As promised, here is a recipe for a daily face scrub that you can make fresh each morning. It’s natural, paraben free, and almost good enough to eat!
All that you will need are some rolled oats, honey, milk or cream and a food processor. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, you can toss some almonds into the mix, as well. Simply pour a cup of raw, whole oatmeal into the food processor and process until it’s slightly more course than cornmeal. If you’re using almonds, too, add 1/2 cup in with the oatmeal, and process as already described. Store this mixture in an air tight container. Each morning, mix 2-3 tablespoon of the processed oatmeal, or oatmeal- almond mixture with one tablespoon of honey and one to two teaspoons of milk or cream. Apply to face and scrub gently for one to two minutes. Rinse with warm water, and you’re skin will be soft, clean and ready for moisturizing and makeup.
Aveeno products have used oatmeal as a base for their skin care for years, but why? Aside from it’s ability to soothe itchy skin, oatmeal contains several components that help reduce dryness and irritation in skin. Honey is a natural humectant, which means that it’s a natural moisturizer. Honey also helps lock the moisture into the skin. By adding the milk or cream, you are adding lactic acid into the mix. Lactic acid is another alpha hydroxy acid, a very gentle chemical exfoliant. If you choose to add in the almond, you’ll be adding almond oil to moisturize, as well as adding to the mechanical exfoliation that the processed oatmeal provides. This is gentle enough to use daily and is perfect for adding your favorite essential oil into while mixing. I use one or two drops of rosemary essential oil, an excellent choice for maturing skin. Carrot seed essential oil is great for mature skin, as well. If you have oily or acne prone skin, the addition of a drop of two of lavender essential oil would be a good choice, as lavender essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and is an antibacterial.