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Oatmeal, Lime & Honey Exfoliating Cleanser

Updated on August 12, 2013
Oatmeal, Lime & Honey Exfoliating Cleanser
Oatmeal, Lime & Honey Exfoliating Cleanser | Source

Fresh Skin Care ~

Fresh foods we know to be a way to achieving optimum nutritional health.

Fresh ingredients in skin care are the best idea for optimum skin benefits.

As with all fresh fruit, vegetables and liquids such as milk, they have short shelf lives or expiry dates as their freshness disappears.

It makes sense then that using ingredients for skin care that are fresh means there is a short “window of opportunity” to reap the benefits.

Free from toxins, synthetic fragrance and chemicals this cleanser has 6 ingredients easily accessible that combine to make the perfect 7 day cleanser for oily or combination skins.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Oatmeal Flakes

fresh or instant they both work
fresh or instant they both work | Source

Oatmeal ~

This is an amazing ingredient for oily skin in an exfoliating cleanser.

If you just wanted to use one ingredient in the kitchen this would be in my top 3 for sure. Why?

It relieves redness, irritated skin, itchiness and dryness while it absorbs all the excess oil and cleans the pores of impurities and blackheads.

Rich in antioxidants it gently exfoliates the skin loosening and removing dead skin cell build up. Oatmeal is high in fibre, vitamin E, phosphorus, thiamine and iron.

Using this ingredient daily will improve the texture and appearance of the skin to a smoother, softer toned skin with a more even healthy color.

Lime Zest

lime is sunsensitive so take care when spending extended periods in direct sunshine
lime is sunsensitive so take care when spending extended periods in direct sunshine | Source

Important Info

When human skin is exposed to ultraviolet light after lime juice contact, a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis can occur, which can cause darkening of the skin, swelling or blistering. Bartenders handling limes and other citrus fruits when preparing cocktails may develop phytophotodermatitis due to the high concentration of furocoumarins in limes.

Lime ~

One of the best citrus fruits for oily and combination skin.

A natural antibiotic cleanser, it may help keep the pores free of bacteria forming into acne, spots or blemishes that can form when dirt, oil or impurities clog the pores.

Lime has natural astringent properties which help tighten the pores and temporarily reduce oil production.

Rich in the antioxidant vitamins C and A, limes may have an anti-ageing effect when introduced into the diet and used on the skin daily.

Natural citric acid helps slough off the dead skin cells that we shed daily.

By removing them, fresh new skin is revealed giving a brighter, rejuvenated appearance which has a more uniform color thanks to increased blood circulation.

Assorted Nuts

almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts
almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts | Source

Mixed Nuts & Seeds ~

We know they have wonderful health benefits with fibre, good fats and protein.

They equally have excellent skin benefits including making skin supple, smoother and younger looking so why not include them in homemade skin care and this cleanser is ideal.

There are a number of beneficial choices; here are my favourites for the skin:

Almonds – great for reducing inflammation and help to prevent outbreaks of acne, pimples and spots.

Walnuts – rich in B vitamins and fatty acids helps to prevent skin disorders and promote a younger looking complexion.

Pecans – perfect choice for flushing toxins out of the body when eaten which has a direct effect on the skin. Toxin build up may cause dullness, excess oil and breakouts on the skin.

Hazelnuts – One of the best all round nuts or carrier oils to include in skin care and for your health. It contains Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, minerals and nutrients all designed to keep the skin and body in tip top condition.

Pumpkin Seeds – packed full of vitamin E, magnesium and zinc these are the unsung heroes of the skin care world, in my opinion. These seeds will help regenerate new cells, keep skin glowing and help ward off bacteria that may lead to acne. Vitamin E is a known powerful antioxidant which helps skin heal and repair itself while zinc has long been known as a remedy for acne.

Sunflower Seeds – a rich source of magnesium which helps improve blood flow to the skin giving a more healthy appearance.

Your Liquid Gold

the survival food
the survival food | Source

Honey ~

One of the best all round ingredients to benefit all skin types.

