Remember yesterday, when I made homemade almond milk?
Well, hopefully you remember yesterday. If you don’t, you may have some sort of memory problem. Might want to get that checked out by a doctor or something.
Anyhow, whenever I make any sort of nut milk, I always save the solids that are left behind after straining. There’s so much you can do with them! You can add the ground almond solids to a plain pound cake batter, or spread them out on a sheet pan and dry them out in the oven to make dried almond meal. You could stir a spoonful into your morning oatmeal, or add some to your afternoon smoothie.
Or, you can add a few ingredients and make a simple, powerful all-natural scrub that’s perfect for your face, body and hands!
Today, we’re doing that last one. The scrub. Is that cool?
Basically, we’re going to take our almond meal solids and combine them in a jar with brown sugar, honey and almond oil. Mix it up and voila! Done.
That was a bit anti-climactic, wasn’t it? Sorry about that. I promise you that the scrub itself is much, much more exciting to use!
You see, this just might be one of my favorite scrubs of all time. It’s so damn simple! While it works wonders as a facial exfoliant, and does a damn fine job sloughing off dead skin from your body, this almond brown sugar scrub is bound to be your hands’ new best friend.
Quite simply, it’s a manicure in a jar. Really!
If you’re anything like me, you don’t always have the time (or money!) to spend at the salon, getting fancy manicures and the like. I love getting manicures, and being fancy, but I can’t always do it. So sometimes my cuticles get overgrown, and the skin around my nails gets dry and rough. It’s not pretty.
Hello, almond brown sugar scrub! A quarter-sized amount of this stuff, used twice a week makes a world of difference! Dry skin becomes buttery smooth and soft. Any rough skin around your nails and cuticles gets gently buffed away, and even your nails will be shiny and bright. Everybody wins!
The almond meal is a gentle exfoliant, and it gently massages away dead skin cells while moisturizing your skin. The brown sugar, while also a great exfoliant also contains B vitamins, thanks to molasses. Vitamin B helps counteract the signs of aging, and it also aids in repairing damage to the skin from the sun!
I’ve extolled the many virtues of honey as a beauty product before–hell, I wash my face with the stuff every day! Honey is anti-microbial, full of nutrients and vitamins and helps to moisturize your skin. It’s amazing stuff! I like to use local honey, not only to support my local apiaries, but also because I am a big believer that consuming and using local honey reduces the severity of hay fever and allergies. I used to have notoriously bad allergies–like so bad, I’d call into work. Since I’ve been consuming and using local honey on a daily basis, my sensitivity to allergens and pollen has gone down drastically. Kind of amazing, right?
Finally, I’m a huge fan of sweet almond oil. It’s wonderful for cooking and baking, as well as putting on your face and body! Almond oil is a great moisturizer, and it’s wonderful for soothing itchy, irritated skin. The skin around your nails–and the nails themselves will thank you for using it!
So go raid your kitchen cupboards and make this simple almond brown sugar scrub today! Your hands will look amazing after using it, I promise!
Almond Brown Sugar Scrub
Yield: one jar of scrub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
This scrub is wonderful for your face and body, but my favorite way to use it is on my hands! I wet my hands, scoop about a quarter-sized amount into my palms and scrub like mad for about a minute. I pay close attention to my cuticles and the skin around my fingernails! Then I wash it off with warm water and I'm good to go! It's like an instant manicure!
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark, either one works!)
2 tablespoons local honey
3 tablespoons pure sweet almond oil (you can substitute extra virgin olive oil if you like!)
Combine all ingredients in a sterilized glass jar and stir until thoroughly mixed.
Place the lid on the jar and store in the fridge for up to a month.
When you're ready to use the scrub, just remove it from the fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Then, stir the contents of the jar together again, since they will have naturally separated.
Use once a week to exfoliate your face and body, and up to twice a week as a skin-sloughing hand scrub! It's like a manicure in a jar!
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