Studies done by the University of Maryland Center, have found that using scrubs with harsh ingredients, including ground walnut shells or ground apricot kernels, may result in the creation of small scratches on the surface of your skin.
In the past, I used a scrub that included apricot kernels to help exfoliate my skin. However, in my experience, I’ve found that going with natural, DIY scrubs offers a much better option.
I enjoy making my face scrubs. Not only is it easy, but it’s a whole lot of fun as well. I also love the fact that homemade exfoliating masks are a cost-effective, money-saving way to ensure that my skin looks bright, radiant, smooth, and healthy.
The following are some natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. I love using them in my exfoliating masks because they are very efficient and they provide great scrubbing power.
What Kitchen Ingredient is Good to Use as Natural Exfoliating Scrub?
① Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
This is a great exfoliating ingredient that you can find in your kitchen. Baking soda is wonderful at cleansing your pores, and it helps to remove blackheads better than nearly anything else does.
Since baking soda is so cheap, you can make your exfoliating face scrub for just pennies. It’s very powerful at eliminating oil, whiteheads, and blackheads. After you use it, skin is instantly smooth and clear.
How to Do it:
To make your baking soda mask, take a tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with a bit of water until you have a paste. Apply the paste to your face, focusing on areas affected by blackheads or whiteheads. Allow the paste to sit on skin for a minute.
Use your fingertips to scrub your skin and then wash the paste away with warm water. To close pores, splash your skin with some cold water. You can also add some baking soda to a cream cleanser.
If you have sensitive skin, you may end up dealing with a bit of burning or tingling. Individuals who are allergic to baking soda should not use it on skin.
Another common kitchen ingredient used in exfoliating face scrubs is salt. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it a great option to choose if you deal with pimples, acne, or blackheads.
I usually use dead sea salt crystals instead of using ordinary table salt or regular sea salt. I choose dead sea salt crystals because they contain far more beneficial minerals. Dead sea salt has been shown to effectively treat many skin problems, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
How to Do it:
To make your sea salt scrub, take a teaspoon of olive oil and combine it with a tablespoon of dead sea salt. Wet your skin and your hands, and then, apply the sea salt mixture to the skin. Massage gently on skin for a minute and rinse away with warm water.
Some individuals find that salt can be a bit too harsh on the skin. If this is true in your case, consider using oatmeal to make your exfoliating face scrub. Oats are very gentle on sensitive and dry skin, and they also help to prevent dryness from occurring. Soothing compounds in oatmeal help to health and soothe skin, even for individuals who have very sensitive skin.
How to Do it:
To make your mask, grind some moistened, rolled, old fashioned oats in your blender or food processor for about 5 seconds. Massage the ground oats on your skin using your fingertips. Massage in a circular motion.
The oatmeal will gently eliminate dead skin cells, revealing new, smoother, brighter skin. If you need extra moisture, you can mix the ground oats with some raw honey and a bit of milk.
Cornmeal is another very gentle kitchen ingredient that you can use in your face scrub, and it will not irritate your skin. It is a great moisturizer and it also helps to absorb extra oil on your skin, giving you baby soft, refreshed skin when you are done.
How to Do it:
If you have oily skin, add a bit of water to a little finely ground cornmeal, making a paste. Massage your paste gently into your skin, rinsing away with warm water. You can also use it as a body scrub, mixing the cornmeal with organic coconut oil.
You can also combine 2 tablespoon cornmeal, oatmeal and wheat germ with a little water. This healing and relaxing exfoliating facial scrub are excellent for people with sensitive skin.
Tips on Deciding Which Ingredient to Use
If you want to make a natural exfoliating face mask, you’ll find that numerous natural ingredients work well in face scrubs. You can use flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, or coffee grounds, although individuals who have sensitive skin often like to use calendula flowers.
When you are trying to choose the primary ingredients for your facial scrub, you need to ensure that the particles in your mask are completely spherical, ensuring that they will not scratch, irritate, or damage your skin when you use the mask.