Easy Facial Scrubs and Their Benefits: 4 Recipes

4 Easy Facial Scrubs

Making your own facial scrub is a sure way to know that you are using natural ingredients. Natural ingredients have been shown to be safe, effective and also inexpensive. The simplest ingredients - usually on hand - make excellent facial scrubs.

I admit that I am not known for going out of my way to make elaborate or fancy scrubs (see the link below for very simple body scrubs). I feel the simpler they are the more likely you are to have the ingredients on hand and you are also more likely to do the scrubs. Could anything be easier that baking soda and water?

Also included are variations for two of the recipes

Benefits of a Facial Scrub

A facial scrub helps remove dead skin cells, dirt, makeup residue, blackheads and other impurities from your face. Done regularly, a facial scrub also helps stimulate skin cells and helps reduce or prevent fine lines and age spots.

Note: Be sure to read the tips below for doing a facial scrub

Four facial scrubs

Baking Soda Facial Scrub (Can be used as a mask - recipe also included)*

Use aluminum-free baking soda (The one we used is called "Bob's Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda")

Baking soda can be used to make the facial scrub or a mask by adding just water but they are done just a little bit differently.

Note: A friend who always does this mask and turned me on to it - recommends only using aluminum-free baking soda, so this is only kind I use. See my friend modeling in the December 2011 issue of Essence magazine, p. 104. She makes every kind of natural product.

1- For the baking soda facial scrub

- About 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

- water

First rinse your face with warm water

Then mix in your palm the baking soda with enough water to make a loose paste

Massage gently paste into your face in circular motions

Leave on for a minute

Rinse with warm water and pat dry

Variation -

For the mask (the mask is thicker, applied differently and left on longer)

- About 3 parts baking soda to

- 1 part water more or less

Make a thicker paste for a mask

Rinse your face with warm water

Apply the paste and leave on for about 5 minutes (no massaging) if comfortable

Rinse with warm water and dry

The baking soda facial scrub exfoliates and removes dirt and dead skin cells while preventing acne and making your skin extra soft.

2 - Olive Oil and Salt Scrub

- 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

- 1/2 tsp. salt (use fine not coarse)

Rinse the face in warm water and leave damp

Mix the two ingredients

Apply gently using a circular motion for about a minute

Rinse well and pat dry

Salt helps remove dead skin cells while improving circulation

Olive oil has oleic acid which nourishes the skin and holds in moisture

Note: Olive oil can be used with either salt or sugar to make this scrub - see variation

Variation -

Olive Oil and Sugar Scrub

- I tsp. extra virgin olive oil

- 1 tsp. sugar

First rinse the face in warm water

Mix the two ingredients together

Massage over the face in a circular motion for about a minute

Rinse with warm water

Olive oil has oleic acid - an ingredient that helps the skin hold moisture.and is nourishing

Sugar has glycolic acid which helps repair damaged skin and removes dry skin while it smooths

3 - Honey and Sugar Scrub

- 1 tsp. honey

- 1 tsp. sugar

Rinse face with warm water

Mix the ingredients

Apply to the face in circular a motion

Leave on for about a minute

Rinse with warm water and dry

This scrub is good for skin that is likely to have acne

Potassium in honey makes it an antibacterial agent

Sugar has glycolic acid making it beneficial for repairing damaged skin and also for smoothing the skin.

4 - Sugar and Milk Scrub

- 1 tsp. sugar

- 1 tsp. milk

(Use whole milk if your skin is dry and skim milk for oily skin)

Rinse face with warm water

Mix ingredients

Apply in a circular motion

Leave scrub on for about a minute

Rinse and pat dry

Sugar has glycolic acid - good for repairing skin damage

Milk contains lactic acid - an alpha hydroxy acid - that is beneficial as an anti-aging ingredient (See link for easiest alpha hydroxy mask made with a few grapes. Alpha hydroxy is used in many skin care products)

Tips for a Facial Scrub:

