Tired and disappointed with the in-effectiveness, overpricing, toxic load and side effects of commercial facial scrubs more and more people are now finding their new alternatives that beats all the cons of a commercially formulated face scrub. The present era is witnessing returning to the roots approach of people, which is very well apparent in the world of beauty products too, and this is what gives me a valid reason and a strong encouragement to write this post where in I will be discussing the basics of making homemade face scrubs with the exfoliants available in the kitchen.
Face scrubs, whether natural, herbal or cosmetic are used to exfoliate the skin using a technique called scrubbing, i.e gently massaging the scrub on the skin. By doing this we aim to ward off the dead cells from the surface of the skin and cleaning the clogged pores, allowing the skin to breathe. The scrub not only removes the dead cells but also helps the nourishment (present in the scrub itself eg. vitamin E oil) seep into the skin through the pores.
In the quest of making your own face scrub at home, you will be using the wonder ingredients present in your kitchen itself, all the ingredients used in the homemade face scrubs are purely natural and you do not need to make any extra effort in procuring them. And let me assure you that natural scrubs, even face packs for that matter are no less in terms of effectiveness, they will give you a natural spa experience and a soothing aroma that is your best choice.
Why Make Homemade face scrubs
when I have plenty of them readily available
The biggest plus point that makes homemade scrubs a winner is that it is NATURAL, it does not contain any unnatural, synthetic, and chemical ingredients that impose danger to your skin and even expose your skin to toxins after each use. Talking about the effectiveness, yes the homemade scrubs are excellent they work amazingly on the rough skin, leaving it clean and soft, dead cells free and well exfoliated.
Convinced ! Now How To Do It ?
The process of making a natural scrub begins with choosing your ingredients, the ingredients will usually depend on factors like the purpose of making the scrub, the availability of ingredients and your personal choice (considering the allergies too) and even your skin type. Once you have all the ingredients you will require other tools like mixing bowl, spatula or a spoon and a jar to store the batch. Now that you are fully armed you are all set to get your hands dirty.
The Basic Formula for Making Homemade Face Scrub Naturally At
1 part of Exfoliant
1/2 part of the Carrier Liquid
Add Ins to Jazz it up
The Exfoliant sloughs away the dead cells and clears up the pores by removing the clogged dirt and oil the aiding in prevention of breakouts.
Some Best Natural Exfoliants For DIY Scrubs Are
- Sugar : This is one of the most common exfoliant used in diy scrub recipes, other being the Salt. Use pure cane sugar to make your scrub.
- Salt : Salt seconds Sugar, sea salt is gaining popularity both in kitchen and in skin care products, they are used in a variety of bath salts, scrubs and exfoliators. They help retain moisture and provide smoothness to the skin. Much care should be taken while choosing the Sea salt for using it in a scrub. The salt crystals should have smooth edges, as sharp edges may scratch the skin, smooth crystals will gently slough off the dead cells without hurting the skin. If used harshly, Sea salt may cause stinging.
- Coffee : Coffee can help you in your battle against cellulite, it also helps to reduce water retention. A simple coffee and Honey scrub can help you fade out the stretch marks. Coffee is believe to reduce the appearance of cellulite thus it is among the most popular ingredients for making face and body scrubs and even several other spa treatments.
- Oatmeal : Oatmeal is probably the gentlest exfoliant and thus it ir perfect for sensitive skin. It has anti inflammatory properties and it can help to deal with the symptoms of aging.
- Baking Soda : This wonder ingredient has numerous benefits for skin, it is an excellent cleanser, it makes a perfect natural deodorant, can be used a anti-fungal foot soak to get rid of foot odor and is used as a scrub too. It is very good for combating oiliness of skin, it will maintain the pH level of skin and absorb the excess oil.
The Liquids (The Carriers)
- Honey : This ingredient is widely known as an alternate sweetener but you will be surprised to know the benefits of honey for skin and hair. It is a natural antibacterial ingredients thus can help in preventing breakouts, honey is full of antioxidants thus it promotes cell renewal and slows down aging of the skin.
