Completely Buff: Make Your Own Facial Scrub

Perfect, Great Facial Scrub, completely buff
If you've been reading for a while, you might have noticed how infrequently I post about facial scrubs. And when I do post about them, I rarely like them. I think there are 3 I've reviewed positively on this site. In fact, in my anti-aging 101 series, when I reviewed what should be in everyone's skin care routine, when exfoliation was discussed I recommended just using a rough wash cloth rather than a scrub because there are so few worthwhile facial scrubs out there.

Why the facial scrub hate?

It isn't because I hate facial scrubs, it's actually because there are so few good products out there. A good facial scrub should have small, uniform and not sharp "grit" in it, and there should be enough of the grit that you can have a pretty even application. If these things are not true, your skin can be unevenly exfoliated, and even worse you can have all sorts of damage. I remember during my derm lectures in my second year of medical school, the lecturer actually pulled up an image of what the skin looks like after using the popular St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It was not a pretty picture, and the first thing I did when I got home that day was throw away my tube. (The issue is the Apricot grit. It is sharp and uneven and makes tears and cuts in the skin.)

Anyways, now you understand my hate of most facial scrubs. Which makes it more amazing that I have now found a 4th facial scrub that I love!!! Yes, I know, this is truly a monumental occasion.

Actually, this isn't a scrub. It's a create your own scrub. In that little bottle is the perfect facial scrub grit: ultra-fine aluminum oxide crystals. They are not sharp, they are evenly sized, and you combine them with your favorite facial cleanser to create your own scrub. Just dump a small amount into your hand (between a dime and nickel size depending on how much scrub you need), add cleanser to the right consistency and mix it up. The grit felt perfect in my scrub- it was definitely exfoliating me but did not feel harsh or too sharp on my skin.

I love being able to decide how much grit I want (for me that's a lot), and I also really love that I can use my own cleanser. This is great for those that might have reactions to different cleansers.

Completely Buff


  1. I agree w/ you 100% about shart grit being disasterious in facial scrubs. I have been saying this for years and it's nice to learn that an actual Dr. backs me up! This products sounds very interesting. I may have to give it a try. I was wondering. Have you tried using baking soda as a scrub? Do you think that could be beneficial. I have used it in the past and liked the results but I wonder if there is a Ph problem when used on the skin. Thanks for the great review!

  2. Hi Elvira!
    I've always heard that tip about baking soda, but haven't tried it myself just because I was worried about pH. Obviously it would be very basic, and "healthy" skin has a pH of about 5.5-6.5 depending on what reference you look at. I think the fact that you're using it as a scrub, so it gets rinsed off right away likely makes it fine. It would likely be different if you were leaving it on.

  3. Bobbi Brown has an excellent product, I think it's called buffing grains.. they are soft white balls that you add to your own cleanser.. very gentle and it works. I love it. I remember taking my face OUT as a teenager with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. LOL

  4. I'm curious what the other 3 scrubs are that you like? My fav of the moment is Aveeno Skin Brightening (or something close to that).

  5. Jojoba beads are good too, because they are natural and uniformly sized.

  6. I am in love with Mary Kay Microdermabrasion Set. It is the scrub and replenish serum and is a years supply of weekly scrubs! I am 56 and it is amazing!!


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