How to Make a Basic Homemade Facial Scrub

Facial scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your skin and remove dry, flaky patches. Instead of spending money on an expensive scrub from the store, you can make your own facial scrub right at home!

Method One of Nine:
Cleansing Cream and Sugar Scrub

  1. 1
    Wash your face thoroughly. Splash a little lukewarm water on your face, and use a soft and clean cloth to gently scrub it. You may also use some facial soap, whichever you prefer or is best for your skin.
  2. 2
    Put about a teaspoon of cleansing cream in the palm of your hand. This can be whatever you have on hand - just make sure it is creamy in texture.
  3. 3
    Pour 2 teaspoons of sugar over the cleansing cream. use both hands to mix the cleansing cream and sugar together, creating a gritty paste.
    • Use a fine grained sugar, rather than course or turbinado sugar. Larger grains can scratch your face.
    • If you want to make extra scrub for later, mix the cleansing cream and the sugar in a bowl, adding the right amount of both ingredients to create a gritty texture. Place the mixture in a jar with a lid, and store on your bathroom shelf for next time.
  4. 4
    Apply the mixture to your face in a circular motion. pay close attention to the side of the nose and any little lines or dry spots. Be careful around the eyes.
    • If you get a little scrub in your eyes, just flush with water.
  5. 5
    Wet a washcloth with lukewarm water. Lean over the sink and start removing the scrub from your face, wetting the washcloth again as needed.
  6. 6
    Finish by splashing your face with cold water. This closes your pores and freshens your face. Dry with a soft towel.

Method Two of Nine:
Green Tea, Sugar and Honey Scrub

  1. 1
    Brew a mug of extra-strength green tea. Green tea is said to have anti-aging effects when applied to the skin. It reduces wrinkles and blemishes, and even repair scar tissue.
    • For best results, use loose green tea and a tea ball or strainer, rather than using a bag of green tea.
    • If you're using bagged green tea, go with plain tea, rather than flavored. This will give you a more concentrated result.
  2. 2
    Pour a tablespoon or two of brewed tea into a bowl. Allow the tea to cool.
  3. 3
    Pour a tablespoon of sugar into the tea. Keep adding sugar until the mixture has a consistency that's gritty enough to scrub your skin, but still wet enough to apply easily.
  4. 4
    Stir in a tablespoon of honey. Make sure it's thoroughly mixed in. Honey has great moisturizing and antibacterial properties.
    • To store this scrub for later, put the mixture in a jar sealed with a lid. Keep it in a cool, dry place. It should last for several weeks.
  5. 5
    Apply the scrub to a freshly washed face. Rub the scrub all over your face, concentrating in spots that are dry. Use a wet washcloth to remove the scrub, and splash cold water over your face when you're finished.

Method Three of Nine:
Coconut Oil, Sugar and Lemon Scrub

Coconut oil has been used for centuries by Pacific Islanders; it is renowned as a good skin tonic. Sugar and lemon soften and exfoliate.

  1. 1
    Place 1/2 cup of coconut oil in a bowl. If you don't have coconut oil, use olive oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil.
    • Peanut oil, canola oil, and vegetable oil should be avoided, since these have a strong smell that may take away from the experience of giving yourself a facial.
  2. 2
    Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the bowl. Keep stirring sugar into the mixture until it has a gritty, spreadable consistency.
  3. 3
    Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture. This will increase the cleansing properties of the scrub.
    • To store this scrub for later, put the mixture in a jar sealed with a lid. Keep it in a cool, dry place. It should last for several weeks.
  4. 4
    Apply the scrub to a freshly washed face. Rub the scrub all over your face, concentrating in spots that are dry. Use a wet washcloth to remove the scrub, and splash cold water over your face when you're finished.
    • Oil-based scrubs will leave your skin feeling very soft, with a slight residue of oil. These types of scrubs are best for dry skin.

