How to Make Homemade Skin Polishers

by Tess Reynolds ; Updated September 28, 2017

Revitalize your face and body with homemade skin polish.

Skin care. Beauty. image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

Applying skin polish to your face and body helps remove dead cells so your skin will look bright and fresh. Removing dead skin also helps when applying anti-aging creams, allowing expensive products to penetrate deeper into the layers of skin. Skin and body polish treatments, whether purchased at a department store or done at a spa, can be very expensive. Purchase a few simple ingredients, get some others out of your kitchen cupboards and mix up a thrifty skin polish to get beautiful glowing skin in no time.

Items you will need

  • Glass bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Orange essential oil
  • Brown sugar
  • Jojoba oil
  • Vitamin E capsules
  • Baking soda
  • Facial or body cleanser
  • Glass container

Citrus Sea Salt Polish

Step 1

Combine 1/2 cup of sea salt, four tablespoons olive oil, three drops of lemon essential oil and five drops of orange essential oil in a small bowl.

Step 2

Use a metal spoon or whisk to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.

Step 3

Apply the scrub to your skin, rubbing it in small circles. The sea salts will exfoliate your skin, the olive oil will moisturize, and the citrus oils will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Step 4

Rinse with clear water, pat dry and moisturize your skin. Repeat as desired.

Brown Sugar and Jojoba Oil

Step 1

Add one cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup jojoba oil, 1 tablespoon orange oil and four to five capsules of Vitamin E to a glass bowl.

Step 2

Mix the ingredients and check consistency. If the polish is too thick, add more jojoba oil until it is thinner and spreadable.

Step 3

Rub the scrub on your skin using a small, circular motion.

Step 4

Rinse with water, pat your skin dry and apply moisturizer. Repeat when desired.

Baking Soda Polish

Step 1

Mix one part baking soda to one part of your favorite cleanser or facial lotion.

Step 2

Gently apply to your face, exfoliating in a circular motion.

Step 3

Rinse with clear water, pat dry and moisturize. Repeat as desired.


  • Store leftover scrub in a glass container. Use other ingredients and oils as you wish. As long as you include a gritty substance, such as sea salts or sugar, the polish you make will effectively exfoliate your skin. Consider lavender, vanilla, white tea leaves or cucumber extract as skin-soothers, and coffee grounds or unsweetened cocoa for exfoliating.


  • Do not use kitchen tools to mix scrubs containing essential oils. If you have sensitive skin, test the polish on a small area of your skin before using.

Photo Credits

  • Skin care. Beauty. image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from

About the Author

Tess Reynolds began writing in 2010 for various websites, specializing in parenting, relationships, film and video-editing topics. She has taken private local classes to expand on her interests. She also enjoys writing about computers, family and home improvement.