Use the Power of Pineapple for a Homemade Facial Scrub

slices of pineapple spread around homemade pineapple facial scrub with sugar and honey

Treehugger / Allison Berler

  • Working Time: 5 - 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 - 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 ounces
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $15-20

Name any store-bought facial mask or scrub and chances are that it's derived from natural ingredients like pineapple and sugar. Besides, making a beauty treatment at home is way easier than you think.

In fact, fresh pineapple is ideal for cleansing your skin and getting it super clean and soft, says Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home."

Pineapple contains bromelain, a fruit enzyme that's known to be anti-inflammatory. The fruit contains high amounts of alpha-hydroxy acids, which are purported to slow down the skin's aging process. Pineapple is also known for its high concentrations of vitamin A, B1, B6, C and minerals.

"In addition, pineapple helps make your complexion look younger and brighter," she says. "Often our skin can look dull and in need of a good exfoliating treatment."

So the timing is perfect for creating a scrub at home!

outstretched hand does patch test with fresh pineapple to test for skin reaction with facial scrub

Treehugger / Allison Berler

If you have sensitive skin, use this scrub with caution as it may end up reddening your complexion. Before using this treatment, make sure to do a patch test first on the inside of your arm to see how your skin reacts.

You can double this recipe and use this scrub all over your body before showering. Just be careful as the coconut oil can make things a bit slippery!

What You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Bowl
  • Measuring cup and spoon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup fine cane sugar


  1. Cut it up

    woman uses large knife to chop pineapple into large circles on blue cutting board

    Treehugger / Allison Berler

    Finely chop pineapple into very small pieces.

  2. Mix it up

    coconut oil, fresh pineapple, and sugar are mixed together in glass bowl for facial scrub

    Treehugger / Allison Berler

    Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.

  3. Rub it in

    side profile woman rubs diy pineapple facial scrub onto cheek in front of window

    Treehugger / Allison Berler

    Massage into damp skin and let sit for five minutes. Rinse well with warm water, then cool, and pat your skin dry.