No matter how diligent you are in your skincare, there are some days when your skin just needs a little extra 'something'. It is natural for your skin to get dead skin cell build up that can make your skin texture appear less than smooth. Cue in, scrubs. You all know that you have to exfoliate once a week, right? But do you know why using a scrub is important? Firstly, a scrub removes dead skin cell build-up and unclogs pores, lifting away excess sebum. Secondly, a scrub makes it easy for your skincare to seep into the skin by removing any dirt and dry skin patches that would act as barriers.
Did you know it is important to exfoliate your face twice a week? While overdoing it can irritate and damage your skin, using gentle, natural, homemade face scrubs a few times a week can improve blood circulation leading to a healthy glow and give you that soft and smooth skin you've always wanted.
If you have not explored the world of scrubs and don't know if they would suit your skin or not, why not give these safe, easy DIY scrubs a try and see how you get along? We’re going to tell you how to make homemade face scrubs for every skin type and concern. Scroll down to find your skin type and concern and get going.
Face scrub for oily skin
Concern – Blackheads
Oily skin comes with a lot of problems but one of the most annoying are blackheads. Getting rid of blackheads is essential because if not cleaned on a regular basis it can lead to breakouts and enlarged pores. A homemade face scrub can easily remove blackheads and give you clear, smooth skin.
How to make:
- Mix one tablespoon each of ground coffee and yogurt together in a bowl.
- Now take this paste on your fingertips and gently scrub your face for a minute or two, focussing on the T-zone.
- Leave it on for five minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
- Pat dry and apply a water or gel based moisturiser to prevent dryness.
Concern – Excess oil
Excess sebum production is another concern associated with oily skin. If you spend a major part of your day blotting away excess oil from your face, we know your struggle. That’s why we’ve found this amazing homemade face scrub that will not only exfoliate your skin but will also remove excess oil and bring down sebum production. Getting rid of excess oil from the skin will keep most problems associated with oily skin at bay.
How to make:
- In a bowl add one tablespoon ground rice, a pinch of baking soda and one teaspoon honey.
- Mix well and apply the paste all over your face and neck and gently scrub.
- Do this for two to three minutes and then wash with cool water.
- Repeat this twice a week to get the best results.
Face scrub for dry skin
Concern – Rough texture
When it comes to dry skin a lot of people skip exfoliation, thinking it will irritate the skin or make it drier. However, you should know that exfoliation is an important step of every skincare routine, irrespective of skin type. Although the scrub used for each skin type is different, here’s how you can make a homemade face scrub for dry skin if your skin feels rough.
How to make:
- In a bowl take one tablespoon of cleansing cream or milk, you can also use fresh cream.
- Now add two tablespoon of finely ground sugar and mix well until you get a paste.
- Apply this gritty mixture on your face and gently scrub in circular motions, avoiding the eye area.
- Now take a wet washcloth and use it to remove the scrub from your face.
- End this exfoliation process by splashing cold water to close all the open pores.
Concern – Flaky skin
Flaky skin can be quite annoying to deal with, especially in winter when you try every possible moisturiser but nothing seems to work. Sometimes all you need is some natural ingredients and a pamper session to get rid of flaky skin to ensure your moisturiser is absorbed by the skin. This homemade face scrub will remove flakes from your skin and leave you with soft and smooth skin.
How to make:
- Take one tablespoon coconut oil and add two tablespoon of sugar in a bowl.
- Mix both ingredients well to form a gritty paste.
- Now scrub your face and neck using this mixture in gentle circular motions for a few minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry using a soft washcloth.
- Apply a moisturiser and allow your skin to absorb it completely.
Face scrub for mature skin
Concern – Fine lines and wrinkles
Signs of ageing have started appearing sooner than they used to in the past. A lot of factors are to be blamed for this —pollution, poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, improper skincare routine —are all to be blamed. Wrinkles and fine lines look more evident when your skin is covered with dead skin cells therefore using a homemade face scrub can really help in bringing that youthful look back.
How to make:
- In a bowl add two tablespoons of brown sugar and olive oil. Now mix one tablespoon of cocoa powder to it and mix well.
- Take a generous amount and start scrubbing gently onto your face and neck in circular motions for about a minute or two.
- Allow it to rest on your skin for 10 minutes and wash with cool water.
- Pat dry and apply a moisturiser formulated for ageing skin.
Concern – Blemishes
Blemishes can appear at any age, however, they’re prevalent among those with mature skin. Sun spots, blemishes and uneven skin tone are all concerns associated with mature and ageing skin. Want to know how to tackle all these problems at once? With a homemade face scrub!
How to make:
- Cut a fresh tomato in four pieces.
- Now take one quarter and dip it in brown sugar and gently rub the piece in circular motions onto cleansed face and neck. Be careful around the eye area.
- Leave it on for about five minutes.
- Now use another quarter of tomato without the sugar and massage in circular motions to cover your face with the juice of tomato.
- Allow it to dry for a few minutes and then wash off with cool water.
- Pat skin dry with a soft towel.
Written by Sanya Hamdani on May 19, 2020
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.