I recommend that we cleanse with oils on most days. But I still just simply CRAVE a silky smooth foaming scrub to wash away the days grit a couple nights a week - don't you?!
So I created this dry powdered foaming exfoliating scrub to honor that need in myself. Here are instructions, tip and tricks for getting great results!
METHOD #1 - Water Based
Mixing with just WATER (aloe juice etc) can have a drying effect. Those with oily skin and want to control oil, or who live in a humid climate, may prefer mixing with just water is an option. Adding a drop or 2 to the mixture is still recommended. Details follow.
METHOD #2 - Oil Based
For those who prefer 100% oil cleansing, mixing with just OIL turns my foaming cleanser into an oil scrub. I recommended this approach for those with dry skin, combination, or mature skin. This will eliminate any drying effects of the foaming cleaners.Scroll down for details.
HARD WATER! Following up with a slightly acidic toner is recommended when using any foaming cleanser and if your home tap water is hard (80% of homes in America have hard water. READ MORE about how this can harm your skins Acid Mantle.
With either method, thorough removal of the scrub by wiping and rinsing away to remove residue is important. Charcoal especially, while it is very detoxifying, can clog pores if not removed completely. Just make sure you rinse well with warm water, and wipe with a cotton cloth, muslin, etc. Following up with a quick oil cleanse is an option HOW TO OIL CLEANSE.
MAKING YOUR WATER BASED FOAMING CLEANER METHOD:
The mix ratio is about 1 part powder to 4 parts liquid. Put the powder in the small lidded container I send along with your order, or in the palm of your hand, and mix with a clean finger.
The mixture should be the consistency of a medium thick slurry, think enough enough to just barely pour.
If you like to use the scrub in the shower, I suggest you make your paste in the in the small jar before getting into your shower to avoid contaminating the dry powder bottle with water droplets.
Put the container down and splash your face with very warm water. Put some of the mixture into your palm. Rub hands briskly together to create a creamy lather, or pour onto a washcloth. The washcloth method is less messy, since the mixture is dark due to the charcoal, the washcloth reduces the amount of cleanup if you are washing in the sink.
Gently scrub your face and neck, rinse VERY thoroughly with quite warm water. Use a wet cloth to finish wiping away remaining cleanser residue.
Pat dry, follow up with a quick oil cleanse (optional) or (I strongly suggest) follow up with a your favorite toner or hydrosol water, these are slightly acid which your skin needs to be in a healthy state (see above)
Follow with the application of facial oils to damp skin and allow to air dry.
NOTE: Only make up enough of your mixture to use within 3 days. Since you have now introduced water, the remaining mixture will need to be used or discarded in 3 days. Clean the small jar well and allow to dry before making up a new batch. If you have used 100% oil to create your slurry and you have not gotten any water into it, then you can cap the jar and use it up in about a week.
Keep the powder away from moisture.
Use 2-3 times a week. I often use my foaming scrub when I am pressed for time, its late a night and I'm tired and need to get to bed, or just feel like I need a nice foamy scrub. I try to only use it 2-3 times a week regardless because I do prefer the oil cleansing method.
MAKING YOUR OIL BASED FOAMING CLEANSER METHOD:
Most of the steps are the same, just the mixing step is different.
If you tend to have dry skin or mature skin mix 1:1 powder to cleansing oil of your choice in the lidded container (options would include: Sweet almond oil, jojoba, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, or one my Infused Cleansing Blends)
Mix with a clean finger and rinse your hands, set the container down and splash your face with warm water. and pour/scoop the mixture into your palm. You do need some water in the mixture in order to create some foam so with your hands and face wet this will add the water you need. If you do not get a foam, then add a little more water.
Scrub your face and neck, rinse VERY thoroughly with quite warm water. Use a wet cloth to finish wiping away remaining cleanser residue.
Pat dry. Follow up with a your favorite toner or hydrosol water, these are slightly acid which your skin needs to be in a healthy state (follow link above to learn more).
Apply facial oils to damp skin and allow to air dry.