How was your Labor Day weekend?  I had a great time relaxing, eating, relaxing, watching shows on Netflix, organizing, spending time with family, and relaxing some more.  I’m back at it now, but I want to share with you a simple facial cleanser recipe inspired by a book on Japanese beauty that I picked up from a local used book shop.

Adzuki beans will be our base.  Ground adzuki beans have been used by the Japanese for thousands and thousands of years as a facial cleanser.  According to Inner Peace, Outer Beauty, the book I’ve been reading, rice bran was used by the working class while adzuki beans were used by royalty for facial cleansing.

Adzuki beans smell like red kidney beans, are high in vitamins and minerals, and contain natural saponins, soap-like substances that cleanse and refresh the skin.

1/4 cup adzuki beans, ground

1 tbs. oats, ground

1 tsp. green tea

1/8 tsp. (or a “pinch”) each of  cinnamon and ginger powders

Mix all ingredients together.  Pour about 1 tsp. into your hand and mix with water, hydrosol, honey, or yogurt to make a paste.  Apply in circular motions.  Leave on for at least 2 minutes.

You’ll find that the adzuki beans really do cleanse your skin, while oatmeal soothes and green tea, cinnamon, and ginger detoxify.  If you have very sensitive skin, omit the cinnamon and ginger and add powdered lavender, rose, and/or chamomile instead.  The beans, oats, and spices (or floral powders) will impart a light, pleasant scent without the need for essential oils.

If you try it, let me know!  What do you usually use to cleanse your skin?