What is enzymatic face scrub? Homemade enzymatic scrub step by step

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Enzymatic scrub exfoliates the skin, which in turn becomes smooth and clean. Because the scrub had the form of a mask, there is no need to rub the skin. How does enzymatic scrub work, which one to choose and who is it intended for? How to use this type of face scrub and how to prepare it at home? Check the recipes for enzymatic scrubs with baking soda and papaya.

How does enzymatic scrub work?

Enzymatic scrub gently cleanses the skin and improves its colour, also allows you to get rid of dry skin on the face and various discolorations. Also, it unclogs pores and – depending on the composition – moisturises or brightens the skin or regulares excess sebum. Enzymatic scrub smoothes the skin already after the first application and prepares it for next stages of care. Because it is very mild, it does not irritate the skin, even the sensitive one.

Which enzymatic scrub to choose?

Enzymatic scrubs available in stores with semi-finished products work more intensively than those from drugstores. In addition, by choosing the right ingredients you can adapt it to the individual needs of your skin. This type of scrubs are available in the form of semi-finished products, which should be prepared according to the attached instruction.

Enzymatic scrub – for whom?

Enzymatic scrub is dedicated to all skin types, but it’s the most popular among people with sensitive skin, or prone to acne or irritations. Therefore, enzymatic scrub is recommended for the owners of problematic skin that should not be rubbed. It does not contain any sharp particles, it is applied as a face mask and then rinsed with water.

How to use enzymatic scrub?

Clean the face and cleavage with a toner, then apply a thin layer of the scrub. Apply it either to the whole face or only to the selected parts, for example your forehead, chin, nose, omitting the eye area. Keep it on your skin for the time specified by the manufacturer and then wash the face with lukewarm water.

If the applied scrub begins to dry out, you can spray the face with thermal water. You can also apply it during a bath, because warm, steaming water will prevent it from drying out. Additionally, water vapour softens the skin and opens the pores which intensifies the effects of the scrub.

If you experience itching, burning or irritation, wash your skin immediately. Sensitisation to the ingredients of the product is an individual matter, so it’s advisable to do a patch test before the first use. To do it, apply a little cosmetic to a small area of skin and wash it after a few minutes. If any allergy symptom occurs, you should not use the product.

People who have extremely sensitive skin should not keep the scrub for more than a few minutes. In this case, it is also better to give up face scrubs in the form of a mask, instead, they should massage the skin with the scrub for about 2-3 minutes and then wash it with warm water.

How to do a homemade enzymatic scrub?

Enzymatic face scrub can be easily bought in a drugstore or prepared at home.

1. Enzymatic scrub with baking soda – recipe

Why baking soda? Because it unclogs pores, removes excess sebum and impurities. It also has antibacterial effect.


  • 1/2 teaspoon of soda,
  • 1 tablespoon of honey,
  • 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and apply to the face. After 2-3 minutes, wash your face with warm water.

2. Enzymatic scrub with papaya – recipe

Why papaya? It contains folic acid, vitamin C and E and antioxidants: lutein, lycopene and arginine.


  • 1/4 cup of papaya pulp or ground papaya seeds,
  • 1 tablespoon of oatmeal.

Mix the fruit until you get a smooth mass. You can add oatmeal which will give it a thicker consistency. Apply it to the face, leave for about 20 minutes, then wash.

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Nicky Trynide

is a professional make up artist whose work has graced the runway and the red carpet as well as national and international television shows and magazines. Nicky credits his long and successful career in the industry to his innate ability to see and bring out the beauty in everyone. Growing up, his passion for his future profession was sparked by his mother and two grandmothers, all European-trained estheticians

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