Method Four of Nine:
Almond Meal, Oil and Essential Oil Scrub

  1. 1
    Place 1 cup of almond meal in a bowl. You may buy almond meal at the store, but it's easy to make it at home: just place raw almonds in a blender or food processor and pulse until they've turned into a fine-grained meal.
    • Don't pulse for too long, or the almonds will turn to almond milk.
    • Don't use salted or roasted almonds.
  2. 2
    Mix 1/2 cup of almond oil with the almond meal. You may also use olive oil, coconut oil, or another cosmetic-grade oil.
    • Avoid peanut oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, and other oils with strong smells.
  3. 3
    Add a few drops of essential oil. Lavender, lemon, rose, and other essential oils make this scrub feel even more luxurious.
    • To store this scrub for later, put the mixture in a jar sealed with a lid. Keep it in a cool, dry place. It should last for several weeks.
  4. 4
    Apply the scrub to a freshly washed face. Rub the scrub all over your face, concentrating in spots that are dry. Use a wet washcloth to remove the scrub, and splash cold water over your face when you're finished.

Method Five of Nine:
Coffee Grounds Scrub

Coffee grounds are a natural exfoliant, sloughing away dead skin cells and leaving the skin feel refreshed.[1] Coffee grounds also soften the skin.

  1. 1
    Grind up some coffee. Or, use leftover grounds from the morning's cup.
  2. 2
    Take a tablespoon of coffee. Add a tablespoon of water. Mix together well.
  3. 3
    Apply the coffee ground mix to your face. Use a circular motion.
  4. 4
    Rinse off. Pat the skin dry.

Method Six of Nine:
Yogurt Scrub

The B6 in yogurt helps to stimulate blood flow, making your skin feel fresh and renewed.[2]

  1. 1
    Wash your face with a soap bar or cleanser. Pat dry with a towel.
  2. 2
    Place ordinary yogurt in a bowl.
  3. 3
    Apply it on your skin. Leave it for 15 minutes or more.
  4. 4
    Wash your face with cold water.
  5. 5
    Pat dry with a towel or washcloth.
  6. 6
    Repeat once a week.

Method Seven of Nine:
Rice Scrub

  1. 1
    Choose any type of bagged rice (brown, jasmine, etc.).
  2. 2
    Grind the rice into smaller grains. Do not grind too much or you will get a powder. It needs to be small beads of rice for exfoliation.
  3. 3
    Add honey to the rice. Mix to form a thick paste.
  4. 4
    Cut a lemon in half and dip in rice mixture. Scrub the lemon on face, transferring the rice mixture. If a lemon is not available, use clean hands.
  5. 5
    Rinse off. Pat dry with a towel or washcloth.
  6. 6
    Repeat weekly.

Method Eight of Nine:
Toothpaste and Salt Scrub

This is a great treatment for dead skin and acne.

  1. 1
    Squeeze out 1 tablespoon of toothpaste (not gel).
  2. 2
    Get 1 teaspoon of salt (table salt is fine).
  3. 3
    Mix together in a bowl or in your hand.
  4. 4
    Apply to the skin in a circular motion.
  5. 5
    Leave on the skin for 10 minutes.
  6. 6
    Rinse off with warm water. Switch to cool water to close the pores.
  7. 7
    Pat dry the face. Feel refreshed.

Method Nine of Nine:
Honey and Cinnamon Scrub

  1. 1
    Put 1 1/4 teaspoons of cinnamon in a small bowl.
  2. 2
    Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the bowl.
  3. 3
    Stir until it forms a thick paste.
  4. 4
    Apply in circular motion.
  5. 5
    Wait for 30 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water.
  6. 6
    Pat dry gently. Done.

