How to make a facial scrub?

When it comes to facial scrubs, there are two schools of thought. There are the cold-hearted ones, who never do it, and the aficionados of the grainy scrub. In both cases, it is urgent to change sides and opt for a gentle exfoliation from time to time. We explain how to make a homemade face scrub and which are the best students ofexfoliation at Oh My Cream.

What are the best face scrubs?

To eliminate dead skin cells, we systematically recommend chemical or enzymatic exfoliation. These two types of exfoliation boost cell renewal, improve the penetration of the active ingredients applied afterwards, and make the skin softer and more radiant. However, exfoliation should not be synonymous with irritation. This is why we systematically recommend chemical or enzymatic exfoliation.

How does it differ from so-called "mechanical" exfoliation? It is a way of exfoliating the skin without using grains. If exfoliation is called "enzymatic", it is because the job is done by enzymes, 100% natural agents, which nibble away at the links that hold the cells together. This system is the most gentle and has the advantage of being suitable for all skin types. It is even the preferred exfoliation for sensitive skin! But enzymes do not have the only monopoly on a flawless complexion: there are also fruit acids. The latter act in the same way as enzymes, but in a more powerful and targeted way. It is ideal in particular in the event of imperfections and particularly recalcitrant marks. Chemical exfoliation is not recommended for reactive skin. 

In terms of frequency, these two types of exfoliation can be performed 2 to 3 times a week, depending on the sensitivity of your skin, or even daily for certain very specific exfoliants such as the Daily Microfoliant Dermalogica, which is very gentle. If you are not used to this, we advise you to start once a week. You can then decide whether to increase the frequency or not. If you notice more dehydration or redness, the product is too strong or the frequency too high. For a stronger mask exfoliator like the Glycolactic Skin Renewal Mask Ren Skincare, once or twice a week is more than enough.

What are the best ingredients for an effective facial scrub?

The alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs (also called fruit acids) most commonly used in cosmetics are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Their overall effects vary according to their concentration, the pH of the formulation, the use or not of derivatives... Known for their exfoliating powers, they dissolve the links between dead cells to reveal a clearer and smoother complexion. While glycolic acid is recommended for resistant skin, lactic acid in small concentrations is ideal for sensitive skin because it is also moisturising. 

These are the main ones: 

Glycolic acid: anti-ageing and regenerating 

Lactic acid: lightening and smoothing 

Salicylic acid: is a beta hydroxy acid. Also an exfoliant, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent for blemish-prone skin.

How to make a face scrub at home in "Do It Yourself" mode?

First of all, just because it's natural and homemade doesn't mean it's necessarily gentle and suitable for everyone... This recipe for homemade scrub although it is rather "basic", is contraindicated for the most fragile skins or in case of moderate imperfections (the grains risking to open the buttons and to spread the bacteria responsible for the imperfections). This is a "stop-gap" recipe, as nothing can replace a perfectly formulated exfoliant with even more advanced active ingredients. Finally, the homemade face scrub cannot be preserved, it is for single use only.

Ingredients & dosage : 

  • 1 tablespoon of oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet almond or coconut oil 
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid honey


  • In a blender, finely blend the oats to a powder. 
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the mixture. 
  • Add the tablespoon of liquid honey. 
  • Mix and apply to the face with gentle circular movements. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off. 
  • Follow up with your usual routine. 

What type of facial scrub is right for my skin type?

I have normal to dry and dehydrated skin. 

In this case, I opt for a nourishing facial scrub. For example, I can turn to the Hydro Exfoliating Mask Dermalogica. With its bamboo-based exfoliating spheres that melt on contact with the skin, it compensates for the exfoliation with its moisturising action. So you can enjoy exfoliation without fear of discomfort and redness!

I have combination to oily skin and am prone to blemishes.  

I opt for a purifying facial scrub. Here again, I avoid grains and turn to the Prism mask from Herbivore: With its rainbow packaging and above all its AHA & BHA, there is no doubt that this exfoliating mask without grains will give even the dullest of complexions a bluffing glow. Bonus: an action on the skin texture and small pimples, for a reset of the skin!