I may not eat grains (that much), but they still have their uses. This oatmeal lavender facial scrub recipe helps to soothe and calm skin while gently helping to exfoliate it. It can be a good solution for those with sensitive skin, but it’s also useful for all skin types!

Facial Scrub Ingredients (And Why They’re Used)

These are the basic ingredients that I use in this scrub. If you aren’t into the DIY but want an amazing natural facial cleansing scrub, I love this handmade one from Crunchy Betty and use it when I don’t feel like making it myself.

Oatmeal

While you won’t typically see a bowl of rolled oats at my breakfast table, oatmeal is a cheap and natural way to care for the skin. People have been using oats for skincare for about 4,000 years. When the oats are finely ground they form what’s called colloidal oatmeal.

The New Zealand Dermatological Society lists the many proven benefits of oatmeal for skin:

forms a barrier to protect skin against irritants and balance normal skin pH
moisturizes skin with water-binding polysaccharides, hydrocolloids, and fats
soothes itchy, dry skin with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
guards against photoaging (sun damage)
lowers prostaglandin production and arachidonic acid release
It’s no wonder colloidal oatmeal is in so many skin products!

Lavender

Lavender is one of my absolute favorite herbs, and I’ve detailed more about it here. This facial scrub recipe uses both lavender flowers and lavender essential oil, which both help calm and heal the skin. The flowers add extra exfoliation while the lavender essential oil adds concentrated beneficial properties … not to mention both smell amazing!

Baking Soda and Sea Salt

Lavender and oatmeal are very gentle, but I’ve added a little baking soda and sea salt help to up the scrubbing power.

Baking soda is a very fine powder, so it acts like a microdermabrasion to gently exfoliate the skin. Sea salt is a little coarser but only a small amount is used overall so as not to overpower the other ingredients in this facial scrub recipe. Himalayan sea salt is my favorite to use as it nourishes the skin with a wide variety of minerals.

Gentle Oatmeal Lavender Facial Scrub Recipe

This is one of my new favorite beauty recipes, and I think you’re going to love it as well!

1. Lighting

Like owls and vampires, burglars like the darkness, so good lighting in and around the home is important. External lighting around the house will fill in the hidden dark spaces and put burglars off. You can get lights that are activated by motion sensors to flood dark spaces, this is great when you come home and you don’t want to fumble around for your key in the dark. It is always a good idea to leave a light on inside the house when you go out at night or if you are going away for a few days. You can also get timers for lights, meaning they can be set to turn on only during the evening.

2. Locks

If you’re moving into a new home, change the locks, so you know you and your family are the only ones with keys. Don’t hide a spare key. Burglars know the usual places spare keys get hidden, that plant pot next to the front door or under the mat are the first places they will look. Ever leave home in a rush and get to work wondering if you locked up? There are now smart locks you can install and control remotely from your smartphone, saving you time and worry.

3. Fencing

A good, well-maintained fence creates a solid barrier around your property and hinders access, which is added security. It also stops prying eyes seeing into your property to appraise what you have.

4. Security system

Explore the range – from high tech, fully installed and monitored to the more basic. There are a lot of options out there which are becoming more sophisticated as technology progresses. You can have sensors on doors, windows and motion sensors to detect movement within your home. A good option is to install video cameras inside and outside your home to capture footage. Alerts, images and video footage can be sent straight to your smartphone or tablet so you can immediately see if something’s amiss at home.

5. Deadbolts

These locks are stronger than spring locks and they will make it more difficult to force entry into your property. Whilst more expensive, it’s important to try to have at least one deadbolt lock on your main door.

6. Secure ranch sliders

One of the weakest entry points to your home can be sliding glass doors. A good way to prevent a burglar from forcing a ranch slider open is to put a metal bar along the bottom track of the door. You can do the same with sliding windows.

7. Meet the neighbours

If you have a good relationship with your neighbours, they can keep an eye on your house when you’re away or at work and of course you can do the same for them. You may already have a neighbourhood watch scheme in your area, so it won’t just be the people next door looking out for you.

8. Close windows

It is easy to leave a window open, especially during the summer but an open window is an easy invitation to a burglar. Even if you are just going to pop out to the shop for 10 minutes, take a moment to walk around your home and close any open windows, even better, make sure they have locks.

9. Be social savvy

Away on holiday and can’t resist posting a photo? We don’t blame you. However, try to be conscious of who can see your posts, especially if you’re away on a longer trip. You can easily share with the world that you’re not home. An easy way to combat this is to set all your post sharing to ‘private’ or ‘just friends’ rather than ‘public’.

10. Come up with a plan

Make sure you and your family are on the same page with what would happen if you were ever burgled. Remind your children not to go near the burgled area and move away from the property and phone the police. Look for unusual signs like broken glass or an open window or door. If in doubt, get out and always call the police.

Looking to renovate your kitchen on a budget? With a touch of style and some DIY know-how, Kelly did just that. Here’s her story.

Built in the 1950’s, our home inherited the narrow galley-style kitchen of its era.

In its compact form, like many old homes, the kitchen was small and dark, lacked storage and was uninviting. The one saving grace was the beautiful, original rimu timber floorboards.

We are a family that loves to cook so when we purchased the home, we knew the kitchen was going to need a serious overhaul.

Our aim was to create a room that was light, bright and functional. We wanted a kitchen that was fresh and simple, that maximised the space we had to play with.

Renovating on a budget can be hard – here’s how we did it
Operating on a limited budget meant we had to work with the layout we had. Pushing out the walls to extend the size of the room was unfortunately not an option. However, with an existing open plan layout adjoining the dining area and lounge, the space had some good potential.

We started by gutting the kitchen. Old cabinetry was stripped out, the empty hot water cupboard was removed and the walls were relined with gib. Losing the ugly peeling wallpaper in the process was a bonus.

Once the room was an empty shell, we worked with Placemakers to design a kitchen using modular sections. This meant we could create something that fit our space and – most importantly – suited our budget. It was a relatively simple process that allowed us to save money down the track by installing the cabinetry ourselves.

We cut costs by sourcing our bench top and sink from a yard that sells recycled building materials. Rather than disposing of the original pantry, we relocated it to our laundry to create additional storage.

I picked up some classic white subway tiles from Mitre 10 to create a stylish splashback around the stove top. My husband installed these after teaching himself how to tile (there’s a YouTube tutorial for everything these days).

Adding personality
Kitchens don’t have to be boring and devoid of personality. Have fun and stray from the conventional rules.

Because the door at the end of the room naturally draws you eye, I wanted to enhance that by painting it an unexpected colour. I chose a soft pinky hue in Dulux’s Point England shade.

Art is a firm favourite of mine and I like finding creative ways to incorporate it into our home. As avid coffee drinkers and lovers of Coffee Supreme, I’ve always admired the design aesthetic of their café signs.

I reached out to the company directly to source a sign – I love that it’s a unique feature which you won’t see in anyone else’s house.

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