- Carrier Oils : There is a wide variety of oils to choose from, it depends on your personal choice. Some commonly used oils to make face scrub are sweet almond oil, sesame oil and olive oil.
- Milk : We all know that milk has the ability to cleanse the skin ( as we have been using cleansing milk since forever ), but very few know that the Lactic acid present in the milk can easily remove dead cells from the skin. It is a perfect solution for bringing dull n dry skin back to life. The milk based scrubs should be made on for immediate use as you cannot store these scrubs
The Enriching Add Ins
Essential Oils : Essential oils are the highly concentrated, aromatic essences of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, resins and flowers. Some popular essential oils are Lavender, Rose, Tea Tree, Vanilla and the list goes on.
Cocoa : You can add melted chocolate or cocoa powder to jazz up your scrub.
Citrus juices and zest
Citrus fruits are rich source of Vitamin C, You can add few drops of lemon, lime, orange , Grapefruit juice or even the zest from the rind (peel).
To give a splash of fruity freshness to your DIY face scrub, add the pulp of seasonal tropical fruits like Mango, Papaya, Guava, Kiwi etc. etc. etc.
How to Make Homemade Facial Scrub
One you have chosen your combination of ingredients you just need mix the ingredient in a bowl and transfer it to the jar to sit in the shelf until you use it. Some points to keep in mind while putting up a homemade face scrub are
- Always use correct quantity to achieve the right consistency as we neither want our scrub to be too runny nor should it be too thick as it gets difficult to smear and scrub on face
- Choose right for your type okayyy I know it sounds like a spin off of Eat Right for Your Type , excuse me for that but this is the rule, you must know your skin type and choose the ingredients accordingly
- Avoid everything that can cause allergy
- Use clean containers to store the scrub as dirt and germs may cause the scrub go rancid soon
- If you are living in countries where the weather is usually hot, consider storing the scrub in a refrigerator.
How to Use Homemade Face Scrub
Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser to remove the dirt from the top layer of the skin
Take a small amount of your scrub in your fingers and smear on a segment of face eg. chin or forehead
Always work the scrub in upward – outward circular motion
Be very gentle while scrubbing, do not apply pressure and the dead cells will be removed by the granules and not by strength
Use the scrub not more than twice a week
Observe the effect of scrubbing on your face, if you feel your skin is not happy with it drop the regime
5 Everyday Homemade Face Exfoliator Recipes
Lemon Sugar Honey scrub
Coffee vanilla Scrub
Oatmeal walnut Olive oil scrub
Take equal quantities of oatmeal and walnut powder (ground walnut), add Olive oil till you get the desired consistency of a scrub and mix well. Let it rest for 2 hours to allow the ingredients amalgamate well. To make it more enriching add few drops of Vitamin E Oil.
Sea Salt + Lavender scrub
Sugar Milk and Honey scrub
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DIY Walnut Facial Scrub Recipe
Walnut and Apricot scrubs are the most popular scrubs available in the market sold by several brands so I just thought if I could blend a homemade version of walnut scrub. After a lot of contemplation I gave it a try and the result was quite good. I picked up a few of my favorite ingredients and put them all together and the result was this fragrant scrub. While going through the ingredients of one popular walnut scrub brand I was amazed to see that the walnut scrub did not contain the nut but the particles were actually of the shell. Here in this recipe of homemade walnut scrub we will be making use of both walnut paste and walnut shells to reveal that supple, clean glowing skin hiding under the dead cells, makeup residue and settled dirt.
Why Use The Walnut Scrub On Face
Walnuts or Akhrots are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids which helps the skin to retain moisture, by locking in the moisture this scrub helps you achieve that wrinkle free skin you ever longed for. Walnuts also contain Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that will make the skin soft and supple. The EFA in the walnuts also help in combating inflammation and other skin problems like Acne and Psoriasis. I hope now you realize why commercial walnut scrubs are so popular.
The Recipe Calls For
Just like any other homemade scrub this scrub also comprises of an exfoliating substance, a medium or carrier and fragrance, to learn more about making homemade scrubs read our complete guide on it.
Walnut 1 no. (grind it to paste)
Vanilla Essential Oil
Sterilized container to store the scrub
To save the time and effort in making walnut shel powder you can buy this Natural Walnut Shell Powder for Scrub Formulation
The Recipe For Making Homemade Walnut Scrub For Clean Glowing Skin
First step in the making of this DIY facial scrub is the preparation of our prime ingredient which happens to be walnut shells in this case. Grind walnut shells till you get fine particles, do not make it into a fine powder as we are preparing a scrub here and not a face pack. Mix it with honey preferably raw honey, walnut paste and add the Amla juice (Indian Gooseberry juice). Amla juice is known to have anti ageing properties and it also tightens the pores. The best way to use Amla for glowing skin is drinking Amla juice every morning empty stomach.
Coming back to the scrub, once you have mixed all the three ingredients very well pour the mixture into a jar, now finally add few drops of Vanilla essential oil and stir to blend the oil in your walnut scrub.
How To Use Walnut Face Scrub
Take a small quantity of the scrub in your fingertips and start scrubbing from your jawline gradually moving upwards. Gently scrub your face for not more than 7 minutes. Leave the scrub for 5 more minutes then rinse off.
This all natural homemade walnut Scrub for face will exfoliate the skin, make it fresh and clean, remove dead cells from the surface of the skin and Amla will tighten the pores. Throughout your scrubbing session you will enjoy the lovely fragrance of Vanilla Essential Oil.
Benefits of Using Homemade Walnut Scrub
This diy walnut scrub is perfect to try on weekends as they will certainly consume some of your precious time what makes it worth a try is the fantastic affect that it makes to the skin .
1. This walnut scrub will exfoliate the skin leaving it clean and fresh
2. Amla will bestow anti aging properties on the skin.
3. Walnut paste will hydrate the skin.
I just tried one more version of walnut scrub, enriched with vitamin E oil and the goodness of oatmeal, it is simple, fun and yes of-course, effective.
The DIY Oatmeal Walnut Scrub Recipe
I have already shared a recipe for body scrub recipe with oatmeal, but I never had used it in a face scrub, having done it now I am sure to use is again.
It is very simple to make unlike the previous one which required some extra effort for working up the walnut shells. In this recipe I am using slightly coarsely ground walnut.
The ingredients are
1/2 cup of Oatmeal
1/2 cup of ground walnut
Safflower Oil or any carrier oil of your choice , Sesame, sweet Almond Oil, Olive oil all will do just perfect.
1 Capsule of Vitamin E Oil
Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, squeeze out the content of one Vitamin E capsule into the mixture and blend it all once again, transfer the batch to a jar and dont forget to label it. Massage this scrub on your face and neck and then wash off. Apply moisturizer after it.
If you have your own recipe of walnut scrub, then I am eager to know it. Share It!
The Importance of Haldi (Turmeric in Indian Culture)
Among the various preparations that are done to make a wedding ceremony the perfect one, is one tradition that involves applying a turmeric paste on the bride’s body. Turmeric is considered auspicious in Indian culture and we Indians possibly make the most use of it. In India Turmeric is used as a spice in every household, it is also given a very high regard in our ancient medicine system i.e. Ayurveda. The classic Haldi ubtan for bride is not just a face pack or a beauty regime but in true essence it is a tradition that has been followed since time immemorial.
Haldi, Halad or Haridra all these names refer to the golden spice Turmeric which comes from the Ginger family. Turmeric is used to improve blood circulation, ensure digestive health and is also a very good and effective home remedy for cough and cold. Apart from numerous health benefits of Turmeric, it is also acknowledged as a beauty aid. It is used in several beauty formulations like sun screens, fairness pack, anti acne creams, antiseptic creams etc. and thus in an Indian wedding a whole ceremony is dedicated to Turmeric, to beautify a bride and groom prior to their wedding day.
