Guest Post by Leslie of Crunchy Betty
It never fails to amaze me just how easy it is to make your own facial scrubs and cleansers – and just how much money you save (naturally) doing so!
These are two recipes for very gentle skincare, and can be used on any skin type at all. You can use them morning and night, if you wish, but for me, they’re great as part of my morning routine. It’s just the right amount of exfoliating and moisturizing “morning skin” craves.
You can find all of the ingredients in the scrub at http://mountainroseherbs.com, or check your local natural foods store or herb shop. You can use any cosmetic clay you like, but for scrubs, I prefer kaolin or bentonite, which are two of the easiest-to-find clays out there.
Gentle Lavender Scrub
* 2 Tbsp. dried lavender buds
* 2 Tbsp. dried chamomile buds
* 1/2 c. whole oats
* 1 Tbsp. cosmetic clay (kaolin, bentonite, french green, or rhassoul)
* Water, rosewater (for dry skin) or witch hazel (for oilier skin) to wet the scrub as you use it.
Place the first three ingredients in your food processor and process on high into a fine powder. This should take between 3 to 5 minutes. Once the oats and dried flowers are powdery, place in your container and stir in the clay.
The scrub is, believe it or not, now complete! As it is dry, it will keep for many months (at least 6) in a cool place – like your bathroom cabinet.
To use: Splash some lukewarm water on your face to start. Put approximately 2 teaspoons of the scrub in a small dish or in your hand and add just enough liquid (water, rosewater, or witch hazel) to the powder to create a slightly watery paste. I keep a small dish in the bathroom all the time for mine, and rinse it out after every use, but your hand works just as well. Scrub the mixture gently over your face for a minute or two. You can either rinse your face clean at this point, or allow the scrub to dry for a few minutes for extra cleansing. Either way, rinse well and finish with the light moisturizer below.
Light Lavender Moisturizer
* 1/2 c. distilled water
* 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
* 4 drops lavender essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a small container. I like to put my moisturizers in dropper bottles, but this is light enough that you could even pour it in a spray bottle and spritz your face in the morning (or throughout the day, as you need moisture). Apply a thin layer to a clean face.
Leslie, a reformed model and enthusiast of natural beauty, lives in the quirky town of Manitou Springs, CO. She blogs constantly about homemade beauty recipes, household tips, and home remedies at Crunchy Betty (http://crunchybetty.com). She also encourages you, incessantly, to put food on your face. What better way to look like a kid again?