A Recipe for Oatmeal-Almond Facial Scrub

Almonds chopped into a fine grain on a wood table beside whole almonds.

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Who needs plastic microbeads to exfoliate when you've got almonds and oatmeal? Make your skin glow with this lovely recipe.

“If you wouldn’t eat it, then don’t put it on your face.” Skin is porous, and everything that goes onto it eventually makes its way inside. Since all conventional facial cleansers, scrubs, and moisturizers are full of toxic chemicals, it’s best to avoid them completely. By sticking with edible ingredients – items that you already have in your kitchen, or can buy easily – you’ll rest assured knowing that you are not harming your body over the long term.

This homemade facial scrub is one of my favourite DIY beauty recipes, one that I sometimes make for friends and family. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth. The oatmeal exfoliates, the almonds moisturize, and the lavender-chamomile combination is soothing. Best of all, there are no nasty plastic microbeads to contaminate the local water supply.

Homemade Oatmeal Scrub with Almonds, Lavender, and Chamomile

Almonds ground up for a facial scrub.

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1/4 cup raw almonds (or 2 tbsp almond flour)
4 tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp chamomile flowers (I used the contents of chamomile tea packets)
2 tsp sweet almond oil + 5 drops lavender extract — OR — 2 tsp lavender oil

Chop raw almonds in a spice grinder or food processor until they are a fine meal. Skip this step if using almond flour. Add remaining ingredients and blend well until mixture is a soft granular powder. To use each morning, put half a tablespoon of this mixture in your palm and add just a couple of drops of water. Rub hands together to make a paste. Gently rub and massage it onto damp skin in circular motions to exfoliate. Wash off with warm water and a warm, damp washcloth; end with a splash of cold. Keep the scrub in a well-sealed glass jar and it will stay fresh for months.