Sunday, September 15, 2013
Lavender and Flax Cleansing Grains
Have you ever used cleansing grains to wash your face? It's a really refreshing and invigorating experience. My skin felt and looked better after the first time I tried it and now I'm hooked. The all natural blend of clay, grains, seeds, and herbs act as a multitasking team to draw out impurities, exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores, and tighten and nourish skin. Throw in an herbal steam and a homemade moisturizer and you've got yourself a luxurious facial on a budget. You'll probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry and it only takes a couple minutes to mix up.
There are a number of good cosmetic clays to choose from. I used Bentonite clay from volcanic ash. French Green clay is a little more expensive but is extremely absorbent and effective for drawing oils and impurities out from your skin. For those with oily skin that is prone to acne, Fuller's Earth clay is the way to go. Good old White Cosmetic clay is the least expensive, is easy to apply, and is very versatile. The indulgent Rhassoul clay from Morocco is reputed to blend the best with water (I've found Bentonite to be kinda a pain in the butt to mix...) and is rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Silica, and Sodium. Choose your favorite based on the needs of your skin, after all customization is one of the major benefits of making your own facial potions!
1/4 cup cosmetic clay
2 tablespoons cornmeal
2 tablespoons oatmeal
1 tablespoon lavender flowers
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed meal or 1 heaping teaspoon whole flaxseeds
1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop patchouli essential oil
Add clay, cornmeal, oatmeal, lavender flowers, flaxseeds, and sunflower seeds in a food processor. Process until uniformly coarse. The clay will rise and create a lot of dust, so to avoid inhaling it let the mixture rest for a minute before adding the essential oils. Pulse several times to incorporate the oils, then transfer to a glass jar for storage.
To use, mix a small amount of the cleansing grains with water in the palm of your hand. Gently massage the paste on your face then rinse clean with warm water and pat dry. Follow with a facial oil or other moisturizer.
Makes about 1 cup