How to Make a Microdermabrasion Scrub

Microdermabrasion is a clinical procedure that uses crystals to remove the top layer of skin. The exfoliating procedure removes dead skin layers, leaving skin soft and glowing. Homemade varieties can be used once a week and cost less than expensive spa treatments. Ingredients used are commonly found in the kitchen. A scrub can be created in about 15 minutes.

Step 1

Combine one cup of sugar, half a cup extra virgin olive oil and one teaspoon of lemon juice into a small bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Step 2

Add six drops of essential oils, such as lavender or citrus. Add one tablespoon of baking soda, which will soften the skin.

Step 3

Mix well until all lumps are gone. The mixture should be one color. Place the ingredients into a clean, dry jar with a lid. Store it in a low-humidity environment. The scrub should last for six months.

Step 4

Drop 2 to 3 teaspoons of the mixture into the palm of your hand with a small spoon. Add three to four droplets of water and mix together to create a paste. Using your fingertips or a damp washcloth, apply the paste to your wet face in a circular motion. Lightly rub into face, but do not overscrub.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden spoon

  • Clean jar with lid

  • One cup of sugar

  • Half a cup of extra virgin olive oil

  • Teaspoon of lemon juice

  • Tablespoon of baking soda (optional)

  • Few drops of essential oils (optional)

  • Washcloth


Additional ingredients include a few drop of vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon.

Scrubs make great gifts during the holiday season.

Substitute salt for sugar to make a salt scrub.


If you have sensitive skin, limit use of the homemade microdermabrasion scrub to once or twice week.

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