DIY Facial Scrubs for Any Skin Type

Want to treat yourself to a little handmade spa action? Check out these facial scrub recipes for dry, normal, and oily skin!

The best way to apply your scrub is to gently massage it on with a damp washcloth, and make sure you rinse your face thoroughly when youíre done. Also, donít miss the easy toner recipe at the very bottom!

A word of caution about these scrubs: you don’t want to exfoliate every day. Once or twice a week is just perfect for maintaining healthy, glowing skin! More than that can cause oiliness, dryness or breakouts as your skin compensates for the “lost” moisture. You’ll want to mix up very small batches- enough for just one or two uses – since these recipes are food-based and won’t keep for too long on the shelf.

Dry Skin
To help ease dry skin, you’ll want to gently exfoliate while also moisturizing. Try Annie’s sugar scrub recipe† or ehow’s olive oil and avocado moisturizer. If your skin is exceptionally dry, follow this up with a little bit of olive oil to moisturize even more. You might also try drinking more water to treat your skin right from the inside out!

Normal Skin
To gently moisturize and exfoliate normal skin, try mixing a bit of sugar and baking soda with enough sesame oil to form a paste. If this feels a bit too oily for your skin, you can also try half oil and half honey in the mix.

Oily Skin
We knew oatmeal was good for your insides… who knew it was great for your face? You can make a simple oatmeal scrub by combining equal parts ground oatmeal and deeply steeped, cooled chamomile tea. Add a little bit of honey and a drop of tea tree oil, and you’re ready to scrub. This recipe also works with spent coffee grounds in place of the oatmeal. Invigorating!

No matter what your skin type, you might enjoy following this up with a soothing green tea toner. Just steep the tea for about ten minutes and let it cool. Put it in a spray bottle and spritz on or apply with a clean cloth. Voila!


By Becky Striepe, Green Options

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Catherine A.
Catherine A.21 days ago

I sent your articles links to all my contacts and they all adore it including me. health

Lorna S.
Lorna S.2 years ago


Julie W.
Julie W.2 years ago

Mihalea M, I have used jojoba oil on my skin for about 30 years. I just add a small teaspoon to a jar of simple moisturiser and mix it in. At 75, most people think I am years younger. A bottle lasts for ever.

Oana Ionete
yonette VO2 years ago

Thank you!

Charlotte A.
Charlotte A.2 years ago

Thank-you. The indoor heat has been so drying during this cold weather.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Kath P.
Kath P.2 years ago

The sugar scrub looks interesting...I'll give it a try.

Mark Tennis
Mark Tennis3 years ago

Before I struggled with extremely oily skin and occasional break outs. Now my skin is much less oily and very few break outs.

I use the Rooibos Tea Face Scrub (from the organic Made from Earth skincare line). I love the smell and it has these little scrubbing beads in it that really clean your skin thoroughly. The scrubby beads feel great on your skin and when you rinse your face you have such a fresh feeling.

Mihaela Marin
Mihaela Marin4 years ago

Try jojoba oil; is very similar to human skin oil and works great as a moisturizer, make up remover also as a lip balm. It might look expensive but I use only few drops at a time. Too much might leave your skin looking oily for few min's. I am very happy with my "find" ; my skin is very sensitive and this oil works wonders :))) plus I don't have to spend more money on make up removers and so on...

Janine F.
Janine F.4 years ago

great thanks