homemade face cleanser

Homemade Face Cleanser: Three Ways

Did you know you can make a homemade face cleanser that is very healthy for your skin? Most facial cleansers and soap are way too drying.  They will remove dirt and makeup but they also strip the skin of natural oils and moisture which we don't want to lose. This holds true for all skin types. Using a cleansing method that strips natural oils will make dry skin dryer and oily skin oilier. Even worse it can create “combination skin” with patches of dry skin and oily skin on different parts of your face – which is even harder to deal with.

Natural cleansers are gentle on the skin and only remove the dirt and makeup that we don't want on our skin. They won't strip your face of it's natural moisture and leave it feeling tight and flaky.

homemade face cleanser

Oil Cleansing Method

The oil cleansing method is a homemade face cleanser that involves two main ingredients – Castor oil and olive oil.  The castor oil is an extremely good cleanser. It will remove dirt and dead skin cells from your pores without stripping the natural oil balance of your skin.  The olive oil is a great skin nourishing oil that provides lots of anti-oxidants. Olive oil is my choice oil for the oil cleansing method but it can be done with many other oils like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, or any of the other skin nourishing oils in this book. The amount of extra virgin olive oil and castor oil will depend on your skin type.  Here are the general rules for mixing the oil according to skin type:

Skin TypeExtra Virgin Olive OilCastor Oil
Dry3 tablespoons1 tablespoon
Normal2 tablespoons2 tablespoons
Oily1 tablespoon3 tablespoons

You can also add essential oils to the mixture for other healing properties like tea tree oil, lavender oil, or any other essential oil you like.  To read more details about how the Oil Cleansing Method works, read this post.

Honey Homemade Face Cleanser

It can't get easier than a one ingredient homemade face cleanser. How to wash your face with honey:

  • Pour ½ teaspoon of honey into the palm of your hand.
  • Rub the honey over a slightly damp face.
  • Leave this on for 5‐10 minutes or rinse off right away – it should only take 3‐4 rinses of water to get all the honey off.

The honey cleanser is great if you have any breakouts because it is anti-bacterial so it will help to clear up existing breakouts while preventing new ones.

Facial Scrub (three ways)

  • 1 tbsp. baking soda or sea salt or sugar
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 drop essential oil

This scrub can be made three different ways. Experiment and see which one works best for your skin. Mix together and store in a jar. Massage in gentle circular motion on your face and rinse. Pat dry with a towel. Even though these face cleansers are super simple to make.

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