One of the main reasons I came to natural health & Essential Oils was to clean up my skincare (& home cleaning) products. I knew my super dry, eczema-prone skin was not going to get better when there were unknown chemicals & fragrances in everything I was touching.
While I don't do much with my skin other than rinse with warm/cold water & heavily moisturize, every few days (at least certain times of year), it calls for some exfoliation. Most face scrubs leave my face super irritated, red, & splotchy (not to mention have so many toxic ingredients), so I figured I'd make one of my own.
I knew Oatmeal to be really moisturizing & gentle, & baking soda to be a great natural exfoliator, so in an effort to keep it as simple & minimal as possible, I decided to keep it to two ingredients with the option to add Essential Oils for additional skin-enhancing benefits.
While this is purpose made for sensitive & dry skin types, I imagine it could be really soothing & luxurious on any skin type.
What you need:
3oz GF Quick Oats (not sure it matters what kind, but this is what I used)
1 oz. Aluminum-Free Baking Soda
4oz. Glass Jar
2-4 drops Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense, or another favorite skin-loving doTERRA Essential Oil (optional)
Use any sized glass jar you have, the ratio of Oats:Baking Soda is 3:1.
My recommendation is 1 or 2 drops of Essential Oil for each 4oz of face scrub, less is more!
What to do:
Blitz the Oats in a food processor until it makes a powder.
Add in appropriate drop(s) of Essential Oils & blitz again.
Add Oats & Baking Soda into jar & you're done!
I tend to use the face scrub in the shower since it's a bit messy. When you're ready to use it, add about a tablespoon to a small clean bowl (or the palm of your hand, but I prefer bowl.) Add drops of water SLOWLY & stir with your finger until it becomes a paste. You should see the oats begin to cream-ify. You can choose if you prefer a thinner or thicker paste.
Rub on face with a gentle scrub & rinse. If you want to use it as more of a mask, keep it on for a few minutes. Rinse with warm (not hot) water, then with the coldest water you can get (closes up the pores & creates more glowy, happy skin). While skin is still damp, moisturize your face!
I'd love to hear how you like this recipe. If you try it, please share your feedback in the comments below!