For oily or combination skin it treats inflammation from pustules or spots and has a mild exfoliating action helping to remove dead skin cells, flaky skin and add nourishment at the same time.

For any dry patches of skin it adds moisture and retains moisture in the skin being a natural humectant.

Honey is antibacterial, soothing and improves the overall appearance and texture of the skin.

Milk ~

Another ingredient that has benefits for all skin types and a great binding ingredient to use in fresh cleanser, face scrubs, face masks and for the bath.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and nutrients, milks benefits include; unclogs pores, moisturizing, treats acne, reduces inflammation and anti-ageing.

From The Seeds of Grapes

use grapeseed oil for healthy skin
use grapeseed oil for healthy skin | Source

Cost Effective

use this oil in place of your commercial products and save a fortune! Many brands use this oil, check out the ingredients on your branded products and you are bound to see it listed in some of them
use this oil in place of your commercial products and save a fortune! Many brands use this oil, check out the ingredients on your branded products and you are bound to see it listed in some of them | Source

Grapeseed Oil ~

My newest best friend! This oil is a-maz-ing, seriously!

A very light oil in consistency, it is quickly absorbed in the skin. Used alone or in any number of skin care products, it really is a beneficial oil to have and may even be used on sensitive skin.

Rich in antioxidants it helps to prevent pores from clogging has anti-inflammatory properties which prevent and cure any breakouts or irritated skin.

Natural astringent means it has a tightening effect on the skin and pores, ideal to use in a skin cleanser or toner for oily skin.

Fine lines and wrinkles are minimized with regular use of this oil and one of the fabulous benefits is it eliminates dark circles under the eye area.

Regular daily use of the oil directly under the eye will see them magically disappear within a week.

Maintaining collagen and elastin, moisturizing and anti-ageing, enough said!

A Glass A Day

building strong bones and teeth are only two of the benefits of milk
building strong bones and teeth are only two of the benefits of milk | Source

Oily Skin~

This skin type is most prevalent in teenagers or young adults because of the increased rate of sebum production in the skin due to the male hormone testosterone. It is a most common skin type within certain ethnic skin types and may be due to the quantity of sebaceous glands present that produce large amounts of sebum.

Characteristics of Oily Skin include:

  • A thick epidermis.
  • Sallow complexion.
  • Open and enlarged pores predominantly down the “T-Zone” or centre panel.
  • A shiny complexion due to over-active sebaceous glands.
  • Blackheads, pimples and pustules are common.
  • Skin is not as aged as dry skin types and tends to look more youthful, particularly around the eye area with fine lines rather than deep wrinkles.

Pumpkin Seeds

a definite must to include in homemade skin care
a definite must to include in homemade skin care | Source

Combination Skin ~

From as early as 11 years old our skin starts to change and people will typically have characteristics from all skin types, hence known as combination skin. I have had this type of skin all my life from teens to 40’s so it is not something reserved just for the puberty or young adult years. Combination skin may be part normal, part dry and part oily with a little sensitivity.

Characteristics of Combination Skin include:

  • Oily forehead, nose and chin (T-Zone).
  • Open pores and blackheads particularly on the nose.
  • Invisible pores often on the cheeks.
  • Complexion can be a little dry on the cheeks, neck and eye areas.
  • Partial flaky skin and dry skin characteristics may occur particularly in cold weather or during the winter months.
  • Skin will not age as prematurely as a dry skin type due to its oily characteristics.
  • Skin feels tight after washing.

Fresh Ingredients

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Recycle

use old lidded jars
use old lidded jars | Source

Oatmeal, Yogurt & Honey Mask

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Exfoliating Cleanser Recipe ~

1/3 cup Oatmeal

1/2 Squeezed Lime

1/3 cup Mixed Unsalted Nuts and Seeds (whatever combination you like)

1 tbsp Honey

1/4 cup Milk

1tbsp Grapeseed Oil or Jojoba Oil

Blender

Recycled Glass Jar with Lid

Method:

  • Add the oatmeal, nuts and seeds to the blender and grind to a fine powdery texture. These provide an exfoliating element to this cleanser without being too abrasive.
  • Add in the other ingredients one at a time blending together in-between.
  • Check for the consistency (light – thin, lotion style) and add more milk if needed, a teaspoon at a time.
  • Pour into your container and secure it with the lid.
  • Store it in the refrigerator in-between use.
  • Use twice a day, for a period of 5-7 days.

