The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Best Facial Scrub

Our beautiful, beautiful face. How we love thee. We see it every day. Multiple times a day. Unless we don’t own a mirror and make sure not to pass by any reflective glass. Either way, this is the area of our body I like to think that gets looked at the most. So we like to make sure we our skin is as fresh as can be.

Our skin is constantly regenerating. So if you don’t take the time out to add a facial scrub into your routine, you will have a face filled with dead skin cells which will lead to problematic facial skin issues. I generally encourage to exfoliate a facial scrub 2 – 3 times a week, but not everyone is made the same.

So I’m going to break down how you should choose the best facial scrub and how often you should use it based on your skin type: dry, normal, combination, oily, or acne-prone.

Dry skin


If you have dry, ashy/flaky skin, you definitely need some added moisture. A moisturizing scrub will remove the dry, dead skin cells while ensuring your renewed skin is deeply moisturized. This will help make dry skin a thing of the past, especially in the cold seasons.


DIY – To simply make a moisture enriched scrub at home:


  • 1 tsp. date sugar (oatmeal instead for sensitive skin)
  • ½ tsp. manuka honey
  • ½ tsp. aloe vera gel
  • Add melted coconut oil OR argan oil to desired consistency


I will suggest to use this 2-3 times a week to see results.


Normal skin


When you have a normal skin type it’s fairly easy to keep your skincare routine and products simple. The only concern would be aging. A simple scrub with nourishing properties to reduce the signs of aging would be key. It’s basically maintaining and ensuring there continues to be a balance is the focus.


DIY – To make a simple, nourishing scrub at home:


  • 1 tsp. date sugar
  • ½ tsp. organic honey
  • 1 tsp. aloe vera gel


I suggest to use this 2 times a week to see results.


Combination skin


Combination skin can be tricky. You’re like in-between when looking for the right product for you. Some areas of your face may be normal or dry, while other areas are oily; for example the T-Zone area. It can be frustrating at times. It is usually caused by an imbalance on the skin. A scrub that adds moisture where needed, yet is able to extract/reduce oil production at the same time, is the way to go. The scrub should have light moisturizing properties with an astringent as well.


DIY – To make a balancing scrub at home:


  • 1 tsp. date sugar
  • ½ tsp. manuka honey
  • 10 drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice(adjust for desired consistency)


I suggest to use this 2-3 times a week to see results.


Oily skin


An excess production of oil on the face is caused by rapid reproduction of cells which causes there to be an ever increasing amount of dead skin cells on the face. When the dead skin cells sit on the face, it mixes with the oil produced. This causes clogged pores which in turn triggers more oil to be produced. The oily skin type is in desperate need of exfoliation.


DIY – To make a clarifying scrub at home:


  • 1 tsp. baking soda (date sugar instead if too strong)
  • 1 tsp. organic honey
  • 20 drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice


I suggest to use this 2-3 times a week to see results.


Acne-prone skin (needs additional help if all else fails)


Acne is caused by dirt and oil being clogged in our pores and not properly being cleaned away. You will need a scrub that not only clears the surface of the skin from dirt and dead skin cells, but it also needs to be able to penetrate the pores as well without causing irritation. A scrub with clarifying and healing properties combined is ideal.


DIY – To make a non-irritating, clarifying scrub at home:


  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. aloe vera gel
  • ½ tsp. manuka honey
  • 5 drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice


I suggest to use this 2 times a week to see results.


No Time for DIY


I like the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub( for dry and normal skin types. It does a great job with exfoliating the skin without drying it out. It actually leaves the skin moisturized with all of its nourishing organic ingredients. And its brightening properties is a plus for lightening dark spots and having glowing skin.


I like the Acure Pore Clarifying Facial Scrub( ) for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin. This not only clears the skin’s surface, but it also penetrates the skin to get deep down in the pores. It’s able to clear out all of the dirt and oil in the pore to leave the skin feeling and looking refreshed. It is also jam packed with great organic ingredients.

Benefits of the DIY Ingredients:


Aloe Vera Gel (organic/fresh)( anti-inflammatory with cooling properties; It is rich in antioxidants and minerals which can help speed up the healing process. It has been used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.


Argan Oil (organic and cold-pressed)( ): high vitamin E and fatty acid contents; It is most commonly used as a skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy.


Baking Soda ( ): a natural exfoliating cleanser with antibacterial properties to deep clean and remove excess oil and sebum; Can be used to brighten complexion when paired with the vitamin c in lemon juice.


Coconut Oil (organic and unrefined)( ): a natural moisturizer that is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. It is rich with fatty-acids, vitamin E, and protein to help soften the skin and leave it feeling healthy and rejuvenated.


Date Sugar (organic and unrefined)( ):  filled with vitamin B5, vitamin A, and antioxidants; It repairs damaged skin, eliminates dry and dead skin cells, and rids of free radicals. Dates are jam packed with even more nutrients that are beneficial for the skin when eaten. (you can substitute with brown sugar if not exfoliating enough to your preference)


Lemon Juice (fresh): a natural antibacterial astringent; Its vitamin C and citric acid helps to lighten dark spots and even out skin tone.


Manuka Honey (organic, raw & unpasteurized)( moisturizing and healing with antibacterial properties; It has a grading system that measures the quality of the manuka honey by assessing its unique properties and components. Called UMF (unique manuka factor) or Kfactor. You should always purchase manuka honey that has a factor of at least 10+. This rating shows the potency of manuka honey for it to be therapeutic. UMF or Kfactor of 10 should be the minimum rating of manuka honey you should buy to get the full experience the healing and medicinal effect. Manuka honey is known for reducing redness and clearing up acne with its anti-inflammatory properties. Its high hydrogen peroxide content aids in brightening the skin and lightening dark spots.


Organic Honey (raw & unfiltered)( ): nourishing and antibacterial; It is full of antioxidants to soothe, moisturize, slow down aging, and protect the skin from environmental damage (not as thick as manuka honey)

What is your favorite facial scrub for your skin type? Share below 🙂

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