Grains/Nuts

Cornmeal

Cornmeal refers to the meal made from dried maize. This meal is a popular staple in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. It is known as a main ingredient in foods such as polenta (Europe and South America), cornbread (North America) and flatbread (Africa).

Cornmeal is also a readily available natural scrub that boasts numerous benefits. It is biodegradable and safe for use on the skin. It’s also versatile since the cornmeal comes in different levels of coarseness depending on how finely it is grounded. In fact, cornmeal is our alternative to pumice, a volcanic rock which is often crushed into powder and included in cosmetic products. The grit from the cornmeal helps with stain removal and also acts as an enzyme. Enzymes help to speed up chemical reactions which will aid in breaking down the proteins, starches or fats that are stains on your clothes.

Benefits of Cornmeal for Skin:

  • Cleansing and exfoliating. Cornmeal’s gritty texture makes it perfect for removing dead skin cells. Its exfoliating properties ensure your skin feel clean and smooth.
  • Vitamin-rich. Cornmeal contains iron, vitamin B-6, magnesium and potassium. These vitamins and minerals help provide a nourishing cleanse to the skin. The B-6 vitamin present in cornmeal may also encourage new skin cell growth.
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