I don’t think I have ever been so excited to share a blog post. And for such a humble little troupe of ingredients. But life can be surprising like that, so listen up.
This neat and acton-packed little scrub is the best exfoliator I have used since I can remember. When I first made it and marvelled at its greatness I wondered if it was just me; but then Ben tried it (eager, up for anything and patient as a mule) and he agreed. So now we leap out of bed and scoop the pot out in turns.
Its merits go beyond its active ingredients, but I will start with them. Oats are well known for their soothing properties and used here alongside gently exfoliating almond and tea tree, they provide both healing and rejuvenation. They provide us with no less than 18 amino acids (the building blocks of protein for our bodies), helping heal and repair damaged or stressed out skin – and living in London you don’t need to do much to need a little help. They are hypoallergenic, so great for anyone with sensitive skin – these skin food recipes aren’t about harsh ingredients or crazy concentrated irritants – that is what we are running away from, the processed stuff to avoid. Oats are also an effective humectant, allowing the skin to retain moisture and keep from getting dry and – most notoriously and specifically – contain a unique phenolic compound called avenanthramides which provide topical antioxidant and anti-inflammatory healing… I remember many moons ago when Ben was going crazy with eczema and our good friend and nutrition guide Mischa told him to have a bath with a stocking full of oats. In the complexities of modern life it can seem almost laughable that something so small and simple could help alleviate such severe and widespread condition. But oats are mighty little friends. And this scrub sure is good value.
Ground almond provides gentle exfoliation with a little oil to keep the skin soft, and everybody’s favourite hero apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural toner and much less harsh than most alcohol-filled over the counter alternatives.
I have added a little antibacterial tea tree oil to keep unwanted breakouts at bay. And we are all prey to them from time to time.
Give this a go and you will see its magic. It keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days, or longer if you seal it – add a tiny bit of water to thin it if it dries out in the meantime. Now I need to go and whip up some more for the week.
2 tsp ground almonds
2 tsp oat flakes
1 tsp cider vinegar
2 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix, apply to a damp tired face, and glow. Sorry, I mean go.
Recipe adapted from James Wong.