Homemade All Natural DIY Clay Facial Polish

During this quarantine I've found myself making many things that I haven't made in a while and I'm preferring to make them at home versus having to go to the store. I went to the store for the first time in 3 weeks and lets just say I am hoping to go 3-4 weeks before I have to go again. When I was there I did notice several things either sold out or in low stock.

I thought I'd share a few tips for making facial scrubs/cleansers in case you find yourself out and not wanting to go to the store.

I make the large majority of our home products and have been doing so for quite a while. Soap, is probably my favorite to make. It can be a little intimidating to most so I've decided to ease you guys in by making a very simple facial polish first. Below I'm going to be giving you the recipe to my favorite botanical facial polish but first I'm going to give you two other cleansers that you may not even know can be used as cleansers.

1)HONEY

Yes, sticky honey! There are several masks and washes you can make with honey but my favorite and by far the easiest is a granulated honey polish. All you need is granulated honey, that's the stuff that's been sitting in the back of your cupboard and has started to harden up. It can be re-softened by sitting in warm water or you can use it as is, in this fantastic honey facial polish.

 

HOW TO USE

After washing your face, take a couple tablespoons and start gently applying in circular motions to your face. Your goal is to be gently exfoliating your skin. Gently is the key word, do not rub this very hard into the skin. You want to gently exfoliate and granulated honey can be a little on the rough side if applied too harshly. So, apply a soft and gentle circular motion on the entire face and then rinse well. Honey is extremely moisturizing to the skin and by exfoliating with it you'll remove dead cells while nourishing the skin. Honey is a natural homectant which basically means it draws moisture to the skin. It is also a natural wound healer, having great antibacterial properties and is also high in antioxidants. All of those things make it an amazing choice for skincare.

 

2)OILS

Not all oils will work well for this but here is a list of my favorite oils to use: Olive, Rosehip, Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Argan. You can mix a few of these or just use what you have.

A lot of people have success with Coconut Oil. For me it just doesn't work well using on its own. Coconut Oil has a lot of antiseptic properties which is one of the things that makes is amazing but that can also make it drying to some skin types. It also ranks high (4) on the Comedogenic chart. While I've heard a lot of people rave about using coconut oil, for me it dries my skin and clogs my pores. I like to use it in several skincare recipes, but I generally keep it below a 30% ratio.

Here's a quick read through on the Comedogenic Rating. It ranks the ability for the oil to clog your pores. It starts at 0 and goes through 5. The higher the number the higher chances that oil will clog your pores. Using a non-comedogenic oil means that oil will not clog your pores. I think anything under 2 is a great oil to use on your face. If you are acne and oily prone 1 or under is better  and some people do perfectly fine with oils that rank 3.

0-  Does not clog pores

1-  Low chance of clogging pores

2- Moderately low (May clog pores for some but be fine for most)

3- Moderate (Will most likely clog acne prone/oily skin type, but may not clog dry skin types, depends on the skin type)

4 -Fairly High (Clogs pores for most people)

5- High probability your pores will become clogged

Below is my list of go to facial oils and their ranking on the Comedogenic scale.

-Argan Oil 0
-Olive Oil 2
-Sweet Almond Oil 2
-Rosehip Seed Oil 1
-Jojoba Oil 2

HOW TO USE

I mix 2-3 of the above listed oils together. I find mixing in equal parts works quite well.  I use this most frequently to cleanse my skin at night and remove my makeup. I gently rub oil all over my face using my fingers and liberally apply to to eyelids to remove eye makeup. Gently rub off with a clean towel. I sometimes apply oils on a clean face just after using a toner and let sit on the skin for a few minutes. I then gently rub off excess before applying my makeup. So, oils on their own can be used to cleanse the face and then of coarse as a facial moisturizer. If using as a moisturizer I find it best to apply when your face is still damp. The oils will help to lock in the moisture.

There's a great many oils to use and it's all about trying for a time to see what works for you. This is just an easy and inexpensive way to cleanse your face.

3) Clay Facial Polish

A well blended formula will lightly polish the skin, remove dead cells as well as nourish and soothe the skin without upsetting the normal protective coating of the skin.

This can be used as the main facial cleanser or I personally prefer to use this after soap and before toner.  It can be used daily but I find that using it 2-3 times a week is more than enough to keep my face exfoliated.

Ingredients and supplies

-Clay (my favorites are kaolin, rose clay or french green) most clays will work well but keep in mind if they're colored they may temporarily stain your skin (don't ask me how I know this). For example, when I use  rose clay I add a bit more white kaolin to it to further dilute the color a bit.

-Oats
-Rose Petals, Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Yarrow, Scented Geranium (all or a mix of botanicals)
-Almond Flour (Ground Almonds or Brown Rice work too)
-Coffee Grinder
-Mixing Bowl
-Glass Jars/Bottles

How to make

I will be sharing three different recipes. They are all flexible. You can change clays, botanicals or grains around to get your desired formula.

Rose Clay Mix
1/8 cup Almond Flour
1/8 cup Rose Clay
1/8 cup Kaolin Clay
1/4 cup Ground Oats
1 Tablespoon Botanicals (ground mix of Rose Petals, Lavender & Scented Geranium)

French Green Clay Mix
1/8 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup French Green Clay
1/4 cup Ground Oats
1 Tablespoon Botanicals (Chamomile, Calendula & Yarrow)

Kaolin Clay Mix
1/8 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup French Green Clay
1/4 cup Ground Oats
1 Tablespoon Botanicals (Rose Petals, Lavender, Calendula & Chamomile)



Start by grinding all oats, and botanicals well and then add to bowl. Add Almond Flour or grind your own by grinding raw almonds in coffee grinder.  You can also use brown rice. If you're grinding almonds or brown rice you need to make sure that it is very well ground (you do not want large pieces that end up scratching your face) The ingredients need to be well ground, the goal is for this to be a gentle exfoliant. If the ingredients aren't ground enough it will be harsh to the skin and cause irritation.  Add the clay's and combine all ingredients well. I find mixing with your hands is the best for thoroughly mixing. Once combined pour into desired jars. Keep tightly sealed in between uses. Each recipe fills approximately 2, 2oz glass jars.

To Use:

Add small amount to palm of hand and mix with water. Apply to face in circular motions. It also mixes well with Honey or Oil (both discussed above) Rinse thoroughly and apply toner and moisturizer when done.

I hope you enjoy making these very easy cleansers. Both the polishes and honey tend to be a bit messy so I apply them in the shower opposed to over the sink, but maybe you're not messy like me:)  I tend to make the polishes in bulk because you really can go through it when using on a regular basis but I also love to have a few on hand for great go to gifts. Please note that if you are giving these as gifts it may be a better idea to use brown rice due to potential nut allergy problems in some people regarding almond flour.

If you liked this homemade recipe make sure to check out a few of my others like my  Beeswax Vapor Rub or if you're not into DIY's I have a beeswax based product line you can view here at Farmer's Daughter Apothecary Products Here.

I hope you enjoy making these and if you have any questions please drop them in the comments below. Thanks and Happy DIYing!

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Erinn Boitano
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