There are many natural ingredients that you can combine with your favorite cleanser to help exfoliate while you cleanse. But this scrub doesn’t need cleanser added, because oatmeal is a good alternative to soap for sensitive skin. Mint is naturally cleansing, antiseptic and energizing.
• 1⁄2 cup oatmeal
• 1 tablespoon raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
• 1 teaspoon dried mint leaves
1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients and process until you have a fine, granular powder.
2. To use: Mix together a teaspoon or two with water to make a paste and massage into damp skin. Rinse well with warm water followed by a cool-water rinse, and pat your skin dry.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt and Company, 2002).