As a teenager I was religious about washing my face each night. Never (ever!) would I have considered going to bed without using my Neutrogena cleanser bar and then dutifully applying toner and copious amounts of Oil of Olay with SPF. I’m pretty sure I’m showing my age calling it ‘Oil of Olay.’ It was all my mom ever used, and I grew up loving that smell.
Fast forward a few years, and I now routinely commit the skin care sin of not washing my face at night. Terrible, right? I have a host of excuses: I didn’t even wear makeup today! It will just dry out my skin! Who needs to exfoliate? Then I made this rose and chamomile scrub with oats, honey and almond oil and am totally sold on using it every day.
Rose + Chamomile Scrub
You can find dried rose petals and chamomile in the bulk section at health food stores. And get this – it’s not even expensive! A couple of tablespoons of rose, chamomile and hibiscus flowers were 80 cents at Whole Foods. I’ve never found anything that cheap at Whole Foods! I chatted with a gal getting dried roses for tea and learned that they have lots of vitamin C and contain pectin, malic and citric acids. And dried chamomile is commonly used in skincare for soothing irritated, dry skin.
- 1 tablespoon dried roses
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
- 1 tablespoon oats
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup any kind of mild oil like almond, olive, jojoba or sesame
Combine the dried flowers and oats in a coffee grinder and pulse till finely ground. Transfer to sealable container and add honey and oil.
Dip a clean spoon into the jar and put a small amount in your palm. Gently apply the scrub using a circular motion and rinse with warm water. If kept sealed and no water gets into the jar, the scrub can last indefinitely. The scrub is mild enough to use several times a week.
Rose + Chamomile Steam
With my extra flowers I tried a steam. Heavenly! Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add a handful of herbs and let them simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and use a towel to cover your head (just don’t get your face too close!) for about 5 minutes. The steam hydrates skin and loosens debris in clogged pores so when you’re finished it’s a perfect time to follow up with the gentle scrub.