My skin is prone to congestion but easily irritated too and I’ve had a hard time balancing exfoliation, detoxification and gentle cleansing. When it was gentle it wasn’t exfoliating enough and when it was exfoliating it wasn’t gentle enough. Redness or congestion? Tough choice…
I found successful routines after many trials and errors and I tested many products but herbal cleansers have always been a win for me. I desert them sometimes, I get back to them often, I love them always.
I promised a formula in my latest article about raw ingredients cleansers, so here it is! It suits all skin types looking for a gentle cleansing and you may want to alternate with honey to make sure you don’t over-exfoliate. As usual, I’ll review ingredients before getting to the formula and the preparation.
I already wrote about oats in the article about raw ingredients for cleansing, so I send you there. They have soothing and antioxidant properties as well as saponins, which are cleansing agents.
> WHITE CLAY
If you followed the link to the above-mentioned article, you know I wrote about it too. I skip. See? It’s fast today!
> ALMOND POWDER
Its texture makes a nice paste and it plays a nourishing, protective role in the play. It has:
- fatty acids,
- tannins with antioxidant, astringent and antiseptic properties,
- proteins to soften the skin,
- phytosterols to soothe and protect the skin barrier,
- triterpenes with a soothing and protective action.
This plant has a long history of healing wounds, as it’s the main vegetable source of allantoin. Allantoin is fabulous for treating wounds, ulcers, burns, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, acne and that’s not all! It’s used in cosmetics for its hydrating, soothing, softening and keratolytic actions.
Aka Holy Basil. It’s the most revered plant in India next to the lotus and it’s also called The Incomparable because of all its benefits. Its powder cleanses, purifies and soothes. It balances Vata and Kapha.
Another fabulous ingredient! Turmeric is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen. It’s also a powerful anti-ageing agent but a cleanser won’t stay long enough on the skin to make it count for anti-ageing, to be honest.
THE FORMULA FOR 30 gr.
- White clay 36%, 5,4 gr.
- Colloïdal oats 27%, 8,1 gr.
- Almond powder 18%, 5,4 gr.
- Tulsi powder 13%, 3,9 gr.
- Comfrey powder 5%, 1,5 gr.
- Turmeric powder 1%, 0,3 gr.
Ingrédients: kaolin, Avena sativa (oats) kernel powder, Prunus dulcis (almond) seed powder, Ocimum sanctum (tulsi) leaf powder, symphytum officinale leaf (comfrey) powder, Curcuma longa (turmeric) root powder
- Disinfect your work table and your material.
- Weigh all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Pour in a container.
To cleanse your face with the powder, just pour a small amount in the palm of your hand. Add a few drops of water and mix with your finger until you get a supple paste. Massage your face gently with the paste, then rinse.
I’m all yours right below if you have questions or suggestions!
Cosmeceuticals in focus: allantoin – herbheedgerow.uk
The Aromantic Guide to the use of herbs in skin, hair and health care products, Kolbjorn Broseth
The Yoga of Herbs, an Ayurvedic guide to herbal medicine – Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Vasant Lad
Profile of wound healing process induced by allantoin. Araújo LU1, Grabe-Guimarães A, Mosqueira VC, Carneiro CM, Silva-Barcellos NM. – Acta Cir Bras. 2010 Oct;25(5):460-6.
Oatmeal in dermatology: A brief review, Nader Pazyar, Reza Yaghoobi, Afshin Kazerouni, Amir Feily
Department of Dermatology, Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran