November 12, 2013

Making a Homemade Facial Scrub

I love exfoliating my skin. Since my skin is so dry, at the end of the week, I can really see the dullness of this layer of dead skin that makes me feel very blah. A good scrub leaves my skin renewed and fresh, giving me energy and more confidence. My favorite scrubs have always been when I'm at the salon having a professional facial. Since I only splurge on a facial once or twice a year, I've had to make do at home.

Usually I go with commercial scrubs and exfoliants, particularly from Olay and St. Ives, but every once and a while, I remember how easy it is to make a scrub at home from ingredients in my kitchen. Why I don't do this all the time, I do not know!

It's important to remember that everyone's skin is unique. What works for me or someone else may not work for your skin. I have very dry skin that really doesn't slough off without a good weekly scrub, and occasional hormonal acne, so my homemade scrub is designed to help with bacteria, scrub well, and rehydrate.

Samantha's Super Dry Skin Scrub
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1-2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • olive oil

First, mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl.


Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of buttermilk until you have a texture like school paste (below).


Finish by adding enough olive oil to get a thick, scrub-like consistency (below). You can try other oils, like safflower, which is very calming.


Gently rub the scrub around the skin on your face. The sea salt can be quite rough, so be cafeful not to rub too hard. If your skin is very sensitive, you may want to skip the salt and run the sugar through a food processor before mixing the ingredients.


Be sure to rinse very well because while sea salt is great for scrubbing off that layer of dead skin, it can really be irritating. 

If you'd like to try other homemade scrubs, check out Icebee's 3 Best Facial Scrub Recipes for oily skin. Andrea from Homemade for Elle has a fabulous list of 10 Simple Exfoliating Face Scrubs, many that would be beneficial for those with very dry skin.

If you're not ready to make your own scrub, don't worry. There are two great, inexpensive scrubs I'd suggest:

Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Smoothing Scrubhttp://us.boots.com/product/4386 would be great for any type of skin, but especially for those with oily skin. If you have dry skin like me, I'd recommend Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Scrub. Both of these products are less than $10, available either at your local store or online.

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