I've experimented with a number of DIY scrubs and finally found one that works great!
Why Should I Exfoliate?
Exfoliating your skin is so very important. Not only does it help to remove the old dead skin cells, but it also promotes blood flow and circulation in the skin when you massage it in. Exfoliating also loosens those stubborn blackheads, making them easier to extract. and using an exfoliating scrub two or three times a week is best. This will help cell renewal, prevent wrinkles as well as premature aging and is a great and easy way to get that deep pore clean feeling.
For the past ten years, I have suffered greatly from acne breakouts. These breakouts would get so bad that it was almost humiliating to go to school or in public for the fear of being judged. Finally, after spending countless amounts of money on facial cleansers and scrubs to control my acne I took matters into my own hands and started to experiment with DIY beauty products. After a couple of years, I finally created a scrub that I am proud to say has helped me keep my sensitive acne-prone skin clean, clear, and healthy.
All-Natural DIY Scrub
All the products that I use to make this scrub are all organic/raw/natural. Some of the ingredients are a little more pricey than usual, due to a number of essential oils. However, it is completely worth it because in the long run it is more economical to make a product specifically for you that you know will work rather than spend countless dollars on store-bought cleansers that do not work or cause side effects.
This scrub will last you a long time and do wonders for the skin when used twice or three times a week. It is also a great compliment to a DIY 15min in-shower facial. No that I have efficiently babbled about exfoliating and the amazing recipe I am about to share with you beauties, let's go ahead and jump right in on how to make this skin-saving facial scrub!
Honey and Oats Facial Scrub Recipe
Before we get started let's gather all the ingredients and tools we are going to need to mask this quick and simple scrub. We'll start with tools first!
Tools You Will Need
- Measuring spoons
- Cleansing brush (optional)
- Measuring cups
- Empty containers for storage (mason jars, etc)
- Mixing stick
- Mixing bowls
- Clean work station
ingredients You Will Need
- 1/3 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/3 Cup of Raw Granulated Sugar
- 3 Tablespoons of Raw Organic Honey
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1 Tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil
- 1 Tablespoon of Jojoba Oil
- 1/8 Teaspoon of Rosehip Oil
- 1/8 Teaspoon of Lemon Oil
- 1/8 Teaspoon of Lavender Oil
- 1/8 Teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil
Step 1: Gather and Prep Dry Ingredients
- Go ahead and measure out the oats, green tea, and sugar.
- In either a food processor, coffee bean grinder, or whatever you have, finely chop the oats.
- Once you have them nicely chopped, go ahead and mix the sugar, green tea, and oats together.
- Now that you have these all mixed together it should look like exactly what it is: oats and sugar mixed together that are green.
- Set the mixture to the side and prep your essential oils and honey.
Step 2: Prep Wet Ingredients
Since we have prepped our dry ingredients it is time to get the oils and honey out and measured.
- In one mixing bowl go ahead and measure out all the oils listed above and mix well. One reason I like to measure the oils out before the honey is because it makes it so much easier for the honey to just glide off the measuring spoon.
- Once the oils are blended add the honey and mix it all together well.
Step 3: Mix Wet & Dry Ingredients
Okay so at this point we have all our ingredients prepped and ready to mix.
- At this point, I will usually take my dry ingredients and stir them as I pour in the honey and oil.
- Make sure to mix them well together so that all the dry ingredients are well coated with the honey and oil mixture.
- After you have mixed it and completely coated all the dry ingredients, you have successfully made yourself a honey and oats sugar scrub!
How to Use the Scrub
Now that you have made your very own sugar honey and oats scrub and know how to store it lets talk about how I like to use my homemade scrubs.
- I use a gentle exfoliant, like a sugar scrub two-three times a week.
- I will usually use it twice after a good facial cleanses with one of my DIY essential oil cleansers, as well as when I do my weekly spa-quality facial.
- This helps to keep my skin bright and free of dead skin cells, but using your fingertips to gently rub the scrub in circular motions increases blood flow and collagen productions.
- It moisturizes and helps the skin retain moisture due to the essential oils.
- These same oils also help to prevent and treat acne, acne scarring, sun damage, premature aging, the signs of aging, rosacea, and many other skin conditions that tend to make us self-conscious.
I hope you all find this scrub as helpful as I did with my variety of skin conditions.