The Haldi ubtan is applied on the arms, legs and face of the bride and is gently scrubbed and is followed by a customary bath. The Uban helps in brightening the skin and removing the tan, it also gives glow and radiance to the skin.
How To Make Haldi Ubtan For Bride
Ubtan is a paste made with different ingredients like besan, haldi, masoor dal powder, sandalwood powder, fuller’s Earth etc. to improve the complexion, smoothness and radiance of the skin. Using Turmeric in the ubtan will not only bestow glow and suppleness but will also help in treating pimples, fading the scars and killing the bacteria from the surface of the skin.
Also Read: Skin Brightening Masoor Dal Ubtan
The base of ubtan used by brides in Indian culture is Haldi, a few more ingredients are added to balance the intensity of turmeric and to make the ubtan more enriching for the skin.
To Make Haldi Ubtan You Will Need
1. Dried Turmeric Roots : 1 part
2. Besan (chikpea Flour) : 3 parts
3. Rose Water
4. For Dry Skin: Mustard Oil / Sesame Oil or Buttermilk
For Oily Skin : Lemon Juice
5. Sandal wood powder : 1 part
So if you take 1 tsp of haldi paste you must add 1 tsp of chandan or sandal wood powder and 3 tsp teaspoon of besan
The reason for adding the ingredient listed under no. 4 is to tackle the dryness that can be caused to the brides who already have dry skin. Those who do not have dry skin can delete the oil from this ubtan.
How To Make The Turmeric Paste For Bride (with sandalwood)
1. Soak the Turmeric roots for 24 hours so that they become soft and convenient to be ground or pounded. Pounding is the traditional approach applied while preparing Haldi paste for brides.
2. Make the paste from the soaked roots
3. In a bowl, mix turmeric paste, besan and chandan powder
4. Add rose water to adjust the consistency and finally the oil or buttermilk if you are willing to use it.
Voila you are ready with your pre-bridal Haldi ubtan, this ubtan can be used in Haldi ceremony and also as a face pack before wedding for that unparalleled glowing skin every bride deserves to flaunt on her big day.
If you find soaking and grinding turmeric roots a little tedious, you can replace the roots with turmeric powder. Ensure that you get your turmeric powder from a herbal store and not from the spice shelf of a supermarket.
If you loved this article Im sure you will also like to make your own bath powder i.e snan ubtan.
In Indian culture using ubtan has been a tradition followed since the vedic times, it was used by the queens and princesses as a pre-bath ritual, in modern times the store bought face packs and soaps have taken the place of traditional ubtan. In the present day the use of homemade ubtan (eg. the masoor dal ubtan) for skin glow and fairness is narrowed down to weddings only, and is used by the brides as she prepares herself to look the most beautiful on her big day.
However there are many women who still prefer to use homemade and natural face packs and body scrubs for their skin. Natural beauty recipes are gaining their glory back and a lot of women are now returning to the roots and have started showing interest in herbal and homemade preparations. Although the market is full with Herbal and Ayurvedic products but many of those contain preservatives which means they are not 100% chemical free.
Making a homemade ubtan is not as messy and time consuming as the homemade scrubs are, Ubtan can be prepared easily and stored, you can make it in small batches and use them twice a week. The recipe im sharing today is for skin brightening and for fading the dark spots and blemishes.
This Homemade Ubtan recipe prepared with masoor dal / red lentil /orange lentil as the base ingredients reaps the best results if applied twice a week, you will notice the difference after first application itself. it can be used by brides-to-be one month prior to their wedding or you can also use Haldi ubtan for bride if you are preparing to carry that unmatched radiant and flawless skin on your wedding.
