We spend literally thousands if not millions a year for personal care and skin products. We cannot help ourselves; we see every time we turn around either a TV commercial, an advert or even a huge billboard staring us in the face to persuade us to buy this product or that one.
Most of us actually do it without even thinking, because we just have this thrown in our faces at every turn and we fall for their gimmicks subconsciously and there goes our money that we could have used in a different manner, all because we were taken in by the lavish advertising of the products.
Here are some recipes to make your own Facial Scrubs and most likely you already have the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets!
Take 2 – 3 teaspoons raw oats (not the pre-cooked type) and crush into smaller bits either by hand or in a grinder. Mix the dry oats with pure honey and 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar until it forms a smooth mixture. Add more honey as needed. Then add 1 drop of basil oil to the mixture.
For a problem skin, you can replace the basil oil with tea tree oil to help the healing process along.
After washing the face and drying it gently by patting with a towel, apply this sticky mixture in gentle circular movements. Avoid the eye area. Leave the mixture on for about 15 minutes and wash off with lots of luke-warm water.
Make a paste from a little oatmeal and water. Apply to face and allow to dry. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Mash 1/2 banana and add 1 tablespoon honey and 2 tablespoons sour cream. Apply to face and let set for about 10 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Two tablespoons of cornmeal mixed with enough water to make a thick paste makes a great inexpensive facial mask. Gently apply to face and wash off.
In a food processor or blender, combine 1/2 cucumber, 1 tablespoon yogurt, a few strawberries, and 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to face and allow to dry. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Grind 1 tablespoon almonds into a fine meal in a blender or food processor. Mix almond meal together with 1 tablespoon honey and 1 egg white. Apply to face and let set for about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
To loosen blackheads, combine equal parts baking soda and water in your hand and rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Mash half of an avocado and apply to entire face. Let set for about 20 minutes and then gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Soak 1 cup dried apricots in water until softened. Puree in blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons skim milk powder. Apply to face and let set about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Puree 1/2 peeled, sliced cucumber in a blender or food processor and add 1 tablespoon yogurt. Apply to face and let set about 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Crush a handful of strawberries and mix well with 1 teaspoon honey. Apply to face and let set for about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, the juice from 1/2 of a lemon, and 1 small carton plain yogurt. Stir in 1 whipped egg white. Apply to face and let set about 15 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Easy Oatmeal or Cornmeal Face Scrub
1 to 2 tablespoons of oatmeal or cornmeal
1 to 2 teaspoons of witch hazel
A few drops of water to make a past.
Apply to your face in an outward circular motion. To remove rinse with lots of warm water. For dry skin add a little olive oil to this homemade face scrub.
Honey is a great natural ingredient for a face cleanser and nourisher. All you will need for this homemade face scrub is:
1 to 2 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of wheat germ
Mix the honey and wheat germ together. Now with this scrub moisten the face first with warm water. Place a dab of the mixture directly on a blemish with a cotten ball. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes. Then rinse off with more warm water.
People with very sensitive skin or extremely dry skin may want to avoid these homemade face scrubs.
Note: Don’t use scrubs within a few days of the Junior/Senior Prom, your wedding, or other special events, because your skin can develop temporary blotches when it is cleansed so well.