(or as a base ingredients/additions to a more complex scrubs)
Scrubs are something most of us use. Some only on the face, some all over the body and most of us occasionally on the face and on the body only when we are going to the spa. But scrubs should be part of the skincare routine to get healthy, radiant, fresh and firm skin.
To use scrubs you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive products – most of the scrubs you buy contain ingredients that exist in every kitchen. But the store-bought scrubs also contain chemicals.
Here is a list of the most common base materials in scrubs and how to make a quick scrub from any of them or combined, excellent in terms of results and very cheap.
Milk is an excellent addition to scrubs because it contains lactic acid that can help remove dead skin. Mix milk powder with water and rub the whole face/body.
Ground Almonds/Almond Oil
Ground almonds with tiny grains work great as a nutrient for the skin that nourishes it with natural oils and softens it, and the small grains act as the grainy substance in the scrub that cleanses the pores.
Almond oil (bought in nature stores) contains phytochemicals that help prevent acne and reduce sebum production by the skin. It also eliminates free radicals on the skin. As a result, the skin looks tighter, the pores smaller, and without blackheads.
Sugar is excellent for the skin because it has the ability to absorb moisture from the air and into the skin. When exfoliating, it’s very important to replace the natural oils that the skin loses following the shower with moisturizers and nutrients for the skin, and sugar helps with that.
In addition, sugar is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids that are very common in industrial cosmetics and scrubs.
Using sugar as a scrub actually combines two things – both removing dead skin cells and cleaning pores as the grainy substance in a scrub and as a nutrient. For oily skin mix the sugar with facial soap, and for normal to dry skin with water.
Any kind of salt can be an excellent scrubs. Although it’s a little too hard for people with delicate skin, they can still enjoy the benefits of salt as a scrub for the body’s skin and especially the rough areas such as knees, elbows and heels.
The salt is also excellent as a natural cleanser that cleanses the skin very thoroughly. It improves blood flow close to the skin surface, firms the skin and cleanses toxins from it. In addition, because of its shape it’s also used as the grainy substance in scrubs that removes the dead skin cells and cleanses the pores.
For the face use salt only with water or milk, and for the body, you can mix it with soap for deeper cleansing. For the face use fine salt (table salt) and for the body you can use kosher salt for deeper cleaning and peeling. For the coarse areas – elbows, knees etc. – it’s best to use only kosher salt.
Oatmeal naturally absorbs bacteria. It cleans deep inside the pores, thus cleaning the bacteria and excess sebum. It also nourishes the skin while cleaning it.
The quickest use of oatmeal as a facial scrub is to grind 2-3 tablespoons oatmeal in a coffee grinder, mix it with water and scrub your face and body. The results are amazing.
Yogurt is rich in a substance called Lactic acid (an acid that is created at the end of the energy production process in the cell). It brightens skin spots and cleanses sebum that sits deep in the pores. Sebum leads to excessive skin oiliness and acne, so it is important to clean it.
Although the yogurt itself does an excellent cleaning job, to make a scrub from it you have to add a grainy substance to it. You can add ground oatmeal, salt or sugar and scrub your face and whole body.
Honey is rich in antiseptic and antibacterial properties (deep disinfection of all types of pests), and kills the negative bacteria that sits on the skin.
After cleaning, it also restores the moisture the skin has lost. Like yogurt, honey needs the addition of a grainy ingredient when used in a scrub. Oatmeal, salt, sugar, ground almonds, etc. Mix together and scrub the face and body.
Soda is great as anti-acne. It has antiseptic properties that help fight bacteria and fungus. It dries out unnecessary sebum and returns softness and elasticity to the skin.
Baking soda, even though it’s very soft doesn’t need the addition of a grainy ingredient. It does a great job by itself.
Mix half a cup of baking soda with an eighth of a cup of water and continue stirring until you get a thick paste. Rub your face and body with it, for maximum results, it is recommended to massage the face with the soda for at least 5 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water (not hot) and dry your face with pats.
Peach has a substance called alpha-hydroxy acids. This substance removes dead skin cells and cleanses blackheads from the pores. It’s also rich in vitamin C and A that brighten and revitalize the skin.
Also, the almond that sits inside the peach’s kernel is good as the grainy substance (after grinding it) in a scrub.
For a quick face scrub grind two peaches in a blender (with the peal), break the kernel, and grind the almond that sits inside in a coffee grinder until a thin powder. Mix it all together and scrub your face.
Avocado is very rich in antioxidants and helps eliminate free radicals on the skin. Free radicals cause skin cells to die faster (and as a result should be exfoliated more frequently) causing spots to appear. In addition, avocados are rich in vitamin E, which also nourishes the skin, both eliminates free radicals and restores sun damage. The fatty acids in avocados nourish and clean the skin on a cellular level. The avocado’s kernel is also rich in excellent active ingredients and is also excellent as a deep-cleansing grainy substance.
The avocado itself is too soft as a scrub alone so it should be mixed with a grainy substance. Salt, sugar, oatmeal, ground almonds, etc. Each one of those does a great job for glowing, clean and youthful skin.
Or alternatively, mash an avocado, grind the kernel in a food processor, mix together and use as a scrub.
Coffee is one of the most amazing ingredients for exfoliating. You can use “new” ground coffee or even coffee after making a cup of black coffee with it. for dry and delicate skin use regular black coffee, and for regular to oily skin use an espresso coffee.
It does wonders in fighting cellulite because coffee-based peeling helps pump the blood to these areas better than any other scrub. Because of this feature it’s also excellent for facial skin and helps the skin look radiant and healthy.
Coffee is also rich in antioxidants and, therefore, very effective for fighting free radicals and skin aging.
The fastest scrub with coffee is simply to finish a cup of black coffee, wait for the coffee to cool down a little bit and rub it on your face. Amazing!
If you google it, you’ll find a lot of companies selling coffee scrubs for crazy prices! Why? Even if you don’t drink black coffee, someone else does and you can always take their coffee. I personally take leftover used espresso from a friend who has a café to do a full-body scrub.