How easy it is to indulge in the fancy products in shiny containers. But then homemade products are more economical and work just fine as they are chemical free and gentle on the skin. You can easily control the ingredients in homemade scrubs depending on your needs.
What to do?
- Know before hand the ingredients you are allergic to.
- Choose scrub according to your skin type.
- Use scrub twice a week.
- Use mild scrub for face and a bit coarse for the body.
- If you are using any exfoliating face wash/cream, then use a gentle scrub once a week.
Homemade Body Scrubs
1. Papaya Scrub
Papaya is rich in Papain which is known for its skin lightening property and used in many cosmetics and soaps for whitening effect. Green papaya is richer in papain. Ripe orange is rich in citric acid that is famous for its lightening action.
Grind the papaya and ripe orange without peeling into a paste. Mix chickpea flour and oatmeal into a bowl depending on your requirement. Add a pinch of turmeric powder into it. Now add the paste into the scrub. It can be used as facial and body scrub as well. Keep it for 15-20 minutes. Then gently remove it by scrubbing into the circular motion. Don’t let it too dry. Wash with cold water.
This scrub is good for skin lightening as it shows visible results.
2. Rice Scrub
Rice is the Asians beauty secret for years. Use as a mask or scrub, it definitely whitens and brightens the skin to great extent. Grind the organic rice into the powder. When the powder is grainy and not coarse that means your scrub is ready. You can keep it coarse for the body scrub. Rice flour is available in the market too.
Add raw milk to the rice powder to make a paste. Apply it on your face for 20 minutes before washing with lukewarm water.
Rice is very good at exfoliating. Feel free to add it to any of your face masks for scrubbing. It is gentle yet firm.
3. Tomato Scrub
Tomato acts as a bleaching agent. Making this scrub is as easy as it is effective in lightening the skin tone. Moreover, it is the most effortless method to removes tan, dark spot and acne mark. You can use it two ways:
- Cut a slice of tomato and sprinkle the very fine sugar granules on top of it. Now exfoliate in a circular motion avoiding eye area. Keep adding sugar as you go. Do this for 2 minutes. Wash with cold water.
- Rub the slice of tomato on your face and neck. Keep it for 15 minutes. Now try the step 1 with sugar granule to scrub. This is more effective if time is not the issue.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very good exfoliator and can be used in many ways for many beauty remedies. Do a patch test before trying baking soda on the face. It can be very drying and should be used only twice a week. The 1-2 minute is application is all you need to get soft smooth skin that provides a better ground for other products to penetrate better.
Many ways to use it:
- Mix a spoon or two with a few drops of water and apply it on your face and neck. Keep it for 1-2 minutes. With gentle fingertips, exfoliate in the circular motion. Wash with cold water. Don’t forget to apply a good moisturiser after that.
- Mix baking soda with honey for more gentle use. Honey is also a lightening agent with moisturising properties. Apply for 2-3 minutes before scrubbing away.
- For strong action, mix baking soda with lemon juice. This can be used on the body. Keep it for 5-15 minutes. Scrub in the circular motion before washing it with cold water.
Lemon is not always a safe option for oily acne prone skin.The first method will work just fine for acne prone skin. It dries up the acne and helps in fading acne marks.
Tips to Remember:
- Over exfoliating is not safe for skin.
- Moisturise after using scrubs.
- Don’t use scrubs that are harsh to the skin.
- Harsh exfoliation can cause acne.
- Don’t scrub the already erupt skin. That will worsen the situation.
- Slow and steady that is how the exfoliation should be.
- Skin lightening and whitening is not an overnight miracle but an exercise that needed regular action.