Best Homemade Face Scrub Recipes

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Why Spend Money on a Store-Bought Scrub?

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Some of the most popular facial scrubs cost a lot of money. This seems ridiculous when you consider it's made of a few simple ingredients, including brown sugar, oil, and essential oils. Stuff you can get for pennies. So why not make your own? These facial scrub recipes are so wonderful, you could eat them. And they're great for all skin types. 

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The Basic Brown Sugar Facial Scrub With Honey

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The basic brown sugar scrub recipe. There really isn't a better natural exfoliant than brown sugar. It doesn't tear at the skin like oatmeal or salt can do and it tastes delicious if it somehow makes its way into your mouth. This popular scrub includes Manuka honey and oils. It's a must try!

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Oatmeal Scrub for the Face

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Oatmeal scrub works for all skin types. It includes almost all the ingredients in your kitchen: egg, milk, brown sugar, oatmeal and more. 

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Coffee Grounds & Cocoa Facial Scrub

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This ​skin brightening facial scrub is interesting because it contains coffee grounds and cocoa powder -- two products that are great for the skin. Add honey and oil and you have a super moisturizing scrub that's good for all skin types.

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Pineapple & Papaya Facial Exfoliating Mask

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Kiehl's makes an amazing Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub that will set you back a bunch of money. You can make a similar scrub using these ingredients for much less.

Pineapple and papayas are not only delicious to eat, but the juice from both are a natural exfoliant. The honey calms the skin. This isn't a scrub, as much as it is an exfoliating mask. Enjoy!

Note: Don't use this on sensitive skin. Pineapple and any other citrus fruit can exacerbate your sensitive skin issues.

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Super Simple Brown Sugar Scrub for the Face (Just Two Ingredients!)

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Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that works for all skin types. It is adapted from a recipe suggested by Lena Korres, founder of Korres Natural Products, and makeup artist Jemma Kidd, in Cosmopolitan magazine.

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Almond Milk Facial Scrub

Almond oil is a great option for beauty treatments.
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This facial scrub is different from the other recipes on this list. It's made up solely of dried ingredients, so you can make up a large batch and keep it for a good long while or give it as gifts.

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Peach Facial Scrub Recipe

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Like many fruits, peaches contain alpha hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids found in foods such as sour milk, fruits, and sugar. They work as a mild exfoliant, breaking down dead skin cells and helping create new cell turnover. Use these often and you're left with smoother skin, a clearer complexion and fewer blackheads.

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Brewer's Yeast Greek Yogurt Facial Scrub

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The brewer's yeast in this scrub will help stimulate your circulation while the Greek yogurt refreshes your face. The brown sugar, of course, is the perfect exfoliant.

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Make Your Own Sugar or Salt Scrub (Great for Dry Skin)

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Head to a posh spa and you can treat yourself to an all-over body scrub. Or you can spend up to $50 on a fancy body scrub. Why buy when you can make a homemade body scrub out of basic ingredients yourself? All you need is a quick recipe made up of salt or sugar, body oil, ​and a nice, warm bath.