Benefits of Using Red Lentil Ubtan For Skin
This ubtan / body pack will give your skin that radiance you ever wanted to flaunt. Masoor dal or Red lentil as it is called in English is a wonderful pack all by itself, combined with other marvelous ingredients its properties enhances and it becomes a complete nourishing body pack.
Nourish Your Skin
This ubtan howder will enrich your skin and make it flawless.
Naturally Brighten The Skin
The orange peel powder and rose petals will help is removing tan and make skin fairer and brighter.
Get the Smooth And Supple Skin
Has your skin lost its suppleness due to aging and exposure to environmental pollution? This body pack will help you get that childlike suppleness and smooth skin.
Reduce Dark Spots and Blemishes
It will also fade those dark spots and give you an even skin tone.
Homemade Masoor Dal and Orange Peel Ubtan For Fair Skin
This ubtan contains red lentils and orange peel and both these ingredients works good on dark spots and for skin brightening a few more ingredients will be added for smoothness and fragrance.
Masoor Dal (Red Lentil) ground to powder
Orange Peel Powder – dried and ground
Dried Rose petals
Sandal Wood Powder
Ubtan should be prepared as a paste just before application, but here we are making it in powdered form to make it more convenient and handy. The most precious thing today is time, so we will just be preparing a small batch in powdered form which can be hydrated before application by mixing it with water.
You can store this mixture in an airtight jar and keep it for a month. The only precaution that you need to take is that you dont drop water or put wet spoon in the ubtan powder as moisture will lead to fungus formation.
Grind the masoor dal and keep.
For making the orange peel powder dry some orange rinds and grind them in a grinder.
Crush the rose petals
Now Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
Making sandal wood powder at home is a lot of hard work so it is always wise and convenient to grab a pack of ready made but pure sandal wood powder. You can buy it from any Indian herbal / Ayurvedic store, it is known as Chandan Powder in India.
How To Use Masoor Dal Ubtan For Glowing Skin
Take the quantity that you will require for the application, now add water and make a smooth paste, if you are making only for face than make a thick paste. For using it as a body paste you will want to make it slightly thinner in consistency so as to ease the application. While using it as a body pack you can add Olive oil or sweet Almond oil to the paste, this makes the pack even more enriching.
Once your ubtan is ready, just smear it on your body and gently massage, leave it for 5-10 mins. (but dont let it dry) and then take your shower. Do not use any body wash or soap after rinsing off the ubtan.
A Body Scrub ! A Homemade Coffee Body Scrub ! Sounds insanely messy right ? Yes you are right it is, and with honey added it gets sticky too but result is something beyond imagination. We all know that spa treatments with coffee grounds are among the most expensive treatments and that’s why I love the whole idea of using homemade beauty products, the packs, the masks, shampoos and conditioners they are all fantastic and they a frugal. First of all let me tell you that this is not something in which a lot of people will want to indulge themselves in, yes, its messy and completely out of the box. Making your own body scrub using coffee is simple and the benefits are amazing and the results are awesome.
Making face packs and hair masks is very common but making your own body scrub is not every ones cup o joe. But yes there are some freaks out there who are madly in love with the art of making their own beauty care products at the comfort of their home.
Now that you have landed on this page Im pretty much sure that you are looking forward to get your hands dirty.
Lets Talk About Our Star Ingredient Here
Benefits of Using COFFEE on SKIN
The benefits of using coffee for skin is not a secret anymore and its widely used in making skin care products and beauty products including lotions, creams, scrubs and fragrances and hair colors.
Coffee Prevents Skin Ageing : It is loaded with skin friendly antioxidants which gives the coffee a good reason to be used in skin care regime.
Coffee Can Reduce Cellulite : However it is temporary solution for cellulite but still coffee has the potential to reduce the appearance of that ugly cellulite.
It Exfoliates the Skin: The consistency and texture of coffee grounds is perfect for an exfoliating scrub. Experts suggest that coffee has properties of encouraging collagen production thus giving the skin a smooth feel.
