May 15, 2014

Daily Lemon Oatmeal Face Wash and Scrub

The last 10 days have been very difficult for my family. Not only did we lose one of our own, but there has also been a semi layoff. Luckily…hopefully…it’s semi and temporary. The thing about money is it flows. It comes and goes often completely independent of how hard you work. I’ve been a broke kid working 3 jobs, a comfortable housewife, and a successful working woman. I’ve seen many sides of financial (in)stability.

Something I’ve learned from my experiences is that you must understand how to use your money no matter how much or little you make. Being clever with your income is a must, and using money goes beyond just making and spending. One of my favorite ways to use money efficiently is to make what is easily make-able. So many things we all buy are easy to make, cheaper to make and healthier to boot. One of these items is face wash.

All of the ingredients here are extremely affordable, and found in your kitchen.

Baking soda works as an incredible exfoliant while oatmeal and chamomile are soothing enough to balance out its potency. Meanwhile the lemon zest adds a boost of detoxifying power and a wonderful refreshing quality. If you can afford to spend the extra bit, I highly recommend using an organic lemon since you need the zest. Better not to rub crazy chemicals all over your face!

I’ve been using this wash for about a month, and I’m in love with it. I haven’t had breakouts or dryness or any of the other common side effects of switching out a face wash. My skin looks better than ever.

Daily Lemon Oatmeal Face Wash and Scrub
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons loose chamomile tea
  • 6 teaspoons baking soda
  • zest from 1 large lemon
1. In a coffee grinder or nut grinder grind the oats and chamomile tea to a flour like consistency.
2. Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the baking soda and lemon zest.
3. Store your scrub in an airtight container. I keep my scrub in the fridge, but you probably don’t have to.

To Use:
1. Remove make-up or anything else on your face with olive oil/makeup remover/cold cream/whatever you use.
2. Mix equal parts of the scrub and water and use as you would any other face wash. I use about a teaspoon of scrub and water for my face.
3. Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.

*One thing to note is that I have normal/oily skin. If your skin is on the drier side I recommend researching baking soda before using it on your face. It’s great for oily complexions, but I’m not sure about dry complexions.