Beauty & The Gut

Exfoliating Body Scrub

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Dr. Chutkan’s homemade facial scrubs for oily and dry skin, which can be found in her bestselling book, Gutbliss (Penguin 2013), are a great, all natural and microbe-friendly face wash. Enjoy these microbe-friendly scrubs once a week and make a larger batch for the entire body!

Oily Skin Facial Scrub

Ingredients

2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon oatmeal
½ teaspoon cornmeal
½ teaspoon lemon juice

Method

Moisten your face and hands with water and mix all the ingredients in the palms of your hands. Gently rub the paste all over your face in a circular motion for 1 minute. The cornmeal and lemon juice are great natural exfoliants, but if you apply too much pressure or scrub too hard, you can irritate your skin. Wash off with lukewarm water and a clean wet washcloth. This facial scrub can be used once a week. Make a larger batch to use on the rest of your body.

Dry Skin Facial Scrub

Ingredients

2 tablespoons raw honey
2 tablespoons crushed fresh ripe papaya (skin and seeds removed)
1 teaspoon oatmeal

Method

Moisten your face and hands with water and mix all of the ingredients in the palms of your hands. Gently rub the paste all over your face and neck in a circular motion. Massage for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and a clean wet washcloth. This facial scrub can be used once a week. Make a larger batch to use on the rest of your body.

Recipe first appeared in Gutbliss (Penguin 2013).

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