• Krista Smith, FNTP

DIY Face Scrub

When you consider that your skin is your largest organ and absorbs anything it comes in contact with, it makes sense to treat it with care. This means using products free of chemicals and other additives.

I’ve tried many beauty products and really enjoyed many of them. So many wonderful healthy options exist nowadays but the biggest problem I have is cost. There is no way I can afford some of these skincare lines so I try not to get hooked on them when I’ve had samples.

I used to use an exfoliant made by a very large company. It had those little microbeads in it and felt nice and tingly on my skin. Over time, I began to learn more about those (plastic) beadlets and how they never quite biodegrade or dissolve in water. Due to their small size, water treatment facilities are unable to filter them out. They then wind up in our food supply. For example, fish end up eating them and we eat the fish, etc. Whether or not it is in fact a serious issue, I decided to go another route and make my own.

This homemade exfoliant is super easy, takes just a minute to make, lasts quite a while and is super inexpensive. I feel good about putting it on my face because there isn’t anything in it that is harmful to me or anything else. It's basically just baking soda. Baking soda cleans by trapping dirt and the small particles have tremendous scrubbing power. My typical regimen is to use this exfoliant in the morning and I tend to use it every couple of days in the colder months to avoid drying out my face. When it’s warmer, my face feels oilier and I may use it every day.

I use pink salt in this exfoliant recipe because it's pure and does not contain anti-caking agents like sodium ferrocyanide and has a good mineral content. While sodium ferrocyanide is not likely to be toxic in small amounts, it just makes sense to avoid it if it's unnecessary. You could probably use any pure salt, but be sure it’s slightly coarse to remove dead skin cells.

My go-to moisturizer is coconut oil. Yep, I have a small jar I refill from time to time from my giant Costco tub. You may be thinking coconut oil would clog your pores, but I haven’t found that to be the case. My skin tends to be a little on the dry side because I live in the desert, so adjust your regimen accordingly. If you have oilier skin or live in a more humid area, you may not even really need moisturizer all that much. I use just enough to cover my face without being an oil slick (probably around ¼ teaspoon, but I’ve never measured). Wait just a few minutes and it will absorb into the skin. Once my skin is dry, I can apply makeup without any issues.

You're not going to believe how simple this is! This is all you need:

Try it out and see for yourself. Comment below and let me know if this worked well for you!

Homemade Exfoliant

¼ C baking soda

1-2 Tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt

Pour baking soda into a bowl. Using the grinder, make sure the salt crystals aren’t too large then add into the baking soda. Mix well. Store in a container in your bathroom.

To use, wash your face and leave wet. Place a small amount (no more than a half teaspoon) of the mixture into your palm and GENTLY massage onto face. Wash face again if needed and rinse thoroughly. Pat face dry. Follow up with moisturizer, if needed.

Palmdale, CA



Krista Smith
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