If you’ve ever did an at-home facial, you know that exfoliating is one of the crucial steps to a healthy, glowing skin. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s outermost layer. A deep exfoliation will help un-clog your pores and remove the dirt.
Furthermore, exfoliating helps other facial products work better. Think of it like this, if your pores are clogged and there’s a layer of dead skin cells on your skin all the moisturizers and serums won’t be as effective.
Benefits of exfoliating
- reveals healthier younger looking skin
- reduces breakouts and acne
- minimises pores
- decreases blackheads
- minimises hyperpigmentation and fine lines
- helps with hydration
- no streaks or weird patches when you apply make up
How Often Should I Exfoliate?
There are different ways of exfoliating but since this post is about DIY scrubs, I’ll focus on the scrub technique. The skin on our face is much more sensitive than the rest of our body. Therefore only light, gentle scrubs should be used and no more than once a week.
However, you may read in other articles that it depends on each individual. Nobody can tell how your skin is going to react so that’s up to you to figure out. Personally, I exfoliate my face once a week or once in two weeks. My skin is very sensitive and I don’t want to go overboard.
On the other hand, when exfoliating your body you can do it once or twice a week. If your skin is naturally quite oily or you live in a warm, humid area you may notice that you can exfoliate more often as opposed to during winter when your skin is naturally drier.
After looking at some of the basic things about exfoliating I think it’s time we get into these DIY recipes. Although, before we actually start making them I want to quickly talk about the ingredients we’ll be using. The purpose of this is to inform you so you understand how each ingredient works. If you’re not interested in that and simply want to see the recipes click here.
Scrub Ingredients & Their Benefits
Honey can do wonders for your skin because it is naturally antibacterial. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, therefore it is great for acne treatment and reducing the appearance of scars. Honey is full of antioxidants which make it great for slowing down the aging signs on your face. It is extremely moisturizing and soothing and it helps in tissue regeneration.
In this DIY recipe lemon, well, lemon juice acts as a skin brightener. Furthermore, it can help fight acne and reduce excess skin oil. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid so they can help brighten and lighten the skin over time.
Because of its texture, sugar works as a great exfoliator. It removes dead skin cells in a gentle way, leaving your skin feeling refreshed, nourished and baby smooth. Sugar is humectant and what this means is that it retains moisture and won’t leave your skin feeling dry. If you have very sensitive skin opt for brown sugar instead of white as brown sugar is gentler.
Mmm, the smell of coffee…it’s something special, isn’t it? Exactly that scent is one of the benefits of using coffee in your homemade DIY scrubs. Coffee scent is aromatherapeautic; it helps clear your thoughts and improves your mood.
In addition, coffee is rich in antioxidants which means it can help prevent premature aging. Caffeine can increase the blood flow and help fight cellulite. Coffee makes a great gentle exfoliator due to its slightly coarse nature.
For the recipe I have used fine sea salt but if you want to you can use Epsom salt instead. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium which can help reduce inflammation. On the other hand, sea salt is full of minerals that are beneficial to your skin.
Both salts have antiseptic qualities and act as exfoliators. Any exfoliator helps increase blood flow, gives skin a natural glow, tightens the skin and evens out skin tone.
Those are all the ingredients we will be using so if you’re ready let’s start with our DIY scrubs.
Honey and Lemon Face Scrub
70 g sugar
2 teaspoons raw honey*
1/3 of lemon juice from one half of lemon
Place sugar in a mixing bowl then add lemon juice. Mix the two ingredients well with a spoon then add raw honey. Once again mix all the ingredients and once everything is well combined pour it into an air tight container.
*the only honey I had in my cupboard when making this recipe was honey with lavender that’s why it looks so different
How To Use:
Wash your face with your usual daily cleansing gel. Skip the part where you pat dry your face with the towel and take a generous scoop of your awesome DIY face scrub. Apply it to wet face. Gently make small circles with your fingertips as you massage the skin of your face.
AVOID the area around your eyes but feel free to scrub your eyebrows. That area is often neglected but definitely needs some attention as well. Once you’re done exfoliating leave the scrub on your face for 5 minutes.
This will allow all the ingredients to do some extra magic to your face. After 5 minutes rinse off with lukewarm/cold water and pat dry with a towel. Apply a moisturizing cream and enjoy feeling fresh and soft.
Coffee Body Scrub
100 g fine sea salt
50 g coffee grounds
3 tablespoons raw honey
Place salt and coffee grounds in a mixing bowl and mix until they’re well combined. Add raw honey and once again mix everything together until you reach that scrub like texture. Pour the mixture into an air tight container and you’re done.
How To Use:
Get naked and get in the shower. Let the water run down your body as you get relaxed. Now is the time to apply the scrub. Wait, turn the water off first! 😉 okay, take a generous scoop of this lovely coffee scrub and rub all over your body (neck – yes, face – no).
Massage the areas where you feel the most tension in. Once you’re finished rinse off and put on your usual shower gel. When you’re out of the shower apply body lotion and admire your soft skin.
DISCLAIMER: The measurements for both recipes are based on the jars you see in the pictures. The way I did this for face scrub is I firstly poured sugar half way in the jar. I then took it out and weighed it. I squeezed the juice from one half of the lemon but poured it little by little so the scrub doesn’t become too runny. Afterwards I added honey.
I did the same thing for body scrub. Firstly I put salt half way in the jar, took it out, measured it then poured into mixing bowl. Later I put coffee grounds half way in the jar then added to the mixing bowl. After that I added honey.
Feel free to follow the measurements for guidance purposes but also feel free to do this method so it fits your little jars/containers 🙂
Things To Keep In Mind
- apply scrubs to wet skin/face
- do not use scrubs on wounded/irritated skin
- wait 24 hours after exfoliating before exposing your skin to sun’s rays
- exfoliate before shaving not after
- microbeads found in most store bought scrubs pollute rivers, lakes and oceans
- little redness can occur after exfoliating but should go away within minutes
If you guys are interested there’s a pretty similar way to make your own lip scrub and it’s delicious too 😉 Also, the label for coffee body scrub was downloaded from here and the one for face scrub was made on my own.