- Avoid the eye area

- Always be gentle

- Start with a face freshly rinsed in warm water - avoid hot or cold water

- Don't forget to gently treat your neck as well and include it in your facial care treatments

- Massaging the face helps stimulate skin cells

- For oily skin you can use the gentle scrubs every other day

- For dry skin once a week is usually enough

- *Baking soda can dry your skin if used often, so apply a moisturizer after. I use Shea butter (see the link for information)

Then add a body scrub (See link below)

Also see other links for pampering, including the easiest mask made from a few grapes

use aluminum free baking soda
use aluminum free baking soda

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TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

I'm a big fan of the baking soda scrub because I always keep baking soda on hand. It works so nicely and so gently - so good. Thanks for these simple, inexpensive but oh so effective facial scrubs.

Rated up!


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CountryCityWoman 4 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

These are soooo easy and you are right - I have these ingredients on hand. I will start with baking soda - and I do know honey and olive oil are so moisturizing. Thanks for a great useful hub!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I just have to thank you BkCreative for this absolutely useful hub on how to make my own easy facial scrubs and masks. I love natural products! You should see how excited I am about all that you have shared. Wow! Voted up and across and will bookmark as well.

vocalcoach~


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

The easy baking soda scrub is one of my favorites TheListLady because it is sooooo easy and it works. My friend always does a mask that she swears by to prevent acne.

Yes, the ingredients, at least for some of them, are usually on hand CountryCityWoman - making these scrubs so convenient. And this is a nice reminder that we can do something for ourselves - something so easy that works.

Love your enthusiasm vocalcoach! I'm so with you about using natural products - they are safer, they work and no need to spend a fortune and wonder what's in that tube. Thanks too for your vote. Yay!


PWalker281 4 years ago

I am definitely bookmarking this hub, BKC, although the facial scrub recipes are so simple, it'll be hard not to remember them. I do have one question - where does one find aluminum-free baking soda? I had no idea baking soda contained aluminum.

Rated up, (extremely) useful, and awesome!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello PWalker281 - first thanks for the suggestion to write this hub - I love these easy recipes.

The baking soda my friend and I bought is called Bob's Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda (I think I'll put that in the hub) and now it is sold in all my local supermarkets. I think I paid about $2.00 for 16 oz. There was a time you could only find this at those health food stores. I'm sure there are other brands but I don't know them. This Bob has a long product line of all sorts of flours and grains etc.

Of course, it's sold on the internet - but then there is the cost of shipping. Hope you can find it locally - and thanks for the rating - yay!

Carolyn


PWalker281 4 years ago

Well, I'm glad I suggested it Carolyn, because these recipes are SO easy to make, I have no excuses now not to pamper my face (and skin). Thanks for the info on the Bob's baking soda. I'll have to look for it.

Patrice


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for the recipes, BkCreative. The facial scrubs look so easy to make! I'm looking forward to trying them.


JO 4 years ago

I am a big fan of ' shea butter', I don't know if you remember but you gave me some a few years ago, and now I do not leave home without it. Since I am still raising kids, this works for me, I just put it on and go, it is great for aged facial lines and dark spots.

I just turned my brother on to it, even though he is younger he looks older then me and his life style is a lot less then mine or so he say......

Good hub.....I may try the baking soda thing....


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

True PWalker281 - we have no excuse to not pamper ourselves. It is such a good habit - and then we just go ahead and look and feel sooooo good, so fabulous.

Easy like Sunday morning AliciaC. I think you will like them.

Ah, yes Jo! So glad you are still a big fan of the shea butter - could this be why your skin still looks so flawless? Haha - love that your younger brother looks older. Knowing your busy schedule I do think you will like these super easy scrubs and I know you keep a well stocked house - so these scrubs are just waiting to be made.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

This is great I love naturals inside and out. Voted up.

Polly


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So true Polly - best to go natural both inside and out. Lovely! And thanks for the vote!


