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The 8 best homemade scrubs for your skin

Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in our body? And many times, due to lack of time or ignorance, we do not provide the care it needs.

That is why in this post, we are going to give you some ideas so that you can prepare facial scrubs at home that will help you have a more cared-for skin in a simple and economical way. We also give you some important information about the skin, why exfoliate, how to do it step by step and which exfoliator to choose according to your skin type.

Ah! And at the end of the article I invite you to watch a video in which you have a summary with the most important data of this post, do not miss it!

What is skin?

As indicated before, it is the largest organ in our body, it can weigh up to 20% of our body weight and is part of the integumentary system (of which nails , hair , glands and subcutaneous tissue are also part ).

The Dermatology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the study of human skin and treat their ailments.

What are the functions of the skin?

It has functions as important as acting as a protective barrier against the outside.

Another major function of the skin is to synthesize vitamin D . This vitamin is the one that favors the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, essential minerals for the formation of bone, but they also participate in numerous reactions that occur in our body and that are essential for us to be healthy.

The skin also helps regulate body temperature and is where numerous nerve endings (sense of touch) are found.

Layers of skin

The skin is structured mainly in 3 layers:

  • Epidermis : it is the outer layer. In this layer are the nerve endings. Its cells produce keratin to give this first layer permeability, flexibility and resistance. It is where dead cells accumulate.
  • Dermis : where the sweat glands, hair follicles, blood and lymphatic vessels, and nerve receptors are found
  • Hypodermis : it is the deepest layer and includes adipose tissue (fat) and blood vessels.

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Why should you exfoliate your skin?

– Because this way we eliminate dead cells, impurities and deeply clean the pores of the skin. So the skin looks luminous, it regenerates and we see it and notice it looking better .

– And something very important: when we apply creams and serums to hydrate and nourish the skin, they are better absorbed, therefore, they are more effective.

– As the cosmetics we use on the skin are more effective, we are delaying the appearance of signs of aging , such as wrinkles and blemishes, because our skin is cared for thanks to the help of exfoliants.

– The skin is unified, the pores are reduced and the skin appears younger and more luminous.

– We must also make it clear that we should not exfoliate daily and it is important to avoid exfoliation being too aggressive. It is essential not to damage the skin and to be delicate when applying the scrub (you will see exactly how below).

It is not advisable to use body scrubs on the face because they have too large particles that can irritate the skin.

When to exfoliate

Taking into account that you wash your face and neck with a facial soap, with cleansing milk or a gel between one and two times a day, it can be said that it is important to exfoliate between 1 and 2 times a week if you have a mixed or oily complexion and once a week or every 10 days if you have sensitive, mature or dry skin . But… Is there a time during the day that is best to apply the facial scrub?

Yes, the best time to do this is when you take a shower, either in the morning or at night. The water vapor will favor the opening of the pores and the active principles of the ingredients that we use to penetrate and also so you can perfectly remove the scrub once you have left it to rest for a couple of minutes.

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How to use the facial scrub step by step

When applying the scrub, follow these simple guidelines:

Prepare everything before starting to have what you need on hand (you will see it in each specific recipe below).

If you have makeup, remove it with your cleansing milk, cleansing gel, or face soap. When you rinse your face with warm water, do not dry it too much, if you leave the skin wet you will see that it is much easier to apply and spread the scrub.

Take small portions of the scrub that you have chosen and apply with the fingertips of both hands starting at the neck and working your way up to the forehead in upward circular motions. The pressure of the fingers on the skin should be delicate, do not press excessively against the skin.

The areas to be covered with the scrub are: neck, chin, cheekbones, nose and forehead. We will avoid the space around the mouth and eyes as it is a very fine and delicate skin. .

Performing this gentle massage for one or two minutes is more than enough.

Let it rest for a couple of minutes and then remove it with warm water and a mild soap.

Pat the skin dry.

You already have your skin clean and in the best condition to apply the following cares.

