Avoid These DIY Face Scrubs

A harsh face exfoliator product you could damage your skin permanently

1. Coffee Ground Scrubs

Recycling coffee grounds into an exfoliating scrub for face and body is all over the internet; however, these recipes are worrisome, especially for dry skin. The main reasons to avoid this ingredient are that coffee grounds are not cosmetically smooth and “are one of the worst things you can put down your drain”(Allure). Microscopically, the coffee grounds you use to make your morning brew are very jagged and can cause micro-tears in your skin as you exfoliate. They are made for brewing a beverage as opposed to being used for cosmetic purposes. This is a serious concern if you already have dry skin as these micro-tears can cause further dryness, irritation and even infection. In addition, grounds - especially when combined with oils - do not cleanly rinse down the drain. They will eventually coagulate, causing major plumbing woes.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar Peel

Apple cider vinegar is often considered a holy grail natural beauty alternative, but it is important to remember that natural does not equal more gentle. Recipes for apple cider vinegar exfoliating peels should be avoided, even for those with normal skin. While apple cider vinegar is an AHA alternative, it is extremely drying to the skin, and can cause increased sebum production and irritation (The Clear Skin Essentials). Apple cider vinegar contains 5% acetic acid and, much like coffee grounds, is not developed for cosmetic use and can be difficult to neutralize. In fact, there are many cases where using apple cider vinegar directly on the skin has resulted in serious chemical burns (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology).

3. Lemon Sugar Scrubs

Lemon sugar scrubs are a classic DIY recipe for lightening acne scars and pigmentation. However, if you have oily and/or problem skin, this is one of the worst exfoliants you could choose. Although drying, lemon juice can make your skin photosensitive, resulting in a complexion susceptible to further hyperpigmentation, dark marks and sunburn - even with an SPF (The Clear Skin Essentials). Lemon is also acidic and has a pH of 2 (highly acidic) that can irritate your skin on a cellular level (AcneEinstein). Unlike the sugar used in commercial scrubs, household sugar is, again, not formulated for cosmetic use and you may experience micro-tears in your skin that disrupt the lipid layer leading to flakiness and irritation (xoJane).

Use These Instead

It’s clear that the biggest concern around DIY face scrubs is that these ingredients are not formulated with the intention to use on your face. While they may have left your skin feeling smooth, these recipes are likely causing damage without you even realizing. Read on for the alternatives recommended by

1. Geranium & Alpha Acids Exfoliant

Clarify and uncover your complexion with this organic exfoliant contains gentle jojoba beads with an exceptional assortment of alpha acids, promoting; collagen, blood flow, correct discoloration from age spots, improve surface lines and wrinkles, prevent breakouts, brighten skin tone for all skin types.  This gentle exfoliant sloughs off dead skin cells, accompanied by rich, nourishing aloe, leaving your skin soft and supple.

  • Fruit Extracts

  • Botanical Extracts

  • Aloe

  • Gentle Exfoliant - Organic Jojoba Beads

  • Alpha Acids

2. Pomegranate & Cranberry Exfoliant

Smooth and soften your complexion with this organic exfoliant that contains a high count of antioxidants helping in the appearance of youthful skin, this gentle exfoliant sloughs off dead skin cells, accompanied by rich, nourishing aloe, pomegranate and cranberry leaving your skin soft and supple.

  • Omega-3 - Pomegranate

  • Antioxidant - Cranberry

  • Hydrate - Aloe

  • Gentle Exfoliant - Organic Jojoba Beads

  • Nourishing - B5

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