DIY Turmeric Face Scrub Recipe For Glowing Skin

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All skin needs exfoliating. From your cheekbones to your feet, dead skin cells are absolutely everywhere! A big part of why skin looks dull, tired, or even congested is due to the accumulation of dead skin.

But by using one of my many gentle DIY face scrubs you can clear much of your dead skin cells off without much trouble. And the turmeric face scrub recipe I’m using today does exactly that.

diy turmeric face scrub


I won’t lie to you, I’m a bit obsessed with turmeric at the moment. I’m eating it, putting it in my DIY soaps, and rubbing it all over my face too! Everyone seems to be talking about it as well, and I thought I’d see how good it is in a scrub… Turns out, it’s absolutely amazing!

What’s So Good About Turmeric?

Turmeric is very trendy at the minute. We’ve been using it for years as a natural soap dye, but did you know it’s excellent at brightening up aged skin? It actually balances out dark circles and age spots, helping to bring out the natural glow of your own unique skin.

It’ll also help bring down inflammation, as well as protect against UV damage, reducing the amount of free radicals in the skin as well as helping to restore elasticity. It’s a powerhouse of a natural ingredient, and absolutely perfect in this face scrub (You can explore 10 evidenced benefits of Turmeric here on

Ingredients for turmeric face scrub

Will This Face Scrub Stain My Face?

If you’ve seen the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, you might be wondering whether the turmeric in this recipe will stain your face a shade of ‘Oompa Loompa’. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Alongside a few other functions, the milk powder in this recipe will make sure none of the natural pigment in turmeric will transfer onto the face or eyebrows. Just make sure to remove it well, or you may be left with some yellow patches.

However, it will still stain your clothes. So, we suggest not applying this in your favorite ball gown!

Exfoliant, Cleansing, & Detoxifying Agents

The other ingredients we have in this scrub are all synergized to leave your skin soft, clear, and ultra-smooth.

The powdered coconut milk and clay are both intensely detoxifying. Clay is especially good for this, as it actively draws impurities from the skin. Coconut milk helps to really clear out pores, as well as providing excellent skin softening too.

ingredients for a diy face scrub recipe

The main two exfoliants in this scrub are ground oats and bamboo powder. The ground oats are super easy to get hold of and provide fantastic gentle exfoliation. Furthermore, it is so wonderful at softening skin.

You’ll need to get hold of finely ground oatmeal for this (known as colloidal oats) which are expensive, but you can easily grind regular rolled oats in a blender to get essentially the same thing.

The bamboo powder is another wonderful exfoliant. It’s great at exfoliating just the top layer of skin, leaving the face looking visibly fresher and feeling super soft. It’s a little harder to get hold of than oats, but your cosmetic supplier should sell it and it’s definitely worth it.

Bamboo powder is very gentle on the skin, but only when used in the recommended concentrations of 1-6%. It can be happily substituted for fine jojoba seeds.

Do I Need To Preserve This Face Scrub?

As this product does not contain any water it does not need a preservative and can last for up to a year.

However, this is only because we do not pre-mix this. No scrub can go without having any form of liquid in it – otherwise, you might as well be using sandpaper. This can be either water or oil, but water is especially problematic as it gives micro-organisms the opportunity to grow.

Clay is exceptionally difficult to preserve, especially without super strong preservatives. So to avoid exposing ourselves unnecessarily, we can simply mix up this product in the palm of our hands with a few drops of water before use. Simple!

Ok, let’s make a turmeric face scrub

diy turmeric face scrub

Turmeric Face Scrub Recipe For Glowing Skin

This DIY turmeric face scrub is absolutely gorgeous. I'm obsessed with turmeric at the moment. I'm eating it, putting it in soaps, & rubbing it on my face too!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 50 grams
Author: Angela Wills

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  • Place all the ingredients, in order of appearance into a good-sized mixing bowl
    25 g Powdered Coconut Milk, 15 g Colloidal Ground Oats, 2.5 g Kaolin Clay, 2.5 g Bamboo Powder, 10 g Turmeric
    Ingredients for turmeric face scrub
  • Mix well so all of your ingredients are well combined.
    ingredients for a diy face scrub recipe
  • Transfer to a suitable container, ready for use.
    Cosmetic Jar 4 oz
    Transfer scrub to a suitable container, ready for use.

How To Use This DIY Face Scrub

  1. Place a little of the scrub in a small bowl or ramekin.
  2. Add a few drops of water or oil to it and mix to make a paste.
  3. Place a small amount of the paste onto the fingertips and apply it to the face. Use circular motions, to gently massage the scrub into the skin, being careful not to drag or pull at the skin as you go.
  4. Spend a few seconds on each area of the skin, ensuring that the whole of your face has been covered.
  5. Leave on the face for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize with a good quality DIY face serum, or DIY face cream.

Final Thoughts

This DIY turmeric face scrub is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m loving the North African inspired pot I’ve kept it in. It’s quite fitting, too, as when I traveled to Morocco and Tunisia, I found that turmeric is one of the most popular items at the spice market!

Exfoliating is such an important aspect of DIY skincare. I feel like a lot of people either forget it or just don’t even think about it to begin with. But you’ll see why it’s so good once you’ve been using it for at least a month. But just don’t over do it – try not to exfoliate more than once a week.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading this turmeric face scrub recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. Throw your questions at me in the comments – but also let me know how you got on if you do make it. I love talking all this through with you guys.

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Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting

Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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