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DIY Natural Face Scrub with Oats, Honey, and Yoghurt

This simple DIY natural face scrub leaves your skin soft and nourished. The 3 ingredients are likely already in your kitchen!

Header image homemade honey and oatmeal face scrub by a hopeful home.

Did you know that you are meant to scrub your face 1-3 times a week and are you not doing that?

Let me help! This easy, natural, and cheap honey and oatmeal face scrub will get you on your way.

I filmed a VIDEO TUTORIAL for this DIY face scrub. If you’d like to see that straight away, make sure to scroll down!

I’m afraid that I was absolutely terrible when it came to scrubbing my body or my face. It was one of those things that I kind of KNEW I should be doing but I just wasn’t able to implement it into my skincare routine.

It felt like too much of a hassle and I hadn’t found the ‘right’ products yet. With ‘right’ I mean natural, affordable, and a joy to use!

I basically just did it once a year during a full on ‘pamper-myself-night’. I’m still not great with scrubbing my body but scrubbing my face has definitely become a new addition to my weekly routine!

A couple of months ago I did a bit of research into the why and how behind scrubbing.

Because with me I just knew that I would be encouraged to do it more often once I knew more about the benefits and the science behind it.



When you scrub, you remove dead skin cells. Humans lose around 500 million skin cells EVERY day. So dead skin can build up quite quickly! Especially when you get older since your skin turnover slows down. This article describes that process brilliantly.

When you remove these dead skin cells, it can reduce dullness of your skin, improve skin tone, and your skins ability to absorb your skincare products increases tremendously. It’s also said to help with acne.

There are TWO TYPES OF EXFOLIATION. Physical and chemical.

Physical exfoliation only works on the top layer of your skin and often shows immediate but short term results.

Chemical exfoliation penetrates deeper into your skin and produces more permanent results. But if often takes longer to actually see them. This article explains it in more detail.

The recipe of this face scrub is so wonderfully simple, natural, and cheap. It actually makes scrubbing fun and convenient!

So… how often should you scrub?

This varies per skin type and it’s very important to always keep observing your skin and how it reacts to scrubbing.

The rule of thumb is to exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week. But with sensitive skin it’s advised to do it 1-2 times and with mature skin 2 times.

If you find the thought of scrubbing multiple times a week a bit overwhelming, you can always start with doing it once a week. On your Friday or Saturday night for example.

That way you can ease into it and just that one time a week will already make such a difference!


Usually I make enough scrub for two sessions. I have very sensitive skin so I only scrub my face twice a week. If you put the scrub in the fridge, it will last 2-3 days.

So just to lay it out: if I make this on Wednesday, I’ll be able to use it on Wednesday night and Friday night.

All you need is: 2 teaspoons of honey, 4 tablespoons of oatmeal, and 2-4 tablespoons of yoghurt.

The amount of yoghurt depends on how firm you’d like the scrub to be. You just mix these ingredients in a bowl and voila it’s done!

I prepare the oatmeal by blending oats in our food mixer. I often blend around 8 tablespoons of oats and put the excess in a plastic bag to use the week after.

You can decide yourselves how fine you’d like the oats to be but I found that the scrub was easier to work with when the oats were blended very fine.


Close up scrub. DIY honey and oatmeal face scrub by a hopeful home.

It’s best to exfoliate your skin in the night. It gives your skin more time to absorb your skincare products and work their magic.

Cleanse your face before you apply the scrub and make sure to apply the scrub to a damp face.

Then work from your jaw upwards and make rotating movements with your hands.

Oats tend to ‘fall off’ quite quickly but I have noticed that it helps to very softly (just about) touch your skin when you make the rotating movements.

I do usually, however, scrub my face under the shower just because it’s extra convenient.

After, rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply your toner, serum (if you have any), and moisturiser or face oil. In the Youtube video I discuss the exact products that I use into more detail.

I hope this DIY honey and oatmeal face scrub will encourage you to scrub your face more often (if you don’t yet) and do read this article for more natural and simple DIY face scrub ideas.

Also, if you’re interested in non-toxic self care products, I recently shared my top 3 non-toxic personal care products of 2020. Head here to read more about it!

Much love,