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)
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.