Homemade Facial Salt Scrub

by Marie Mulrooney ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive. With just a few common ingredients found at home, create your own facial scrubs to help you exfoliate and cleanse your skin. Lemon is an astringent that also helps gently slough dead skin cells away. Salt has antibacterial properties, and the gritty texture of fine salt crystals help exfoliate dead skin cells. Add yogurt to salt scrubs to help deep clean your pores.

Place the sea salt in a clean coffee grinder and grind until the salt is an even, fine consistency. Pour the salt into a small bowl. While coarse sea salt may be appropriate for soaks and body scrubs, the coarse crystals are usually too harsh for use on your face.

Roll the lemon vigorously under your palm on the countertop several times, or place it on the floor and roll it back and forth beneath the arch of your foot. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice from each half into a separate small bowl. Use a spoon to extract and discard any seeds that may have fallen into the bowl.

Spoon the lemon juice into the salt, one spoonful at a time. Mix with the spoon or your fingers. Stop when you’ve achieved a thick, paste-like consistency. Rinse the spoon off and use it to add the unsweetened yogurt half a spoonful at a time, until the paste has a pleasing, creamy consistency. The lactic acid in yogurt has exfoliating properties but is generally safe for skin that is sensitive.

Rinse your face clean and pat it dry. Gently massage the scrub into your skin for several minutes, taking care to avoid contact with your eyes. Leave the scrub on your face for as long as 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and pat your skin dry again.