Homemade Facial Scrub With Oatmeal


Exfoliation is an important part of an effective skin care regime, notes the Renee Rouleau Spa. Using a mildly abrasive agent can slough away dead skin cells and clean pores deeply for healthier, smoother skin. You could purchase an exfoliating facial wash from a drug or department store, but you probably already have the makings for an effective oatmeal facial scrub in your own pantry. Mix a small amount each time you feel like your face could use a revitalizing and cleansing scrub.

Step 1

Pour 2 teaspoons of oatmeal into a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of baking powder. The oats are abrasive enough to slough away dead skin cells, while the baking soda is effective in dissolving dirt and oil. Mix until the two are well combined.

Step 2

Add a small amount of warm water, mixing consistently until you form a paste; 1 1/2 teaspoons should be enough, notes Sara Wells of OurBestBites.com. Test the consistency, by pinching a small amount between your fingers; it’s ready when you can spread it easily between your thumb and forefinger.

Step 3

Bring the bowl with you into the bathroom. Cleanse your face first to remove any excess dirt and makeup.

Step 4

Use your fingers to scoop a teaspoon or so of the oatmeal mixture. Apply it to your face and gently rub it in a circular motion. Focus on areas where you suffer from dry, dead skin–around your nostrils, cheeks and chin. Rub for at least 30 seconds, scooping up more oatmeal facial scrub as you need it.

Step 5

Rinse the oatmeal facial scrub from your face with warm water. Splash the water on your face to remove all remnants of the oatmeal. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to finish your facial.

Tips and Warnings

  • Triple the recipe to make a whole-body scrub. Use it in the shower for soft all-over skin.