Make this easy DIY facial scrub for yourself or as part of a great “spa in a box” gift
It’s easy to get caught up in the business of life and neglect things like skincare. I know there are some nights I’m so tired I barely want to just wash my face. However it really is pretty simple to make a few quick DIYs like this facial scrub that will help your skin feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Plus since we are in time where a day at the spa is not really possible, this is a great way to give yourself a little extra love.
As an added bonus, our facial steam and this facial scrub make amazing yet inexpensive gifts. I’m working on some “spa in a box” gifts for some special people this year. One way you can package these projects is by repurposing Oui yogurt jars by adding cute lids from Weck Jars. You can also use small canning jars, cute tubes with cork stoppers, or any glass jar that you have on hand.Use your imagination. I’m including both the scrub and steam, a bar of my hand-crafted soap, a pair of fuzzy socks and a super soft wash cloth. For less than $10, I’ll have amazing and memorable gifts!
This scrub combines oatmeal, dry milk, calendula petals and chamomile for a fresh smelling and soothing facial scrub. The recipe below makes about 1/4 cup. It’s easy to adjust the quantities for whatever containers or quantity of containers you are using. I’d recommend using this within a few months, but honestly as long as you keep the unused part dry, it should keep for a good long while.
We have a smoothie attachment for our ninja blender, it’s perfect for small batches of this facial scrub. The full blender or food processor would also work as would a coffee grinder. Lots of options. Main thing is you want to get the oats very finely ground.
When you’re ready to use the scrub, you moisten it with warm water, but if you’re looking for added soothing benefits, try substituting witch hazel, yogurt, or apple cider vinegar (if you use vinegar try using half vinegar, half water)
Okay, I’m sure you’re curious about why I chose these ingredients. Let’s take a look at each one
Oatmeal brightens and soothes the skin. According to food.ndtv.com, “ Oats can remove the dead skin cells and act as a natural moisturizer. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to keep the skin exfoliated. Oatmeal’s mild pH can help to cool down the inflamed skin that may have caused due to some rash or infection, causing dry skin.
Calendula petals have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to protect your collagen and elastin supply, which keeps your skin younger looking. Chamomile also boasts the same anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help soothe the skin, reducing redness and blemishes.
While this would be an amazing scrub without the milk, it’s adds a lovely layer of soothing and moisturizing. Milk has a unique ability to remove the oil-soluble impurities with the help of fat-soluble enzyme lipase, protein-based impurities with the help of protease and dead skin cells with lactic acid. (Dermatocare)
I have a tendency to play around with ingredients in DIYs because I like to put my own spin on things.
If you also like to get creative, here are some suggestions:
Rejuvenating Facial Scrub
- 3 tablespoons rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons dried calendula petals
- 2 teaspoons dried chamomile
- 1 tablespoon dried milk
- Place ingredients in high speed blender. A Magic Bullet or similar works great. Blend until ingredients are a fine powder. Store in airtight container until ready for use.
- To use, dampen your skin with warm water. Starting with a facial steam is perfect. Combine one teaspoon of scrub with warm water in the palm of your hand. Gently massage onto face and throat. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow with toner and moisturizer.
- yields about 1/4 cup. Adjust ingredient quantities based on container size