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SUGAR

Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home (2002, Henry Holt and Company) swears by a simple raw-sugar scrub that sloughs off dead surface cells while improving circulation.

Raw Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup raw or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnut or other light oil (reduce or leave out if you have oily skin)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Mix all ingredients in a large glass or ceramic bowl, then spoon into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. To use, massage a tablespoon or two all over your face and body to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin. Store any remainder in a cool, dry location—you should have enough for up to five full-body treatments.

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SALT

Lina Hanson’s do-it-yourself scrub uses only two ingredients: sea salt and lemon juice. Not only will it remove impurities from the skin, but it’ll also leave your face feeling soft and clean.

Lemon and Salt Scrub

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sea salt

Mix the two ingredients until they form a paste. Scrub your face with it, avoiding your eyes, up to twice a week. Rinse completely with cool water.

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ALMOND MEAL

Almonds are very softening to the skin, according to Julie Gabriel, author of The Green Beauty Guide (2008, Health Communications). Finely ground almond meal is gentle enough to use as a regular cleanser even for sensitive skin.

Almond Milk Scrub

  • 4 tablespoons fine almond meal
  • 4 tablespoons white clay
  • 1 tablespoon organic milk powder

Add all ingredients to a glass jar and shake well to mix. To use, pour 1 tablespoon into your palm, massage gently into skin, rinse off with lukewarm water, and pat skin dry.

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SUNFLOWER-SEED MEAL

While sunflower meal is the MVP of Stephanie Tourles’s hardworking face scrub, it’s the malic acid from the applesauce that helps refine the skin’s surface. “The mixture is very hydrating and excellent to use regularly if you live or work in an arid environment,” Tourles writes in Organic Body Care Recipes (2007, Storey Publishing). Just a word of warning: the recipe is a bit runny, so wear a shower cap or wrap your hair in a towel before use.

Sunflower Scrub

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower-seed meal
  • 1 tablespoon applesauce

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl until they form a spreadable paste. Allow the mixture to thicken for a minute. To apply, use your fingers to massage the scrub onto the face, throat, and décolleté (if desired). Lie down and leave the mask on for 10 minutes so that the oils of the sunflower-seed meal can be absorbed. Rinse and pat skin dry.

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OATMEAL

Tourles also recommends a mixture of brewer’s yeast and ground oatmeal to “really rev up” the circulation, as well as restore life and glow to your complexion.

Brewer’s Yeast and Oatmeal Scrub

  • 1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
  • 1/4 cup ground oatmeal
  • Purified water

In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients using a spoon or small whisk, or shake them in a sealed plastic bag. (Although no refrigeration is required for the dry mix, Tourles recommends using within six months.) To mix the scrub for use, combine 1 tablespoon of the dry mix with enough water to form a spreadable paste. Allow then mixture to thicken for a minute, then use your fingers to massage it onto the face and throat. Allow the scrub to dry for 15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

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COFFEE GROUNDS

Making a pot of cuppa? Save the grounds for a facial pick-me-up that reveals a fresh visage in minutes. Bonus: This People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals–approved recipe is cruelty-free.

Coffee Scrub

  • 6 tablespoons coffee grounds
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Combine the ingredients until you get a coarse paste. Massage a small dollop onto your face, then rinse well with water. Store any remainder in a clean container, ideally in the refrigerator.