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I’m excited to finally share that at the end of this year, I’ll be releasing a new digital book. This time, all about natural body care.
As I worked on this book, I wanted to create something more than just a collection of recipes. I wanted to create a book that provided a simplified approach to natural body care–based on my research, experiences, and hearing from readers over the years.
This book focuses on how to make the switch from toxic products to natural products, along with simple recipes for what I consider to be body essentials (and a few special items, like masks and exfoliators), and brand/product recommendations. <–Because I know life is crazy and busy, and many times we have to prioritize between making a facial cream or dinner. To which I say, “Hello, (natural) store-bought facial cream! You’re looking might fine.”
In the book, I share three different recipes for making a facial exfoliator: an all-over sugar exfoliator (a reader favorite), a baking soda exfoliator, and an oat-based exfoliator. The goal is to provide you with three options, based on the ingredients you already own and your skin’s preferences.
The all-over sugar exfoliator may be used all over the body. Because it’s so coarse, folks with sensitive skin may have issues with this option. The next option, a baking soda exfoliator, is super easy to make and offers a gentle exfoliation experience. And finally, if you want another option that’s soothing, exfoliating, and gentle, there’s the oat exfoliator option.
I thought it would be fun today to share the oat exfoliator.
Are you in?
In the book, exfoliators are are found in the “Face Specials” section, along with face masks. These products are what I consider to be occasional treatments for my skin. Face masks and exfoliators are only meant to be used, based on my research and own experience, once or twice a week.
On my skin, I use an exfoliator once a week, usually in the morning during a shower. I use a face mask twice a week, usually at night before bed. I personally rotate between store-bought exfoliators and masks (I’m currently loving the Acure brand for masks and exfoliators, and,of course, Luminance Skincare for masks) and homemade recipes. It all depends on my mood and current season of life.
This almond and oat exfoliator features three ingredients, which were inspired by S.W. Basics: almonds, oats, and a tiny amount of salt. The oats are soothing and may help calm inflammation, the almonds contain a nice amount of vitamin E, and the salt helps (along with the other ingredients) to slough off dead skin cells. This exfoliator is easy to customize. If you want something super simple, just use oats. I you want a finer exfoliator, or don’t have a high-powered blender, and want to use almonds, go with blanched almond flour instead of grinding almonds. If you don’t want to use salt, skip it! Customize and tweak this recipe to your liking. This about you, girl!
The beauty of this recipe is that the ingredients are pulsed together to create a powder, which may be stored for a few months. When you’re ready to experience a special skin treatment, simply mix together a small amount of the powder with a liquid, and you’re ready to gently exfoliate your skin!
Gentle Oat Exfoliator Scrub Powder
This exfoliator powder was inspired by the company, S.W. Basics. The oats, almonds, and mineral-rich salt gently remove dead skin cells. Combine the powder with a liquid to create a gentle exfoliator.
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup raw, unsalted almonds
- 1 tsp salt a mineral-rich, fine salt
- storage jar
Place the almonds and oats in a blender jar. Blend until the ingredients resemble a flour-like texture. Add the salt and pulse for just a couple of seconds to combine.
Spoon the mixture into a storage jar with a lid. Seal the jar.
Combine 1 tablespoon of powder with 1-2 teaspoons of liquid of choice-- water or oil (sweet almond, jojoba, or olive oil work well)--until you reach your desired consistency. Wet your hands. Gently massage the exfoliator on the face and/or body, using circular motions, for about 30 seconds. Rinse with a warm, damp washcloth.
This exfoliator is easy to customize. If you want something super simple, just use oats. I you want a finer exfoliator, or don't have a high-powered blender, and want to use almonds, go with blanched almond flour instead of grinding almonds.If you don't want to use salt, skip it! Customize and tweak this recipe to your liking. This about you, girl!
Store the powder in the fridge for up to 6 months.
1 tablespoon of exfoliator makes enough for me to exfoliate my face and the top of my chest. If you need less or more, adjust the amount as needed.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #LIVESIMPLYBLOG. I'd love to see what you make!