This DIY microdermabrasion scrub recipe is the perfect exfoliating and deep cleansing treatment. It’s super simple to make, and leaves your skin soft and glowing.
Have you seen those at home microdermabrasion kits? They are soooo expensive. I’m way too frugal (read cheap) to buy them. So I set out to make my own natural DIY microdermabrasion scrub recipe.
I think it works amazingly well. Plus, it’s created with natural ingredients and is super inexpensive. What’s not to like about that?
If you’re not familiar with the treatment, microdermabrasion is basically a high-powered way to exfoliate the skin, leaving your face feeling softer, smoother, and refreshed.
You can get a professional microdermabrasion treatment at a day spa (check out this article that I wrote for Verywell Health about microdermabrasion for all the nitty-gritty details.)
You can also do a less costly home version. The at-home treatment won’t be as powerful as the pro version, obviously, but it’s still a great way to remove dead cell build up and leave your skin super smooth and glowing.
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This homemade version utilizes powdered goat’s milk to add some extra vitamins and minerals, and to help soothe the skin.
Powdered goat’s milk can be purchased online but you can also use regular powdered milk you get from the grocery store.
Rice bran can be a bit trickier to find, and rice flour is NOT a good substitute. It’s an awesome skin care ingredient thought, so you don’t want to leave it out if you can help it. Online herbal supplies will carry it. I’ve got links to purchase these below in the recipe for you, too.
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DIY Microdermabrasion Scrub Recipe
This scrub will leave your skin feeling ultra soft and smooth, and looking bright and refreshed. Don’t get too carried away, though. This scrub is powerful! You should only use it about once a week or so. And don’t use it in the eye area.
- 1/2 cup powdered goat’s milk
- 1/4 cup shredded soap (Don’t worry; there’s an explanation further down. Read on!)
- 1/8 cup kaolin clay
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon rice bran
Step 1: First, let’s talk about those soap shreds. Get yourself a mild soap bar, one that you would typically use on your face.
If you’re a soap maker, use one of your handmade soap bars. I especially like the oatmeal, milk, and honey soap for this recipe. It’s super easy to make, even if you’ve never made soap before!
(Not a soap maker yet? You can easily start with the melt and pour method. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you’ll want to try cold process soap making too.)
But, back to the soap shreds. Take your soap bar to a cheese grater, and shred yourself 1/4 of a cup. It’s easier than it sounds. These soap shreds will give your microdermabrasion scrub a bit of lather and a cleansing property.
Step 2: Put the soap shreds into a small blender or food processor along with the powdered goat’s milk. Pulse until the shreds are finely minced and incorporated into the goat’s milk. You may have to stop to stir down the sides a few times.
Step 3: Pour the soap/goat milk mixture into a small bowl and stir in the kaolin clay, baking soda, and rice bran. Mix well.
Pour your mixture into a small jar. This recipe fits into a half pint mason jar. I am also completely in love with these little jars with cork tops and wooden scoops. They make it super easy to use your scrub, and look too cute sitting on the bathroom vanity.
To use: Mix about 1/2 teaspoon in your hands with enough water to form a creamy paste. Massage over the face and neck for 30-45 seconds. Rinse well, and pat dry.
Follow up with your favorite moisturizer. I highly recommend this DIY Rosehip and Evening Primrose Facial Cream. So luxurious!
Shelf life: Your microdermabrasion scrub will easily last 12 months or longer on your bathroom shelf. Don’t dip wet hands into the scrub base, though, or it can contaminate your scrub.
martina diez says
Hello! is this scrub good for lips? Thank you
Angela - Farm Girl Soap Co. says
While you could use it on the lips (it won’t hurt) it will probably taste awful! 😉 Instead, you might want to try this recipe for a Spearmint Lip Scrub. I formulated it especially for the lips, and if you get any in your mouth it’s completely safe (and pretty tasty!)
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