I stopped using soap on my face about a year ago, and, boy, did my skin love me for it. My verrrry dry skin cleared up (with the help of coconut oil) and everything started looking smoother and, well, glow-ier. Instead of soap, I started using honey face wash at night and this homemade daily cleanser in the morning to exfoliate and plump the skin (your face is one area where plumping is a good thing!).
Almond, rice and dry milk powders are all great for mature skin and will leave your skin nourished and hydrated.
Ground almond benefits
Finely ground almonds gently exfoliate, which is the key to getting rid of dead skin cells and blocked pores. Almonds are also full of natural oils that provide vitamins A and E to your skin.
Vitamin E is one of the most commonly referenced nutrients for skin health, and with good reason. Not only do the antioxidant properties in vitamin E fight free radicals, but when combined with vitamin A, it’s effective at preventing certain types of skin cancers. You’ll also combat wrinkles and premature aging with vitamin E thanks to all those free radicals.
Milk powder benefits
Lipids, the naturally occurring fats found in milk, replenish skin’s lost moisture, keeping skin hydrated. Thanks to its high lipid content, milk is also rich in fat-soluble vitamins (specifically A, D, E, and K) and essential fatty acids that help to nourish and heal the skin. Milk is a natural source of lactic acid, which provide a perfect source of gentle, yet effective exfoliation.
Ground rice benefits
You may have already heard about the benefits of rice water for skin, but I’m personally convinced that rice flour is one of the best-kept beauty secrets around. Asian women have used ground rice powder on their skin for ages to smooth complexions, lighten skin discolorations and reduce wrinkles. Plus, I read in Giada De Laurentiis’s book Feel Good Food that she cleans her face daily with ground rice and olive oil, and that girl’s skin looks amazing!
Not only does ground rice contain a ton of vitamins and minerals that soothe skin from the outside in, but it also naturally brightens and whitens skin discoloration (a must if you suffer from occasional breakouts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) leaving it soft, smooth and glowing. And as if that weren’t enough, it has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and oil absorbing properties to boot.
Homemade Anti-aging Daily Cleanser
- Grind 3 almonds and 2 tablespoons uncooked rice grains until really fine. You’ll probably need to use a coffee grinder because you want a really fine powder.
- Combine with 1 teaspoon dry milk powder. Full-fat milk is best for anti-aging and dry skin. (Yay, plump that face!)
- Keep dry ingredients in a container with a lid beside the sink. This should stay good for about 2 weeks, although you will probably use it up sooner if using daily. If so, plan to remake weekly.
What’s your favorite way to cleanse your skin? Share your anti-aging secrets!609