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Spa-At-Home: Facial Cleanser and Face Scrub Recipes
Nothing beats the tingle of freshly-washed skin. It somehow makes you more prepared to meet the day... or the blind date your co-worker coerced you into, as the case may be.
Try some of these easy-to-follow recipes for homemade cleansers and scrubs that provide amazing benefits, for a fraction of the cost of those expensive brand-name formulas at the drug store. Making your own facial cleansers and scrubs ensures that there are no additives or fillers, just good, healthy nutrition for your skin!
This unique combination of ingredients leaves your skin smooth and radiant.
- 4 Tbsp plain yogurt
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp lime juice
Blend ingredients, adding cornstarch as a thickening agent if needed. Apply to face and massage 1-2 minutes. Rinse.
This facial scrub really is as good as it smells -- good for your skin, that is!
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp ground oatmeal
- 1 tsp nutmeg
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight jar for further use. Scrub face with mixture 2-3 minutes, rinse, and pat dry.
Reduces puffiness and irritation while gently toning skin.
- 1/2 Tbsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
Stir together thyme and fennel seeds, cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice, let steep 15 minutes. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Use a cotton ball to dab onto face each morning, and rinse.
Oatmeal Exfoliating Scrub
A quick and easy exfoliator for beauty emergencies!
- 2 heaped tsp fine oatmeal
- 1 tsp baking soda
Mix oatmeal and baking soda, add enough water to make a thick paste. Rub over face, rinse, pat dry.
Softens skin and seals in moisture.
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup glycerin
- 1 Tbsp liquid soap
Combine until well blended, pour into small bottle for future use. Apply small amount to washcloth or face sponge, rub onto face, rinse with warm water. Pat dry.
Citrus Scrubbing Grains
Follow this invigorating scrub with a good moisturizer for optimum results.
- 1/2 cup dried orange peel
- 1/2 cup dried lemon peel
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal
- 1 cup blanched almonds
Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl until reduced to fine powder. Store in an airtight container for future use. Moisten grains in the palm of your hand with a little water, scrub over face in circular motions, rinse with warmish water, pat face dry.
A moisture-rich and nutritious treat for your face
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp glycerin
- 2 tsp water
Melt ingredients together over very low heat. When liquid, remove from heat and beat as mixture cools. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator to maintain thick consistency. Massage over face, rinse, pat dry.
An exfoliating scrub for dry skin.
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/8 tsp mayonnaise
Grind almonds in a blender or food processor to create a fine meal-like consistency. Add mayonnaise, blend on low only until mixed. Rub paste gently over face, leave 10 minutes. Rinse.