Thursday, May 17, 2012

Frugal Beauty: DIY Face Scrub Recipes

Exfoliating your face makes your skin beautiful by sloughing off dead skin cells and leaves your face feeling soft without the hefty price tag of expensive chemical peels at a salon/spa.

Here are two of my favorite recipes for a DIY Face Scrub.

Rejuvenating Citrus Facial Scrub

{This scrub is wonderful if you have acne, blackheads, sun spots, age spots, freckles, or if you went a little crazy with the self tanner, LOL.}

What you'll need:
  • (1) tsp. lemon juice (for oily, combo, normal skin)
  • OR (1) tsp. fresh orange juice (for dry, sensitive skin)
  • 1/4 tsp. organic sugar (brown sugar would also work)
  • Cotton rounds or cotton balls
Here's How:

  1. Start with a clean face. Splash warm water onto your face to open your pores.
  2. Soak the cotton round into the citrus juice until it is soaked, about 1 tsp. Then sprinkle about 1/4 tsp. of sugar on top. 
  3. Gently buff your skin in a circular motion, concentrating on any problem areas. If you find that the lemon juice is stinging your face too much, then dilute it with some water.
  4. Rinse with cool water to close up the pores! That's it!
* Make sure to wear a good SPF. Lemons make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
* Do this once a week - try it out, you might love what it does to your skin plus it's cheap!

Why this works:

Lemons are filled with AHA's (Alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA's (beta hydroxy acids) which help to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, lighten hyper pigmentation (sun spots, freckles) and kill bacteria (acne, blackheads). Sugar aids in sloughing off dead skin cells and leaves the skin silky smooth.

Oatmeal Face Scrub

This face scrub is a more gentle scrub than the lemon one listed above, but it also works wonders! For this Face Scrub, you will only need three ingredients:

  • 1 TBS. Oatmeal (oats)
  • 1 TBS. Baking Soda
  • Water
All that you have to do is add 1 TBS. of Oats, with 1 TBS. of Baking soda. Then gradually add a little water at a time, stirring, until the mixture is the consistency of a paste. Be careful not to add too much water. Gently rub the face scrub mixture on your face in a circular motion with your fingertips. Concentrate on problem areas. Rinse off with water.

After you do one of these face scrubs, you face will feel smooth and amazing!

I have enjoyed composing these post, because I am also pampering myself! And it feels amazing! Do you know any more face scrub recipes that you would like to add, or any tips to share? If so, Please leave a comment!

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