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Homemade Face Scrub

Bidisha Mukherjee
Facial scrubs are essential to exfoliate the skin. Read this story to know about the various ways in which they can be prepared at home without any hassle.
A scrub helps to get rid of unwanted dead skin cells and other impurities from the surface to expose the underlying clean and healthy skin. It not only improves the texture, but also treats skin-related problems. Dead skin cells that tend to clog the facial skin pores and cause acne are removed in the process.
Scrubbing makes the skin surface smooth and supple which in turn delays the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. People prefer to use homemade face scrubs for two reasons - these scrubs contain natural ingredients which are safe for their skin and are not expensive as compared to facial scrubs that are available in the market.

For Dry Skin

A natural facial scrub for dry, flaky skin consists of a beaten egg yolk, one tablespoon each of honey and olive oil, and small amount of vitamin E oil. Stir the ingredients properly and apply the mix on the skin. Let the pack stay on for 15-20 minutes and wash off. This scrub will remove the dull and dry upper layer of the skin and reveal the underlying healthy one. It will also help the skin to retain moisture.

For Oily Skin

Put a small-sized cucumber in a blender and make a paste out of it. Add one cup of oatmeal into the fresh cucumber paste and stir well. Take one tablespoon of this paste and one teaspoon of yogurt on your palm and apply this mixture on your face and neck. Apply it in a gentle circular motion over those areas where maximum dead skin cells get accumulated. Keep it untouched for half an hour and then rinse well with cool water.

For Acne

The main ingredients of this recipe are 2 teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon each of finely grounded nutmeg powder and fine cinnamon powder. Mix these ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mixture gently on the acne and leave it untouched for half an hour before you wash it off. Here, it is the cinnamon powder that works as an exfoliant, clearing up the clogged skin pores. The antibacterial properties of honey cures and prevents infections and heals acne faster.

For Blackheads

Soak two teaspoon of rice in a cup of milk for around 6 hours. Then grind the rice to make a fine paste and apply it on the blackhead-prone area. Wait for 10 minutes and rinse well. This will facilitate the removal of dead skin cells around the blackheads and loosen the blocked skin pores. The blackheads will be then released from the skin. A thick paste of baking soda is another excellent facial scrub for blackheads which has to be applied in the same manner.

For Wrinkles

You can prepare an anti-aging face scrub using a mixture of fruits which include bananas, pineapple, peach, kiwi, etc. These fruits contain high amount of alpha hydroxy acids which can fight signs of aging by loosening the bond between the dead skin cells and the underlying skin surface.
Mash all the fruits with a fork to make a smooth paste, followed by the addition of honey and oatmeal. Apply the scrub in the form of a thin layer all over the skin. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, rinse with water.
Before application, you must cleanse your face with a face wash. Pat your skin dry and then apply the scrub. Wash off the scrub preferably with warm water. Hot and extremely cold water is not suitable for your skin. The final step of this natural skin care regime is application of a good-quality moisturizer.