This Sunflower Seed Scrub is one of the only scrubs I can use on my face without causing irritation! It’s not my original idea by any means, in fact I’ve seen it in every DIY product book I’ve ever picked up! It’s super simple, and can be made in minutes with a food processor or blender. My favorite thing about this scrub is the moisturizing properties of sunflower seeds. They contain Vitamin E oil, and it always leaves my skin soft and glowing.
You should never use a scrub if you have any inflammation in your face due to a breakout or sunburn! In this case, go for something soothing like aloe vera gel, or if you’re looking for a non-abrasive exfoliation treatment, try my Pineapple Facial. The pineapple facial is one of my all time favorite facial treatments, but I like to mix it up with this sunflower seed scrub. I’ve found my face is happiest if I don’t use the same thing over and over again, with the exception of Oil Cleansing which best thing to ever happen to my face!
My weekly scrub/facial treatment rotation looks something like this:
Monday: Oil Cleansing
Tuesday: Pineapple Facial
Wednesday: Oil Cleansing
Thursday: Sunflower seed scrub or oil cleansing again if I’ve spent a bit of time in the sun
Friday: Oil Cleansing
Saturday: Oil Cleansing
Sunday: Baking Soda Exfoliation
As you can see, Oil Cleansing is my primary facial treatment because it cleanses, moisturizes, and lightly exfoliates – what more could you want right? It’s not recommended to use scrubs or exfoliation treatments too often or you can damage you skin. Never use a scrub if your face feels tender, simply rinse it off and go with an oil cleansing instead. I’ve found that exfoliating 2-3 times per week is ideal for me. Always scrub very lightly so as not to take off too much at once, and use your ring finger when you’re exfoliating the cheekbone area of you face.
I’ve made this scrub in a blender before, but I found the mini food processor to be much easier. I took a full minute of grinding before my sunflower scrub was fine textured, (above right hand photo). It’s important to grind it very fine because bigger particles in scrubs can be too abrasive!
All of these treatments are really simple to make and easy to apply – I wouldn’t be doing it if it was high maintenance – that’s for sure! I haven’t washed my face with soap for 6 years now, I use the above schedule instead, and I spend way less time than I used to when my bathroom was filled with pre-made products (oh, and my skin looks way better too)! Hope you enjoy this scrub!
- ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
- Place the sunflower seeds in a mini food processor and process for 45-60 seconds, or until the sunflower seeds become a very fine meal.
- Transfer the ground sunflower seeds to a container for storage.
- This scrub will keep for 1 month at room temperature, or longer if it's refrigerated.
- My favorite way to use scrubs is in the shower because they're rather messy!
- Simply place about a tablespoon in the palm of your hand and add enough water to make a paste.
- Then you apply it to your already wet face and scrub lightly before rinsing off.
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