Gentle lemon face scrub without sugar

Lemon face scrub

The lemon face scrub is not only super gentle to your skin, but it will clean it in depth. The lemon helps you fight acne, blackheads and lightens the skin.

This scrub doesn’t contain sugar. Sugar is a strong exfoliator. If you have sensitive skin, applying sugar and lemon to your face can only damage it.

To get a full lemon spa treatment, try also this lemon face mask.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: medium


  • 3 clear glass jars, 15 ml (0.5 oz)
  • 1 rounded tbsp lemon peel powder
  • 2 rounded tbsp oats
  • 8 tbsp lavender water
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil

The mixture will fill 3 glass jars.

Ingredients for lemon face scrub


The lemon essential oil and the lemon powder are natural sources of vitamin C. They clean the pores in depth, help in the fight with blackheads and acne. The lemon also brightens the complexion.

The oats are a gentle exfoliator and they remove the excessive oils from the skin.

The lavender water contains powerful antioxidants. It also has powerful antibacterial properties. The lavender water is my favourite one in fact.


Check out the video or follow the directions below.

Start with grinding the oats. For that purpose use a spice grinder. The result should be fine oat powder.

The grinded oats
The grinded oats

Add the lemon peel powder to the grinded oats and mix well.

The grinded oats plus the lemon peel powder
The grinded oats plus the lemon peel powder

Add the lavender water and the lemon essential oil. Stir well till everything blends.

The mixture may look diluted initially, but it will become thicker. The oats will absorb the water.

The result
The result

The lemon face scrub is ready for use.

The lemon face scrub

How to use it

Use it only before bedtime. Don’t use it in the morning, because the citrus oils are potentially phototoxic. This can lead to irritation of the skin and pigmentation.

Use on a clean face. Scrub for 1-2 min and then leave for another 1-2 min. Avoid the delicate eye area. Rinse with cold water to seal the pores. As this face scrub is gentle you can use it 3-4 times a week.

How long it lasts

Use it no longer than 1 week and keep it in the refrigerator during this time.

Tips and common mistakes

If you have oat flour near at hand you can use it directly instead of grinding oats. Use 2 rounded tbsp oat flour.

For this mask you will need lemon peel powder. However if you don’t have one, you can grind some dried lemon peels. Just make sure that they are grinded very well and there aren’t any large pieces left. You can sift the grinded lemon peels for best result.

The lavender water can be replaced with rose water or any such kind you have near at hand. Don’t use tap water unless you are going to use the whole quantity of the scrub immediately. Using tap water will decrease the shelf life of the product drastically.

Don’t add all the water at once. Add ⅔ of it, stir well and wait few minutes. In this way you can control the thickness of the mixture. Don’t make it too thick. It will be hard to apply on the face.

Have you made a lemon face scrub at home? What is your favourite recipe?

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