3-Ingredient DIY Scrubs You Should Try For Vibrant Skin


Creating Exfoliating Products From Household Ingredients

Ever seen anyone with naturally glowing skin? Exfoliation IS the key sis. Well, exfoliation and moisturizing. That’s the key to to keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy.

There are two methods used to remove dead, flaky, but unseen skin cells.

  1. Physical scrubs using gentle abrasion in the form of skin exfoliation.
  2. Chemical scrubs using chemicals like alpha-hydroxy acids or salicylic acid to dissolve or peel off the skin’s outer layer.

A body scrub is a popular way to exfoliate your skin, and there are plenty of store-bought varieties to choose from. Chemical peels are also readily available (God help me! the number of Ordinary serums I see people layer on IG) but not only are the chemical peels out of budget for me, I’m also not completely sold on the idea of applying so many chemicals on my skin.

Scrubs aren’t cheap either, and there’s an unspoken rule “the nicer they smell the more expensive they are” so I did a little research on how to create exfoliating products from household ingredients that are safe to use, easy to make and they produce the same result I assure you.

Homemade exfoliating products focus on a form of abrasion that gently sloughs off dead skin cells, and some of the best-known exfoliating products are found right in your kitchen, including:

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Oatmeal
  • Baking soda
  • Olive, almond, or coconut oil
  • Lemon, tea tree, turmeric, or vitamin C oil

The oils keeps the smoothness and softness of the skin after an exfoliation session, while the solids all have fine grains or granules, and this is what makes them ideal for dead skin removal.

They remove dead cells from the uppermost layer of skin to bring out the smoother, fresher, and brand new skin underneath. They also remove pore-clogging oil, bacteria, and dirt, and help prevent both adult and teenage acne.

Before you make your homemade exfoliating products, check carefully that all your ingredients don’t have sharp or rough pieces that can scratch your skin. With salt and sugar, it’s better to use the finer granules so you can blend it with a dry blender if you need to.


Sugar-Honey-Oil Scrub

Items Needed

Dry Jar

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Oil (I use a combination of oils – Olive oil, almond, grapeseed, orange)

1/4 Honey

*Essential Oil / Essence (For smell)

How To

Mix all ingredients together in an airtight jar, and close.

I include Honey in my scrubs because honey has natural antimicrobial qualities that helps heal acne scars, prevent blemishes, and can even help soften wrinkles. It’s also a great moisturizer.

Coffee-Sugar-Oil Scrub

Items Needed

1/2 Sugar

1/2 Coffee ground

1/2 Cup oil

Chocolate essense 1tsp

How To

Mix all ingredients together in an airtight jar, and close.

The recipe can easily be doubled, or tripled, just keep the 2:1 ratio. Two parts sugar to one part oil. (I use 2 – 1/2 when honey is included in the mix)

Benefits of Skin Exfoliation

  1. Facilitates absorption: Creams, serums, and other skincare products are easily absorbed into your skin after you exfoliate because of the “new” skin cells.
  2. Unclogs Pores: When you’re exfoliating your skin, you’re effectively unclogging your pores. That’s according to Lily Talakoub, MD, of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Centre ( Read more )
  3. Encourages glow: Not only are you removing flaky skin, scrubbing also increases blood circulation because you massage lightly in circular motions (This is the recommended motion to exfoliate well).
  4. Helps with uneven skin tone:  “The top layer of your skin is mostly made up of dead skin cells. Regular exfoliation helps speed up the process of removing those dead skin cells, revealing brighter, smoother skin underneath,” tells Dr. Scott. ( Read more )
  5. Reduces wrinkles and fine lines: Consistent treatment gently erases fine lines and reduces wrinkles.
  6. Maintains levels of healthy oils: Gentle exfoliation allows the face and body to keep and maintain an adequate amount of its natural oils. It does not strip off natural oils, as long as it’s done gently.

Important Things to Note When You Exfoliate

  • Before you exfoliate AT ALL, dampen your skin with warm, but not hot, water. Hot water will leave your skin irritated after exfoliation and will cause over-drying.
  • While skin exfoliation is an excellent addition to your skincare routine, it is recommended that you scrub only once a week. Also, for example, if you have an undiagnosed rash or condition, you should not exfoliate—and first check with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Exfoliation can aggravate some skin conditions.
  • You should never exfoliate skin that is “broken” or freshly sunburnt, has cuts or abrasions, or skin that’s grazed.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I loooove this!
    To think that I cared less about exfoilation to the extent that I think people who do it are either less busy or outrightly jobless.

    This gave me a rethink! Thanks for sharing, Aina.

  2. Abby says:

    Thanks a lot for this! ❣️

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