Community Q&A

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  • How long should the honey and cinnamon facial scrub last?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • It should last for about 1/2 uses depending on how much you use. Overall, you should aim to use about a tablespoon of the scrub for good results; using too little will have no result.
    Thanks! 30 1
  • What does the cinnamon scrub do?
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    • The cinnamon scrub helps to reduce pimples, helps in removal of dark spots, and softens your skin.
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  • Which is the best-suited scrub for oily and acne-prone skin?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Out of the ones in this article, probably the yogurt, since it's not really a scrub - it exfoliates chemically with the lactic acid in the yogurt rather than physically with hard particles. Chemical exfoliation is gentler and more effective for most skin types, and especially for acne-prone skin, as actual scrubbing of acne-prone skin can further inflame the skin and cause more acne for some people. You can also try the honey and cinnamon one if you want, since cinnamon is pretty soft, and honey (especially manuka honey or organic honey) can help heal acne.
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  • What's the best time for a sugar scrub?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • After a shower at night. The hot water from the shower will soften the top layer of your skin and make it easier for the scrub to clean out the pores.
    Thanks! 73 12
  • Which among these is best for dry skin?
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    • Use the one with coconut oil, sugar and lemon. The oil really helps with dry skin. The sugar and lemon cleanses the skin.
    Thanks! 54 9
  • Can I use this facial scrub for the many blackheads on my nose?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • This facial scrub can be used for whether it be blackheads, pores, and even acne.
    Thanks! 87 18
  • What brand of yogurt should I use?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • I would say unflavored Greek yogurt because it is usually all natural with no chemicals or artificial flavors.
    Thanks! 21 3
  • Which is best, white or brown sugar?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Brown sugar has more moisture so white sugar is the best way to go for a facial scrub. Brown sugar works better for lip scrubs.
    Thanks! 41 10
  • Would any of these methods help with dry, scaly, bumpy skin on my face?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • They can help to an extent. Moisturizing is very important. I would recommend talking to your doctor as well, they may be able to prescribe something more effective.
    Thanks! 28 6
  • Could you make a face mask out of different kinds of salt, sugar, and lotion?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • You could make a face mask out of different kinds of salt. However, some lotions contain oil, which will make your face oily and cause probably even more breakouts. Look for a lotion that doesn't have too much oil in it. Or, use an inexpensive cleanser.
    Thanks! 27 10
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To make your own facial scrub, pour 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 mL) of cool extra-strength green tea into a bowl. Then, add 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of sugar and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of honey and stir the mixture together. You can store your homemade scrub in a sealed jar for several weeks. When you're ready to use your scrub, gently rub it into your face with your hands, and then immediately wipe it off with a wet washcloth. To learn how to make other scrubs, like a coconut oil, sugar, and lemon scrub, scroll down!



  • Cucumbers are also a good way of cooling out your skin especially eyes.
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  • salt together mixed with toothpaste may burn your if your having dry skin avoid using this scrub.
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  • If you have blackheads or you want to open your pores before you start your scrub, put a section of your washcloth under hot water and press to the face, but be reasonable, don't put boiling hot water on it.
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  • It's best to use homemade scrubs within 1-2 weeks, since you're using fresh ingredients that may spoil.
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  • Don't use any ingredients you are allergic to.
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  • Add a few drops of lavender, lemon, or another essential oil to any scrub for to give it aromatherapeutic properties.
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  • Leave the scrub on a couple of minutes longer if you want a smoother result.
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  • You can use orange instead of lemon in the coconut oil, sugar, and lemon scrub.
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  • You can substitute any type of acidic fruit for lemon. But, lemons contain the most acids that are beneficial for a facial.
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  • Salt will tear the skin, so it should not be used as an exfoliant unless dissolved.
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    Melissa Mitchelar

    Mar 7, 2017

    "I opened up my pores with a warm washcloth first, then mixed my creamy Lancome facial cleanser with white sugar. I scrubbed it on for 5 minutes, then let it sit an additional 10 minutes. I have soft, dewy, glowing skin that looks amazing!"..." more
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    Anki K.

    Jul 31, 2016

    "It really works. But if you are allergic to any of the ingredients above, then avoid using it, as it will burn."
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    "I personally love these exfoliates! They smell delicious, and look good, too. "
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    "You showed me that I could use salt and toothpaste to clean my face!"
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    Michelle Imhof

    Apr 12, 2017

    "My daughter and I used the scrub for about a month, it works great!"
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    Aug 11, 2016

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    Dec 20, 2016

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    Jun 6, 2016

    "Really works. Cleansed my skin and it feels good."
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    May 17, 2016

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