Glowing Skin, Naturally: Energizing Cleanser Recipe

The nourishing Ayurveda and yoga self-care practices we take on this season reward us with the gift of health and longevity. There is nothing more nurturing for body, mind, and soul than a morning face-care ritual with natural homemade beauty products. Expand. Love. Cherish yourself!

Energizing Cleanser Recipe

Put your best face forward. Your face needs protection to endure the harsh elements as we transition from winter to spring. This recipe promises smooth, glowing moon-like skin.

This energizing cleanser makes enough for a week or two supply, for a vital, bright and well-nourished complexion. Nuts, grains and milks are full of nourishment and are akin to a balanced nutrient-rich breakfast for your skin!

Dry ingredients: (blend together, store in an airtight glass jar in a cool dry place)

  • 1 cup barley OR oats, ground into a powder in an electric grinder (or mortar and pestle if you like). Alternatively, you may buy ready ground powder.

  • 1/2 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds).

  • 1/4 cup dried ground orange peel or lemon peel. Can substitute ground lavender or rose petals.

  • 1/4 cup organic dried milk powder. Can substitute fresh whole milk or coconut milk which in that case will not be added to the dry mix. If using fresh rather than dried milk, store in the fridge and add a TBSP each morning to your dry mix.

Wet ingredients: (each morning add to dry mix and make into a paste for each cleansing application)

  • Warm water.

  • Lavender, geranium, juniper, frankincense or lemon essential oil. Choose one.

Directions: For your daily face cleansing ritual morning and evening take a heaping TBSP of the dry mixture and add about 1 tsp warm water and 3 drops essential oil as needed, creating a creamy thick and spreadable consistency. Mix into a paste. With upward sweeping and circular strokes massage over entire neck and face. Add more water as needed. Without harsh scrubbing, gently massage this enlivening cleanser all over your face, nourishing your winter skin. Wash off with warm water and gently pat skin dry with a clean towel.

Note: If you are not adding dried milk to your dry mixture, you will substitute half the water with the coconut milk or whole milk.

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GlynnisandMadhuri, posted on April 30, 2014

@Sarah8I think you will enjoy this cleanser. Once it is all mixed and ready it is such an easy and pleasurable routine!

GlynnisandMadhuri, posted on April 30, 2014

@CherryBlossom I think you will enjoy this cleanser to include in your routine. When the time is right for you!

GlynnisandMadhuri, posted on April 30, 2014

@kskupienEnjoy! I think you will LOVE this self care recipe : )

GlynnisandMadhuri, posted on April 30, 2014

@MissCarlyJ yes you could put it in the fridge for extended shelf life. Can also keep it out as long as the dry components do not get any moisture. A sealed mason jar is great for storage!

GlynnisandMadhuri, posted on April 30, 2014

@aprilann21555I think you will enjoy this cleanser to include in your routine. I also have a section in each season of my book "Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work" which I co-authored with my dear friend and colleague Madhuri. Lots more great do-it-yourself recipes in there :)

Sarah8_2, posted on April 30, 2014

Thank you Glynnis! I want to go put all of this together and try it!!

dwp31, posted on April 30, 2014

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

CherryBlossom, posted on April 29, 2014

This sounds great, I have acne prone skin and just getting it under control now so I'm hesitant about changing up my routine right now but will save to try int he future for sure!

kskupien, posted on April 29, 2014

Terrific! I like that I could have a fresh cleaner without worrying about it expiring quickly. Great idea. Will definitely try this this week.

MissCarlyJ, posted on April 29, 2014

If you are making a big batch for the week, does this need to be stored anywhere like the fridge?

aprilann21555, posted on April 29, 2014

I do like the sounds of this and will have to try it. Now I use a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda for my facial scrub and coconut oil and brown sugar for my body scrub.

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