If you’re a clean beauty lover, this delicious DIY exfoliating face scrub recipe made with 100% edible ingredients is the perfect weekly pick. Your dull skin will be radiant and hydrated in just minutes!
If you want a glowing complexion and don’t include exfoliation in your skin care routine, you’re missing out on its benefits. The best part is that you don’t need fancy or expensive skin care products.
Instead, try it light and rejuvenating Manuka honey + vanilla facial scrub which has a smell and taste as irresistible as it feels.
Made with only 4 skin-friendly ingredients: Manuka honey from Flora, sugar, vanilla and Flora’s MCT oil. This facial scrub recipe is what every clean beauty recipe should be: made with 100% pure and edible ingredients.
Stir, massage into skin, then transform your complexion from dull to radiant in less than five minutes. Then use the leftovers on your hands.
Even after just one use of this Manuka Honey and Vanilla Face Scrub, my skin looked and felt smoother, softer and more radiant.
If you have sensitive skin, you can easily adapt this recipe to suit your skin type (see instructions below).
WHY IS EXfoliation IMPORTANT?
The purpose of a peel is to break down and remove the old outer layers of the skin to reveal the fresh layer just below the surface.
The older we get, the harder it is for our bodies to do this on their own.
Skin peeling is important because it is possible:
- Remove surface build-up (dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria, etc.) that can cause dull skin and breakouts.
- Promote the exchange of fresh skin cells.
- Smoothes and brightens the skin.
- Help skin care ingredients penetrate deeper so you’ll see better results.
- Improve the way you apply and apply makeup on your skin.
Peeling can be done with chemical or mechanical skin care ingredients.
Chemical peels use ingredients such as fruit acids or enzymes that naturally break down and remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface.
Mechanical (physical) peels use granules such as fine mineral powders, ground nut shells or fruit seeds which you manually rub into your skin. Some mechanical exfoliants, even natural ones, can be extremely harsh and damage the surface of the skin.
This face scrub recipe uses both methods, and while it’s very effective, it’s gentle enough for most skin types.
4 INGREDIENTS IN THIS FACIAL SCRUB (+ THEIR SKIN BENEFITS)
The sugar and honey in this homemade scrub recipe are gentle natural exfoliators, while MCT oil helps to cleanse and moisturize. Vanilla has beneficial properties for the skin and gives a wonderful aroma.
INGREDIENT #1: Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is a rare honey produced by bees that pollinate the flowering Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium). It blooms for six weeks a year in a remote part of northern New Zealand.
Benefits of Manuka honey for skin:
Absolutely wonderful for a glowing complexion and healthy skin, honey is a natural gentle exfoliant and can even support the skin’s own healing processes. (1)
But what does Manuka honey the wonder of the skin superfood is that it contains a rare compound called methylglyoxal (MGO). (2)
This gives it powerful properties that soothe and heal problem skin above and beyond ordinary honey. (3)
A gentle exfoliant and cleanser, Manuka Honey can:
- Remove dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and surface build-up that can cause dull looking skin and breakouts.
- Promote the regeneration of skin cells and help repair damaged cells (4)
- Soften, hydrate and tighten skin to minimize fine lines.
- Soothes irritated skin.
- Help balance our skin’s pH (important for healthy skin) (5)
Manuka honey is also rich in antioxidants and can help neutralize free radicals. These unstable atoms can molecularly damage skin cells, causing premature aging and wrinkles.
Which Manuka honey is best to use?
The strength of real manuka honey is determined by the amount of MGO that gives it magical superfood status. It is measured by a rating system called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). It also tracks other unique compounds in manuka honey, including DHA, a precursor to MGO, and leptospirin.
Use at least MGO 250+/10+ UMF rated manuka honey when using it for skin treatments. This means that it has at least 250 mg of methylglyoxal per kilogram of honey.
The higher the MGO/UMF™ number (the official manuka honey rating system), the more potent the honey, the more benefits your skin will receive.
It’s also more expensive, so if you’re spending money, you want to make sure what you’re getting is the real deal. Make sure the label says ‘Made in New Zealand’.
➡ Our selection: Flora Mānuka Honey MGO 250+/10+ UMF
It is estimated that only about 17% of Manuka honey is genuine.
Flora guarantees that their sustainably sourced, eco-friendly manuka honey is pure and potent. They also include a UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor) rating and an MGO (methylglyoxal) rating to denote the strength of their honey.
They are also licensed by the Unique Mānuka Factor Honey Association™, a third-party organization in New Zealand that tests and controls the authenticity and strength of all real manuka honey.
Each jar is also 100% traceable and comes with an NFC code that can be scanned with a smartphone to access the honey’s source, purity and lab results.
