Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Natural face Cleanser!!! YAY!! THA SCRUBS!!

Sometime we need to get down and dirty with our faces. A specialty face cleanser made by YOU might be just the trick to stop blotched skin in its tracks. Exfoliation is key and below we will go over some Cool recipes that have ingredients that come right from the kitchen and Oh soo natural:)

Note: The scrubs listed work for all skin types, unless stated otherwise.

General Scrub Procedure

Tie hair back.

Wash face.

To open pores, steam face over hot water or press warm cloth to skin for a few minutes.

After preparing scrub, apply it to face (and neck if desired). Avoid eye area.

Optional: Use a facial loofah, sponge, or brush to maximize exfoliation.

Rinse off with warm water.

Enjoy results!

Basic Baking Soda Scrub

Perfect for everyday use.

2 to 3 Tbsp. Baking soda

Small amount of water

Mix the ingredients into a paste.

Using a circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub.

Basic Cornmeal Scrub

Slightly more potent than the baking soda scrub, this works best on a 2 to 3 day interval.

2 to 3 Tbsp. Cornmeal

Small amount of water

Mix and apply in the same manner as baking soda scrub.

Rose Almond Face Scrub

To brighten and soften skin.

1 tsp rosewater

1/2 tsp almond flour or finely ground almonds.

Mix into paste and apply.

Oatmeal Scrub

A stimulating, thoroughly cleansing 3-in-1 scrub!

Smooths, tones, and hydrates.

1 Tbsp. ground oatmeal (use steel cut oats, not instant)

1 tsp. lemon juice

2 tsp. yogurt

Combine and apply.

Optional: let your scrub double as a mask! Let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

Azuki Bean Scrub

Banish your blackheads. Especially effective for combination and oily skin types.

½ cup dried azuki beans

Grind beans. (Having a small coffee grinder set aside specifically for beauty recipes is a wise idea).

Add a little water to the mixture and apply.

Milk and Honey Scrub

Maximize or minimize its moisturizing effect at will.

Choose your dairy:

1 tsp Skim Milk (Oily skin)

1 tsp 2% Milk (Normal or combination)

1 tsp Cream (Dry)

1 tsp honey

1 tbsp ground almonds

Banana Scrub

A very finely textured, delicious-smelling scrub. Can double as a mask.

2 tsp mashed banana

2 tsp rolled oats

1 tsp milk

1 tsp honey

Honey Sugar Scrub

If you have ever used a body sugar scrub, you know how amazing they are. Work the same magic on your face!

1 tsp. of honey

1/2 tsp. of sugar (either cane or brown — both work well)

Blend in bowl. Apply.

Rinse very thoroughly, as this recipe can be slightly sticky.

Body Scrub and Face

Pumpkin, Sugar, and Spice Scrub

1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Blend in a bowl. Apply mixture to face (and body, if you really want to indulge yourself).

The Green Beauty Guide offers this organic recipe:

“Eat Your Greens” Facial Scrub

2 tsp organic wheat bran

2 tbsp organic oatmeal

2 tbsp olive oil soap, finely shredded

1 tsp dried parsley

1 part dried lettuce

Shave your favorite plant oil-based soap.

Grind parsley and lettuce with pestle in mortar. (We have tried this – you can also blend it in a processor).

Add soap shavings and mix thoroughly.

Whisk in the oatmeal and wheat brand and continue stirring until thoroughly mixed



“Living Naturally You”

Real People Real Answers

What’s your name?
 Aminah "Salakida" Kali Barry

 How old are you?
 Me? Age is so passe :-)

 Where are you from?
 Oakland, CA

 What is your occupation?
Singer, Songwriter, Goddess

How would you describe yourself?
 Hippie Glam Girl

 When did you first decide to become natural?

If there was one word to describe your style what would it be?

 Who are some people that inspire you the most?
 Prince. Chaka. Jimi. Grace Slick. Joni. Beyonce. Coko. Meelah from 702. Gangstarr. PE. Elaine Brown.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
 An inspiration to little girls all over the world with big noses/lips, and nappy hair...oh, and RICH   :-)! Filthy.

10. What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle?
I just want ALL my Sistas to know, wearing your hair natural is not a commitment to being a judgemental social outcast with limited financial/romantic prospects anymore than wearing your hair straight makes you a vapid video whore begging for validation from white people. You are you! I AM passionate about women at very least exploring their natural hair because a lot of us had the choice (relaxed hair as the standard of beauty) made for us before we even knew there was a choice to be made or a standard to meet. It's kind of like having a big booty;we have something uniquely beautiful in our various curl patterns, and ,since you got it, why not flaunt it?

11. What’s your favorite quote?
 Today? "The supense is terrible...I hope it lasts..."

- Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory