The thing I like best about making my own face scrubs is… well, everything!
For one thing, it’s a lot cheaper than buying one. There is no reason to spend $5 or $35 on a face scrub, when most of what you’re paying for is advertising, packaging, and chemicals. It takes me about three minutes to gather a couple of ingredients and mix up a new scrub every couple of weeks.
Another benefit to making your own is customization. Don’t have jojoba oil? Use olive oil instead! Don’t like lavender? Omit it!
The following is my standard scrub for normal skin not prone to breakouts. If your skin is drier, you might try coconut oil; if it’s oilier, try almond oil.
Stuff to Know:
- Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
- In general, each of the homemade products should be stored in a cool, dark, dry spot for 3-4 weeks.
For a container, I used a small plastic jar from my craft box. A used jam jar, plastic yogurt cup, or something similar would work just as well!
Simple Homemade Face Scrub
- 1/8 cup very fine sea salt*
- 2 tsp. jojoba oil**
- 8 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- In a medium-size bowl, mix together all ingredients.
- Transfer to your container.
- Remove all makeup first.
- Remove a small amount, the size of a couple of quarters, and spread between your hands.
- Apply in small, circular movements to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin for one minute. Avoid the delicate eye area.
- Rinse well with temperate water.
- Pat your face dry. Do not rub. The jojoba oil will help to maintain and protect your skin!
* If you don’t have fine sea salt, you can use baking soda!
** If you don’t have jojoba oil, which can be found for $2 or so at health food markets, you can use any pure, organic vegetable oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
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Questions for readers:
Do you make your own beauty products?
If you were to create the “perfect” beauty product, what would it be?