DIY face scrub for dry sensitive skin

Hello lovelies!

How is winter treating you all? Hope you are doing well! In the winter skincare essentials series, we shared a DIY face scrub recipe (head over to this post for more details). That one contains masoor dal(red lentil) which is an excellent exfoliator for oily skin. It is very effective for acne & for tightening pores. It suits my sister really well. However, I feel it is a little too harsh for my dry sensitive skin. I need a little more moisturizing and gentle ingredients in my skincare products. So today, I’m going to share the recipe of a homemade face scrub that suits dry and sensitive skin really well. Read on!


You need very simple ingredients to make this scrub. Most of these should already be available in your kitchen. Here are the details:


  1. Oats
    Oats are great for healing dry itchy skin. And they are gentle enough to be suitable for sensitive skin. You need plain unroasted and unflavored oats. You can grind them in your food processor to make a powder. This acts as an excellent exfoliator and you’ll be left with clean, soft, nourished & smooth skin.
  2. Gram flour (besan)
    Besan has been used in natural skincare products since ancient times. It is an amazing cleanser and provides mild exfoliating action as well.
  3. Rice powder
    Rice powder has been used for centuries as a natural beauty aid by Asian women. It has anti-inflammatory properties that soothes sunburned skin and also brightens the skin. You can use a semi-fine powder for added exfoliation or very fine rice powder to just get a glowing and brightening effect.
  4. Milk powder
    You must have heard about the amazing moisturizing properties of milk. But for lazy girls like me, this is an excellent alternative. Just add a little milk powder to your face scrub and reap the moisturizing benefits of milk.
  5. Turmeric powder
    Again, a centuries old recipe for bright glowing skin. But make sure you don’t overdo this as it can leave a slight yellowish tinge on your face. Just add a little bit and you’ll see the effects.
  6. Sweet almond oil
    You know almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients. But did you know that almond oil too has its share of benefits? It makes the skin healthier, reduces dark circles, delays signs of aging, reduces tan and helps in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
  7. Vitamin E oil
    Most people know that vitamin E oil is very moisturizing, treats sunburn, lightens dark spots. Overall it is an amazing product for the skin. But there’s one more benefit. It acts as a preservative as well. Adding a little bit to your homemade products will help them stay fresh for a very long time.
  8. Essential oils (optional)
    If you want you can add essential oils of your choice to the scrub. But I get a slight burning sensation on my face if I use essential oils, so I don’t use them.

I know this is a long list of ingredients for a homemade face scrub. You’d think a homemade beauty product has to be simple. It’s true. But I’ve made this scrub in a larger quantity so that I don’t have to do all this effort every week. Adding vitamin e oil helps in preserving the scrub for months. Just make sure you don’t let any moisture enter the product.

And now, let me tell the proportions of everything to be added in the scrub. To make a small jar full of scrub that lasts about 8-10 uses, mix 2 tbsp. of oats powder, 2 tbsp. gram flour, 1 tbsp. rice powder and one fourth tsp. of turmeric. Add a tsp of sweet almond oil,  one capsule (or 5-6 drops) vitamin e oil and 2-3 drops of the essential oils of your choice. Mix everything well and store in a clean jar with tight lid.


To use this scrub, scoop out a tsp of the mixture and mix with plain water or rose water to make a paste. Scrub your face & neck with this paste and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then wash off with water and use a good moisturizer.

If you have dry and/or sensitive skin, please give this scrub it a try and let me know if you like it.



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