Routinely removing accumulated oil, pollutants, and bacteria from your face is essential for obtaining clear skin that glows with good health. Gently cleanse your face once or twice daily.
Use a scrub less often — about once a week — to slough off dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. The mild exfoliating action of an herbal scrub will leave your face looking radiant and feeling baby soft. Be careful, though: Scrubbing too vigorously can leave unsightly blotches, although these will fade with time. If you have sensitive skin, be extra gentle.
Oatmeal, lavender, rose petals, calendula, and cornmeal make an invigorating homemade facial scrub.
Mild Herbal Skin Cleanser
1 teaspoon dried herb or a handful of fresh herbs (see the chart for suggested herbs)
1 tablespoon powdered milk
Make an infusion with the herb and 1 cup of water (see this page). Allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature. Mix in the powdered milk. Apply the liquid to your face with a cotton ball or cloth, then rinse with cool water. Immediately refrigerate any unused portion; discard after 48 hours.
Herbal Facial Scrub
1 cup rolled oats
1⁄3 cup cornmeal
1⁄3 cup dried herbs (such as calendula, lavender, peppermint, rose petals, or a mixture of herbs)
Almonds, clay, or sugar (optional; use alone or in combination to total 1 tablespoon)
In a clean coffee grinder, combine the oatmeal, cornmeal, herbs, and almonds, clay, or sugar (if using). Grind the mixture to a fine powder. (You could also use a mortar and pestle.) Store the scrub in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry location for up to 3 months. To use, place some of the mixture in the palm of your hand. Add enough water to make a paste. Apply the mixture evenly over your face, avoiding your eyes. Massage the scrub gently into your skin, using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.