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How to make your own exfoliating scrub

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Affordable homemade face scrub ingredients every do-it-yourselfer should own

Face and body exfoliators can set us back more money than we might like, and they're often filled with laboratory-concocted ingredients. Making your own natural exfoliators is easy and can save you a ton of money. Here are four easy exfoliator "recipes" to try.

Exfoliating is a very important part of any skin care regime. Not only does it slough away dead skin cells, but it also unclogs the oil and dirt that lives in your pores and can cause breakouts. Most store-bought exfoliants contain harsh chemicals and dozens of questionable ingredients that have unknown benefits. Instead of shelling out the money for a store-bought exfoliator, try concocting one of these four homemade exfoliators using ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

As with any other exfoliating treatments, these should be used two to three times a week, not every day. And keep in mind that when trying a new skin care product (or in this case, recipe), test it out before you go to bed. That way, if you have an adverse reaction, you can give your skin time to recover while you sleep.

Basic baking soda scrub

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The range of what baking soda can do just seems to be getting wider and wider. It can freshen the air, remove stains, clean showers and sinks, and trigger explosions in science fair volcanoes. Oh yes, we can use it to bake, too. But there is one more non-food-related use to add to baking soda’s resume: face exfoliant. The grains in baking soda are just the right size to act as a gentle exfoliant, and many claim that it has helped clear up acne.


  • Baking soda
  • Facial cleanser
  • Water


  1. Mix baking soda to your facial cleanser to make it an exfoliating cleanser.
  2. Optionally you can make a paste of just baking soda and water.
  3. Gently rub it onto your skin and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off.

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