Green Tea and Adzuki Cleansing Grains

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Traditional Asian facial cleansing grains, like this one, use adzuki beans that gently exfoliate without damaging the surface of the skin. In addition, green tea is a powerful antioxidant that helps rejuvenate the skin, prevent and repair sun damage, and promote elasticity. And the healing powers of chamomile calm and soothe redness and irritation.

Green Tea and Adzuki Cleansing Grains

Green Tea and Adzuki Cleansing Grains:

YIELDS: 1 pint

1⁄2 cup adzuki beans

1⁄2 cup green tea leaves

1⁄2 cup chamomile flowers

1⁄2 cup brown rice flour

1⁄2 cup kaolin clay

* What you will need: coffee grinder, mixing bowl, finemeshed sieve, pint-size canning jar with lid, spice jar with sifter cap, optional

1. To Make: Before you begin, find a protective face mask, or tie a bandana to cover your nose and mouth, to avoid breathing the powders. Next, put the adzuki beans, green tea, and chamomile into the jar, close the lid, and shake. Fill a coffee grinder with the mixture and grind to a very fine powder. Place the sieve over the mixing bowl. Empty the grinder into the sieve. Carefully sift the powder into the bowl. Put anything that doesn’t sift through back into the grinder and leave the powder in the bowl. Fill the grinder with the adzuki, tea, and chamomile mixture. Repeat until all of the mix has been ground, discarding any woody bits that won’t grind down. Next, sift the brown rice flour into the bowl and discard any larger rice grains. Carefully put the powders into the canning jar and add the kaolin clay. Close the lid tightly and shake well to blend to a uniform powder. Let stand for 5 minutes or so, letting the dust settle into the jar.

2. To Store: Store this dry facial scrub in a spice jar with a sifter cap. To fill the jar, make a funnel by rolling up a piece of paper. Twist one end to open wide enough to fit into the spice jar, and the other wider to funnel in the powder. Tape it together and spoon the powder into the jar a little at time. Once the jar is full, replace the sifter and cap, and this scrub is ready to use! You can also store this in the jar, using a clean dry spoon to dispense the cleansing grains. Keep the lid tightly closed when not in use and store for up to a year.

3. To Use: To use, simply tap out a bit of the powder into the palm of your hand and mix with water added a tiny bit at a time until a paste forms. Then softly cleanse your face using small circular motions. Rinse with warm water and follow with toner and moisturizer.