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. Often these ingredients are gritty or feel a bit bumpy to encourage loosening of clogged pores or remove stubborn dead skin cells.
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. If you choose a grain too abrasive and use it too often it could scratch the skin and cause capillary damage. 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. I recommend a cleansing grain or physical exfoliant ideally to be used twice a week.
All Skin Types
Ground oats can be a wonderful and simple cleansing grain for all skin types. Add a pinch of finely ground oats or oatmeal to oil or water, creating a paste and then massaging in small, circular motions move all over the forehead, t-zone, chin and cheeks. Avoid getting to close to the eye area as this area is delicate and typically does not need exfoliation. Rinse with warm water. Follow with normal skincare routine.
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. Gently massage into skin and let sit for a minute. Rinse with warm water when finished. Follow with normal skincare routine.
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. Honey is a natural humectant so it won’t dry out skin like some exfoliants. Rinse with warm water. Follow with normal skincare routine.
You can add ground chamomile to any of the above recipes to treat sensitive skin. If your skin easily reddens, feels taut, itchy or inflamed, you may have sensitive skin. You’ll want to treat sensitive skin first and foremost before any of the other skin types, such as oily or dry, etc. Chamomile is a great addition for this! 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 any of the above ingredients. One tea bag should be plenty. Keep sealed until use.
Do you use cleansing grains as part of your skincare regimen? They are an effective and gentle way to deep clean the skin without harsh chemicals. Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried one of these recipes!82