Since many soaps and cleansers can be harsh for skin, as they are often made with synthetic detergents, I'm trying a gentle powder cleanser to clean my skin instead.
This is a blend of about equal parts arrowroot powder, kaolin clay, and coconut flour. These starches are absorbent for surface cleaning to help soak up excess dirt and oil, so that helps remove any residual surface dirt left after rinsing with water. You can try other starches as well, like tapioca, rice, or potato. Because the pH levels in powders are generally neutral, it will not disturb your skin's natural pH balance or cause things like excess sebum production. Using these starches and clays to clean skin is an effective way to remove surface debris that blocks oxygen from reaching skin cells, so giving the skin a quick cleaning clears away those blockers so that your skin can breathe. This allows skin to maintain healthy function, with nutrient-transporting circulation occurring throughout layers or skin and encouraging the reproduction of new skin cells.
Coconut Cleansing Powder:
1/4c. coconut flour
1/4c. arrowroot powder
1/4c. kaolin clay
Mix 2-3 tsp of powder in wet palms to form a paste. Apply to skin for 30 seconds - 1 minute, then rinse clean. Experiment with and adjust time and recipe as needed for your skin type (oily skin try a bit more clay and longer time!).
These starches might not remove all of your make up, especially around the eyes. You can remove residual/eye makeup with a little of ourConditioning Oil or a pantry oil like grape seed, olive, or coconut. Just gently massage a little oil onto areas you wish to clean, then gently wipe away with a cloth. I find that this method works best with a tiny bit of water assistance, so rinse your dirty areas before massaging oil, or use a damp cloth to remove. This is similar to a way of cleaning skin called the oil cleanse method. You can massage oils onto damp skin, then cover with a hot, wet cloth to allow steam to open pores. Repeat process by rinsing and reapplying the hot, wet cloth until the oil is cleaned away. Oils, like starches, bind with excess dirts, oils, and debris, so can also be an effective method for gently cleansing skin.
Click below to watch my quick tutorial on how to make your own DIY powder cleanser, or head over to the product page and check out our new Cleansing Coconut Sugar.