INGREDIENT #2: SUGAR
Sugar isn’t very good for your waistline, but it’s a great exfoliant for your skin.
The benefits of sugar for the skin:
A humectant that draws moisture to the skin, the texture of sugar also makes it a great physical exfoliant. (6)
It’s also a natural source of glycolic acid – a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a natural chemical peel that can brighten skin, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines. (7)
Glycolic acid also moisturizes the skin and can increase the production of collagen, which gives the skin firmness and elasticity. (8)
Which sugar is better to use?
Choose organic sugar when possible. Use brown or white is your choice.
If you’re using a coarser sugar like Turbinado, grind it in a food processor to make it finer, which will be gentler on your skin.
INGREDIENT #3: MCT Oil
Coconut oil contains fats that are both long-chain fatty acids and about 15% medium-chain fatty acids. MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil is a product refined from coconut oil, but contains only medium chain fatty acids. Unlike coconut oil, MCT oil remains liquid at room temperature.
It is a favorite of keto dieters as it provides a clean source of energy for the body without causing fat storage. It’s also great for the skin!
In this recipe, MCT oil is used to thin out the manuka honey, which is naturally much thicker than regular honey.
Benefits of MCT Oil for Skin:
MST oil is suitable for most skin types:
- Natural make-up remover and skin cleanser.
- Skin softener (emollient).
- Moisturizing, non-greasy and light.
If coconut oil has damaged your skin in the past, MCT oil can be a great alternative, as MCT oil has a lower comedogenic rate than coconut oil.
What is the best MCT oil to use?
Look for a high quality MCT oil is it from coconutswith no added other ingredients, flavors or fillers.
How it is done is also important.
A process called fractionation produces MCT oil. To achieve this, some companies use industrial chemical solvents.
Instead look for cold fractionated MCT oilwhich requires no chemicals and is safe for the skin.
➡ Our selection: Flora Organic MCT Oil
Flora’s high-quality and skin-safe organic MCT oil:
- Certified organic.
- Made with sustainably sourced coconuts.
- Hexane and filler free.
It is also suitable for vegans, gluten-free and non-GMO.
INGREDIENT #4: vanilla
Vanilla gives this scrub a heavenly scent, but it also nourishes the skin.
Benefits of vanilla for skin: Vanillin, the compound that gives vanilla beans their intoxicating aroma, soothes the skin but also has antioxidant properties that can fight premature skin aging and stimulate skin regeneration. (9, 10)
Vanilla extract also contains trace amounts of B vitamins and minerals such as zinc and magnesium, which can help nourish the skin.
Which vanilla is better to use?
Find good quality vanilla extract. If you have dry skin, choose alcohol-free vanilla extract or organic vanilla paste, which we prefer to use in this recipe.
METHOD: HOW TO USE THIS SCRUB
Don’t be aggressive! Gently rub the facial scrub into the skin in a circular motion. Then rinse with warm (not hot) water. Pat your face dry with a towel and apply your favorite moisturizer.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE THIS (OR ANY) FACIAL SCRUB?
The key to getting that glow with exfoliation is not to overdo it. Otherwise, you can strip your skin of its natural oils, which can lead to redness and irritation.
It is enough to do peeling from 1 to 2 times a week.
If you have sensitive skin, don’t exfoliate more than once a week.
Do a spot test with MCT oil and honey on the inside of your wrist before use to make sure these ingredients are compatible with your skin.
There is always the possibility of allergies and sensitivities, even when using all-natural and food-grade ingredients.
Avoid this skin care recipe if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
DIY MANUKA HONEY + VANILLA FACE SCRUB
The recipe for this gentle and hydrating natural face scrub uses the power of manuka honey and sugar to exfoliate and soften skin to leave it brighter, smoother and more radiant. MCT oil hydrates, while vanilla adds a heavenly scent and anti-aging antioxidants. Use leftovers as a hand scrub.
For sensitive skin types: Use all ingredients except sugar as it can irritate your skin type.
For best results, use graded Manuka honey MGO 250+/10+ UMF or higher.
Number of applications: 1
FACE SCRUB INGREDIENTS
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. If the scrub is too thick, add a little more MCT oil.
- Wet your face with warm water and then apply a face scrub. Massage upwards and outwards in small circular motions. Keep out of sight.
Tip: After rubbing the honey mixture into your skin, leave the excess on your face as a mask for another 5-10 minutes to let the honey continue to do its job.
- Wash with warm water and dry your face with a towel.
- If you have any leftovers, you can use them to exfoliate your hands.
- Apply moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Save the leftovers for another application.
- Enjoy a fresh complexion!
>> Note: Do not exfoliate if there is irritation, open cuts or sunburn on the face. Allow the skin to heal completely before proceeding with any exfoliation.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.
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