Through the natural skin regenerative process, old skin cells die out and new skin cells are developed to replace these old cells. However, the problem is, often the old cells are not removed naturally from the surface of the skin and they continue to accumulate on the skin as a layer, stopping the new cells to take their place.
Accumulation of dead skin cells on the skin can lead to several skin issues. These dead cells not only give a rough and patchy look to the skin but can also work as one of the primary substances to block the skin pores which can give rise to blackheads, whiteheads and even pimple or acne. So, removing the dead skin from the skin surface is actually vital to enjoy a naturally healthy skin.
One of the most effective ways of removing the dead skin is scrubbing. Scrubbing gently brushes off the dead skin and enables the new skin cells to take their place. The good thing is that, for removing the dead skin through scrubbing you need not to rush to a parlor. Some simple yet effective homemade scrubs can give you the best effects right in your home. Here we have listed a list of homemade scrubs that can remove the dead skin cells gently and most effectively.
Brown sugar and almond oil face scrub
Almond oil gives your skin a smooth, soft and wrinkles free texture. Brown sugar when scrubbed with almond oil mixture helps in removal of dead skin. Mix 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon Almond oil (you can also use coconut oil but almond oil is recommended for best results) and apply it on your face. Scrub your face in circular motion for 2-4 minutes. The friction caused between your skin and brown sugar due to scrubbing helps to eliminate dead skin cells from your face. Allow the mixture to be on your face for the next five minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Raw milk and semolina (rava/suji) face scrub
Raw milk contains lactic acid in high quantity which acts as a natural cleanser and helps in exfoliating and lightening skin tone. Semolina is also an amazing exfoliate for skin. In a bowl and add cold raw milk to it in a ratio of 2:1.Let the mixture rest till semolina soaks whole milk forming a thick paste. Apply this pack on your face and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Once the mixture turns moderately dry gently massage your face in order to scrub off the dead skin on your face. Wash away the scrub mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Olive oil and olive pits face scrub
Regular use of this mixture will help you in getting healthy, radiant and dead cells free skin naturally. In a bowl mix 2 tablespoon olive oil with a mixture of grinded olive pits (2-3 olive pits). Apply this pack on your skin and scrub it lightly in circular motion and clean your face with lukewarm water .This pack is extremely oily hence if the oil doesn’t come off easily use a mild cleanser to remove the excess oil thoroughly from your face, pat dry.
Honey and almonds face scrub
Almonds contain vitamin E and are help to nourish skin from within. Honey is a natural moisturizing agent and also an antioxidant. Soak 10-12 almonds in milk overnight (8-10 hours) and peel the soaked almonds in the morning. Put the leftover milk and peeled almonds in a food processor and grind to form a thick granule paste. Remove the paste in a small bowl and add 2 teaspoon of honey into it and mix well. Apply the scrub on clean face and neck and scrub for a few minutes. Post scrubbing let the scrub pack dry on your face and once it’s completely dried wash off with lukewarm water.
Coffee and honey scrub
Coffee and Honey make an excellent scrub to remove the dead skin cells. This scrub can be used on face as well as on your body as per the requirements. While coffee gives gentle yet effective exfoliating effect, honey ensures nourishment of the skin. Mix 1 spoon of coffee in 1 spoon of honey and use this mixture to scrub your face to get rid of the dead skin cells.
Sugar and lime juice scrub
This scrub is really simple to make and can be very effective to remove the piling dead skins. However, this scrub, being strong in nature is better suggested for use on the body, instead of the delicate skin of the face. Take 1/2 spoon of sugar and add 1 spoon of lime juice to it. Now use this mixture to scrub your body in slow circular motion. Once you are done scrubbing, wash off with water.
Besan and rice scrub
This is another effective homemade scrub that can work efficiently for removing dead skin from the face as well as from the body. This scrub can be very ideal for sensitive skin as well. Wash some rice with water and dry them out. Now grind them to make a coarse rice powder. Mix 1 spoon of this rice powder with 1 spoon of besan and add water to the mixture to come up with a smooth pack. Use this scrub on your face and body, rubbing in slow circular motion. Let the pack set for 5 minutes and then scrub again before washing off with water.
