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Stop Buying Expensive Exfoliators! Use This DIY Face Scrub Instead

Woman with facial scrub

You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week — or twice if you have the time. A good exfoliation makes your skin feel and look brighter and it actually improves the functionality of your dermis. Or, in layman’s terms, exfoliation makes your skin do its job better.

Exfoliating nixes built-up makeup and product residue while removing dead skin cells that are just hangin’ out on the skin’s surface. This, in turn, makes skin appear brighter and healthier. It also decreases the likelihood of an unexpected drop-in by the dreaded Mr. Pimple.

Now the question is, what’s the easiest/cheapest way to work exfoliation into your skincare routine? Well, you could spend $100 on this stuff. But you could also make a do-it-yourself face scrub with ingredients you already have sitting around.

Do-It-Yourself Face Scrub Recipe

Today’s three-ingredient DIY face scrub combines coffee, honey and baking soda:

  • Coffee smells fabulous and works as an exfoliator.
  • Honey is a natural antioxidant that cleanses, protects and moisturizes.
  • Baking soda exfoliates and brightens the skin.

How to: Coffee and Baking Soda Scrub

1. Combine ingredients

Combine Ingredients

Combine equal parts coffee, honey and baking soda. I used a tablespoon of each, but you can double or triple the recipe. Store your face scrub in an airtight container for up to a week in your refrigerator.

Tip: Use local honey. It’s only slightly more expensive and likely supports small/independent business.

2. Apply scrub to clean face

Apply to Clean Face

Remove all makeup, sunscreen, lotion, etc. from your face. Do not dry. Apply your DIY face scrub and massage it into the skin for at least 45 seconds. Let it set for three to five minutes.

Tip: If you have children, roommates, a husband or even a pet, now is the perfect opportunity to scare them with your gooey face.

3. Rinse and dry

Rinse and Dry

Gently rinse the scrub off your face with tepid water and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite facial serum or cream to lock in moisture.

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Andrew Chan

Saturday 2nd of July 2016

I hope you never stop! This is one of the best article I've ever read. You've got some mad skill here. I just hope that you don't lose your style because you're definitely one of the coolest writer out there. Please keep it up because the internet needs someone like you spreading the word.


Saturday 12th of October 2013

Super soft! I used dry ground coffee and doubled the honey. Perfect! =)


Monday 24th of June 2013

I'm confused, so you use brewed coffee or coffee grounds?

Carrie Medford

Tuesday 14th of May 2013

Awesome info. Definitely going to try it! Thanks!


Wednesday 14th of November 2012

The benefits were undeniable, but following this recipe, I ended up with a sludge so thick, it was impossible to "massage" it into skin.  

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