Almond powder is an abrasive exfoliant.
That means its exfoliating power comes from the physical action of rubbing the abrasive material against the skin, rather than having an enzyme or compound that breaks down and sloughs off dead skin.
You can make your own almond powder by grinding almonds to a fine texture but you can also buy it pre-made.
Whenever using any abrasive exfoliant make sure the texture is very fine. You want to avoid having sharp or jagged pieces of material rubbing against the skin. It’s also important when using abrasives that you use a gentle touch. Your face is not a burnt casserole dish!
Almonds are rich in skin moisturizing vitamin E. While using the almond powder to scrub away dead skin, the oils in the almonds are also cleansing and softening. The finish on an almond powder scrub is skin that feels deeply cleansed, refreshed and soft.
For body: Start with 3/4 cup of almond powder. Add the liquid of your choice to the almond powder incrementally, mixing as you go. Water is fine but you could also try aloe gel, grapeseed oil, or coconut milk. Feel free to add other exfoliating ingredients like cane sugar. Mix your ingredients into a paste that’s soft but not runny. Add the liquids incrementally until you achieve the desired texture. Use as you would any other body scrub.
For face: Follow the same directions as above but start with 1 tablespoon of almond powder.
Extra tip: Unlike sugar or salt, almond powder won’t dissolve when mixed with water. If you’re drains runs slow or tend to clog often you might want to avoid using almond powder in a scrub on a regular basis.
Store almond powder in the fridge for the longest shelf life. Enjoy the scrubs and please share your results.