Storing Your Sugar Scrub
You can choose whatever type of container you would like to store your scrub in. I tend to use a small mason jar or a travel bottle. Both can be found at a grocery store. You do not need to store this in the fridge between uses.
I wanted to give you guys a breakdown as to what each ingredient does to the skin and how it helps. I picked each one of these ingredients to help with my specific skin problems (acne, acne marks, uneven tone, etc); however, feel free to tweak the recipe to your skin ailments! If you do, please comment on what you used, your skin condition, and how it worked for you!
Dry Ingredients Benefits
- Oatmeal: Oatmeal is one of my favorite ingredients to use in my skin care. It is a wonderful natural exfoliant and cleansing agent. It helps in nourishing the skin and retain moisture. It has anti-aging properties and can help to treat acne and breakouts.
- Sugar: Sugar is great to combine with essential oils to create a skin-loving scrub. The fine particles make it a gentle exfoliate for sensitive skin. Sugar is also a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air to hydrate the skin when used topically. It is a natural source of glycolic acid as well. This is an alpha hydroxy acid that deeply penetrates the skin encouraging cell turnover and faster generation. Using sugar in exfoliants can help prevent and reverse the signs of aging as well as even the complexion.
- Green Tea: Green Tea is an all-around superfood in my opinion. Not only is it fantastic for the body but it can also do wonders for a skin. One of my all-time favorite ingredients and most definitely my go-to treatment for any skin condition. It has antioxidants that help to flush out toxins, rid the skin of impurities, fight the signs of aging, and retain moisture. It is also a natural skin toner that protects from damaging sun rays while also soothing and calming the skin.
- Honey: Honey is known for its amazing antibacterial properties that make it so wonderful for acne treatments. It helps to heal existing acne and reduce the appearance and chance of acne marks and scars. It also helps to moisturize the skin and helps it to retain that moisture. It also absorbs dirt and impurities making it a cleansing agent. Honey also helps to open pores making it easier to cleanse them. It is also wonderful in slowing the signs of aging and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Essential Oils Benefits
- Sweet Almond: Sweet almond oil is one of my go-to oils for almost everything. It can be used both for skin and hair care. This oil is absolutely a gem for natural skincare. It makes the skin healthier by nourishing the skin and keeping it hydrated. Sweet almond oil will also gently remove impurities from the skin as well as dead skin cells. While also helping to enhance the complexion. It is known to reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It not only reduces the appearance of aging but also delays the signs of aging.
- Jojoba: Jojoba oil is a great carrier oil that has a number of skin benefits. It allows you to add other essential oils so they are safe to apply topically. It is a great skin moisturizer as well as a protectant and cleanser. Its cleansing property allows it to help fight the harmful bacteria that cause breakouts and pimples. Jojoba oil also helps to increase the healing time for current breakouts. It is also known to aid in the reduction of skin lesions.
- Rosehip: Rosehip oil seems to be one of those oils that is a cure-all for skin issues, and is used in many products for wrinkles, stretch marks, pigmentation problems, sun damage, and acne and acne scarring. It is a natural source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and other great skin nutrients. It will brighten the skin, help to calm and hydrate, repair and regenerate skin tissue, helps to reduce the signs and appearance of aging, improve skin texture, and fights free radicals. Rosehip does all this and more yet is still gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.
- Lemon: Lemon essential oil is one of the best oils to use as a cleanser. It pulls out toxins from the skin, purifying the skin and removing the bacteria and germs that cause acne and breakouts. It is also known to even and improve the look of the complexion. It leaves the skin feeling softer and more supple than before. It penetrates the skin and deeply nourishes it. This makes it one of the best oils to use in DIY facial cleanser recipes.
- Lavender: Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils. It is so calming and soothing to the skin. This oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it great to use in acne treatments. Not only does lavender work wonders on acne problems, but it is also used in a number of treatments for wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory-related conditions. It has also been shown to aid in reducing hair loss.
- Tea Tree: Tea tree oil has become one of the most popular essential oils for at-home remedies for acne and skin problems. It is very close to benzoyl peroxide in the way it treats the skin however, it is a bit gentler than benzoyl peroxide with less negative effects on the skin. It can cause irritation to the skin if overused or not diluted properly when used on sensitive skin. It's known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to reduce the size of pimples and, kill acne and breakout-causing bacteria.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Danielle Nash