We love digging into our fridges and cupboards for all-natural DIY skincare. Now that summer is in full swing, we should probably start giving our skin the TLC it deserves. Yep, we’re guilty of winter skin neglect just like everyone else. Skipped shaving, check. Chipped toenails, check. Dry patchy skin, check, check, check. Time to get that under control. Here are 1o easy-to-make all-natural skin exfoliators you can make at home in a snap! These recipes are all for single use quantity, but you can make as much as you want by multiplying the ingredients and storing in a mason jar. Best of all, you can use all these recipes on your entire body, including your face.
Cellulite-Busting Coffee Scrub
Soak a 1/2 cup of coffee in just enough hot water to create a paste. Add a 1/4 cup of olive and a 1/2 cup of sugar and mix together until it creates a paste. Scrub all over body and allow to sit on troubled areas for approximately 10 minutes.
Sugar & Honey Scrub
This recipe is so simple to make and will leave your skin silky smooth. It’s especially great for acne-prone skin. Mix equal parts honey and sugar and apply to skin for 10 minutes. The great thing about this scrub is that you can create larger batches that will last a month or two.
Baking Soda & Olive Oil
This scrub is great for all skin types, especially those that are dry and sensitive. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of olive oil until you create a paste. You can store remaining product for up to a month.
Oatmeal & Coconut Oil
Here’s another great recipe for soothing dry, irritated skin. Soak 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1/4 cup of water until it softens. Heat up 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for about 10 seconds or until liquified. Mix together and apply in the shower to allow the coconut oil to heat up and soften.
Lemon Juice, Sugar, Oatmeal
This recipe is great for dark spots, hyperpigmentation and acne. Mix 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of oatmeal. Add 3/4 cup of water until you create a paste.
Epsom Salt & Olive Oil
This recipe is great for not just exfoliating but for soaking sore muscles in a tub. Epsom salt is known for its detoxifying and pain-relieving properties. It’s excellent for soaking after an injury, workout or for relieving arthritis. This recipe is best used on the body as the large salt crystals may be too big and rough for facial skin. Mix equal parts olive oil and Epsom salt and apply all over body or soak for 10-20 minutes.
Yogurt & Honey
We often assume that in order to exfoliate we need to have grounds or texture, but that’s not the case. Yogurt, which contains naturally occurring lactic acid is highly exfoliating. Honey is also an excellent exfoliator and humectant for the skin. These two power ingredients together make an incredible, non-abrasive exfoliant. Mix equal parts honey and yogurt and apply all over for 10-15 minutes. This scrub is perishable so we only recommend it for single use.
Mix it Up
This list is a great start for basic ingredients to making homemade scrubs. Feel free to experiment and mix and match ingredients. Some people like to add essential oils for fragrance; however take caution as some essential oils can irritate skin. Other beneficial ingredients worth mentioning include strawberries, pineapple, and tomato. These fruits all have antioxidant and exfoliating properties, but like yogurt, they’re perishable, so we don’t recommend them if you’re storing your homemade scrubs for more than a day.
photo via: Craftberry Bush