Cleansing Grains: The Natural Exfoliant for Sensitive Skin

Beauty and politics collide: Earlier this week, President Obama signed a bill officially banning microbeads in the United States—a long-awaited victory for environmentalists, since the tiny plastic spheres found in toothpaste and skin scrubs have been found to severely impact marine life after they make their way from our drains to our oceans. But what does that mean for your exfoliating habits? As a matter of fact, we're willing to bet that your complexion will only benefit from the ban.

Microbeads aren't just bad for the environment, but for your skin, as well—scrubbing your face with plastic is just too abrasive for a healthy complexion. (And if you have sensitive skin to begin with? Forget it.) The good news is that there has long since been a huge array of skin-buffing alternatives on the market—and recently, we've noticed the resurgence and chic-ification of one old-school, all-natural remedy that's suitable for all skin types. It's time to get cleansing grains on your radar.

Choose a grain (oats are an easy pick) as a base and select add-ins based on your skin issues. For example, peppermint, lavender, and chamomile all help combat redness, while tea tree is great for combating blemishes. Blitz all your ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor until you have a fine powder, bottle, and go!

Have you ever used cleansing grains before? What recipe would you craft up at home? Tell us in the comments below.