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If you’re anything like me you’ve tried just about every facial scrub out there from the cheap supermarket ones to the overly priced, incredibly tiny brand name ones. Some of them are great, some of them not so great. What if I told you that you could have the best facial scrub for just a few dollars, using 3 items that are most probably already in your cupboard?
I have super sensitive skin that tends to be quite dry. I researched natural ingredients to help my skin and came up with this concoction that has been the absolute saving grace for my face.
I don’t have a lot of time for a skin care routine – which really means I’m too lazy for a skin care routine. So anything that can scrub, hydrate and smell good all at the same time is a mega bonus for me.
There are a few variations of this scrub you can make, based on what you have at home and what your preferences are, so I’ll include it all for you.
Variation 1 – Coffee Pick Me Up Scrub
This is my favourite scrub to use first thing in the morning… because – coffee. It smells amazing and coffee just makes me happy.
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Coffee Grounds
1/3 cup raw sugar
Mix all ingredients together until they are crumbly, the mixture should stick together when pressed, but stay crumbly when stirred. Store in a cute jar or container at room temperature.
Variation 2 – Essentially The Best Facial Scrub
This scrub is perfect for those who have a favourite essential oil they can’t get enough of! Personally, I use this frankincense essential oil as it’s amazing for your skin and smells divine. It’s more expensive than some but when you only need a few drops it lasts ages! But you could also use something fresh like lemon essential oil or something flowery and pretty like jasmine essential oil.
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
2/3 cup raw sugar
5 – 10 drops of your favourite essential oil
Depending on the oil you use, it’s strength and quality you may need to add more drops to get the same effect. Start with a few drops and add until you’re happy!
Variation 3 – Oh Honey, Honey Scrub
Honey has been known for so long for its amazing health benefits, but did you know it’s so good on your skin too! This scrub is so good you’ll want to eat it! (Or at least lick your own face!!)
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Raw Honey (you could also use Manuka Honey)
1/3 cup Raw Sugar
This scrub is more of a gooey consistency and can easily separate with changes in temperature. Be sure to give it a stir and rub between your palms before applying to your face to gently warm the mixture.
What Do These Ingredients Do?
Coconut Oil – We have all heard the hundreds of uses for coconut oil and have certainly paid witness to the rise in its popularity over the last few years and there’s good ready why.
Coconut oil is unique in that it possesses both antibacterial and antifungal properties. While you may question why this is needed on your face, these unique properties make it a powerful agent for fighting acne, pimples, dermatitis and eczema.
It also possesses healing properties that help all of the above conditions as well as reducing the signs of ageing and any scarring. It is a potent moisturiser that naturally leaves the skin feeling soft and isn’t harsh on delicate areas such as around the eyes.
Coffee Grounds – There are so many amazing health benefits to coffee, both in your cup and on your skin. Not only does it act as a natural exfoliant in the scrub, but it also stimulates blood flow, promoting rejuvination of the skin, and it’s packed with anti-oxidents.
One of my favourite things about using the coffee grounds is that I’m using more of a product, rather than just throwing it down the sink. I don’t go out and buy coffee grounds specifically for this – I use the leftovers from my morning french press coffee.
Raw Honey – Much like coconut oil, raw honey possesses antibacterial properties that, when applied to the face, can help clarify pores and prevent build-up that causes pimples and blemishes.
Raw honey also has anti-inflammatory properties which assist in the reducing the appearance of scars. In addition, when gently massaged into the face, it can help reduce puffiness and make your skin look more radiant.
Raw Sugar – This is added as an exfoliating agent. Raw sugar is fine enough that it isn’t harsh on the skin, while being coarse enough to reduce dead skin build-up – allowing the coconut oil and honey to penetrate the skin and work their best.
There are so many other uses for this scrub. When I have finished using it on my face I take the remaining scrub left on my fingers and gently massage it through my hands, paying particular attention to the cuticles and knuckles. You will be left with the softest hands after using this. You can also use it as a whole body scrub, can be used as a scalp scrub and it also works brilliantly as a foot scrub.
Get creative and use these as bases for your own scrubs – that’s what makes it the best facial scrub around!