Coffee Brightens the Skin : Just like a cup of joe stimulates your senses and gives a fresh and energized start to your day, the caffeine present in it can energize the skin and improve circulation leaving your skin radiant and glowing.
The Essentials For Making Homemade Body Scrub With Coffee
To start with, let us first know the basic formula, which remains almost the same for the store bought body scrub too and the formula goes like this:
1. An Exfoliant:
which is coarse in texture
2. A Carrier Oil:
Which is a base oil and basically provides a medium to hold and combine the body scrub. It is less concentrated in nature and is usually extracted from the fatty part of a plant.
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Walnut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
Fragrance can be added both with fragrance oil and essential oil. To put it simple a few drops of essential oil must just do fine. Fragrance oils should be avoided as they are artificially prepared to mimic the fragrance of a natural ingredient.
Note that certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women.
If you have sensitive skin you must avoid certain allergy triggering essential oils, esp. Tea Tree oil. Citrus oils may lead to sun sensitivity in some.
#1 For Exfoliating the Skin : Salt And Coffee Body Scrub
Suggested Reads: Best Homemade Body Scrub Recipe
Things you need
Coffee (ground) – 2 Parts
Kosher Salt or sea salt – 1 part
Vitamin E capsule – 1 Capsule
Beauty Oil – You may use a beauty oil of your choice or any simple
massage oil will also do. take 1/2 part ( should be sufficient to dampen
massage oil will also do. take 1/2 part ( should be sufficient to dampen
Combine all the above listed ingredients and make a paste (no not make a very fine paste).
Combine all the above listed ingredients and make a paste (no not make a very fine paste).
How to apply
Apply the scrub all over the body. Massage very gently. This will leave your body smooth and soft.
#3 The Anti Cellulite Scrub: Vanilla Coffee Bcody Scrub
Caffeine is a classic ingredient that is used in many cellulite removal creams, caffeine tightens the skin which make it a perfect anti-cellulite ingredient.
1 cup Coffee Grounds
1 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or a vanilla pod can also be scraped
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Coconut Oil and a teaspoon full of olive oil
Melt the coconut oil and let it cool.
Take an airtight container and put all the powdered and dry ingredients. Close the container and shake well till everything get nicely mixed. Now open the lid of the container and pour in the oils. let the oils seep in and soak all the dry ingredients, at this stage you can adjust the quantity of oil keeping in mind the desired consistency.
Now add the vanilla extract and cover it. store in refrigerator and it shall go for a few weeks.
#3 Homemade recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Body Scrub
1 cup coffee grounds
1 Cup Raw Sugar
1 1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2-4 drops of Cinnamon Essential oil
Mix everything in a mixing bowl and the carrier oil and transfer it into an airtight jar. Cover the lid and store in cool place.
To apply this scrub, just take two tsp and smear and massage gently on the skin in circular motion, leave for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off.
The homemade Coffee body scrub is a wonderful way to exfoliate your skin. It is also said that the caffeine present in the coffee is a great remedy for treating cellulite. Thus it is believe that apart from exfoliating the skin coffee body scrub also helps in diminishing cellulite. Caffeine is used as a key ingredient in many cellulite eliminating creams and lotions. However there is another theory that contradicts this fact, according to which the caffeine present in the coffee slows down the metabolism rate of the body thus increasing the development of fat pocket.
Whatever be the relation of caffeine with cellulite one thing that is sure is that these Coffee Body Scrubs are indeed a luxury you can pamper yourself with, the skin exfoliation is super and it also makes a quick gift.
There are many other variations that can be used in the recipe of DIY coffee body scrub like:
You may use brown sugar instead of sea salt.
For beauty oil : almond oil, olive oil, grape seed oil etc.
Cocoa butter can also be added to the scrub
Some also use egg white in their coffee body scrub
So options are many just choose your best combination and make your own Homemade Coffee Body Scrub.