As a dietitian, I am especially aware of the importance of choosing the healthiest foods possible for optimal wellness. I always try to select the freshest, most unprocessed and organic foods for myself and for my family.
But it is equally important to consider what you put onto your body. More specifically, it matters what you rub onto your skin. Many, if not most, chemicals penetrate the epidermal layer and are absorbed through the skin into the body.
Therefore, it makes good sense to apply ingredients externally with as much thoughtful care as deciding what to take internally.
Which brings me to my vinegar and oatmeal skin care recipes. I have been using variations of these recipes on and off for several years. By using these two simple products, in addition to following a plant-based diet, my skin has never looked or felt better. The oatmeal is a gentle, natural exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and related debris. The vinegar toner helps restore the acid mantle to your skin to maintain its optimal pH. And gentleman, this works equally well for you, too 🙂 .
The recipes are a snap to make and cost pennies per use.
Oatmeal cleanser: Simply grind up 1 cup organic rolled oats in a blender or food processor until you have a fine powder. Store in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
To use, splash your face with warm water. Put about 1-2 teaspoons of oatmeal powder into your hand, and add enough water to make a paste. Gently rub this paste into your skin, using a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly.
Follow with vinegar toner:
2 oz. Green tea (I use jasmine green tea, 1 bag steeped in 4 oz. Water x 10 minutes)
2 oz. Filtered or distilled water
2 oz. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a glass container. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and store in refrigerator. I pour out about a week’s supply and keep it in the bathroom cabinet. This portion does not require refrigeration.
To use, saturate a cotton pad with toner. Pat onto skin. Let dry before applying moisturizer/sunscreen of your choice.
How about you? Do you have a favorite DIY natural skin care recipe? Please share it in the comments.