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Are you someone who enjoys making their own skincare? So am I!
Cleansing is the foundation of any good skincare routine, and you will be surprised how easy it is to make your own cleanser with simple ingredients you can find around the house.
With the recipes and tips included in this article, you won't have to rely on store-bought facial cleansers - and in a pinch, you will have a variety of options on how to clean your face.
These recipes were adapted from the books:
- Green Cosmetics Bio Care from the Kitchen and Garden by Gabriela Nedoma
- Organic Body Care Recipes - 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles
- Green Beauty Recipes Easy Homemade Recipes to Make Your Own Natural and Organic Skincare, Hair Care, and Body Care Products by Julie Gabriel
Simple and Natural Facial Cleanser Recipes You Can Make at Home
Morning Oats Cleansing Rub
This exfoliating mix soothes dry and taut skin. Make as needed, this recipe cannot be stored in the fridge for more than 1 day.
- 1/2 cup traditional oatmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon olive or sweet almond oil
- 1 tablespoon powdered soy milk or cow’s milk.
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir well to make a nice runny paste.
How to Use:
Rub your face with 1-2 tablespoonfuls of the mixture, leave on as a mask to dry. Put the rest of your rub in the fridge to use in the evening.
Green Clay and Honey Washing Lotion
Green clay is gentle on the skin; it has a slight exfoliating effect, pulling impurities and makeup from the surface of the skin. It is alkaline and supplies the skin with minerals. Sour cream rehydrates the skin, and honey nourishes and revitalizes.
This cleanser has a shelf life of 1 week when kept in the fridge.
- 1 tablespoon green clay
- 50 ml sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
Put all the ingredients into a glass and blend well.
How to Use:
Gently massage the lotion into the skin and rinse off thoroughly.
Mediterranean Face Cleanser
Apple cider vinegar's malic acid helps exfoliate dead skin cells, while it's acetic acid acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Olive oil is a source of skin-benefiting vitamins and provides moisture. Ground oats and wheatbran soften the skin and help remove the days grime.
This cleanser will store for 2 weeks.
- 1 tbsp finely ground oats or almonds
- 1 tbsp wheat bran
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive or grape seed oil
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir well to make a light creamy fluid. Transfer into a bottle with a pump nozzle.
How to Use:
Every morning or evening, apply 1 pump (1 tsp) of the mixture onto your wet face and massage well. Let the cleanser sit on your skin for a minute be- fore rinsing off.
Strawberry juice has skin lightening and astringent properties. This cleanser works best for those who don't wear makeup.
Make as needed, this cleanser does not store well.
- 4 very ripe, medium-sized strawberries, sliced and green stems removed
- 1 drop peppermint or lavender essential oil (optional)
In a small bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork (or use a mortar and pestle). Press the resulting pulp through a mesh strainer or squeeze through cheesecloth or nylon stocking and catch the juice in a small bowl. Add the essential oil (if desired) and stir to blend.
How to Use:
Apply juice to face, neck, and décolleté with a saturated cotton pad (avoiding eye area), and massage with fingertips for about 1 minute. Rinse with cool water.
Basic Cold Cream/Makeup Remover
A simple makeup remover you can make at home, this cleanser also doubles as a thick and moisturizing foot cream.
No refrigeration of the finished product is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, use within 6 to 12 months.
- 1 tablespoon jojoba base oil
- 7 tablespoons pure vegetable shortening
- 10 drops lavender or Roman chamomile essential oil
- In a small saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm the oil and shortening until the two have completely melted.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the essential oil, then begin stirring slowly with a small spoon or whisk until the mixture begins to thicken and become opaque.
- Pour into storage jars and cap.
Depending on the temperature of your working space, the product may take a couple of hours to completely set up and attain its thick, creamy consistency. If you wish to hasten this, you can place container(s) in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
How to Use:
Using a soft cloth, cleansing pad, or your fingers, apply approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to cover entire face, throat, and décolleté.
Barley Face Cleanser
A mild washing lotion made from barley acts as a gentle cleansing agent with calming and skin-regenerating properties.
This recipe will last for 1 week when kept in the fridge.
- 50 g barley
- 250 ml water
Wash the barley and bring to boil in the water; simmer for 15 minutes until the barley is soft, and then strain the liquid and leave to cool.
How to Use:
Pour the liquid into an atomizer or spray bottle and moisten or wash the face several times a day.
