DIY Face Scrub Tutorial

Ingredients for a DIY face scrub

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Getting Started

Mixed face scrub.
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Sometimes your face just needs a deep clean! This easy-to-make face scrub only has two essential ingredients and can be whipped together in a matter of minutes. It smells amazing and uses physical exfoliation to remove dead skin thanks to the rough texture of sugar grains. This also means that this face scrub isn't something you'll want to use on your face every single day. Overuse can cause redness and irritation. You'll be amazed at how effective this scrub is. Get started with this formula and feel free to customize your own blends once you see how simple it is.

Gather Your Supplies

Ingredients for a DIY face scrub
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The ingredients for this face scrub are simple, in fact you probably have everything all ready to go right in your pantry or baking cabinet. Remember you can use these ingredients as a guide and adjust how you see fit based on your own preferences. Here's what you'll need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Bowls for mixing

Mix Honey and Sugar

Adding honey to the brown sugar.
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Like any good scrub, you need a nourishing element and a slightly abrasive element. Here we're using honey—you've probably seen honey included in a variety of your beauty products and here's why: Honey is actually incredibly soothing and moisturizing for your skin. It's also naturally antibacterial, so it can help heal breakouts. Plus it has lots of antioxidants which help fight the effects of aging. Who knew? Here you'll want to add enough honey to the brown sugar so the two create a semi-thick paste. The beauty of this recipe is that you can whip up this scrub for each individual use or you can make enough so you can save it for a week or so at a time.

Add a Drop of Vanilla

Adding a drop of vanilla extract.
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This is an entirely optional step that just makes the face scrub feel a little more luxe. Add a drop or two of vanilla extract and mix it in to the honey and brown sugar mixture. What does it do? Nothing other than make the scrub smell nice. But there's nothing wrong with that! You can add a different scent if you'd like too. Just be sure to exercise a little caution if you have really sensitive skin. Some fragrances can be slightly irritating.

Apply or Store the Face Mask

Application of the DIY face mask.
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To slough off dead skin, simply apply to your face and rub in small circular motions. You really want to be gentle with this scrub. It's meant to be used no more than once per week and still you really want to take it easy with anything this abrasive on your face.

The tiny sugar particles work to exfoliate the skin, while the honey gives your skin the added benefits we mentioned before. If you have any leftover scrub, you can use it on other parts of your body like your hands or décolletage. You can even store it in a small air tight container until the next time you use it. Since it's so easy to whip up, we recommend only making one or two batches at a time to keep it fresh!