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Published on August 4th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe

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DIY Beauty: Make Your Own Facial Scrubs for Any Skin Type

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So you’ve treated yourself to a little handmade spa action, and your skin is feeling fantastical! Now, you just need to maintain that healthy skin. Check out these facial scrub recipes for dry, normal, and oily skin!

The best way to apply your scrub is to gently massage it on with a damp washcloth, and make sure you rinse your face thoroughly when you’re done. Also, don’t miss the easy peasy toner recipe at the very bottom!

A word of caution about these scrubs: you don’t want to exfoliate every day. Once or twice a week is just perfect for maintaining healthy, glowing skin! More than that can cause oiliness, dryness or breakouts as your skin compensates for the “lost” moisture. You’ll want to mix up very small batches- enough for just one or two uses – since these recipes are food-based and won’t keep for too long on the shelf.
Dry Sin
To help ease dry skin, you’ll want to gently exfoliate while also moisturizing. ehow has a fantastic scrub that uses olive oil and avocado to moisturize and sugar to smooth. If your skin is exceptionally dry, follow this up with a little bit of olive oil to moisturize even more. You might also try drinking more water to treat your skin right from the inside out!

Normal Skin
To gently moisturize and exfoliate normal skin, try mixing a bit of sugar and baking soda with enough sesame oil to form a paste. If this feels a bit too oily for your skin, you can also try half oil and half honey in the mix.

Oily Skin
We knew oatmeal was good for your insides…who knew it was great for your face? You can make a simple oatmeal scrub by combining equal parts ground oatmeal and deeply steeped, cooled chamomile tea. Add a little bit of honey and a drop of tea tree oil, and you’re ready to scrub. This recipe also works with spent coffee grounds in place of the oatmeal. Invigorating!

No matter what your skin type, you might enjoy following this up with a soothing green tea toner. Just steep the tea for about 10 minutes and let it cool. Put it in a spray bottle and spritz on or apply with a clean cloth. Voila!

Have you guys made any great facial scrubs or toners? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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Avocado. Creative Commons photo by ms. Tea



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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • Dreamgirl

    In the normal skin recipe you say “This recipe also works with spent coffee grounds in place of the oatmeal. Invigorating!” but the normal skin recipe doesn’t include oatmeal, the oily skin recipe does. You might want to move that recipe replacement idea down one recipe.

  • http://greenoptions.com/author/gmunsey Gina Munsey

    I love to add a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils to witch hazel, and spritz a bit on my clean, washed face before bed. I’ve also made facial masks from bentonite clay, distilled water, and raw honey — very, very cleansing.

  • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

    Eep! Thanks for the correction, Dreamgirl! That’s what I get for writing late at night.

    Gina – The witch hazel toner sounds awesome! Lavendar is so relaxing.

  • http://www.fizahi.com/links/Shopping/Health/Beauty/Skin_Care/ skin care

    Not all skins react as expected.I think, professional doctor support must be used for better results

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  • Imhappyagain

    I made my own toner mixing: green tea, tea tree oil, aloe vera & rice water. I keep it in the fridge and apply it in the morning after exfoliating w baking soda & washing Dove soap. After the toner dries on my face, I moisturize w a few drops more of tea tree oil. It works really well for a puffy morning face and tightens my pores. Not to mention, it makes my skin soooooo smooth!

  • Owens Mark10

    I thought my wife, had lost her mind! She was rubbing coffee grounds on her face. I was taken back. I was ok with the creams, but this was weird. Now, I know why she always looks so youthful. I shall call ahead before arriving home!!!

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