Raspberry Washing Gel
Raspberries provide antioxidants for the skin while psyllium provides moisture, and oil nourishes. This gentle washing gel is especially good for refreshing the skin between washes. Its cleansing power and durability can be increased by adding 1 tablespoon of white clay.
This cleanser lasts for 1 week on the shelf and 1 month in the fridge.
- Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil, cover, and
simmer for 5 minutes.
- At the end of the cooking time filter the gel, add the white clay if desired, and stir well.
How to Use:
Fill the gel into a flask and use like a normal washing gel. Shake before use.
Poppy and Yogurt Sensitive Skin Exfoliating Cleanser
Round poppy seeds are ideal for exfoliating sensitive skin because they are gentle. The surface of poppy seeds is coated in a wax that helps remove dead skin cells without irritation. Yogurt nourishes and moistens, while also offering mild chemical exfoliation due to its lactic acid content.
This cleanser will last for 1 week in the fridge.
- 1/2 tsp Poppy seeds
- 1 tsp Yogurt
- 1/2 tsp Honey
Put all the ingredients into a glass and stir well.
How to Use:
Massage thoroughly into the skin, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Mango and Avocado Cleansing Mousse
Avocado contains skin-loving oils and fatty acids, as well as minerals and vitamins. Mango is high in antioxidant caroteniods and enzymes that help cleanse and exfoliate the skin.
Use this cleanser immediately and store leftovers for up to 3 days in the fridge.
- 1/4 Ripe avocado
- 1/4 Ripe mango
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- Approx. 3 tbsp Water
- Peel the avocado and the mango and chop.
- Blend with honey, water, and lemon juice and put into a glass.
How to Use:
Spread evenly onto the face, massage in well, leave on to dry, rinse off with
Peach and Lime Exfoliating Facial Soap
Alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes contained in peaches and limes helps to soften wrinkles, reduce sun spots, and treat blemishes. You can buy ready-made soap flakes or finely grate any organic or all-natural soap.
This cleanser will last for 1 month in the fridge.
- 1 medium peach
- 1 lime
- 1 cup soap flakes
- 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
- Peel the peach and remove the stone. Finely chop it or puree with a food processor.
- Squeeze the juice from the lime and add to the peach puree.
- Stir well.
- Fold in the soap flakes and the sea salt.
- Stir well to achieve a homogenous mass.
- Transfer to a glass jar.
How to Use:
Every morning or evening, use a coin-sized amount to lightly massage into your face. Avoid getting the cleanser into your eyes. Rinse off with a face cloth and warm water.
Simple Ingredients You Can Use to Cleanse Your Face
You can use super basic ingredients to cleanse your face in a pinch. Here are some cleanser hacks straight from your kitchen.
Milk - Simply take the milk from your fridge and put some on a cotton pad. Use it to remove eye makeup and to refresh your skin. You can either rinse off or leave on.
Baby Cereal - Mash the leftovers of your baby's breakfast and mix with a little olive oil and spread over your face. Rinse off with warm water.
Yogurt and Honey - The lactic acid in yogurt and the antibacterial properties of honey make the mix an excellent cleanser. Blend the two ingredients with a fork and massage on the skin.
Oatmeal - Add a few tablespoons of hot water to some oatmeal to soften it and use it to scrub and cleanse the face.
Vegetable Oils - Saturate cotton balls or pads with virgin olive oil or grape seed oil and gently wipe off the mascara and eye shadows. Learn how omega fatty acids benefit the skin.
Milk of Magnesia - Use a plain variety, without added sugar or flavors. Apply milk of magnesia with a cotton ball after you have removed makeup with facial oil or soap. Leave the liquid for a few minutes and rinse off.
Papaya - Papaya skin contains an enzyme called papain that helps to remove dead skin cells and impurities. After cleansing your face, peel a ripe papaya and rub the inner side of its skin directly all over your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for five to ten minutes and rinse with warm water.
Fruit Purees - Round up fruits such as strawberries, apples, bananas, tomato, avocado, lemons, etc, and make a puree. Add clay for grit and use the mixture to cleanse and refresh the face. Learn how fruit enzymes benefit the skin.
Vegetables - Blend up left over veggies such as cucumbers, celery, potato, pumpkin, or kale and use as a cooling face wash. Add aloe vera for extra healing.
Powders - Use powdered nuts, clays, acitvated charcoal, flour, milk powder, and powdered herbs to create your own cleansing grains.
I hope you have enjoyed this article, let me know in the comments if you like the recipes and if you have any questions on how to make them!
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