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

That sounded great and I could do with that. You are great.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much Hello, hello. Always good to hear from you.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love all your recipes. I believe that it work for you. I'll show this hub to my sister. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Thanks BkCreative. These scrubs are easy to make. I love to try them all. Bookmark. Thanks for sharing.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks prasetio30. I hope your sister likes them and thanks for the rating. Enjoy your weekend too!

You're welcome Thelma Alberts. These scrubs are easy to make and they do work. Yay!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, these are great ideas! I usually just use salt but now I am going to experiment! thanks for all the great tips, bookmarked, rated up! cheers nell


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So glad you like Nell Rose. And thanks for the rating.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Thanks. I use face scrubs and it would be nice to make my own (organic) instead of buying it. I like number 3 and 4 on your Hub.

Excellent. :)


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you Lady_E! They are so easy to make and I think you will like them. Enjoy!


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I have never heard of baking soda scrubbs. Thanks, this is something to bookmark to use. I know of a lady that makes her own scrubs that are organic, but most of the time I don't have the ingredients around.

Thanks again!


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Great information. Thank you for sharing these recipes. I use an olive oil and sea salt scrub which is good for the whole body especially tired feet


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome tipoague. And I think you will like not only the simplicity of the baking soda scrub but that you will feel results right away.

You know mljdgulley354, I have both olive oil and sea salt and always have both on hand and know for sure that recipe works well.

Thanks for the comments.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I like the olive oil and sugar scrub. Great Hub!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much Kristine Manley and great to meet you too!


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Deanna992 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

This is great! It amazes me that people will pay so much money for "good" facial scrubs when you can make one at home with ingredients you probably already have.

I love to use coconut oil... I rub it all over my body, face, and hair, then let it sit for 20 minutes, and then hop in the shower to wash it off with shampoo (that seemed to work better than the soap to get the oil to come off, I think maybe because shampoo is made to get rid of oil in your hair so it worked on the coconut oil). It makes my skin and hair so soft!

I'm going to have to experiment with some of these ideas... Thank you!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for that coconut oil tip Deanna992 because I just bought a new bottle. I've been using it for oil pulling but I think I will do this rub, my hair can use it.

So true! We pay billions each year for cosmetics - so many are toxic - when we can easily be healthy and gorgeous with what we already have. Thanks for commenting!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Votes up. Wow, I didn't know you could make all these different items and the benefits are really great. When you think about the high cost of these products in stores, you would figure more people would try these recipes. At least this way, you know what is in the actual product. A very well informed article. Hope you have a great day and take care.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much thelyricwriter. I'm just so amazed at how well all these products work. I've tried many products over the years and I have to say I pretty much look the same but have spent lots of money. So what was the point. Yes, I'll stick with all the natural items now. They are readily available and they do work.


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adrienne2 4 years ago from Atlanta

BK I can not believe you are a fan of the baking soda scrub. I thought my cousin was nuts for using baking soda on her skin. I listen to how she uses it to cleanse her skin. I just thought to myself yeah right. ...And now I see you and TheListLady talking about the same thing. Still not completely sold on the idea, but I am loving the sugar and honey scrub. Thanks for sharing with the HP community.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Ah adrienne2 - another great testimonial...from your cousin! Great! Baking soda is just so simple and so safe and easy to use. And when you bathe just wash under your arms with it and get rid of that toxic deodorant. Thanks for commenting!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

BkCreative, Great hub! Wonderful natural organic facial scrubs! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings! & Voted Up!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome DeBorrah K. Ogans. And thanks for the vote!


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lisadpreston 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I am going to try all of these recipes. Your hubs are addictive. I wish I could stop reading them and get something done around this house. Like maybe a facial scrub! Thanks!!!!!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Did you get a chance to try the facial scrub? I hope so and this is a reminder to me to pull out the baking soda. Oooh, maybe my hubs are just a soft addiction. Maybe a soft addiction is okay.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

These are great facial scrub recipes. I've tried similar ones, but want to try these specific ones as I want to use ingredients that I would normally have on hand. Buying fewer products is going to become more important to society for several reasons. Voted up!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So glad you like the recipes RTalloni. And I'm so with you on that - all I want to do now is buy fewer products. I'm tired of a houseful of junk and surely products should all be multipurpose.


