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11 Amazing Homemade Face Scrub Recipes

Exfoliating the face is a vital part of any beauty routine because removing dead skin cells regularly leaves the skin smoother and more radiant. But if you're hesitant to put chemical-laden products on your pretty face, no worries. We've rounded up the 11 best homemade face scrub recipes for you to try. The best part? Each recipe is made from ingredients you probably have in your cupboards.

Anti-Aging Yogurt Scrub

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This scrub is packed with rejuvenating ingredients that Dr. Rachael Eckel, dermatologist at ZO Skin Health, says reduce redness, minimize pores and improve wrinkles.

You'll need:

  • ½ cup organic plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • 1 small-to-medium-size carrot, finely grated
  • 2 vitamin E capsules

Once the yogurt, oatmeal and grated carrot are mixed together, poke the end of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the oils into the mixture. Rub this scrub on the face for 60 seconds or leave it on as a mask for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

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Sea Salt and Coconut Oil Face Scrub

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Coconut oil works wonders for moisturizing the skin. Roxanne from Laced Ivory shows how to make this pretty pink face scrub by combining this beautifying oil with Himalayan pink salt.

Photo: Laced Ivory

Cucumber Sugar Scrub

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Amber, also known as the Barefoot Blonde, loves this scrub because she says the cucumber helps to soothe skin and mint leaves wake her up in the mornings.

Photo: Barefoot Blonde

Bubblegum Lip Scrub

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Here's a scrub for soft, kissable lips. Eckel says to leave this scrub on the lips for five minutes for a lasting rosy hue.

You'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 teaspoon. strawberry extract
  • 2-3 drops rose pink food coloring

Stir white sugar, olive oil, strawberry extract and pink food coloring together. Eckel says if the final consistency is too oily, add more sugar, and if too dry, add more oil. Massage on lips for one minute twice a week.

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Honey, Lemon and Sugar Face Scrub

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Sarah from A Beach Cottage says this lemon scrub gave her "an organic glow of lemon-scrubbed glory." Not only does this scrub brighten the skin—we've heard it tastes amazing, too!

Photo: A Beach Cottage

Almond and Honey Face Scrub

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Aimee from Clones N Crowns says this almond and honey face scrub is the easiest DIY beauty product to make and recommends using almond powder in place of sugar as the exfoliant to create a gentle scrub.

Photo: Clones N Clowns

Acne Face Scrub

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Eckel says aspirin is outstanding at drying up blemishes because it contains salicylic acid and witch hazel, which work together to tighten pores and wick away oil.

You'll need:

  • 5 uncoated aspirin tablets
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Crush the aspirin tablets in the witch hazel and then combine those two ingredients with honey. Organic plain yogurt can be substituted for the honey if you are looking for more exfoliation.

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Sugar-Lemon Face Scrub

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Nourish and moisturize the skin with this face scrub. Lucy from Craftberry Bush says the ingredients it contains provide multiple benefits, including brightening and nourishing the skin.

Photo: Craftberry Bush

Mint-Sugar Facial Sugar Scrub

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Lindsey from Pillow Thought used tea tree oil instead of mint oil in this sugar scrub—inspired by one from Babble.com—because she says it smells great and helps with acne spots.

Photo: Pillow Thought

Apple Crumble Face Scrub

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Kristen Arnett, founder of GreenBeautyTeam.com and beauty contributor for Whole Foods Market, came up with this beauty scrub which doubles as a yummy apple crumble recipe.

You'll need:

  • Half an apple, any variety, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 3 tablespoons crushed walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Juice from 1/4 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons raw turbinado sugar

Using a food processor is the best way to mix the apple, oatmeal, walnuts, raw honey, cinnamon and lemon juice together into a thick paste. Add the raw turbinado sugar to the scrub right before applying the paste on the skin.

Photo: Whole Foods Market

Pumpkin Spice Facial Scrub

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Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A and C and is loaded with zinc, which Kristin from Live Simply says provides the skin with healing and age-fighting antioxidants. Check out this easy-to-make and heavenly smelling face scrub made with sugars, pumpkin spice and vitamin E oil.

Photo: Live Simply

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