Skin scrubs can be pricey, but with do-it-yourself homemade scrubs exfoliating at home can be easy and affordable.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, prevents blackheads, improves skin texture and leaves you looking fresh and young. It also makes your skincare products work better because it eliminates dead skin. Ideally, you should exfoliate two to three times per week. Don’t exfoliate daily as this can cause your skin to dry out, especially if you have sensitive or dry skin.
Here are some easy homemade scrubs that will help to exfoliate, hydrate and tighten your skin:
Sugar scrubs are a simple beauty recipe with countless variations, and they can be incredibly moisturising and exfoliating to the skin. For a basic scrub, mix one cup of granulated sugar, white or brown and preferably organic, and half a cup of oil – olive oil and coconut oil work great – with your own essential oils (optional). Scrub the skin while showering. Rinse well and you’ll have skin that feels like silk. Store the rest of mixture in an airtight jar.
Honey brown sugar scrub:
In a bowl combine two and a half cups of brown sugar, half a cup of olive oil, a quarter of a cup of honey, one tablespoon of vanilla and a quarter of a tablespoon of cinnamon (optional) until fully mixed. Scrub your skin in a circular motion. Enjoy the sweet caramel scent while the honey replenishes and hydrates your skin. Store the rest of mixture in an airtight container.
Coffee, coconut oil and brown sugar scrub:
Use half a cup of ground coffee, half a cup of coconut oil and half a cup of brown sugar. Mix the ingredients well, then apply the mixture on your skin in a circular motion for a few minutes. Rinse off. Keep in a jar in the fridge to use later.
Brown sugar, sea salt and coconut scrub:
In a bowl, mix one cup of sea salt, half a cup of coconut oil and half a cup of brown sugar. Apply a small amount to your clean face and gently massage in a circular motion for 10 seconds. The brown sugar will work to clear blackheads on any skin type. Rinse off.
Honey, coconut oil and oatmeal scrub:
Honey gives you anti-aging antioxidants, while the oatmeal cleanses your skin and coconut oil moisturises it. Mix one and a half cups of oatmeal, half a cup of coconut oil and one teaspoon of honey together. Apply on your skin. Leave for five to ten minutes. Rinse off. This scrub is also good for exfoliating the hands.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 10 October, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.Tomato sugar scrub:
Sugar and tomatoes make an ideal skin combination for use in sugar scrubs, and the result is probably the easiest DIY homemade skincare product. Cut the top off a medium or large tomato and leave the stalk intact. Don’t cut the top too thinly as it will be the scrubber pad. Put one to three tablespoons of granulated sugar on a side plate and spread it a little. Dip the tomato top in the sugar. Twist it around in the sugar to get an even coating. Apply it on your clean face. Start on the forehead and gently scrub in a small circular motion. Move over the face but avoid the eyelids and the under-eye area. Leave for ten minutes then rinse. Pat dry then apply moisturiser.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 10 October, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.