I have needed a facial for months. I just can’t find time to get one. I’ve needed face scrub, too, and I keep forgetting to buy it. Then I remembered my former neighbor and her daughters made their own scrubs from stuff they had in the house. So I decided to try it. Here’s a link to several scrub recipes that use ingredients I really do have in the cupboard — tea, honey, coffee grounds, sugar, olive oil, milk. You can make any one of a dozen scrubs at this site. And there are dozens more.
My favorite ingredient is using sugar. I’ve had two pedicures that used sugar recently, and the skin on my feet and legs responds really well.
This recipe from Howcast is my fave link — it suggests you leave it on for 5 minutes. It’s Joanna Vargas in a 3-minute video making a scrub of sugar, olive oil, milk and honey. She discussed how good sugar is for our skin. Sugar naturally contains glycolic acid — one of the anti-aging things we all need. Vargas has spas and is well-known for celebrity skin care. After I did this scrub, I visited her site to see what else she had. Great stuff you can make at home, and my skin feels maaahhhhvelous! The recipe, however, makes enough to cover your body. I cut it in half, and it’s still too much.
From about. com, Julyne Derrik suggests a total body scrub of 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt — it won’t stay mixed for long, but it’s OK– slap it on anyway. She adds that you can add essential oils. I have sensitive skin, so I pretty much stick with the basics.
Here’s one from ChixRX that mixes equal parts ground coffee and raw sugar with 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp sea salt — I don’t have sea salt, so I added more sugar.
The biggest thing I learned: DON’T SCRUB TOO HARD!! Be careful with your skin. You can always make more scrub and try it again if you feel you need more exfoliating, but the point is to help your skin — not to hurt it. Happy scrub making!