Autumn is cornmeal season at my house: this wonderful gift from the indigenous American people cooks up into such terrific breads and puddings. But until recently, I didn’t know how great cornmeal is for the skin and other beauty uses.
Here are some fabulous easy ways to make a gentle exfoliant for more youthful skin, a nourishing facial mask, a great deodorizer for hands, a super rub for prettier feet, and much more, all with the golden goodness of cornmeal. It does a lot more than make cornbread!
Simply make a paste with cornmeal and water and apply to face or body, then rinse. This is a great way to smooth your arms and legs as well as your face.
Exfoliant for Sensitive or Dry Skin
Combine 2 tablespoons each of cornmeal, oatmeal, and wheat germ. To use, simply add enough water to a tablespoon or so of the mixture to make a paste. Apply to face, massaging gently, the rinse off. Mixture may be kept in a sealed container for quite some time.
Sweet Nourishing Facial Mask
Mix cornmeal, yogurt, and honey to form a creamy paste. Apply to skin and allow to remain on for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Super Deodorizer for Hands
Sprinkle a fresh lemon slice with cornmeal and use to scrub hands, then rinse with water.
Make Your Own Pumice Soap
It’s so easy to do and makes a great cleanser and degreaser for really dirty hands:
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup grated pure bar soap
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon water
1-2 drops essential oil, if desired
Pulse soap and cornmeal in a food processor until mixture is grainy. Remove from processor and place in a bowl along with oil and water, and essential oil if desired. Mix with hands and form into a ball. Allow to harden for at least 2 hours.