Cleansing grains are usually made from herbs, oats, nuts or clay in a powdered form and provide an exfoliating cleanse to the face. We’ve discussed the importance of exfoliation, both physical and chemical here. Cleansing grains would fall in the physical category, helping slough off dead skin cells, removing build up in the pores and rejuvenating the skin.
If you plan on using cleansing grains daily you will want to make sure the grains are finely powdered so that daily exfoliation doesn’t become irritating. All of these cleansing grains can be prepared ahead of time and kept in an airtight container. Just sprinkle out 1/2 to 1 teaspoon for each use.
All Skin Types
Ground oats can be a wonderful and simple cleansing grain. Add a pinch of finely ground oats or oatmeal to oil or water, creating a paste and then massaging in small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water.
Powdered coconut milk will soften skin, and can easily be combined with wheat germ oil, which is a highly nutritious cleansing combination for dry skin. Rinse with warm water when finished.
Oily/Acne Prone Skin Skin
Powdered honey is both antibacterial and clearing for acne prone or oily skin types. Using the powdered honey, preferably raw Manuka honey, which is very healing in it’s properties, add to a damp face and concentrate on the t-zone areas of your face. Rinse with warm water.
You can add ground chamomile to any of the above recipes to treat sensitive skin. The easiest way to find accessible chamomile is from an organic teabag. Grind the contents of an emptied tea bag with a coffee grinder and add it to an above ingredient. Keep sealed until use.