DIY Your Own Brightening Powder Cleanser

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
The newest buzz­-worthy addition to the expected lineup of soaps, foams, and oils is the “dry” cleanser. These powdery formulas transform into a cleansing paste when mixed with water. Their consistency makes them gentle exfoliants, ideal for sloughing off dead skin cells and other impurities while cleansing, moisturizing, and brightening. They work well with all skin types, even really sensitive complexions. And since they are dry, they don’t contain preservatives, alcohol, or other potentially harmful additives. I'm a fan not just because of dry cleansers' performance factor, but because they are so easy to travel with — no spillage or leaking here. I’ve seen dry cleansers start to pop up in a few different skin-care collections, but really, you can make a simple version at home. The all­-natural recipe I came up with includes just four ingredients that offer major benefits: matcha (full of antioxidants and great for detoxification), rice bran (hydrates and improves skin’s elasticity), bentonite clay (extracts impurities and toxins from the skin) and bamboo (a mineral­-rich exfoliant). Bonus: This cleanser is also free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrance.
Indie Lee’s Dry Facial Cleanser

1 tbsp matcha powder
2 tbsp rice bran powder
1 tbsp bentonite clay
2 tbsp bamboo powder
Airtight container (like a glass mason jar or other screw-top bottle)
Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
1. Add all ingredients to an airtight container and shake vigorously to mix. 2. To use, pour a tablespoon of the mixture into dry hands. Add a few drops of water to make a paste and keep in mind that the thicker the paste, the more intense exfoliation you’ll get. You can add more water if you’re looking for a gentler wash.
3. Rub gently onto face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
4. For added benefits, leave paste on as a detoxifying mask for five minutes before rinsing. 5. Cleanser will store up to three months in an airtight container and out of direct sunlight. Thinking dry cleanser might change your entire skin-care routine? Let us know in the comments below!

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