Of course you know that proper exfoliation should be an important part of your facial care routine. However, store-bought facial scrubs can be a bit pricey and often contain questionable ingredients. An easy and fun solution is to simply make your own custom, organic facial scrubs.
How to Keep It Organic
So, what exactly does organic mean? Well, organic crops are grown without any insecticides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or GMOs. Organic dairy products, meats, and eggs come from animals that were never given any antibiotics or growth hormones and only consumed organic feed.
If you want the end result of your homemade product to be totally organic, all that you need to do is make sure that each ingredient that you add is organic. That’s it!
Exfoliation involves the removing of dead skin cells, so a basic facial scrub should contain a course ingredient, such as raw sugar. Then, an oil such as avocado oil is mixed in to form a paste. Manufacturers use a kneader mixer to combine all the ingredients in big batches. At home you can use a wooden spoon. A basic rule of thumb is to use one part oil mixed with two parts of exfoliant. Adjust according to your liking.
Yes, it really is that easy! Your ingredient options are practically endless, limited only by your own imagination. If you need an example to get the creative juices flowing, here is a super easy recipe that will make enough for one application. Simply mix the two ingredients in the palm of your hand and gently apply to the face with small circular motions. Rinse well with warm water and a washcloth. Easy, right?
Now that you know the basics, it is time to get creative and find the right combination of ingredients for your particular skin type. Some awesome exfoliants include raw sugar, sea salt, brown sugar, baking soda, tea leaves, lemon zest, finely-ground oatmeal, and even used coffee grounds. Try experimenting with different oils too. Olive, jojoba, avocado, coconut, sunflower, and castor oil all are great oils to try. Whichever you try, just remember to keep it natural..
Of course each ingredient has its own unique properties, so know your skin type and choose ingredients that will benefit you the most. For example, if you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start off using ground oatmeal and olive oil, which are both quite gentle. Lavander is great for the skin.
Once you decide on your favorite basic recipe, it’s time to tweak it to perfection. You can try adding a tiny bit of honey for some additional moisturizing and antibacterial properties. A drop or two of a skin-safe essential oil like tea tree, rose, or lavender will provide a fantastic fragrance and benefit your skin as well. Kefir is full of beneficial bacteria and will leave skin nice and soft. Pumpkin pie spice is a delicious addition. Mashed banana will leave skin feeling extra smooth. The list could go on and on. Isn’t it great?
Let the Fun Begin
One of the best things about making your own organic facial scrubs is the fact that you can make as much or as little as you want. You can create the perfect combination that is just right for you, or you can whip up a totally unique batch each time. So get creative and have a great time customizing your scrub, and you will soon be enjoying brighter, more youthful-looking skin.