Cornmeal is coarse flour made from corn. It is available in three colors: yellow, white, and blue — all of which are made from the coordinating color of corn. Although it is most commonly known as being used to make cornbread, it is also often used as a coating for fried foods, as a thickener, and as the dusting for pizza crust, as well as many other things other than cooking. For instance, cornmeal contains antioxidants, zinc, iron, and folic acid, which are great ingredients for natural skin care. Here are just a few of the ways cornmeal can be used for natural, homemade beauty products.
The natural ingredients and coarse texture that result from corn milling make cornmeal an ideal body scrub. Simply mix together one cup of cornmeal, three tablespoons of raw honey and raw sugar, and a few drops of grapefruit juice. Blend the ingredients together, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils, gently massage over skin, and rinse away with cool water.
Dry shampoos are a popular product, but they can be expensive. The good news is you can make your own by using cornmeal and baking soda. Simply combine three parts cornmeal and one part baking soda and mix well. Apply the mixture at the roots of your hair, and using a wide-tooth comb, comb downward. If you have dark hair, simply mix in a few teaspoons of cocoa powder and apply in the same manner.
When used once a week, an exfoliating mask that uses cornmeal as the primary ingredient can help to control acne and reduce oily skin. Make a paste with equal parts of cornmeal and apple cider vinegar. Gently apply the mixture to your face and leave on until it begins to dry. Then, using your fingertips, gently exfoliate your face and neck, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, and pat your face dry with a soft towel.
Keep in mind that homemade beauty products do not contain chemical preservatives, so they have a shorter shelf life than over-the-counter products. When making homemade beauty products, always use clean equipment and don't dip your fingers directly into the mixture. Instead use a soft makeup brush, face cloth, or cotton balls. Make your beauty products in small batches and store them in the refrigerator between uses. When using essential oils in your homemade beauty products, only use quality oils that are safe for use on your skin.
To learn more about the many uses of cornmeal, contact a company like Dover Corn Products LTD.