WORDS BY MARCELA DE VIVIO
Facial scrubs are an essential part of a beauty routine. Using a weekly scrub on your face and body is the perfect way to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation is when you remove the old, dead skin from the surface of your skin, ensuring a healthy glow of fresh skin. If exfoliation is in your routine, your skin won’t become dry and cracked as you age. It has also been linked with stopping the development of wrinkles. Clearly, using a skin scrub is the key to beautiful healthy skin.
So, why then should you make your own natural vegan skin scrub? Well, if you are vegan it can be tough to buy products in the store that you know have all vegan ingredients. Making your own scrub is the best way to ensure that you can keep to your vegan lifestyle.
Even if you aren’t vegan, it’s great to know every ingredient going into your scrub. Oftentimes, products have confusing ingredients with words you’ve never seen before. When you make your own natural vegan scrub, you can guarantee that everything going into the product is good for you. Remember to test each product on your wrist before using it on your face, to make sure you aren’t allergic.
Here are five amazing natural vegan scrub recipes you can make using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub
Mix ½ cup brown sugar, 3 tbsp vanilla extract and ¼ cup almond oil. Mix until it has a paste-like texture. Gently rub the mixture on your skin in a circular motion. After five minutes, rinse thoroughly. This scrub will leave you will a saccharine scent throughout the day, making you smell as sweet as your personality.
Coffee Facial Scrub
This recipe comes straight from PETA, so you can be assured that it’s completely vegan. If you love the energizing aroma of coffee, you’ll love this coffee facial scrub. Just mix 6 tbsp coffee grounds with 4 tbsp olive oil until it makes a paste. Don’t leave the scrub on your skin for longer than five minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Cornmeal Facial Scrub
Cornmeal has plenty of health benefits when added to your diet. Now it can also benefit your skin as a fine skin scrub that will leave your skin looking healthier than ever. Mix 1 ½ tsp of finely ground cornmeal with ½ teaspoon of water. You can also add a drop of your favorite aromatherapy scent if you desire.
Lavender Rosemary Salt Scrub
Some exfoliating scrubs actually have a dual purpose. This scrub in particular also works as the perfect de-stressor at the end of a long, tense day. The fragrance is designed to calm your nerves. Mix ½ cup kosher salt, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 tbsp culinary grade lavender extract, and 1 tbsp chopped rosemary.
Oat Face Scrub
Take one cup of whole rolled oats, with ½ cup unsalted raw almonds. Then mix it with ¼ cup organic chamomile, for a relaxing scent.
No matter what scents and ingredients you prefer, there’s sure to be a natural vegan facial scrub that works for you. Look around your kitchen; you’ll probably find the supplies you need for healthier, more vibrant skin.