Knowing what you’re putting on your face when you use cosmetics is incredibly important as a woman. The side effects of toxins found in make up range from skin irritations to cancer (did you know that carcinogens go into some cosmetics?).
In addition to being aware of the cosmetic products I use on my skin, I’ve also become more conscious of the cleansers I chose to use. Commercial facial cleansers use harsh soaps and chemicals to strip your face of their natural oils. This form of “cleansing” can actually do more harm than good. There are many ways to achieve a clear and healthy complexion, avoiding food allergens, drinking lots of water, eating a fresh diet and nourishing your skin with healthy products is a good place to start.
Here’s a recipe for Herbal Facial Scrub (Adapted from Crystal Stelzer) that includes spa quality botanicals and natural, healthy ingredients:
2 tablespoons almonds, finely ground
1/4 cup oats, coarsely ground
1/4 cup clay
2 tablespoons herbs, coarsely ground
When starting with whole almonds, oats and herbs, use a coffee grinder to individually grind each ingredient.
– Combine all of these ingredients in a glass jar, use an airtight container to prevent moisture from getting in.
– To use, place a quarter sized amount in your palm and add enough water to create a malleable paste.
– Use both hands to rub the paste into your skin, avoiding your eyes.
– Alternatively, use less water and create a thicker paste to apply the scrub as a masque. Leave the masque on for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
In my personal formula, I chose to use Rose Petals as an astringent, White Willow to reduce inflammation from breakouts, and Calendula flowers to reduce redness and soothe my skin.
Your herbal blend can be customized per your facial requirements. Here are some suggestions:
Gotu kola aids rebuilding collagen in aging skin
Comfrey leaf is a wonderful moisturizer
Green tea provides antioxidants which guard against free radical damage
Chamomile, rose and lavender can be used for dry skin
Lemon balm works well with normal skin
Rosemary and Sage are ideal for oily skin
The type of clay you use can also be customized for your skin:
White clay is neutral and ideal for normal skin
Blue or Green clay is moderately drying and can be used for combination skin
Red clay is extremely drying and ideal for oily skin
Remember to use high quality ingredients and herbs in your preparation; your skin will thank you!