7 Of The Best All Natural Face & Body Scrubs

Forget about anything with microbeads! These are some of the best natural scrubs for your skin – and the oceans

By Lora O’Brien

Do you consider natural scrubs to be a vital part of your beauty regime? I know I didn’t for years; it was just something I did on the odd occasion. But I was wrong. Exfoliation should be part of your skincare routine always (not just in springtime!)

And here’s why.

Why You Need A Natural Exfoliant

Healthier skin

Our skin goes through a lot in a day. We put make-on on, take makeup off, we go out in toxic, polluted air and all kinds of nasty things end up on our skin. Exfoliating takes the top layer of crap off, which is great. It also removes dead skin, revealing fresher, younger looking skin beneath.

Better makeup/tanning

If you use the best natural skin scrubs, your makeup will go on much smoother. And if you’re applying fake tan, this is a vital step to prep the skin and maintain the tanning product for longer.

Minimising pores

Pores are a nightmare for so many of us. They seem to get bigger with age. And when there’s a buildup of dirt and dead skin, pores will open up even further. If you feel your pores are competing with your nostrils in size, you probably need to exfoliate! This will remove the dirt from those pores help to minimise them. Remember: after cleansing with warm water, splash  with cold water to close those pores again.

Reducing acne and breakouts

At some time in all of our lives, we’ve had to deal with a break-out. Whether it’s been on a rare occasion or a recurring problem it still makes us feel like rubbish. Many of us plough money into products hoping they’ll be the miracle our skin needs, but we never think a natural scrub could really help to reduce and manage further breakouts and acne.

But the truth is, a deep exfoliation will help to unclog those pores and remove both dirt and built up excess oils from the root cause, which if left will lead to breakouts.

Allows other products to work better

If you have a set skincare routine yet you fail to exfoliate, you could well be missing out on the benefits of your beauty products. Not using natural scrubs means that your pores can remain blocked, and so other skincare products won’t be properly absorbed, rendering them fairly inefficient.

Once you start to exfoliate, you’ll not only feel the difference on your skin, but you’ll notice that your other products  will start doing their job much better.

How To Make Your Own Face Scrub

You can easily make the best natural scrubs yourself.

One of the simplest recipes is this vegan formula:

  1. Put 1/4 cup of coconut, almond, olive, or moringa oil in a bowl
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar or coffee grounds to oil
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture
  4. Blend it all up, and follow the instructions below

How To Use An Exfoliant

We’re given so much conflicting advice. Exfoliate rarely. Exfoliate daily. Don’t exfoliate sensitive skin. The truth is,  so long as your exfoliant of choice isn’t extremely abrasive, (you want it to exfoliate but not strip your skin entirely) you can use it  a few times a week with no issues. Don’t be afraid to exfoliate your body, too – just be sure to moisturise afterwards.

One caveat: when exfoliating the skin on your lips, be extra gentle as the skin here is incredibly thin and fragile and could tear. Try gently brushing lips with a toothbrush after you clean your teeth, and prevent dry lips by using a lip balm at night.

One of the best perks of my job is when we get to try products ourselves so that we know how great (or not) they are. Result? I’ve personally tried and tested each and every one of these organic scrubs myself!

Allow me to tell you which of these you’ll be needing, what area of your body they’ll fix up, and where you can get your hands on them yourself.

7 Great Natural Scrubs To Try

Best Natural Scrubs For The Face & Body

1. REN Micropolish Cleanser

I started using this cleanser when I noticed by pores were getting larger. And boy, am I glad I did! This cleanser gently resurfaces your skin without leaving your face feeling scrubbed or overexposed.

It’s a 2-in-1 formula that deep cleans while eliminating dulling dead skin cells. It helps to refine skin texture, minimise congestion and reduce the risk of breakouts.

A papaya derived enzyme works with glycolic acid to dissolve the bonds that trap dead cells and residue to skin’s surface, while tiny beads of natural amber are there to ‘polish’ your complexion.

And yes, with use over time, I did notice smaller pores! But by time, I mean, I used this 2-3 times a week for over a month my oily skin.

