A home-made facial scrub is a great way to cut costs around the house but still get that clean and clear feeling. Not only is it cost efficient, but it also allows you to know exactly what goes into a product that will be used on what some would say is the most delicate organ of your body: your skin! This honey and coffee scrub will leave your face feeling moisturized and refreshed while thoroughly cleaning your pores.
Keep in mind, this scrub will provide deep cleanse. Often times, deep cleaning will result in breakouts due to a change in skin pH, so never do it the day before or day of a big event. Below are ingredients that will go into your facial scrub:
Honey is nature’s antibiotic salve. It’s also a top notch moisturizer and antioxidant. By adding honey to the mixture, it’s healing and purifying properties will not only help to unclog pores but it will help to heal any minor blemishes or scrapes. Honey is often used as a quick facial mask for those with skin in need of moisture, so it’s the perfect base to build a natural and quick facial scrub.
While it’s most commonly seen in a steaming mug on Monday mornings, coffee has also become a popular ingredient in natural skin care products. The benefits of coffee are endless; it will help to freshen and revitalize dull and lackluster skin. Undoubtedly, the high concentration of caffeine is what does the trick. Caffeine wakes skin up, leaving it looking vibrant. It’s been known to reduce under eye swelling and temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite, making it a wonderful addition to any skin care regimen.
Sugar has the perfect grainy texture to exfoliate and polish skin. It’s harsh enough to remove dead skin while still leaving healthy skin in great shape. It acts as a moisture magnet as it brings moisture to your skin from the environment around you. Sugar also contains an acid that helps speed up the production of new skin cells, making skin appear younger and fresher.
It’s not just an ingredient found in the kitchen anymore! In small amounts, its helps with exfoliation and removes heavy oils. With proper use, it’s proven to clear up severe cases of acne and aid in balancing very oily skin types.
All of the above ingredients are easy to find and very inexpensive. The blend of moisture, caffeine and healing power throws together elements from an average kitchen to create a luxurious treatment that will leave skin feeling smooth and revitalized.
How It’s Made
- Use a small serving bowl to mix the ingredients.
- Pour a handful of honey into the bowl. Any honey will do.
- Add two teaspoons of finely granulated sugar. Try to stay away from largely granulated sugar as it can be a little too harsh on the skin. Although brown sugar would seem appropriate, it would actually throw off the mixture’s consistency. Only substitute with brown sugar if you have extremely sensitive skin; it’s a bit softer than cane sugar.
- Add one teaspoon of baking soda. Don’t overdo it; in large amounts, baking soda can be harmful. A small box of Arm and Hammer is only about $1 at your grocery store!
- Add one table spoon of coffee grounds. Any simple breakfast blend will work. It’s very important that you use coffee grounds and not rough chunks of the seed itself. The texture of roughly ground coffee seeds can scratch and harm your skin.
- Mix the ingredients until it resembles a thick and grainy paste. Try using a toothpick or coffee stir. Using a spoon will cause the honey to clump up and unevenly mix.
- Remove all makeup and residuals from your face with a quick, warm rinse. Don’t worry if you can’t quite get it all; the scrub will deal with that. The warm rinse opens and readies your pores for cleaning.
- Pat dry with a towel.
- It’s helpful to wear a band over your hairline to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your hair.
- Dip your pointer finger and middle finger into the mixture. Gather a generous amount of the scrub and place it in gobs around your face, being sure to include under the eyes, creases of the nose and forehead. Gently scrub in a circular motion and work your way around your face, adding more of the mixture where needed. Take care to avoid getting any in your eyes; if it gets in your eyes, just flush thoroughly with warm water.
- Once satisfied, you can either leave the scrub on for 3-5 minutes or rinse it off right away with warm water and a washcloth. Honey is a wonderful healing agent for open blemishes. Nothing in the mixture can harm your skin, so leaving it on as a mask is okay.
- Finish up with a splash or two of cold water to quickly close your pores.
- Pat dry with a towel.
- If you have a favorite moisturizing cream, lightly apply it.
The remaining scrub can be easily stored by covering the small bowl in plastic wrap or tin foil. Since the ingredients are all natural, only hang onto the mixture for about a week. No need to refrigerate. If the mixture dries up a little before you get the chance to use it again, just add a small amount of honey and re-stir. It’s safe to use up to three times a week; overuse will only cause irritation.
Using a homemade facial scrub can allow you to get that spa feeling without paying the extra expense! Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive; it just has to make sense. By combining components that moisturize, cleanse, revitalize and heal, this smooth honey-coffee scrub can compete with the expensive brand name products that you see on drugstore shelves.