I had the luxury of getting a facial at my local spa the other day and it was heavenly! It made me realize that I need to stop wasting money on fast food and indulge in monthly massages/skin treatments — I mean, why not spend my money on something much better for my overall health and wellness?
Anyway, during the treatment, the lady applied a natural oatmeal masque/scrub to my skin. That’s the first time I’ve had oatmeal applied to my skin and she said that it drew out impurities from my pores and soothed the skin — so when I got home, of course the first thing I did was jump on Google to see how I could make it myself. I found these four great recipes for skincare, so I thought I would share. The two in particular I will be doing (though I will likely do all of them at one time or another) is the coffee scrub and oatmeal scrub.
Coffee is another fantastic natural exfoliant. It contains caffeic acid, which has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production. Just as coffee stimulates our body in the morning, it can serve as a skin stimulant as well. To make the scrub, combine 1 tablespoon of ground coffee with 1 tablespoon of water or olive oil. To make this inexpensive face scrub even more economical, save the wet coffee grounds from your brewed morning coffee and use those. If you use olive oil, skip applying a moisturizer afterward, as olive oil will leave your skin super-moisturized. As a side note, since coffee grinds can clog drains, apply the scrub and buff off the grounds over a plugged sink so that you can wipe them out or use a mesh drain strainer to catch them before they go down your pipes.
People who use oatmeal as a natural face scrub swear by it, and now I know why. Ground oatmeal not only serves as a wonderful exfoliant, but it also absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while leaving your skin nourished and hydrated. It has been known to soothe and heal everything from acne to sunburn to dry, flaky skin. Given its gentle nature, it is also ideal for those with sensitive skin. Combine 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, which boosts the face treatment’s exfoliating properties, and 1 teaspoon of water or olive oil to make it into a paste. Gently rub it onto you skin in circular motions, let sit for five to 10 minutes and rinse.
So, simple ingredients we all have around the kitchen and make for some great skin care cleansers — are you interested in trying these two scrub recipes?
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