One of the best natural face scrubs for: Oily skin, larger pores

Price: $37

10 Of The Best Natural Scrubs

 

2. Frank Coconut Coffee Scrub

I’m a huge fan of Frank Body products! And this is one of the best natural scrubs I know of. I’ve re-purchased their facial scrub too many times to count now, so I was excited to give their body scrub a go.

Firstly, this product felt super creamy. It was like massaging a grainy coffee mousse into my skin. that might be due to the presence of grapeseed and coconut oil.

I left it on for five minutes and then washed it off with warm water. My skin felt super hydrated, and was glowing with good health. I sealed it all in with a light moisturiser afterwards.

Plus, of all the natural scrubs, I love the scent of this one the best – coffee. Need I say more?

One of the best body scrubs for: All body skin types, but especially sensitive.

Price: $19.95

3. One Love Botanical C Body Polish

Has dry weather been sucking the life out of your skin? This is one of the best natural scrubs for you! One Love’s sugar-based Botanical C Body Polish gently foams up. Perfect in the shower, it features an ultra-concentrated combination of Vitamin C Ester and raw, organic sugar crystals. These deeply exfoliate and help increase radiance.

There are also natural emollients like shea butter and aloe to soften your skin beautifully.

One of the best body scrubs for: Getting a more radiant body in the shower

Price: $48

One Love Botanical C Body Polish

4. Teami Green Tea Face Scrub

This is one of the best natural face scrubs in the sense that it’s good enough to eat!

In fact, this exfoliator is gentle enough to use every single day if you like. Not only does it contain organic green tea, but there’s lemon grass and sugar, too. Sounds tasty, right?

It not only scrubs off dead cells but also hydrates your skin, too. Follow with a moisturising mask if your skin is extra dry.

One of the best facial scrubs for: Drier skins

Price: $25

Teami Green Tea Face Scrub

5. Nathalie Bond Lemongrass Body Scrub

If I even see the slightest patch of flaky skin it just makes me feel horrid. Well, I won’t be suffering anymore, not after using this delightful body scrub. It’s the perfect way to bring your skin back to perfection after a day out battling the elements.

The exfoliating blend left my skin feeling fresh and super soft. I love the fact it comes in different scents. I used lemongrass but the peppermint and  eucalyptus made my bathroom smell so gorgeous.

One of the best body scrubs for: Enjoying gorgeous aromatherapy in a scrub format.

Price: $28

6. Nakin Exfoliating Radiance Tonic

Slewing away dead skin keeps your face looking healthy and radiant. It also helps your creams and tanning products sink into the skin for better absorption. But if scrubbing your skin with abrasive exfoliants is too much for your face, try this gentle exfoliating tonic from Nakin instead! It’s formulated with natural resurfacers to help you look radiant and improve your skin texture.

Fusing together botanical AHAs, peach flower extract, Tasmanian pepper and a hyaluronic acid blend, this treatment glides beautifully across the skin. It super gently exfoliates the face and neck area to reveal bright, smooth and more energised skin.

One of the best facial scrubs for: Those whose facial skin is too sensitive for a scrub.

Price: Around $20

 

7. Andalou Naturals CannaCell X.Foliate Scrub with Hemp Stem Cells

The name of this one may be a mouthful, but it does what it says on the jar! Namely, it gently exfoliates your face, even sensitive skin. Then it infuses your visage with rich antioxidants, omegas, and organic hemp seed oil to help leave your skin softer and more glowing.

I tried this myself and found I only needed a small amount. I enjoyed its subtle scent and how it left my face super smooth and soft. However, it does say it’s suitable for sensitive skins, but I found it gave me a slight tingling feeling when applied, though this went away after a few minutes. Just saying!

Price: $15.99

One of the best natural face scrubs for: Nourishing your face with stem cells and plant based oils.

 

 

Lora O'Brien

3 thoughts on “7 Of The Best All Natural Face & Body Scrubs”

    1. Hi Jenny! Lora also has oily, acne prone skin and she was pretty happy with her sponge. I think she loved the Vanity Planet exfoliator and Frank’s coffee scrubs the most though!

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