Why waste tons of money on facials when a home facial is just as effective?
Here is a great recipe for a home facial our reader Pat sent us that contains only natural ingredients as oppose to harsh chemicals that lurk in those store bought ones.
Natural skin care has been something my family has been interested in for ages. We often make our own home products, partly because it is fun but also because most of us have allergies to certain preservatives and preservatives and it is safer.
One product I like for my aging skin is a scrub that really defoliates without being too rough. Most of the ingredients are very simple and things you have on hand except for the almond oil, and it is only for the scent, so you can use extract (natural only!) or leave it out, but I like the fragrance. You do not need any special equipment except a blender or food processor, but I once made this with oat bran and for that you would not need even that. I make small batches and leave this at room temperature for up to a month but you might want to refrigerate in a jar with a tight lid for longer times. The Vitamin C is a little like a preservative but it is there as an antioxidant.
Home facial (Facial Refresher)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coarse salt (we use Dead Sea salt if possible)
1/4 cup raw sugar (can use ordinary cane sugar)
a few drops almond oil (optional)
1000 mg natural vitamin C (crush the tablets to powder).
Process the oats in the food processor until partially broken down-you do not want a powder, just smaller pieces.
Add the salt, sugar, crushed vitamin C and process just to blend.
Sprinkle the almond extract over the meal and process again briefly to mix.
Store the scrub in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
To use: take a handful of the mixture, about 2 tablespoons, and add enough water to make a paste.
You will want to wash your face before starting in the usual way and leave it wet.
Apply the paste to your face but avoid the delicate areas very close to your eyes and then use small circular motions to scrub away and exfoliate the skin.
When the entire area has been massaged, let this rest on the skin for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Unless you have extremely oily skin, you will want to apply a moisturizer next.
I also sometimes make my own follow up moisturizer for this. I have found no better product than pure lanolin for a base for this, but you may have to hunt to find it. Some drugstores will have it in the pharmacy department, so ask. I also like to make small quantities that will be used fairly quickly, but someone I know makes large batches and stores most in the refrigerator and puts small amounts in a pretty jar to leave out. This stuff is wonderful for dry feet and legs and rough elbows as well as the face. Another great thing for feet is applying pure lanolin generously at night, then sleeping in cotton socks.
Thank you Pat!
Wow! Where do I even begin explaining why these ingredients in this home facial are sooo good?
Oats are gentle on all types of skin, especially recommended in treatment of problem skin type and acne prone skin. They are also a natural exfoliant and an anti-inflammatory agent. That is one of the reasons it is so often used in preparation of oatmeal homemade scrubs.
Salt and sugar are excellent abrasives, they scrub away dead skin cells but they don't scratch or damage the skin.
Almond oil prevents inflammation and is wonderful for any skin type, dry skin in particular.
Vitamin C is known to stimulate collagen production and also help with skin discoloration.
Looking for a specific recipe, home remedy or ingredient? Type the word and browse through the results.