To Apply:

  • Keep hair off the face by securing with a hairband, hair clips or a shower cap.
  • Add a few teaspoons into the palm of your hand and start applying your cleanser starting at the base of the neck and working up the face.
  • Massage in the cleanser using small circular movements to help loosen up the dead skin cells, stale makeup and daily grime.
  • Avoid using on the eyes or around the delicate eye area to remove any makeup.
  • Use eye makeup remover or a drop of coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil.
  • Leave on the skin for a few minutes before rinsing off with tepid water.
  • Do a final splash of cold water and pat the skin dry.
  • Follow with your skin toner appropriate for oily or combination skin.
  • Apply skin serum and moisturizer.

Tips:

If spending extended periods in the sun, don’t forget to put on your sunscreen.

If you wish to substitute lime, use fresh lemon juice or juice from orange or apple.

In place of grapeseed oil, use jojoba oil, hazelnut oil or olive oil.

If you have an allergy to nuts leave them out of this. Add dried mint instead, mint contains salicylic acid and helps keep pores deep cleansed.

If possible use organic ingredients to retain the highest amount of nutritional benefits free from pesticide residues.

Place a small sticker on the container with shelf life dates.

Food For Thought . . . .


Keeping skin care simple when making beauty products from home does not have to mean your skin is missing out on beneficial ingredients hidden in commercial products.

What you will be missing is many ingredients that may do more harm than good. It makes sense to be informed about what we feed our bodies so why not our skin?

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The great suggestions continue.

      Well done my friend.

      Have a great weekend and tell Mickster I said "hey."

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzi, this recipe is right up my alley, as I have very oily skin (only from the neck up - the rest is dry!). I have a couple of questions:

      1) why do you recommend applying from the neck up? I usually clean my face in the opposite - forehead down to neck.

      2) you say olive oil can be substituted for grapeseed oil. In your opinion, which is more beneficial for oily skin?

      I await your response. In the meantime, I am printing this page. I have all the ingredients on hand with the exception of grapeseed oil, but can add it to my grocery list if need be.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks buddy, glad to get your seal of approval as always! Have a good one! Regards to Bev and the growing brood!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Love this recipe as always..I guess you will never run out of great ideas. I also have the ingredients in my house so I can start exfoliating immediately. Today I am making sun screen. I have run out...Voting up, pinning, sharing and whatever else I can dream up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sha,

      From the neck up because it does not drag the skin. You want toavoid pulling the skin down just encourages saggy skin!! It is from my beauty therapy days we always had to work upwards hence I always do! It makes a difference honestly!!

      Now grapeseed oil is much lighter than olive oil. if you have particularly oily sin then I would go with grapeseed oil or jojoba both are light and easily absorbed. Olive oil is heavier and does not absorb as fast. I use all of them and in fact have olive oil on my face at moment. Cheers for your interest!! Can't wait for you to try it!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      thanx, Suzi. I'll add grapeseed oil to my grocery list and let you know my results!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub Suzie. I don't know how you do it, continuing to come up with these great DIY ideas. Sounds good enough to eat. Have a great weekend. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Suzie!

      Regarding the content, what a magnificent job of research and writing!

      Regarding the presentation, I love the liberal usage of short paragraphs. Very reader-friendly and well-paced.

      Regarding the writer, as lovely as her writing!

      Aloha, my friend!

