Lavender & Almond Facial Cleansing Grains
This simple formula contains lavender and oats to soothe skin and ground almonds to promote the removal of dead skin cells and stimulate new cell generation. White kaolin clay, also called white cosmetic clay, is a very light natural clay harvested in the U.S. that is commonly found in many types of dry and liquid cosmetics, including facial masks, scrubs, soaps, deodorants, body powders, toothpastes and poultices. This clay also provides the chalky component of several over-the-counter digestion aids, namely Mylanta, Rolaids, Di-gel, Maalox and Kaopectate. Because it used in the production of ceramics and china (as well as fiberglass, paint and paper), it is also known as china clay and ceramic clay.
Although white kaolin clay enhances circulation and gently exfoliates as it cleanses skin, it is especially suited for those with sensitive skin. It's also excellent for dry skin because it doesn't pull or strip natural oils away from the skin. So, consider this clay your go-to variety that's suitable for all skin types.
1 cup oats, finely ground
1/4 cup almonds, finely ground
1/4 cup organic lavender buds, finely ground
2 cups white cosmetic clay
4 - 6 drops organic lavender essential oil (optional)
Grind the oats, almonds and lavender buds separately in a coffee grinder (not one used for coffee or spices!) to a very fine powder. Combine the finely ground powders in their respective measurements with the clay. Add essential oil, if using, breaking up any clumps with a spoon or knife. Store in an air-tight container in a cool place. To use, mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of the facial grains with a bit of water to make a paste. Cleanse face and neck with the paste using small, circular motions. Rinse with warm water.
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