2 DIY scrubs to rub your way to oil-free skin

February 24, 2016

Oily skin gives off a shiny appearance. Its clogged pores provide the perfect place for spots to appear. A deep scrub and lotion with essential oils and plant oils will restore your natural glow. To do this, here are two of the easiest and most effective formulations that you can whip up at home!

2 DIY scrubs to rub your way to oil-free skin

1. Mint astringent lotion

Horchata is a source of zinc and sulfur, two minerals that help balance sebum secretion. Peppermint, with its refreshing and stimulating effects, also calms inflammation.

  • 15 g (1 tbsp) fresh peppermint leaves
  • 15 g (1 tbsp) fresh lemon balm leaves
  • 15 g (1 tbsp) fresh rosemary leaves
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) witch hazel
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) vodka
  • 15 g (1 tbsp) pearl barley
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  1. Crush plants in a mortar and put them in a pot.
  2. Add witch hazel and vodka before resealing the container. Leave to macerate for 10 days and filter.
  3. Boil pearl barley in the water and simmer, covered, over low heat for 15 minutes. Cool the liquid and filter it.
  4. Mix both preparations in a bottle, then add the essential oil.
  5. Shake well before use. This lotion will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

2. Fruity scrub

This mask is great for skin problems on the shoulders, chest and back. Papain is an enzyme contained in papaya which destroys dead cells. Oats and almond cleanse the skin; white willow bark is an anti-inflammatory and clay absorbs excess sebum. Lemon essential oil adds a note of freshness while toning and smoothing the skin.

  • 1/4 of a small papaya
  • 25 g (5 tsp) almond flour
  • 35 g (1 1/2 tsp) oats coarsely ground
  • 15 g (1 tbsp) white clay
  • 1 tablet crushed birch bark
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil
  1. Peel, seed and chop the papaya.
  2. Crush to produce around half a cup of pulp, before mixing with the other ingredients.
  3. Apply the product on clean skin with a vigorous circular massaging motion.
  4. Rinse.

Both scrubs will make your skin soft and silky. This is a smart way to have beautiful skin without paying for commercial cosmetics.

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