10 Powerful Food-Based Homemade Face Scrubs

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The recipes in this guide  uses ingredients that may be found in your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator (or even the garden).

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to scrubs, feel free to substitute one ingredient for another.

Most recipes listed are for one-time, immediate use. In some cases you will be given instructions for making larger batches if using in a group situation, such as a spa night.

If these instructions do not meet the size of your group, just remember that most scrubs will require one tablespoon per person.

The recipes can be expanded by changing teaspoons or tablespoons to cup measurements (example: If a scrub calls for one tablespoon of sugar, change it to 1 cup. Just be sure to keep the ratios intact, or thereabouts).

Ok, lets get started with these 10 awesome homemade face scrubs.

1. Adzuki Bean Scrub Suitable for oily skin

Homemade Face Scrubs

Enjoy the skin-softening benefits of the Adzuki bean.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon dried adzuki beans, ground and sifted

2 teaspoons water, tea, apple cider vinegar or hydrosol

How to make it

Mix one tablespoon of ground beans with two teaspoons of water, tea, apple cider vinegar or hydrosol.

Add two or three drops of olive oil, if desired. Apply to the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes. Rinse off with warm water.

2. Apricot Cream Scrub Suitable for dry skin

My take on a popular store bought scrub. This homemade version is fresh and inexpensive.

Ingredients

1/2 apricot, peeled and mashed (approximately 1 tablespoon)

1 tablespoon almond meal

1 teaspoon cream

How to make it

Mix ingredients together and apply to the skin, avoiding the eyes. You can leave this scrub on after scrubbing is completed and let sit for a few minutes to allow the apricot and cream to do some extra work on the skin.

To make a larger batch of Apricot Scrub for a group: Peel and mash 2 apricots. Mix with 4 tablespoons of almond meal and 4 tablespoons of cream. Makes enough for 4 people. Substitute yogurt for the cream if using for oily skin.

 

3. Chocolate Coconut Scrub Suitable for all skin types (except sensitive)

Reminiscent of a popular candy bar, this scrub is a treat for the senses.

Ingredients

1 1/2 teaspoons dried coconut, ground into fine powder (use a coffee grinder)

1  1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoon jojoba or olive oil (or water or apple cider vinegar – especially for oily skin)

How to make it

Mix ground coconut and cocoa powder. Add oil. If more liquid is necessary to form a paste, add a few drops of water or extra oil. Stir to combine. Apply to skin in circular motions, avoiding the eyes.

Rinse off with warm water and a wash cloth (you’ll definitely need the wash cloth to remove this scrub!).

 

4. Honey Almond Scrub Suitable for all skin types

A gentle scrub that cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Use an herb-infused honey to boost the scrub, or add one drop of essential oil.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon ground almonds

1 tablespoon honey

How to make it

Mix together. Spread over the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes. Wash off with warm water.

For a larger group: Mix 1 cup of almond meal with 1 cup of honey. Use one tablespoon (or slightly less) per person. Makes enough for 16 to 20 people.

 

5. Honey Cocoa Scrub Suitable for all skin types

A delicious smelling treat for your skin.

Ingredients

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon ground almonds, ground sunflower seeds, or ground oats.

How to make it

Mix honey with cocoa powder and ground nuts or oats. Add water to form a paste, if needed. Spread over the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes. Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth.

 

6. Kiwi Scrubber Suitable for normal to oily skin

Kiwi is another excellent fruit for brightening and tightening the skin.

Ingredients

1/2 kiwi, peeled and mashed 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds grounded

Extra water or oil to make a paste, if needed

How to make it

Mix together all ingredients. If the kiwi fruit is especially juicy, you may need to add extra sunflower seeds to make a paste. Spread over the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes.

Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth. Optional: add aloe vera gel for extra soothing, skin clearing and tightening properties.

 

7. Lavender Cocoa Scrub Suitable for all skin types

This is a very gentle, and delicious smelling scrub.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon lavender-infused oil, or lavender tea 2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon lavender buds grounded

How to make it

Mix together all ingredients. For extra exfoliation, add 1 teaspoon of ground almonds or ground sunflower seeds. Apply to skin in gentle, circular motions, avoiding the eyes. Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth.

 

8. Papaya Oat Scrub All skin types (be careful with sensitive skin)

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons papaya

1/2 tablespoon oats grounded

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon oil (olive, sweet almond or jojoba)

How to make it

Mash enough papaya to make 1 ½ tablespoons. Add  brown sugar and oil. Stir to combine.

Add  ground oats. Stir to combine (add more oats if needed to make a paste – this will depend on how much juice was in the papaya. If too dry, add more oil).

Spread over the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes. Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth. For a larger group: Cut a papaya and mash in a food processor.

Add 1/2 cup of ground oats, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon oil. Depending on how much juice the papaya contains, you will need to add more oil or more oats. If the mixture if runny, add more oats and sugar, if too thick, add more oil or water.

9. Pear Crisp Scrub Suitable for all skin types

The sweet scent or this scrub is much like pear crisp.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon mashed pear

1 teaspoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons oats, ground (or use oat flour)

How to make it

Mix mashed pear, sugar, and ground oats. Add extra water, cream, or apple cider vinegar to make a paste,  if needed. Spread over the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes.

Wash off with warm water and a wash cloth.

 

10. Soothing Oat Scrub Suitable for all skin types

Bring peace and calm to your skin with this simple scrub.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of dried oats grounded

2 teaspoons of water, witch hazel, or chamomile tea

How to make it

Grind oats (if not already ground) and mix with desired liquid until a paste forms.  Apply to the face in circular motions, avoiding the eyes. Rinse off with warm water.

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