How to Make Your Own Natural Face Cleansers
Did you know that most store bought face washes, scrubs, and moisturizers aren’t good for your skin? In fact, some of these products can be downright toxic because of the harsh chemicals they contain.
If you take a look at the back of your face products, you’ll probably see a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients. Why do cleaners and face products need all these ingredients?
The truth is you don’t need a product that was created in a lab and has a dozen or more ingredients to clean your face. Instead, you’re better off using items that come from nature and can usually be found in your kitchen. Your skin will thank you for it.
Comparatively, most natural and DIY cleanser recipes have few ingredients, typically three to five. And, you can easily pronounce the names of all the items you’re adding into the mix. Additionally, these ingredients often infuse moisture and nutrients back into the skin, instead of stripping them away, like store bought cleansers.
Not only are natural face cleansers better for you, but they are also easier on the wallet. The only real drawback is that natural products have a short shelf life, so you have to make them more often.
Commonly Used Ingredients
You might be surprised to learn that you can find ingredients to make your own natural face cleansers from items you probably already have. Some common ingredients include:
- Baking Powder
- Essential Oils
- Oil: Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil
- Salt: Table Salt, Sea Salt
- Sugar: Brown or White
- Real Vanilla Extract
Quick and Easy Recipes
Baking Soda Scrub
All you need to make a brightening exfoliator is 1 – 2 teaspoons of baking soda, and a small container. Mix in a small amount of water, just enough to make a paste. Then, wet your face, and rub mixture gently over skin. Rinse and pat dry.
Lemon Honey Mask
For a mask that brightens and exfoliates, squeeze ½ a lemon, then mix in 2 tablespoons of honey until they are mixed together well. Apply to face, let sit for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
Oil & Sugar Scrub
This recipe is easy to make in small or large quantities. Simply take an amount of sugar, then cover with oil, and stir together. You can use white sugar, brown sugar, or for a grittier scrub raw / natural sugar. If you want to store it, put it in a container with a lid. It should keep for 3 – 6 months, depending on the environment it’s kept in.
There are lots of natural face cleanser recipes and tutorials online. Here are a few of my favorites. Click on the blue links below to access the recipes.
DIY Natural Cleaners
This easy DIY face wash recipe uses only 4 ingredients, two of which you already have at home (olive oil and water). You will need to purchase glycerin, which can be foundat most drugstores and some craft stores. This recipe involves the use of a food processor or blender. It keeps for up to one year.
If you want to see the amazing difference that oatmeal can make for your face, then check out this blog post, where one woman’s fight against skin allergies turned into a love of oatmeal. There’s nothing fancy to this cleanser, just take a handful of oatmeal, get it wet with lukewarm water, and scrub onto your face for a minute or more before rinsing. That’s it.
Contrary to popular belief, you can use plain old olive oil to cleanse your skin. While it seems counter-intuitive, oil actually dissolves oil, and leaves your skin cleaner than washing with chemical-laden cleansers. Many times you don't even need to moisturize afterwards. This hub, written by me, explores why this works, and teaches you how to clean your face using only olive oil and a warm washcloth.
DIY Natural Face Masks
The combination might sound weird, but at least one woman swears by this mask to remove blackheads and fight acne. All with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. Despite being a super easy recipe, you will need about 20 minutes for it to work its magic.
Combine berries, lemon, yogurt, and honey to make an antioxidant and vitamin rich mask. Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes, rinse, and pat dry.
Not only is this mask easy to make, but it’s fun too. Apply egg whites to your face, then layer with thin tissue. Repeat until you have several layers. Then wait, and peel off. It's kind of like peeling off sun burnt skin. (You know, if you're into that.)
DIY Moisturizer Recipes
If you don’t mind something a little more complicated, try this DIY lotion recipe from Cooke’s Frontier. Note you may have to buy some ingredients online, but it is supposed to be relatively cheap and so worth it.
This DIY lotion recipe is easy, only needing 3 – 5 ingredients. It’s also easy to customize, depending on which essential oils you incorporate into the mix.
With only three ingredients you can make a luscious body butter that might just make you swear off commercial moisturizers. And if the moisturizer doesn’t make you flip, the price might. You can make this recipe for under $2 per jar.
What is your washing preference?
What type of face cleaner do you use?
DIY Scrub Tutorials
Combine coffee grounds, sugar, olive oil and coconut oil to make this great, energizing scrub. There are several other interesting scrubs on this site, including rosemary lavender, peppermint sugar, and more.
Combine brown and white sugar and olive oil, and you have this awesome homemade sugar scrub. Guaranteed to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Just mix a few simple ingredients to get a great body scrub. It smells delicious too. If you don’t have these supplies on hand, they’re easy to obtain at most grocery stores.
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