To say that routinely exfoliating your skin is important is putting it mildly. Exfoliation is what aids in the removal of dead skin cells, allowing skin care products to penetrate better and makeup to go on more smoothly. Exfoliation is also what often gives people that “youthful glow.” The secret to good exfoliation is to be gentle! You don’t want to scrub so hard that you create micro-tears in your skin; you just want to slough off loose surface cells. So be gentle!
This is especially true for manual scrubs, which are much easier to abuse than chemical ones. The five scrubs listed below are all manual, meaning that they get their exfoliation power from some sort of granular substance, like sugar or coffee. The great thing about each of them, though, is that they are made from natural ingredients and use exfoliating granules that are bio-degradable.
In case you haven’t heard, the plastic microbeads that are commonly used in scrubs and dozens of other beauty products pose a major problem. About 800 trillion pieces of plastic are being dumped into our water each day in the form of microbeads alone. While these pieces of plastic are supposedly “safe” to ingest according to both the Food & Drug Administration and the American Dental Association (???), they are highly absorbent like sponges. In other words, they end up in our water, absorb toxins that are already in our water and sewage plants, and then transmit those toxins back to humans, plants, and animals upon being ingested. Yuck!
So not only will the following scrubs below give you the glow you crave, they are also better for the environment. Oh, and did I mention a lot of them use common, everyday ingredients? So they’ll each cost less than a scrub at Sephora. I say that’s a win-win situation all around.
Before we get to the list, here are some other posts you may enjoy:
Green Tea Exfoliator
This scrub not only brings you the exfoliating power of white sugar, it also has loads of antioxidants from green tea which have been proven to fight free radical damage to the skin.
From Live Simply.
Cleansing Charcoal Face Scrub
This is the perfect, detoxifying scrub for oiler skin types. Out of all the scrubs listed here, this one has a lot more ingredients but it will result in a more professional, store-bought consistency.
From Soap Queen.
Three Ingredient DIY Face Scrub
Yep, you read that right. Just three ingredients: sugar, baking soda, and coconut oil. The recipe as listed is unscented, but this face scrub would make an amazing base for any of your favorite essential oils like frankincense or geranium.
From Never Homemaker.
Coffee Face Scrub
This scrub uses both salt and coffee grounds as exfoliants and olive oil instead of coconut oil. If you are concerned about a greasy feeling on your face afterward, then this is the scrub for you!
From Miss Wish.
Oatmeal Honey Face Scrub
Honey is antibacterial and oatmeal is anti-inflammatory. Together, the two create a face scrub powerhouse that will calm and soothe the most irritated of skins.
From Dabbles & Babbles.
Don’t forget that you need some place to store your face scrubs. My favorite vessels are these Fido jars. They are so elegant and clean looking, and even though their glass, the tops are easy to pop off even with wet hands.
A Word About Curated Posts
The above is a curated post. Some people call them round-ups, but I like the phrase “curated post” a lot better because I have spent hours putting each of these lists together. I have been a Pinterest junkie for years, and I am always looking for the newest or best or most interesting DIY project out there. Finding these items, testing them, and then using them on a daily basis is so much fun AND, I have discovered, helps save me money.
So if you enjoyed this post, here are some others that you might like:
All-Natural Beauty DIYs
All Natural Personal Care DIYs
Healthy Living DIYs
And if you want to learn more about the dangers of plastic microbeads, see here.
Now, I want to hear from you! Are you excited to start making your own facial scrubs? What other beauty products do you want to DIY?
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