The Best DIY Face Scrubs for an At-Home Spa Day

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Some of the most popular facial scrubs cost a lot of money. This seems ridiculous when you consider they're made of a few simple ingredients, including things like brown sugar, oil, and essential oils. It's all stuff you can get for pennies and most of it may already be in your kitchen. So why not make your own?

Let's explore a few wonderful homemade facial scrub recipes that will rejuvenate your skin and leave it with a healthy glow. For the most part, they are excellent for all skin types and many can be easily adapted to target any of your problem areas like oils, dryness, or blemishes. Better yet, they take just minutes to make.

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Brown Sugar Face Scrub

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Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types. It's also a very popular ingredient for homemade scrubs. A brown sugar face scrub recipe can be elaborate or quite simple. One way is to pair it with Manuka honey, coconut oil, and floral essential oils. The other is nothing more than brown sugar and coconut oil. They're both fantastic.

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Oatmeal Scrub

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An oatmeal scrub works for most all skin types and there are many ways to make one out of ingredients in your own kitchen. One recipe gets extra moisturizing power from sweet almond oil, milk, and egg. Another adds almond meal, sunflower seed flour, and rosemary with milk to keep your skin looking beautiful.

Do be sure that you have a way to prevent the oatmeal from getting washed down your drain. It can potentially cause clogs, which are easier to avoid than they are to fix.

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Almond Milk Facial Scrub

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Perfect for your face or your entire body, a simple almond milk scrub can last you a long time. This scrub uses only dry ingredients—almond meal, bentonite clay, and milk powder—and you can make as much as you like.​

While you have the ingredients, grab some cute jars and labels and package some up for friends and family. The long shelf life and ease of use make this scrub a fantastic gift for any occasion.

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Coffee and Cocoa Facial Scrub

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You'll enjoy a brilliant glow after using a coffee and cocoa face scrub. It adds brightness to any skin and can even reduce puffiness. The secret is in the caffeine found in both of the main ingredients. When you add honey and a dairy product like milk or yogurt, it's even better and ultra moisturizing. 

The recipe can be customized to specifically target your skin type. While cream, honey, or yogurt is great for dry skin, adding lemon juice is best for oily skin.

Key Ingredients

Caffeine is a natural stimulant most commonly found in tea, coffee, and cacao plants. In skincare, it helps to stimulate blood flow and decrease puffiness, as well as works to dissolve fat, which makes it a choice cellulite treatment.

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Pineapple and Papaya Facial Exfoliating Mask

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If you have ever tried Kiehl's Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub ($28), you know that it is an amazing product. However, it comes with a pretty steep price tag. You can get the same effect for a fraction of the cost with an easy DIY pineapple and papaya mask recipe.

Both pineapple and papaya are natural exfoliants and the fruity aroma is sure to invigorate all your senses. The mask also uses almond oil, brown sugar, and honey, however, this is not the best skin treatment if you have sensitive skin as pineapple and other citrus fruits can exacerbate any sensitivity issues.

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Peach Facial Scrub

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A peach facial scrub is unique, has a great scent, and is packed with skin-renewing benefits. The recipe combines organic peaches and honey with brown sugar and your favorite oil.

Peaches are a surprising beauty powerhouse in the fruit world. Like many fruits, they naturally contain alpha hydroxy acid, which acts as a mild exfoliant. Not only does this break down dead skin cells , it also helps new cell turnover.

When used regularly, this simple scrub will leave your skin smoother. It can also prevent blackheads and lead to a clearer, brighter complexion.

Key Ingredients

Alpha-hydroxy acids are a group of acid compounds, most often derived from plant-based sources, which work to exfoliate the skin. They come in a variety of types (like glycolic and lactic acid) and differ in size, and subsequently, penetration and potency.

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Rose Petal Exfoliating Scrub

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Roses are beautiful, of course, but the flower's petals can also become a part of your beauty routine. They can be used to reduce oils and help fight blemishes, and will give your skin a healthy glow. Combining crushed petals with ground oats creates a lovely rose petal exfoliating scrub. When you follow that with your own rose water, your skin will feel as beautiful as it smells.

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Adzuki Bean Face Scrub

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When you're in the mood for something a little more unique, turn to the adzuki bean face scrub. Adzuki bean powder is a staple in Japanese beauty products and it is meant for the deepest clean of any skin type. All you need is the powder and a little water, though you can add rice bran for a bit more exfoliating power.

If you can only find whole beans, don't worry. The recipe includes the directions for roasting the beans and grinding them into a powder. It's a fun project and definitely worth trying.

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