The Basics of Natural Face Scrub
How to Go Natural with Your Face Exfoliant
Everybody loves a good healthy facial scrub for that extra smooth feeling. In this article you'll learn about the chemicals in conventional cleanser scrubs and how you can start exfoliating with natural facial scrubs that are both healthy and effective.
Common chemicals in facial scrubs
Beauty scrubs made from conventional ingredients will certainly help to clean up dead skin cells and polish your complexion, but they may be made from ingredients that are less than friendly for your health and the environment. To get a natural face glow, go for an organic face exfoliant made without the following ingredients:
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
- Coal tar dyes
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Glycolic acid
- Lactic acid
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
- Synthetic fragrances
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
Make your own homemade facial scrub
Healthy, homemade facial scrubs are simple to make. Try out these natural ingredients for a fun homemade beauty scrub experience. Start with the exfoliating factor:
- Baking soda: Wonderful on oily skin, baking soda scrubs and absorbs oil all at once.
- Coffee grounds: These can have antibacterial qualities and are great for stimulating the skin.
- Corn flour: Naturally coarse, this works well for oily skin to absorb excess oil.
- Crushed nuts: Full of healthy oils, when crushed, almonds and walnuts are great scrubbers.
- Oatmeal: Oatmeal face scrubs have been used for decades. You can use this ingredient either raw or ground for an excellent exfoliant action with a soothing sensation.
- Pineapple and papaya: Both pineapple and papaya contain natural enzymes that work very well for removing toxins and exfoliating your skin. Pineapple also contains a substance known as bormelain that has anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya is full of antioxidants, vitamin C, carotenes, and flavonoids, which are all good for the skin.
- Rice bran powder: A nice, fine consistency, rice powder also helps to absorb oil.
- Salt: Use either kosher coarse salt or fine sea salt for a great scrub, but be sure to combine it with sticky, not juicy ingredients to ensure you have an effective paste.
- Sugar: Again, either coarse or fine or even dark brown, sugar is another great exfoliating agent.
Next you’ll need to combine one or two of the above with moist ingredients to get that paste finish:
- Avocado: Mash up this veggie for amazing moisture and a hit of vitamins.
- Citrus: Use things like lime or orange juice for a boost of vitamin C, especially if you have oily skin.
- Cucumber: Use this vegetable if you’re looking for a cleansing, cooling finish.
- Dairy: Try out things like sour cream, yogurt, or milk to get natural lactic acid for a dead skin treatment.
- Honey: Make your own honey face scrub for a soothing, moisturizing finish.
- Olive oil: Great for dry skin and if you’re looking for some anti-aging properties.
Also check out this natural facial recipe which serves as a face wash and an exfoliant.
Purchasing natural face scrub
Making your own facial scrub can be a super fun kitchen experience but if you’re short on time or creativity, work with premade natural facial scrubs like these to remove your dead skin:
- Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub - Earth Science
- Moondew Organic Oatmeal Cleansing Grains - Moonsnail Soapworks
- Natural AHA Fruit Acids with Apricot Exfoliating Mask - Aubrey Organics
- Purifying Clay & Teat Tree Soap - Druide
As always, when looking for any personal care products and ingredients to make your own, be sure to keep the health of animals in mind by purchasing products made without animal products, byproducts, and free of animal testing. Spy the Leaping Bunny Logo or the Certified Vegan Logo to be sure that you’ve got a cruelty-free product.