This cleanser is perfect for oily skin types because it is mildly acidic and astringent. Citric acid (from citrus fruits) helps tone the skin while restoring a natural acid balance. Heat is used in this recipe to release the essential oils from the grapefruit peels. You can substitute other citrus fruits, such as orange, lime and pomelo.
• Peel from 1 grapefruit
• 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
• 1⁄2 cup olive oil
• 1⁄2 teaspoon borax
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and gently heat in the microwave or over a pan of water on the stovetop until very hot but not boiling.
2. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool completely. Strain the mixture and pour into a clean container. To use: Use in place of soap to cleanse your skin.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt and Company , 2002). She and her daughter, Lauren Cox, co-authored a book, EcoBeauty (Ten Speed Press , 2009). Find them at www.herbcompanion.com/shopping.
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