Has the dry, cold winter weather done a number on your skin? This simple homemade facial scrub can help your face bounce back from the winter chill.
Here in Atlanta the weather is starting to take a turn. Rainstorms are bringing warm fronts instead of snow and ice, and over the weekend I took a walk in flip flops and no jacket! I know that for my friends up north the weather hasn’t quite started to turn toward springtime, but this homemade facial scrub can start healing your skin no matter what the weather report says.
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This homemade facial scrub uses oatmeal as the base, which means it’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. If your skin is very sensitive, you may want to skip the tea tree oil and stick with just the five drops of lavender to make it an even more gentle recipe. That’s what I love about DIY beauty recipes – you can adjust them to work for your specific needs!
The other thing I love about DIY beauty recipes like this homemade facial scrub is that you control what goes into it, and that means you know what’s not in it. So many conventional beauty products contain questionable ingredients. When you make your own, you don’t have to worry about things like triclosan and “fragrance.”
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You only need a few simple ingredients to make this homemade facial scrub: oatmeal, agave nectar or honey, and essential oils. If you opt to leave out the essential oils, it becomes a two-ingredient recipe! If you can, I definitely recommend using at least one of the essential oils listed in the recipe.
Tea tree and lavender oil are a great combination for your skin. Together, they clean and soothe the skin, and the combo just plain smells great. They also both have antiseptic properties, which means that they help extend the shelf life of your homemade facial scrub. If you opt to leave out one or both oils, just make sure you use up your scrub within a week. With the oils, it should last you closer to two weeks.
Homemade Facial Scrub Recipe
Ingredients and Supplies
- 1/4 cup quick oats – If you use whole rolled oats, give them a whirl in the blender to break them up a little bit. You’re not going for oat flour, just a very coarse meal. It should only take a few seconds to achieve this.
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar – You can also use honey, if you swing that way.
- 5 drops each tea tree and lavender essential oils – See above about sensitive skin.
- small bowl and a spoon
- small glass jar – An old jelly jar is perfect for storing this scrub!
In a small bowl, combine your ingredients, stirring to combine very well. Transfer to your clean glass jar, and you’re ready to go!
To apply, grab about a tablespoon of the scrub on your fingertips and massage into your face. You can rinse off right away or let the scrub sit for 5-10 minutes, if you want to use this like a scrub/mask combo. Rinse with warm water.