Monday, May 13, 2013

Guest Post: Easy to Make Natural Skin Scrub

Today, I'm handing over the Hip-Baby Mama reins to Michelle Pino of Skana Spa. She has a great DIY scrub that will get your skin glowing. I've tried it twice, and I have to say that my skin looks amazing and I can finally use up all of the honey I keep buying!

I used to have dry, dull skin, especially after a long winter spent mostly indoors. Several years ago, I happened on a few combinations of natural ingredients that did wonders for my skin. I didn’t have time or money to find “the best” skin cream, and it can be tough to schedule a spa day while running a household. I started researching natural ingredients that held the same benefits as pricey skin lotions, and that would be fast and easy to concoct.

I discovered that in ancient cultures, women used natural products to take care of their skin. I figured if it was good enough for Cleopatra, it was good enough for me. After research and experimentation, I settled on four ingredients that do wonders for the skin. They are also ingredients I always have on hand, so making my own facial scrubs and masks was that much easier.

Two of the best ways to have beautiful skin are to exfoliate (remove dead and dried skin cells) and to moisturize. The fabulous four ingredients that do both of those things and make my skin glow are:

Olive Oil: Lots of good-for-your-skin Vitamin E (and a common ingredient in commercial products)

Honey: Nature’s perfect food turns out to be your skin’s best friend—it’s brimming with anti-aging anti-oxidants and it is a humectant, which means it hydrates your skin
Lemon: The juice acts like an astringent and tightens pores and lightens age spots, which gives your complexion a nice even tone
Sugar: Eating sugar hurts your skin, but slathering it on your face and body is beneficial because it is a perfect exfoliant

Easy Skin Scrub Recipe

In a medium bowl, combine:
The juice from ½ a lemon
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Whisk in 1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 cup of sugar (white or brown)

Mix until desired consistency—thick enough to apply to your skin without dripping.
Gently apply to your face using small, circular movements, and leave it on for 10 minutes, then gently rinse it off with warm water. Your face will feel so smooth; you won’t need to add additional skin cream. This concoction works well as a full body scrub, too. Use it in the shower, paying extra attention to your elbows, knees and feet.This recipe makes enough scrub for two to three facials and showers a week. Put a lid or a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl to keep the ingredients moist.

For a quick facial mask, clean your face thoroughly and then smooth a few teaspoons of honey on your skin. Rinse off after ten minutes. Some women like to mix a bit of plain yogurt or milk with the honey before applying. The choice is yours, but just plain honey works very well.

Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at


  1. Stumbled across your blog this morning and I love it. Thanks for sharing this, I might give it a try!

    1. Thanks for reading! I know you'll love the scrub