I had been looking for a new more natural facial cleanser. A friend recommended that I try facial grains. I found that a few cosmetic brands were selling them. A high-end cosmetic line sells facial grains for $40+ for 1 oz. Whoah! I took a look at the ingredients and was even more shocked! Here they are Polyethylene, P. Angularis Seed Powder, Jojoba Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Soybean Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Polyethylene. OK, so not what I want to be putting on my face. I did some research and was able to formulate an all-natural version.
What are cleansing grains?
a blend of herbs, oats and/or nuts that can be used to cleanse and exfoliate your face. They can be used daily or just a few times a week.
Benefits of cleansing grains?
All natural and chemical free. They also do not contain those terrible microbeads. They are excellent at exfoliating which is important for healthy skin.
I have been using facial grains for about 3 months now. And my skin has never been healthier. I shake about a teaspoon into my hand, add a few drops of water, create a paste and then rub on my face and wash off with water. I then moisturize with a lightweight moisturizer.
My Recipe (makes 9 oz, which lasts me about 6 months)
This blend is perfect for people with dry/slightly oily skin
4 oz clay (rhassoul or cosmetic clay)
2 oz oats (ground)
1/3 oz rose powder
1/3 oz marshmallow root powder
1/3 oz rosehip powder
1/3 oz chamomile powder
**all my ingredients were purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs. I was able to purchase all these for around $20, which would make close to 30 oz of facial grains!
Oats: gives skin a smooth silken appearance; heals wounds and cuts, soothes irritated skin, nutritive, anti-depressant and nervine
Rose: heals wounds and helps skin keep elasticity.
Clay: cleanses and draws out toxins, stimulates circulation and soothes inflammation
Marshmallow root: provides relief for irritations
Rosehip: Antioxidant and helps reduce inflammation
Chamomile: soothes irritated skin
Lavender: helps to promote tissue regeneration, also an antiseptic
The basic ratio is 25% oats, 50% clay and 25% herb powder. You can tweak your ingredients based on your individual facial needs.