Exfoliation is the key to healthy and vibrant looking skin, and while there are many store bought options around, we love that fact that our beauty guru Joanna Vargas has given us some DIY recipes to try at home. From brown sugar to corn meal, the natural ingredients in these recipes provide the gentle exfoliation your skin needs to stay silky smooth. She’s covered everything from your face to your toes with these scrubs, which is perfect considering winter is finally coming to an end. Read below for the recipes; we bet you have these pantry staples already…
DIY Face Scrub:
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup grapefruit juice
Cool in the fridge to thicken. Scrub onto the face for two minutes, then rinse.
The yogurt in this scrub is a great anti-inflammatory and its lactic acid will serve as a peel. The cornmeal of course, is the physical exfoliant – I like to use an exfoliant that contains both a physical and a “chemical” component. The grapefruit juice contains salicylic acid and is very cleansing. This scrub smells wonderful and is like having a mini facial right at home!
DIY Matcha Body Scrub:
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of organic matcha powder
1 tsp organic honey
Mix all ingredients together and put into a mason jar. Gently scrub all over the body, then rinse in the shower. Should be used 2-3x per week.
Coconut oil helps to soothe and hydrate the skin as it’s loaded with omega 3 fatty acids. It also gets rid of inflammation. Sugar helps to exfoliate the skin without drying it out like salt can. High levels of polyphenols in matcha help to increase skin cell growth. The more collagen production your skin has, the more firm and healthy it will be. Adding a tiny bit of honey helps to make this scrub exfoliate and deeply moisturize at the same time.
Exfoliating Mango Face Mask:
1 tsp organic greek yogurt
1/2 cup pureed or mashed mango
1/2 tsp organic honey
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to the skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with a warm cloth.
Mangoes are high in vitamins A and C, making them the perfect skin treatment that all skin types can benefit from. Yogurt is a natural anti-inflammatory, the higher the fat content the more hydrating it is for the skin, which makes greek yogurt especially beneficial. It also has lactic acid, which adds an extra hint of gentle exfoliation. Honey delivers that extra hydration without clogging the pores, allowing for your skin to simultaneously be resurfaced and hydrated.