As with my hair, I try not to bother my face by washing it too often (which also, conveniently, means I don’t have to bother myself to wash my face—win/win, says I). Most of the time a simple swipe with some toner will do the trick, but sometimes I need a good mid-week, between masks scrubbing. This sensitive skin scrub fits the bill—cleansing without being irritating.
Oatmeal, milk, and honey are classic skincare ingredients. Oatmeal contains polysaccharides, which, when combined with water, create a barrier that helps protect your skin. Milk is loaded with beneficial fats and vitamins, and honey is a humectant and a great all-natural antibacterial agent. Brilliant!
Baking soda and clay are also two of my favourite body ingredients. Baking soda is an amazing exfoliator—gentle, yet effective. Mixed with the insoluble fibre from the oats, your dead skin cells won’t know what hit them (in a good way). Clay is great for pulling out impurities and balancing the skin.
A bit of ground up bar soap boosts the cleansing abilities of the scrub without taking you all the way to washing your face with plain soap, which can be quite drying, especially in the winter.
Lasty, essential oils of sandalwood, jasmine, and lavender. Well, the lavender was essential—the other two weren’t quite as they are expensive. Dude. At least $50 (and up to $100!) for 5mL of jasmine absolute, and just a little less for 5mL of sandalwood essential oil, depending on the variety. I don’t like them that much! Ich. Anyhow, this blend is lovely—intoxicating, complex, and overall quite lovely. It can, however, be a bit overpowering if you find yourself to be sensitive to strong scents, in which case you might want to knock it down to one drop of each.
The scrub is great for a bit of a mini-facial. Simply take a teaspoon or two of the mixture into your palm and gently massage it into your skin in circular motions, using your finger tips. Rinse off and finish off with a bit of argan oil. Lovely. I love how clean and warm my face feels after using this scrub.
Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Sensitive Skin Facial Scrub
Combine everything in a coffee grinder and blend until completely uniform. You should have a light, fluffy powder.
To use, massage about 2 teaspoons into your face in a circular motion and rinse off.