The true and ultimate form of relaxation is when you have that long-awaited hot shower after oiling your hair, masking your face and of course exfoliating your skin. It helps peel off the dead skin, tiredness and dullness from your skin, bringing the healthy glow back to life. While your daily cleansing and moisturizing help clean the skin, your skin also needs a little extra pampering and exfoliation.  Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells and other remaining impurities. It also helps keep my complexion clear and my skin looking healthy. 

There are several skincare products in the market,  but nothing can match the results when using a homemade face scrub. They are free from chemicals and preservatives. Made in front of your eyes with 100% natural products, you can trust these products. Homemade products save money, time and give effective results whether it is a moisturizer, cleanser or scrub.

What Is Exfoliation And Why Must It Be Included In Your Skincare Routine?

Exfoliation is the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be performed using homemade face scrub on the skin or chemically, using special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing. Ingredients like honey and olive oil work well as a homemade face scrub for dry skin. They are the key ingredients for most homemade face scrub for dry skin and work effectively. 

Using a face scrub at home and weekly exfoliation helps in various ways 

  • Minimises blemishes and breakouts
  • Improve skin hydration and moisture levels
  • Challenge your skin’s ageing process
  • Stimulate blood flow
  • Improves complexion 
  • Gives skin a healthy natural glow

How To Exfoliate?

One must exfoliate their skin twice a week, keeping in mind to use gentle face scrub at home. Being too harsh on your skin can lead to cuts and microtears. 

Lathering up and exfoliating your skin during your morning shower or night-time bath is considered the best. Exfoliate in circular motions for 20-30 secs and rinse. Avoid exfoliating if you have any cuts, open wounds or sunburn on your skin, to not further irritate your skin. Over exfoliation can disrupt your skin’s natural oil production. 

DIY Face Scrub Recipes

1. Cinnamon- Honey Scrub 

To get rid of your stubborn acne and marks, this is the best homemade face scrub for acne-prone skin. The combo of honey and cinnamon as a homemade face scrub for acne will not only clear the pores but will also add a glow to the skin. It is best for soothing inflamed skin. The antibacterial properties of both honey and cinnamon can help reduce breakouts. This is also a homemade scrub for glowing skin.  Using honey masks for skin also helps in adding extra moisture and glow to your skin. 

What You Need:

  • 3 tbsps of raw organic honey 
  • 1 tbsp of freshly ground cinnamon (dalchini)

How You Do It:

  1. Mix the honey with cinnamon powder into a fine smooth paste
  2. Using a brush, apply this evenly over your face. Scrub gently in circular motions and wash off with cold water after 7 to 8 minutes. 
  3. Wash your face with a cleanser if needed, and moisturize. 

2. Chocolate Face Scrub

This homemade face scrub for oily skin is very simple and delicious. A chocolate homemade face scrub for oily skin is perfect. Chocolate is high in antioxidants and has anti-ageing properties. It also increases the production of collagen, hydrates skin and imparts a glow to the face making it silky soft.

What You Need: 

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

How you do it:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  
  2. Lather generously onto a clean face, rubbing gently into the skin for 60 seconds.
  3. Allow it to set on the skin for 10 minutes, if desired, then rinse clean with warm water.

3. Honey, Lemon And Sugar Scrub 

When it comes to homemade face scrub for blackheads, this DIY face scrub is the best! Infused with natural exfoliants that remove dead skin cells, lemon helps clear up blackheads, acne, and discolouration. Honey, also works as a natural antioxidant, helps moisturise and heal inflamed skin. This is the go-to homemade face scrub for blackheads. 

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey

How You Do It: 

  1. Mix one cup sugar, half cup olive oil and one tablespoon honey.
  2. To this, add the juice of one big lemon. Stir vigorously for some time.
  3. Apply on your face and scrub for a few minutes before washing with cold water.
  4. Make sure you don’t leave on the scrub for too long as it might make the skin flaky.

4. Green Tea and Honey Face scrub

Along with being a natural sweetener, honey works as an excellent moisturizer. The antioxidants present in green tea helps in acne and inflammation. And adding green tea to your homemade face scrub with honey is sure to boost your skin. Homemade face scrub with honey and green tea repairs scar tissues prevents wrinkles and blemishes and also doubles as a sunblock.

What You Need:

  • 7-8 green tea bags 
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey

How You Do It: 

  1. Cut open your green tea bags and scoop out the contents. You could also recycle the ones that have already been used.
  2. To this add sugar and honey and make a thick, gritty paste.
  3. Apply this evenly over your face and scrub for 5 to 6 minutes, focusing on the dry spots.
  4. Wash off with cold water. Pat dry and finish with a moisturising lotion or serum.

5. Coffee Scrub

If you are a coffee drinker and love your cup of joe, then this DIY coffee scrub for the face is a must! This DIY coffee scrub for the face contains the goodness of coffee that improves blood circulation and stimulates the skin to add radiance and youthfulness. Hence, it could also act as a homemade scrub for glowing skin. It also contains antioxidants, protects against UV damage and prevents moisture loss. Coffee is also a star ingredient for hair masks and treatments. 

What You Need: 

  • 3 tsp of ground coffee
  • ½ cup of curd (dahi)
  • 1 tsp honey

How You Do It:

  1. Mix coffee along with curds.
  2. Blend in a mixer and leave aside for five minutes.
  3. Once the mixture thickens, add honey and mix well.
  4. Apply this mixture on the face and scrub in upward circular movements for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Wash off with cold water. 

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often do you exfoliate your face?

A: Over-exfoliating is something we all are guilty of doing. This could do more harm to your skin than repair it. Exfoliating your face twice a week is enough for normal skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin, once a week is ideal. For people with oily skin, exfoliating your skin more than twice a week is recommended.

Q. Are there any side effects of DIY homemade face scrub?

A: DIY homemade scrubs are best for the skin and usually do not have any side effects. Unless you are allergic to the ingredient or have sensitive skin. Use a face scrub as per your skin type. If you happen to have a razor cut or bruises, steer clear from salt scrubs as it will aggravate the condition and burn the skin

Q: What to do after exfoliating your skin?

A: Moisturise! While DIY face scrubs and exfoliators do not strip away your face oils, it is essential to moisturise your skin. Make sure to wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Adding a serum to your routine would also work beautifully!

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