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Natural Skin Care Recipes To Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize and Exfoliate

Updated on July 17, 2018
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Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.


Natural Skin Care

In the last decade or so,the face of the skin care industry has seen lots of changes as women are discovering that organic or natural products are better for their skin. Not only that, but with new technology, people are also discovering that many of the plants around us are great for our skin. In addition, women have also discovered that there are things in their very homes or what they can get from their local grocery or pharmacy they can use on their skin.

Facial care is very easy to do from home and there are several things around you that you can use to exfoliate, moisturise and cleanse the skin. I will share with you a few natural skin care recipes that you can make from items in your kitchen.

First - some skin care tips

  • If you have oily skin, cleanse your face with fruit acids like lime or lemon water. Leaving lime or lemon juice on the skin for 5 minutes then rinsing with warm water will leave skin looking fresh and younger.
  • If you have dry skin massage some mayonnaise into your skin after cleansing.
  • For dry or combination skin massage a little olive oil into your skin after cleansing
  • For acne, rub a half of a lime unto face and leave for five minutes then rinse.
  • Only use a cleanser once per day, use plain water the other times you cleanse the face
  • When traveling or going on a road trip, travel with a paper towel roll and a bottle of spring water. Damp the paper towel to cleanse the face.
  • For facial rehydration, spritz mist your face with water. A bottle made for that purpose is best.


Easy exfoliating cleanser

1 tablespoon sour cream

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Combine thoroughly. Massage into face for 60 seconds then rinse with warm water. Pat dry face or leave to air dry. Store the balance in the refrigerator in container.


Moisturising cleanser

1/2 cup refined oats

1/2 cup full cream milk

1/4 cup honey

Soak the oats in the milk until very soft then purée with honey. Use generously to cleanse the face by massaging into face for at least 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.


Fruit cleanser

3 tablespoons sour cream

The peel from an orange

4 tablespoons papaya scoops

Spring water

Cut orange peel into small pieces and soak in warm water for 24 hours until very soft (water and orange peel should be about the same level in the container). In a blender purée the soaked orange peel, then add papaya and sour cream. if the mixture is too thick add another dollop of the sour cream and another drop of water. You need to store this for no more than two days in the fridge. Give some to a friend or reduce the ingredients by half. Do not leave for long than 30 seconds on the face.


Very Easy Rose Toner

A small spray bottle with a mist nozzle

Purified or spring water

Rose water (you can get this in the baking isle at the supermarket)

Half the bottle with rose water then fill with the spring water and shake well. Use to mist the face after cleansing and throughout the day. Best to store in a cool place.


Clarifying Toner

1 tsp dried peppermint leaves

4 tsp green tea

4 oz purified water

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 tsp aloe vera gel

A 4 oz spray bottle

Bring the water to a boil and pour over herbs. Add lavender oil and let stand for ten minutes. Stir and let cool. Pour the aloe vera gel in bottle and fill up with infusion. Shake well. Keep refrigerated. Spritz face liberally as needed.


  • Use olive oil to massage into skin after cleansing. Best if you do this when face is still damp.
  • Use a tip of mayonnaise to massage into dry skin
  • Spritz or mist cucumber water on face when needed


Avocado mayonnaise

In a food processor place about 1/4 of an avocado with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. Purée until smooth. Place in a jar in the refrigerator. Use on face, elbows, knees and heels. Use within three days or the cream might start to get dark.


Avocado papaya cream

1/4 avocado

1/4 cup mashed papaya

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice (to prevent darkening of avocado)


In a food processor, process avocado and lemon juice. Add papaya and process then slowly drizzle in olive oil while processing. Remember to scrape the side of the processor bowl. Slowly drizzle in some water (about 3-4 tablespoons) until a nice whip cream is formed. Cream should be nice and creamy and not too heavy. So add more water and whip again if needed. Keep refrigerated all the time. Best to store in an air tight container. Massage into face morning and evening. Can be used all over the body.


Easy cornmeal scrub

1/4 cup cornmeal

Olive oil

In a bowl pour corn meal, drizzle on olive oil and mix until wet and pasty. Use to scrub the face. You can store this in a jar or zipper bag. It can last a very long time and does not need refrigeration but will last longer if stored in a cool place. Rinse with warm water.


Foaming exfoliant

If you have a soap free foaming wash mix with corn meal for a nice clean scrub.


My favourite facial and all over scrub

1/2 cup sea salt

olive oil

Mix salt and olive until until pasty. Oil should not be runny. Use to scrub the face and body all over. This will leave skin soft and smooth for a very long time. Rinse with warm water alone. Do not use soap on skin for a couple days after using this. The salt would have lifted off dead skin cells and dirt and whatever else is on the skin. This is also extremely effective for dry skin. This scrub will surprise you. It is best to have someone scrub your body for you. You can use this on elbows and knees.

