No Pain with Grain
There are days when our skin is crying out for a deep cleansing. When this happens, an ordinary face wash won’t do the trick. You need something else in your beauty arsenal. This is where cleansing grains come in – easy to make, not too harsh for the face but is effective at the same time.
If you have oily skin, combination or sensitive skin that does not do well with regular face wash, the cleansing grain method might be for you!
What are cleansing grains?
Cleansing grains is a powdered blend of natural clays, herbs, flowers, and dried fruits to name a few. The fine particles of the ingredients then exfoliate the dead skin and leave your face feeling fresh and renewed.
How to make?
I will be sharing a recipe using percentages. Depending on the size of your jar, you can fill up the ingredients accordingly.
Clays – 50%
Clays make up the bulk of the grains. Their main function is to absorb the excess oil and draw the toxins. There are a wide variety of clays you can choose from but my pick for the face is White Kaolin Clay. It is the gentlest one among all. Since it generally suits most skin types, I would recommend using this when you are experimenting for the first. Once you are comfortable with the recipe you can improvise with different clays.
Ground Oats – 30%
Please make sure you use organic rolled oats in your skin care. Oats is a versatile ingredient in skin care. It has great anti-inflammatory and healing properties. This is also one of the few ingredients that is generally suitable for all skin types.
Powdered flowers or herbs – 10%
This is where you can get creative. Rose, lavender, chamomile, and the list goes on. Choose the herbs or flowers that have the benefits that you are looking for. For example, if you want something that has anti-oxidant qualities, go for green tea.
Ground Almonds – 10%
If you have dry skin, almonds are a great addition to your blend. It has moisturizing properties that will leave your skin soft. It also contains vitamin E which is an antioxidant.
If you have oily skin, I suggest you skip the almonds and replace it with more of your favorite herbs.
How to use?
Since the blend involves clay, it is recommended to use a wooden or plastic spoon when removing the grains.
Take out a small amount and activate the blend before applying it on your face. You can activate with either plain water, hydrosol (floral water) or even milk.
Once you have activated it, you can gentle scrub your face. Once you are done, you can rinse with cool water. Don’t forget to moisturize after cleansing.
Remember, your cleansing grain is a dry product which means it requires no preservatives. That is why it is important to make sure that no water enters your container.
I hope you will experiment with these grains. I have used them regularly for a long time and continue to do so with great results.
Feel free to comment or ask any questions on the blog. Also, do share photos of your creation. I would be delighted to see what you have come up with.