When you hit a rough patch (literally) with your skin, a face scrub can be just what you need to revive any dullness. Face scrubs contain exfoliating ingredients that have a texture you can feel, such as sugar or salt. By clearing away the dead cells that make skin look rough and textured, face scrubs help soften and brighten your skin.

One of the great things about DIY Face Scrubs is that they’re easy to make at home. That means you can tailor your scrub to your skin, using ingredients that don’t cause sensitivity issues for you.

That being said,  not every ingredient you find in your home should go on your skin. Kitchen ingredients sound natural, and natural is fine in some cases, but sometimes they can actually cause skin irritation, we recommend avoiding fresh lemon or highly concentrated apple cider vinegar. If an ingredient causes stinging or burning, it’s not worth putting in your scrub.

To keep your skin looking “shiny and refreshed,use a face scrub once or twice weekly. Don’t overdo it, or your skin won’t be happy.

Here are 6 DIY face scrubs with dermatologist-recommended ingredients:

rosehip oil scrub

Rosehip Oil Face Scrub

Rosehip oil is often used for its anti-aging benefits because it’s a source of vitamins A and E, which can help to bring new skin cells to the surface for increased cell turnover.

How to make it: 

  • Combine 1 cup of ultra-fine sugar with 1/4 cup olive oil (or natural oil of your choice) and 1 tablespoon of rosehip oil.
  • Massage into skin and rinse with warm water.

green tea body scrub

Sugar Apple Green Tea Face Scrub

To try a milder dose of green tea, mix together this scrub from Dr. Shamban. It’s great for acne-prone skin and gentle enough that you can use it up to three times per week. Originally designed for the face, we sized up this recipe to make a full-body version.

How to make it:

  • Combine 3/4 cup of apple sauce with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  • Mix in 3 tablespoons of green tea leaves and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Continue mixing until the ingredients form a fluffy paste.
  • Massage onto damp skin and then rinse off.

honey oats scrub

Oatmeal Honey Yogurt Face Scrub

 This gentle scrub combines the soothing properties of oatmeal and honey with yogurt’s skin-smoothing powers. Yogurt is a natural source of lactic acid, a type of alpha-hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates the skin.

Make the scrub: 

  • In a blender, combine 2 tablespoons of oats and 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds.
  • Grind until smooth.
  • In a bowl, stir together the oat seed blend with 4 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 teaspoons of warm honey.
  • Massage over face, neck, and body. Leave the scrub on for three minutes before rinsing off.

matcha green tea body scrub

Matcha Green Tea Body Scrub

 Matcha is a potent form of green tea. It’s high in antioxidants which are helpful for undoing UV damage from the sun.

Green tea also contains caffeine, which has an anti-redness effect. Green tea can actually temporarily close the blood vessels.This helps calm redness, so it’s especially beneficial for those with acne or rosacea.

How to make it: 

  • Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder, and 1 teaspoon of plain green tea leaves.
  • Stir in jojoba oil (or your favorite natural oil) one spoonful at a time until the scrub has the consistency you like.

cocont brown sugar rub

Coconut Brown Sugar Body Scrub

You don’t always need to exfoliate your whole body. To focus in on those rough patches of skin on the elbows, knees, and heels, this simple DIY scrub is recommended.

How to make it: 

  • Combine 1 cup of brown sugar with 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil.
  • Massage onto rough patches of skin and then rinse with warm water.
  • As with all body scrubs, apply moisturizer after

almond rub

Clay Milk Almond Body Scrub

If you’re prone to acne or oily areas on your body, this clay-based scrub could be calming.

Whole milk powder is moisturizing, while almond meal provides exfoliation that is gentle enough for most people. Avoid scrubs that contain actual nutshells or bits of stone, since these can cause skin micro-tears and scarring. Almond meal is gentler, so this scrub is safe to use on your face, neck, and whole body.

How to make it: 

  • In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of bentonite clay, 1/2 cup of almond meal, and 2 tablespoons of whole powdered milk.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of water, and enough almond oil to form a paste.
  • Spread over skin and allow to dry before rinsing off with warm water.

We hope you enjoy this post and will make use of the recipes above to help exfoliate your skin.