry.”
Oily skin appears shiny and is prone to blackheads and other blemishes.
“With acne prone, sensitive, oily skin, the issue is mainly dead skin cells and over production of oil,” Ms Hoskin said. “Exfoliating is really good but you can’t strip the skin even though it’s oily. You want to balance the excess oil, not remove it all.”
Her suggestion is to use a gentle cleanser, exfoliator and an oil free moisturiser to manage this skin type.
Combination skin appears to be more dry on the cheeks and around the eyes, and oily around the t-zone.
As combination is generally a mixture of the other skin types, Ms Hoskin said to treat it as such. “Ideally you treat both areas as separate types,” she said. “If you have an oily t-zone, you treat it as such and so on.” Adopt the skin care rituals for each skin type and use it accordingly.
Now that you’ve worked out your skin type, it’s time to find a scrub that suits you!
Don’t forget to wash your face with a cleanser before scrubbing.
Disclaimer: Before you apply any of these scrubs to your face, make sure to do a spot test on a small area of skin first to ensure your skin doesn’t have any reactions to the scrub.
Honey and baking soda exfoliant:
Honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, is a gentle natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.
Women’s Health magazine suggests mixing two tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the mixture on your face or body in a circular motion. Rinse well with cold water.
I followed these steps to make my own honey exfoliant. The baking soda served as a gentle scrub while the honey helped soothe and soften my skin.
Coconut oil and sugar scrub:
“Coconut oil is wonderful at removing makeup or as a moisturising oil for skin that isn’t dry,” said Ms Hoskin.
To make this scrub mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with one tablespoon of granulated sugar. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the mixture on your body or face in a circular motion. Rinse well with cold water.
As the sugar was too harsh on my face, I opted to use this on my arms and legs and the results were great. The scrub smelt divine and my skin came out smooth and soft. The oil soaked in immediately so there was no horrible sticky residue left over.
*Don’t scrub your feet with this if you’re in the shower. Coconut oil is slippery and you run the risk of falling over.
Honey oatmeal mask/scrub:
“Honey’s got all these new and wonderful properties,” Ms Hoskin said. “A honey and oat mask (or scrub) would be good for inflammation and irritation… a soothing mask.”
To make this mask: Combine 1/2 cup of flavourless oats (if you buzz them in the blender first, the oats will be softer and finer), 1/4 cup of water (even less depending on the consistency you’re after) and 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply to a freshly cleansed face and leave it to set for 10-12 minutes. Once it has set you can rub it off in a circular motion, turning your mask into a scrub or just gently rinse it off with cool water.
This works as an alternative to the other two scrubs, the oats are gentle on your face and smooth your skin and help to remove dirt and impurities from your skins surface while the honey leaves your skin feeling smooth after washing.
Six tips from Trish to help keep your skin safe, radiant and youthful:
1. Everyone should use at least a 15+ SPF sunscreen everyday. Prevention is key and it is the only real anti-ageing product.
2. Keeping cell turn over active by doing peels (chemical exfoliation) will create healthier cells. This can reduce scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.
3. Olive oil is a good cleanser for dry skin and and can be used as a make-up remover.
4. Coconut oil is wonderful at removing make-up and it can be used as a moisturising oil for skin that isn’t dry.
5. Sugar is a great exfoliant for your feet, but too harsh on your face so be careful when using coarse scrubs.
6. Crushed almonds can make a good scrub base, but might still be on the harsh side.
After scrubbing, you should apply a toner to your face to balance the skins pH levels, rejuvenate your skin and refresh your face by removing any excess makeup or impurities left on the skin.
On top of DIY scrubs, there are plenty of natural household items you can use as toners. These are simple to make and can be stored for up to 4 days.
According to Ms Hoskin, rose water and chamomile make a great toner. “Any tea really. Licorice root tea for brightening, green tea for an antioxidant boost,” she said.
“Thyme is good for acne as it’s anti-inflammatory and naturally anti-bacterial. Tea tree should be used sparingly – it can be harsh… Or use Jojoba oil or a sorbolene base with your own blend of essential oils to create customised skin care!”
To make your tea cleanser:
1. Select your desired tea – loose leaf or tea bag form, so long as it’s all natural.
2. Allow the tea to brew for 3–5 minutes.
3. Remove the tea bag and strain the tea into an air tight container or a small, clean spray bottle.
4. Apply to your skin 1–2 times a day either using a cotton ball or by just spraying it directly onto your face.
– Jessica Heckley
Top photo by Seven Spoons • Tara’s Flickr photostream.