5 Safe DIY face and body scrub recipes to exfoliate


Open your fridge and pantry, and get ready to exfoliate with these 5 safe face and body scrub recipes.

Surf the web or Pinterest and you'll be certain to run into "DIY scrubs" galore. Did you know that most of them can be harmful to the skin? Sharp edges can finely cut the skin, certain ingredients are full-on toxic, and others may simply not be ok with your skin type.

I will offer you a few gentle and easy recipes, as well as a list of dos and don'ts when it comes to DIY recipes.

As a NO BS philosopher, I live by 2 principles:

1) Keep it simple: less is more

2) Follow your passions and instincts

I'm sure I have more principles than that, but these are pretty much always at the base. When it comes to beauty routine, they apply BIG TIME.

Because of this believe me when I say that exfoliation is an essential step (read in  depth about it here): our skin is constantly regenerating and the dead cells tend to stick around and clog our pores, giving us an unhealthy gray look. Once or twice per week, it's good practice to gently exfoliate to allow fresh skin to glow and breathe. Most commercial exfoliant products are full of unnecessary chemicals and fragrances, so I encourage you to entrust nature with this step.

What's in your fridge and pantry today? Here are 5 easy, fast, and safe recipes to produce wonderful body and face scrubs.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

  1. These are fresh and only natural recipes: either produce enough quantity for a single use, or keep it refrigerated and use the product for no longer than 2 weeks.
  2. These recipes are for you to play with: follow your instincts! If you see a safe ingredient that catches your eye, try it and play with it (see list below).
  3. If you've never used oils to cleanse or on your face, know that we're not crazy: it may be something your skin has to get used to. Read more about oil cleansing on our blog. Don't like the idea of using oils? Use yogurt or honey instead!

1) SIMPLE NO-FUSS SCRUB

Keep it simple, make it quick. A great base to which add to (or not).

You'll need:

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tbs oil (Grapeseed is lighter, Coconut is medium thickess, Avocado and Olive are rich) - Substitute for yogurt or honey if oil freaks you out.

How to: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD place sugar in a grinder and powder it up. If you skip this step, don't complain about your face getting irritated! Sugar in its usual form is too sharp to use on your face without scraping it, but it's ok to use on your hands/feet or rougher body parts. Add oil of choice and mix. Feel free to add more fun ingredients to it or keep it simple. Use on body/face and rinse with warm water.

2) KIWI YOGURT SCRUB

For oily, imbalanced skin types that need some delicate cleansing and exfoliation.

You'll need:

  • 1 soft kiwi 
  • 2 tbsp nut flour (almond, coconut, cashews..all you have to do is ground them up!) 
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp yogurt

How to: reduce peeled kiwi into a pulp. Add honey and yogurt and mix well. Add the flour and mix until a nice paste is formed. Use on body/face and rinse with warm water.

3) COFFEE GINGER SCRUB

Awakening, softening, cleansing and a gentle scrub for the face or the entire body. Glow! Glow! Glow! 

You'll need:

  • 2 tbsp coffee 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 2 tbsp oats (or oatmeal flour)
  • 1/2 tsp (a pinch, really) ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil

How to: place dry ingredients in a grinder (if you skip this step, don't complain about your face getting irritated!) and powder them up nicely. Add honey and oil and mix making sure that all grains are wet. Use on body/face and rinse with warm water.

4) COCO-COCO SCRUB

Antioxidants galore in this rich, softening, cleansing and a gentle scrub perfect for dry skin types.

You'll need:

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut (or coconut flour)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

How to: place dry ingredients in a grinder (once again, if you skip this step, don't complain about your face getting irritated!) and powder them up nicely. Add honey and oil and mix making sure that all grains are wet. Use on body/face and rinse with warm water.

5) HONEY AND OATS SCRUB

Classic and simple ingredients for any skin type. Antibacterial, moisturizing, and gentle. 

You'll need: 

  • 2 tbsp oats (or oatmeal flour)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • (optional) 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • (optional) 1 tbsp brown sugar

How to: place dry ingredients in a grinder (if you skip this step, don't complain about your face getting irritated!) and powder them up nicely. Add honey and oil and mix making sure that all grains are wet. Use on body/face and rinse with warm water.

 Here's a guideline on common ingredients I love and ones I don't consider safe, and why:

SAFE INGREDIENTS NOT SAFE INGREDIENTS
Oats - moisturizing and cleansing Coarse Salt - although mineralizing, it's too aggressive and coarse for the face
Thinly ground coffee - awakening Coarse Sugar (any sugar not ground) - micro-cuts the skin
Ginger powder - boosts circulation Lemon - too acidic, potentially imbalancing/irritating
Rice flour - mattefying and cleansing Baking Soda - too basic, potentially imbalancing/irritating
Fruit (kiwis and berries are great) - vitamins and nutrients! Cinnamon - too much can irritate
Nut flours (almond, coconut, etc) - soft exfoliation and moisture Cayenne - ouch! 
Honey - moisturizing and antibacterial Eggs - risk of salmonella
Yogurt - softening and firming Toothpaste (WTF) - chemicals galore, plus it just doesn't work
Oils (Grapeseed is lighter, Coconut is medium thickess, Avocado and Olive are rich) - nourishing  Glue (WTFF) - ummm.......no. Plus, you'd be stripping your healthy skin.
Cocoa Powder - antioxidants

Thinly ground brown sugar - softening

 

Mix it up and happy scrubbing!

What have you experimented with from your pantry and loved or hated? 

 


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