Monday, 20 January 2014

facial scrub for different skin types

So you’ve treated yourself to a little handmade spa action, and your skin is feeling fantastical! Now, you just need to maintain that healthy skin. Check out these facial scrub recipes for dry, normal, and oily skin!
The best way to apply your scrub is to gently massage it on with a damp washcloth, and make sure you rinse your face thoroughly when you’re done. Also, don’t miss the easy toner recipe at the very bottom!

A word of caution about these scrubs: you don’t want to exfoliate every day. Once or twice a week is just perfect for maintaining healthy, glowing skin! More than that can cause oiliness, dryness or breakouts as your skin compensates for the “lost” moisture. You’ll want to mix up very small batches- enough for just one or two uses – since these recipes are food-based and won’t keep for too long on the shelf.
Dry Skin
To help ease dry skin, you’ll want to gently exfoliate while also moisturizing. ehow has a fantastic scrub that uses olive oil and avocado to moisturize and sugar to smooth. If your skin is exceptionally dry, follow this up with a little bit of olive or coconut oil to moisturize even more. You might also try drinking more water to treat your skin right from the inside out!
Normal Skin
To gently moisturize and exfoliate normal skin, try mixing a bit of sugar and baking soda with enough coconut oil to form a paste. If this feels a bit too oily for your skin, you can also try half oil and half honey in the mix.
Oily Skin
We knew oatmeal was good for your insides…who knew it was great for your face? You can make a simple oatmeal scrub by combining equal parts ground oatmeal and deeply steeped, cooled chamomile tea. Add a little bit of honey and a drop of tea tree oil, and you’re ready to scrub. This recipe also works with spent coffee grounds in place of the oatmeal. Invigorating!
No matter what your skin type, you might enjoy following this up with a soothing green tea toner. Just steep the tea for about 10 minutes and let it cool. Put it in a spray bottle and spritz on or apply with a clean cloth. Voila!
Have you guys made any great facial scrubs or toners? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

DIY Face scrub
Rather than buy a pricey face scrub in a single use plastic container, why not whip up your own homemade face scrub with ingredients from the pantry?
It took all of 5 minutes to make this scrub, and I can’t wait to start exfoliating! You might be tempted to go for a bigger batch, but because this is food-based you want smaller batches that you replace a bit more frequently. Better to make this once a week or so than to realize that your face scrub is spoilt, right?


  • 1/4 Oatmeal (I used quick oats, but if you use whole rolled oats, you’ll want to run them through the food processor to break them up a bit.  You just want them ground up coarsely, so they’ll absorb the honey and the oils.)
  • 2 table spoon honey
  • 10 drops of tea tree and lavender essential oil blend (or 5 drops each, if you don’t have a blended oil)

1. In a small glass jar, combine the oats and honey, stirring to combine them really well. Be patient when you’re mixing – it takes a few minutes of stirring for the oats to absorb the moisture.
add essential oil

2. Drop the oil into the jar, and stir again to combine really well.
3. Apply the scrub in the shower after you wash your face, rubbing in a circular motion with your fingers or a damp wash cloth.
The beauty of this homemade face scrub is that you can really have fun with the substitutions. Don’t have oatmeal handy? Try coffee grounds or cornmeal instead! Allergic to lavender?  Leave it out or substitute with another essential oil. The beauty of lavender and tea tree is that they have antiseptic properties, which helps kill the bacteria that often cause breakouts and helps keep the scrub from spoiling. Other oils with antiseptic properties are: peppermint, lemon, oregano, geranium, and thyme. Mix things up and have fun with it!