Face wash for dry skin
I’ve been most desirous of soft, supple skin of late and may have found the answer.
My apologies, ladies and gentlemen, if the tone of my writing has changed these past few weeks and taken on a slightly medieval tone. It’s just that I’ve discovered the wonders of audio books and the audible app. All those books I didn’t have time to read have opened up to me, again. Now, I have my head in the Game of Thrones books whenever I am sweeping the floor, paint-stripping a tabletop or taking photos. The other day, I caught myself saying, ‘Be that as it may…’
It seems appropriate that the main ingredient in today’s beauty wonder is oatmeal. It has been used for centuries and I feel like I’ve been reunited with a long lost lover. Don’t tell Gordon he’s been usurped by a rolled oat 😉
I made an almond meal face wash for normal to oily skin at the start of the year and it served me very well, keeping my skin happy and clean. When the time came for me to make a new batch, I would’ve happily, except my skin had changed. Pregnancy is a weird hobby. My skin had jumped over to the dry side, so it was time to make another recipe and my epidermis seems all the happier for the shift.
To avoid using preservatives, I keep the dry mix and oils separate and combine them in my palm at the time. A pouring nozzle on the oil bottle has proven very helpful.
Oatmeal is the base this time, because studies have shown that oatmeal can provide a protective barrier against irritants, hold moisture against the skin and help maintain the skin’s normal pH. It is also thought to help protect against photoaging. A lot of people get very excited about colloidal oatmeal, it’s rolled oats ground to flour and this is easy to do at home in the blender. It makes a silky paste when mixed with the oil mix and maximizes the release of the active ingredients. However, a coarser grain can double as an exfoliant.
Have a think about what texture you like to wash with and grind the oatmeal in the blender according to your preference. I like the texture of oat bran, because it creates a mild scrub, so I don’t blend at all.
If you want to keep things simple feel free to just use ground oatmeal or oat bran and one type of oil, ideally macadamia or wheat germ.
Although, not essential, I added a bit of milk powder, because of, “the favourable effect of milk… (for) softening, prevention of drying out of the skin, and maintaining its elasticity.”
Calendula and camomile are both thought to be soothing for the skin.
About the oil mix
If you would like to read more about this mix, head over to my Oil Cleansing post. Macadamia is my preference, but it can be hard to get a hold of and avocado or even, sweet almond are worthy replacements. It’s just that macadamia’s high levels of palmitoleic acid make it a close match to the skin’s sebum.
Wheat germ oil is credited as having great skin rejuvenation properties and creating a protective barrier for the skin.
Meanwhile, castor oil, ‘has been shown to have antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory’ properties. *UPDATE* I no longer use castor oil for two reasons: my skin finds it irritating over the long term and it’s difficult to source ethical castor oil, because of the questionable extraction methods.
How to make face wash
¼ cup oatmeal ground in a blender to your preferred texture or oat bran
4 tablespoons wheat germ
2 tablespoon powdered milk
2 tablespoons dried and ground calendula and/or camomile (the contents of herbal tea bags are ideal)
Mix the dry ingredients together and store in a sterilized container with a spoon to avoid dipping wet fingers in the mix, as this will shorten its life span. I keep a small container of it in the shower or next to the sink and top up as I need to and store the rest in a cool, dark place.
I am trying to find one of those sugar dispensers cafes use, as it would be perfect. If anyone knows of a good place to start looking, let me know!
30 ml wheat germ oil
50 ml macadamia or avocado oil
5 drops of lavender and/or geranium oil
Consider this a rough guide, as the wonderful thing about making your own products is that you can tailor them exactly to your skin and the different seasons. It’s really liberating to empower oneself in this manner. As ever, test the product on a discrete spot to check for irritation before going hell for leather.
Tip about half a teaspoon of the dry mix into your hand, add a little flick of water, pour about a quarter of a teaspoon of the oil into the mix and combine in the palm. Pat onto the face and gently massage in little circles. Remove with really warm water and a face cloth. Afterwards, spray on a toner like Rosewater and moisturize, as needed.
To continue on my Game of Thrones tone, I should like to leave you with a dramatic cliff hanger, but I have only good news to report, so I’ll have to leave it at that.
I would love to hear how you go.