A few weeks ago I wanted to make some exfoliant. I knew it was EXPENSIVE in the stores, and I just remember it being VERY simple. I found this site, and didn’t not realize all the different ways you could make it! I think from now on I’ll just make my own. I also think you can add essential oils for smell. Example: Lavender, Rosemary etc. I made the sugar one. It was great!
Here is what I found:
- coffee grounds(used are just fine):
They are antibacterial, exfoliating and stimulating to the skin.
- sugar(table sugar or coarse):
Works well with olive oil to provide gentle scrubbing for your homemade exfoliant.
- almonds(ground up):
Creates a gentle scrubbing action while providing healthy oils to the skin.
- oatmeal(use natural unflavored):
Healing and soothing for the skin especially sensitive skin. Ground up for finer scrub or left as for a little more action.
- corn flour or rice powder:
Another good easily available choice especially for oily skin. Helps absorb skin oils.
- kosher or sea salt:
An age old exfoliator, use a gentle touch to avoid irritating the skin. Coarse salt and coarse sugar work better when combined with a moist ingredient that is sticky. When combined with just a juice no paste is formed.
Usually a tablespoon or two of coarse ingredients is enough. Add in moist ingredients a little at a time to create a paste. Water can always be added if any mixture is too thick. Apply to both face and neck and if you make a little extra use on your hands.
- lemon, lime or orange juice:
These provide an astringent quality to your homemade exfoliant plus the vitamin C provides a boost. Good for oily skins.
Healing and soothing along with an ability to help skin retain moisture.
- yogurt, milk, sour cream etc.:
Contains lactic acid which help skin slough off dead skin cells.
- olive oil:
Soothing, moisturizing. Antioxidants help protect the skin from the effects of aging.
- cucumber(peeled, cut up and pureed):
Provides cooling and astringent qualities.
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Moisturizing. Good for dry skin.
- apple juice:
Contains natural fruit acids which help exfoliate.
Recipes to try:
1.Corn flour scrub. For oily skin
2 tbs.corn flour
apple juice(enough to create a paste)
Mix ingredients and apply to face. Massage gently in a circular motion. Splash with warm water to remove, then cool water to help close pores.
2.Oatmeal facial scrub. Good for sensitive skin.
1/2 cup uncooked oats (for finer scrub you can blend into powder)
1 tbs.honey(if you use ground up oats you may want to adjust honey)
Mix ingredients together to form a paste. Massage into face and neck. Let scrub sit on skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
3.Olive oil and sugar scrub. Great for dry skin.
1 tbs. sugar
few drops olive oil
Blend together both ingredients adding a few drops of oil at a time to form a spreadable paste. Gently massage into skin. Rinse with warm water.