      ~Joe

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Delighted to see you trying so many recipes with the success I have and on the next batch of sunscreen too?? Love it!! I nearly love running low on favorites giving me an excuse to do my thing in the kitchen!! First skin care recipes then meals, Mick never knows which I am doing! LOL Had him in the kitchen putting on olive oil the other day. On his hands and face. if you tend to be a drier skin this may be too much for you but see what you think. You could substitute the lime or omit if you like. Cheers for everything my friend, supportive to the core!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sha,

      No problem, sounds like grapeseed is the one for you and you may use it in any of my recipes that you fancied which have an oil in it . Just swap it in. if in doubt shout, always a pleasure to help, advise and be a sounding board! Hope you enjoy this and I think you will find this oil fab for your skin!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for the encouraging words and visit, you are such a support. i don't know where the ideas come from, all over the place to be honest and having that pen and paper handy is vital.

      I pick up ideas from researching ingredients, color combinations, skin types, walking the dog down the countrylane . . . . you name it!

      My travelling has inspired me greatly having seen and eaten such an array of foods. Weather beaten skins has inspired several ideas for example.

      Have a great weekend and many thanks for the votes, shares and pin!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Joe,

      You are such a sweet man with such a wonderful way with words, I really love receiving your creativity in comments! Thank you kindly for your lovely compliments, I am blushing right now if you could see me!

      I have been remiss lately at my reading which I will rectify as I need to catch up on your inspired work.

      Aloha my friend and cheers as always for the great support!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing a recipe for oily skin. The ingredients are so great you could eat them all. It's a wonder how you come up with all these great ideas.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      you pour a piece of yourself into every single recipe, which only makes them that much sweeter! Awesome ideas as always, my friend. Love your pics too!

      sharing..

      have a wonderful sunday..

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I fit every single one of those criteria for combination skin. It's been a constant struggle pretty much my entire life, but I keep working at it. Thanks for another amazing, refreshing recipe! You come up with the best ingredient combinations.

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      Angela Kane 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very useful information. I have always wanted to create a facial cleanser with fresh and natural ingredients. I think these type of cleansers are the best for your face and body.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Apologies for delay I was away Saturday to the beach overnight to stay with my brother and family. It was lovely to have a break and spend time there. Thanks so much for checking this one out I have a toner on the way for oily skin too.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      What a nice thing to say, thank you for your lovely comment! I try to put a little piece of Suzie into the recipes and it is lovely to see that picked up on. Cheers as always for the great support and for sharing the message on!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Appreciate your visit and comment, hope this cleanser may appeal for your combination skin which I have too. A toner is on the way too. Thanks as always for the great support and enthusiasm.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Angela,

      Hopefully you will try out a recipe or two using fresh ingredients or a mix of store cupboard classics. So much healthier for the skin and knowing exactly what you are putting on your skin is putting you in control. Many thanks for your interest and taking time to comment!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie, it always amazes me how many of these facial goodies you come up with! I enjoy reading about each individual item, too.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Hope you had a great weekend! I was away for Saturday and most of Sunday to the beach where my brother has a mobile home. The three of us went and spent the night and it was so good! Had a BBQ Sat night with my dad too who stayed in a local B & B. Lovely to chill with family and have some time out! So glad you enjoyed this one, much appreciate your interest and comments!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I had a fantastic weekend, too! I got away for a couple of days (to Andy's condo in Connecticut), and spent time getting some of my stuff ready to move, and also spent time with his family (who are like family to me). On Sunday, his parents brought me back to Boston, and the four of us ate at an Italian restaurant on the North End of Boston. I was in such a fantastic mood!

      Your weekend sounds like a lot of fun! It's always nice to see family, and to have a BBQ! And also to get away.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Another wonderful hub from you! Nice pictures with great information. I love the combination of ingredients of your scrub--so easy to find at home.

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up and pinned!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Your weekend sounds great, lovely to end with a nice meal out and to be in top form! Our break was s nice just listening to the waves, playing some table-tennis with the kids and having good old family banter and laughs. Coco had her first (that we know about ) venture into the sea which was so good to see.

      Thanks for filling me in, always good to catch up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Chitrangada,

      Many thanks for your lovely comment, a pleasure as always to receive from you! Glad it was interesting and hopefully you will give it a go sometime. Cheers for votes and pin!!

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      Randomovic 3 years ago from Egypt

      great hub:)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Radomovic,

      Appreciate it, thank you!

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