Scrub face for at least three minutes. The salt may sting a little.


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    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Mysterious man. You may have sensitive skin so you should stay away from harsh soaps. I would suggest a gently soap free, alcohol free cleanser followed by an oil free moisturizer. You could try Tend Skin line of products as well. I know a lot of men who use it and they have good things to say.

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      mysterious man 

      4 years ago

      Hi Cardisa, what is the best for men skin type ? i'm 19 years old my face have lots of small pimples and i don't know what i use to my face to make it look good, smooth and feel awesome. \m/ also to complexion problem.

      i hope you response asap . Thanks '

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Mille, a good cocoa butter cream, mayonnaise or vitamin E oil works wonders.

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      5 years ago

      What's good for dry wrinkle hands?

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Snigdha.s, you can also try baking soda and olive oil. Baking soda and water are mainly for oily skin so if you have normal skin use the olive oil scrub. Thanks for stopping by.

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      7 years ago from India,mumbai

      Great hub Cardisa. Loved the effort you put in this hub by giving detail information on the scrubs and cleansers especially. I was unaware of using baking soda and oatmeal. Baking soda mixed with water had made my skin very dry and I never tried it again. This time I will try it with sour cream as you suggested. Natural products are always better than synthetic ones. Thanks for sharing .

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Chrissie. The more natural the better and you get to save a few bucks as well. Let me know if you like them.

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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I am done using commercial products, they just are not keeping my skim clear and I eat a lot of foods that are good for skin. I plan to try some of these recipes.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Wwolfs, thank you. I appreciate the visit and the comment. Have a great evening.

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      7 years ago

      Nice hub. Love to use natural products. You have listed many useful tips for moisturizers, cleansers, exfoliants, and scrubs. Thank you for sharing.

      Voted up and useful!

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Dee, no I am neither. I took a course in skin and beauty care a while back but I have been doing my own person research and experiments for the good of my own skin. Everything I have mentioned is what I have done myself and I love my skin.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you Cardisa, will use those too. By the way, are you an asthetician or a researcher? Thanks.


    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Dee, cucumber and aloe vera are good for around the eyes. You could use the cucumber slices for the eyes and aloe vera gel too.

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      7 years ago

      Cardisa, do you have any ideas on tx. dark circles/ eye health? pls. let me know. thanks. dee

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Deeach, I hope you like them. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for the solutions to my skin issues. I always focus on using organic/natural products rather than buying expensive and ineffective products from the store. Will share with my siblings too.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Eddy, thanks for stopping by. Natural stuff is better for the body inside out. I hope you like them.

      Have a great day.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Oh what a useful hub Cardisa and thanks for sharing.As time has gone by I have realised the importance and benefits of natural products and will be giving some of these a try.

      Take care and enjoy your dya.


    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Green Lotus, I know you are one that loves organic and natural stuff. One thing I try to keep in mind is that what is healthy for the inside is also healthy for the outside. Many things we eat are great for the skin when digested and they are also great for the skin when applied topically.


    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Caroline, the things sold in the store have preservative and stabilizers that are not natural at all and some are very harsh for the skin. Natural is better.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm all for natural products and you have listed some great "recipes" for skin care. What with all the expensive creams on the market today, this is really a good reminder that you don't have to spend a ton on keeping your skin healthy.

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      Caroline Marie 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this with s Cardisa! I'm going to try these. Some of the things you buy at the store are way too harsh for the skin. Voted up.

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Teaches, that's a great way to use it up instead of wasting it. Miracle whip is also great too. It might be a little less oily but great non the less.

      Have a great day.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Since my hubby and I have given up mayo, we have a half empty jar in the fridge. With the advice you have posted, I can use it as a moisturizer and skin remedy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Jen, the good thing is when the stuff touches your lips you can lick it off because everything is

      You can't go wrong with the oatmeal because it works on all skin types. I would say not moisturizing the skin until it feels dry, that way you don't have it feeling too oily.

      Thanks for stopping by Jen, have a wonderful day.

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      7 years ago

      I have found due to my age, my skin can not make up it's mind whether it wants to be dry,oily, or breakout. I am that girl who has bought anything and everything to combat these skin ailments. I love your natural skin remedies, I have tried the oat scrub and it does work wonders! I do get tempted to eat the stuff it smells so good. The olive oil scrub is one of my favorites and will definitely be trying all of the others this summer. Very helpful!!

    • Cardisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Pamela. Using natural ingredients on your skin help to make your skin very supple and it's lighter. Natural is better.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love to use natural ingredients for my skin. I didn't know about many of these treatments and appreciate the information.


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