Luxurious fenugreek, milk and milk cream scrub
If you have dry to normal skin this scrub can be the ideal one for you. The fenugreek seeds remove the dead skin while the milk and milk cream nourishes the skin from within making it soft, smooth and fair. Soak 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds in raw milk overnight. In the morning dry them in sun and grind them to make a coarse powder. Now add 1 spoon of milk cream to this powder and use it as a scrub on your face and body to get rid of the layer of dead skin completely.
Orange peel, honey and milk scrub
The peel of orange can be a great ingredient for scrubbing the skin and removing dead skin cells. Collect the peel of an orange and dry it under the sun. Once the peel has dried, grind it to make orange peel powder. Take 1 spoon of this powder add 1 spoon honey to it and 1/2 spoon milk. Use this scrub on your face and body. You should follow the scrub-leave-scrub process repeatedly to get the best results. Wash off with water.
Oat, honey and lemon scrub
Oat and Honey does not only taste good but also works great as a scrub for removing dead skin cells. This scrub is very gentle on the skin and can be used on face as well. To make this scrub mix 1 spoon of oats with 1 spoon of honey. Now add a few drops of lemon juice to the mixture. Use this pack for scrubbing your face and body. Then let it stand for 5 minutes and then again continue scrubbing. Wash off with water or remove with a dry cotton cloth.
Poppy seeds and green papaya scrub
This is a very luxurious and effective scrub. However, being very gentle, this scrub is more suitable to be used on the face. Poppy seeds offer mild scrubbing action on the skin and the green papaya of the scrub helps in exfoliating the skin through its enzymatic constituents promoting soft and bright skin. Take few pieces of green papaya and grind them to make a paste. Take 1 spoon of this paste and mix 1 spoon of poppy seeds to it. Now use this scrub on your face. Let it set for some time before washing off.
Masoor dal, milk and milk cream scrub
Masoor dal or red lentil is an effective skin scrubber. This pack is ideal for dry skin and if you have oily skin you should skip adding the milk cream to this scrub. Soak 1 tablespoon of red lentils in warm milk for 1 hour and then grind it to make a paste. Add 1/2 spoon of milk cream to it, mix well and use directly on your skin. You can use this scrub on your face as well as on your body. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
Sea salt, honey and potato peel
Sea salt is a great ingredient for removing dead skin cells and when mixed with potato peel it can also offer de-tanning effects. Potato peels are known for their ability to remove any unnatural skin pigmentation and the honey ensures the best nourishment of the skin. Take a potato, clean it properly and peel off the skin. Now crush the potato skin to make a paste. Add 1 spoon honey with 1 spoon sea salt and add this mixture with 1 spoon of the potato peel paste. Mix all the ingredients well and use it as a scrub to get the best results.
Almond and honey scrub
Almonds are loaded with skin nourishing elements and they can offer great scrubbing effects too. Take 6-8 almonds and grind them to make a coarse powder. Add 1 spoon honey to it to come up with a paste that is more on the dry side. Use this paste to scrub your face in circular motion. Let it set for 10 minutes and then scrub again before removing with a soft damp cotton cloth. This is an ideal scrub for dry skins during winter.
Turmeric as a facial scrub
Turmeric is known for its great anti-bacterial and skin lightening properties. It can also work as a facial scrubber when used in the right way. To get the scrubbing effects with turmeric, make a paste with 2 inch of fresh turmeric root and apply the paste onto your face. Let it set until it gets 90% dry and then start rubbing your face with your hands in firm circular motion. The dried out turmeric will work as a scrub and exfoliate your skin gently, revealing the new skin cells.
Wheat bran and yogurt skin scrub
Wheat bran can work as an effective scrub for the skin. By adding it with yogurt you will ensure the best nourishment of the skin and it will also add a healthy glow. Mix 2 spoons of wheat bran with 1 spoon of yogurt. Use this mixture as a scrub on your face and body. After scrubbing for 2 minutes, you should leave it on to get at least 80% dry and then scrub again before washing off with water.
- Do not scrub your face with any of these scrubs more than thrice a week.
- While using the scrub on your face, be gentle but firm. You can use more pressure while using it on the body.
- Do never use these scrubs around the delicate eye area.