What to do after exfoliating the skin

Now you have the skin in excellent condition to apply the facial toner and later a good moisturizer or, for example, one of these oils (I leave you the links with its properties and uses):

  • Argan oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea Butter (pictured below)
  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil
  • Almonds oil
  • Calendula Oil
  • Musk rose oil

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The 8 best homemade scrubs

These are the combinations that I propose to achieve healthy and radiant skin:

1.- Aloe Vera Pulp (Aloe Vera) + Cocoa powder

You need : 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder and a tablespoon of aloe vera pulp .

The two ingredients are mixed and applied as indicated above.

It is a gift for the skin: it provides softness, antioxidants, repairs, regenerates and deeply cleanses the pores of the skin.

2.- Almond Oil + Poppy Seeds

You need : 1 level teaspoon of poppy seeds and 1 tablespoon of almond oil .

They are mixed and applied to the skin. Let stand a couple of minutes and remove with plenty of water.

Almond oil is very beneficial for the skin, not only because it provides nutrition and hydration, but also because it leaves it soft and well cared for.

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3.- Sugar + Honey

You need : 1 level teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of honey .

Combine both ingredients well and spread on the skin. This is one of the classic scrubs.

While exfoliating, honey nourishes and softens the skin, leaves it wonderful.

4.- Coffee + Coconut Oil

You need : 1 level teaspoon of ground coffee and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil .

Incorporate the two ingredients and apply gently to the skin.

This scrub is wonderful, in addition to having a very stimulating aroma, it leaves the skin very cared for thanks to the properties of coconut oil.

You can substitute coconut oil for any other oil that I mentioned before, in the section on what to do after exfoliating.

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5.- Ground Oats + Avocado Oil

You need : 1 level tablespoon of ground oats and 1 tablespoon of olive oil .

Mix and massage the skin gently for a few minutes.

This scrub is very gentle but effective. Ideal for sensitive and mature skin. You can use other oils, like rosehip and shea oil as well.

6.- Cinnamon + Argan Oil

You need : a level teaspoon of cinnamon and one of argan oil .

Integrate the two ingredients in a bowl and spread over the skin.

Cinnamon can produce a sensation of heat on the skin, so you should massage less time and more gently than with other exfoliants. In addition, cinnamon brightens the skin a bit and leaves it especially luminous, just like bicarbonate.

Instead of argan oil you can also use another oil from those mentioned and also honey.

And instead of cinnamon, if you have mature, dry or sensitive skin you can use cocoa powder, rich in antioxidants.

7.- B icarbonate + Shea Butter

You need : 1 level teaspoon of baking soda to one of shea butter .

Mix the two ingredients and apply gently massaging the neck and face. Leave on for a couple of minutes and remove.

8.- Clay + Green Tea

You need : 1 level teaspoon of clay and 50 ml of green tea . The more concentrated the green tea is, the better. To do this, you can heat water, when it is hot add a teaspoon or a green tea bag and let it rest overnight (or about 8 hours before doing the scrub).

Mix the green tea with the clay, make sure there are no lumps and apply by massaging the skin.

Instead of green tea, you can also use milk or a vegetable drink.

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What is the best scrub for my skin type?

If you have sensitive skin , avoid using baking soda, coffee, cinnamon, clay, and sugar. The formula of aloe vera with cocoa is ideal. Choose rosehip, calendula, almond and shea oil. For sensitive skin, exfoliating once a week is sufficient.

For dry skin , don’t use baking soda, sugar, or clay. Opt especially for avocado, olive and shea oils. You won’t need to exfoliate more than once a week.

For mixed skin , when you use sugar, clay, coffee, and baking soda, exfoliate more gently on dry areas. As for the oils, any of them can be good for you, especially coconut. The formula of aloe with cocoa is good for you. You can exfoliate a couple of times a week, leaving 3 days between each other.

If in your case you have oily skin , you can use all the dry ingredients (coffee, oatmeal, cinnamon, bicarbonate …) and try to avoid or use avocado and olive oils less frequently. Exfoliate twice a week, leaving at least two days between each other.

For mature skin , follow the same indications for sensitive skin.

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