DIY Wednesday: The Ultimate Sensitive Skin Cleanser
I am going to give you a great recipe today for cleansing the most sensitive of skintypes. This is an ideal time of year for this cleanser. Why? In most parts of the country, it is getting much cooler. We've had our heat on a handful of overnights the past couple of weeks and the air is drier.
With weather and humidity changes, as well as other factors such as lack of sleep and stress (and who doesn't experience those factors from time to time?), our skin is one of the first things to suffer. You might have breakouts. You might have dry patches. When fall arrives and the heat and humidity are gone, my skin gets itchy and a little red, even though I take care of my skin religiously.
This is a cleanser I wish I could bring to my store. Since the shelf life is 5 days, there is no way it could be sold.
Here is what you're going to need for my Chamomile, Milk & Honey Cleanser:
*1 cup of whole milk
*2 Tablespoons of Chamomile Flowers (dried)
*2 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera Juice
*1 T. Honey
To make this 100% natural cleanser, you will need to use a double boiler or make your own with a pot and bowl.
Simmer some water until warm (but not boiling). Place milk and honey in a bowl set on top of the pot with water in it. Stir slowly until blended. Add in the aloe vera juice (I buy mine here usually). Stir again. Then add your chamomile (Find it here). Loosely cover with the top of another pan to trap in a bit of steam.
Simmer on low for about 15-20 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
Let cool for a few minutes and then strain. Pour into a glass jar. Let it cool a bit before you put the top on. Refrigerate and keep for up to 5 days.
You can use this as a traditional cleanser or you can create a spa treatment by warming the cleanser again and soaking a washcloth in the cleanser. Apply the warm washcloth like you would a compress. Leave sitting across your face as you relax with your feet up and eyes closed. Splash your face with warm water and spritz with chilled green tea, rosewater or your favorite alcohol-free toner.
Notes: If you do not have chamomile (which you can buy at natural food shops or online), you can steep 2 chamomile tea bags instead. If you do not have whole milk, you can use half & half or buttermilk. If you don't have aloe juice, it is not necessary to find a substitution. You can also use rosewater instead of aloe in this.
Bonus Health Boost!
When you're done and have the leftover chamomile, make a creamy tea! Pour hot water over the leftover milk/chamomile buds. Strain again after steeping 3-4 minutes. You now have a creamy tea to help if you are chilly or have a cold.