This is something new, a DIY skin care recipe here at the Antidote Kitchen. I just couldn’t resist sharing this recipe because it has done absolute wonders to my skin. Introducing my Pumpkin Spice Face Cleanser.
This skin care recipe is based on the magic of cleansing grains, and in this instance Oats. I came across the concept about a year ago when I was exploring more natural ways to take care of my skin.
But before I get into cleansing grains, I just thought it might be good to shortly describe my skin so that you can better assess if this recipe might work for you too. The best way to describe my skin would probably be to call it a ‘brat’. Honestly. It behaves like a brat. It never does what it’s suppose to do and still at the age of 34 I have to constantly fight pimples on my face. Also, an important thing to know about my skin is that I’ve never had an allergic reaction to anything. Nor do I recall a time I would have had skin irritation or any type of sensitivities. And that’s what makes me quite courageous to try out new skin care recipes and ingredients. It can only get better, not worse.
Having said that, I believe cleansing grains can actually work for any skin type. It’s more the spices and herbs you need to be conscious of as they might cause some reactions. In short, cleansing grains are powdered facial cleansers which gently exfoliate your skin. You can find tones of cleansing grain recipes online but often they include oats, herbs, nuts and sometimes clay. But the real hero in these recipes is the base, i.e. Oats. They are anti-inflammatory and have anti-oxidant properties. When powdered, oats make a great gentle exfoliator that cleanses your skin and leaving it amazingly soft. It seems like some people are reporting oats to treat itching and calm skin conditions like eczema or even psoriasis but again, I wouldn’t know as I’ve never had these skin conditions.
I have actually been using powdered oats as my daily skin cleanser for a couple of months now and it’s honestly amazing. I’ve managed to keep my skin in check and it’s great to cleanse your face in the evening as it leaves a lovely moisturised feel to your face whilst also, cleansing the skin thoroughly.
The process is simple. Just blend your grains, in this case oats, and any herbs and/or spices you might use into a powder. And when washing your face, just take some powder into your hand, add some water and wash your face thoroughly. That’s it. The powder can be also mixed with honey, clay or yoghurt to make a face mask, my personal favourite being honey.
In this recipe, I used some lovely seasonal spices firstly for their amazing smell but also, for their skin benefits. The spices used in a pumpkin spice mix are actually great but I would recommend mixing the ingredients separately (i.e. not using ready made pumpkin spice mix) because then you can better control the ratios. Cinnamon has anti-bacterial properties and in my case, it really helps to treat those pimples. But I understand some people can be quite sensitive specifically to cinnamon. Therefore, I recommend doing a patch test before going ‘all in’. The other ingredients in this recipe are ginger which is rich in anti-oxidants, nutmeg which has anti-inflammatory properties (and is great for acne) and cloves, also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial (also, great for acne).
So here it is – my home-made face cleanser specifically for acne prone skin. And the smell makes me smile every time.
I hope you LOVE this pumpkin spice face cleanser as much as I do.
- 3-4tbsp rolled oats
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp ground ginger
- 1-2 cloves
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Put all ingredients in a blender and process until you get a fine powder.
- To wash your face, pour about 1tsp of the powder into your palm, add some water and then just wash your face thoroughly.