When it comes to beauty and personal care products, I am incredibly selective on what I will use. Because our skin is porous, we soak up whatever we put on it, including any harsh or harmful chemicals lurking in our lotions, soaps and creams. Over the past few years I have made it a requirement that all my beauty products only contain ingredients that I would put in my body. Coconut oil? Check. Honey? check. Oatmeal? Check (if it's gluten-free, of course).
One of my favorite mixtures is the oatmeal cleansing grains. The mixture is simple to make and uses things already in the pantry, plus you could safely eat it, although I doubt it would be very palatable. Oatmeal is really great for your skin and acts as a gentle exfoliant in this recipe, while the almond meal helps to moisturize. Essential oils such as lavender, copaiba and melaleuca help to calm irritation, blemishes and inflammation and support overall skin health.
Oatmeal Cleansing Grains:
+ 1/2 cup organic gluten-free oats
+ 3T almond meal/flour (make your own by grinding raw almonds)
+ 1-2T organic chamomile flowers (you can use the contents of a tea packet) *OPTIONAL
+ 30-35 drops essential oils - I used 20 drops lavender, 7 drops copaiba, 5 drops melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) -- Other great oils would be geranium, german chamomile, gentle baby, rose, frankincense or elemi, rosemary
Place oats, almond meal and chamomile flowers (if using) into a food processor and pulse until a fine granular powder is achieved. Transfer to a wide bowl, then stir in essential oils. Store in an air-tight glass container.
To use, place about 1-2 tsp of the mixture into your palm and slowly add water to make a paste. Apply to your face and gently rub. You can either leave the grains on and use as a mask or rise with lukewarm water. I use this daily as a facial cleanser and will have a recipe for my favorite honey + rose mask soon!