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Veronica Allen 4 years ago from Georgia

I had no idea baking soda (some) had aluminum in it! I have always used a baking soda paste to scrub and cleanse my face. Now I will be sure to use one free of aluminum. I will have to try the scrub with the olive oil and salt or sugar. Great cost effective tips to help us obtain and keep vibrant and healthy skin naturally.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You know I doubt it says aluminum on the label. It is just that one of my nature women friends brought it to my attention so we went shopping for the aluminum-free, which of course it did say on the label. Since it's my face - okay I will use that one. It is so easy Veronica Allen. Sometimes I take a long break from doing these things and then after a few months when I start again - what a nice difference.


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Hi thanks for this great Hub. I am always looking for natural ways to help with my kiddos skin. Natural without all the chemicals:)


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome The Stages of ME. One reason I got into natural cosmetics so many years ago is because I would not use the toxic products on my children's skin. It makes no sense. But then I realized as I was telling my daughter she could not use a product I was using - well, what am I doing using this jar of stuff.

Thanks for commenting!


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Veya Lavenderia 4 years ago from korean

it was great!

but im still lack of confident

im not beautiful~


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everythingdazzles 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

Great hub, I use a lot of natural facial scrubs as well.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Not beautiful Veya Lavenderia? My mother taught me all women are beautiful because...well, because we are women. And my father agreed! Glad you like the information.

Glad to hear that everythingdazzles. I'm glad to see women using what works that is safe, natural and inexpensive rather than marketed items, filled with chemicals and at high prices.


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snigdha.s 4 years ago from India,mumbai

Great Hub,Never tried baking soda. Thanks BkCreative for sharing.


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome snigdhas.s - hope you like it!


Erikka 4 years ago

Ive always likes baking soda as a scrub. Such a great natural and easy face scrub.


wwolfs 4 years ago

Many nice facial recipes. It is so much better for your skin to use natural products. Thank you for sharing them.

Voted up and useful!


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Erikka - I'm going to do a baking soda scrub now. Nothing can be easier!

wwolfs - My skin responds so well to natural products - and I save so much money!

Vishakha - Bajaj - I enjoy that scrub in the winter - it makes my skin look so fresh and dewy.

Thanks for the comments!


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TheListLady 3 years ago from New York City

So easy to do - they all work - and what bargains! Yay!


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So true TheListLady!


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light20 3 years ago from Ozamiz City, Philippines

Great..Guess will have to try this baking soda thing...Yuppeee!!!


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faith_love_hope32 3 years ago

Cool! I'll have to try one of these sometime.


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kansasyarn 3 years ago from Rural Midwest

Great hub with lots of simple and wholesome advice on skin care. Thanks for sharing these great tips! Voted up, pinned and shared!


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Jennifer Suchey 3 years ago from Northern California

I love all the variations of scrubs you have here. I use and have written about olive oil and sugar scrubs. I hadn't thought of using salt instead. I'm glad to know about the baking soda mask and agree aluminum free would be healthier for your skin. Thanks for the hub. :)


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

light20 - it is soooo easy - and effective!

faith_love_hope32 - I think you may find one you like!

kansasyarn - I love simple! Thanks so much for voting, pinning and sharing. Yay!

Jennifer Suchey - You're welcome! I do like the aluminum free and I prefer it in any recipe. It is also not really expensive. I've had great results with the olive oil and sugar scrub too. One reason I do it with salt it because I always seem to have sea salt laying around but not sugar.


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jenslibra 3 years ago

Really like this! I'm always on the lookout for good skincare tips. I plan to try the milk and sugar one.


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Grace-Wolf-30 3 years ago from England

I love natural alternatives for skincare and health. Thanks for sharing these tips : )

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