Maybe you are tired of the never ending quest for the perfect face wash, or perhaps you are just plain baffled as to what kind of cleanser you should use on your skin.
With all the overpriced new and improved potions on the market that are supposed to remove makeup, clear blemishes, expunge pores, prevent wrinkles, retain a pH balance, and perform other miracles have probably confused you even more. You may be ready to throw in the towel and simply resort to a bar of soap and water.
There is is no end to the confusion that women face when it comes to cleansing their skins, but wait, there are alternatives in natural face wash recipes. Why not take advantage of more simple and less expensive solutions to cleanse your skin?
Go with recipes that can easily be made from ingredients in your kitchen cupboard, refrigerator, medicine cabinet, or from the corner grocery and health food store.
They can be customized to fit the needs of your skin. You never know, any one of these homemade recipes just might be the answer to your facial cleansing needs.
Coconut Oil is Immersed in Skin Care
Coconut oil whether used on its own or mixed with other ingredients is a safe an effective way to cleanse facial skin, and this natural oil is able to destroy microorganisms on the skin plus hydrate it without moisture loss.
Simply take a small amount of coconut oil and gently massage it onto the face for about a half minute. Next, place a towel on the face to open the pores, wait a few seconds and remove the oil with a washcloth.
Olive Oil Deep Cleanses
Olive oil is another multi-purpose natural cleanser and moisturizer that is found in both homemade and over the counter cleansers.
Olive oil is full of antioxidants and fats that help scavenge for free radicals and diminish irritated skin, and Wellness Mama goes into great detail about olive oil and other oil combinations for natural skin cleansing benefits.
Simply place a small amount of oil to a dry face, move it around in a circular fashion for a minute or more until the oil has infused into the skin. Leave the oil on longer for a deep pore cleansing.
Yogurt Gently Massages and Cleanses
Yogurt is a natural face cleanser as it is rich in protein, probiotics, B vitamins, zinc and lactic acid, which aid in the cleansing and purifying of the skin.
The lactic acid exfoliates dead skin cells while protein tightens the pores, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and moisturizes. Zinc eliminates swelling from irritation and sun exposure.
Using the fingertips, massage a thin layer of plain yogurt into the skin as is explained in this simple to follow video. Leave the yogurt on the skin for a few minutes and remove it with warm water and towel dry.
Honey is More than Sweet and Sticky
Honey is yet another multi-tasking, natural ingredient that can work wonders with skin cleansing, in spite of its stickiness. In combination with lemon, honey can destroy bacteria and the citric acid in the lemon can alleviate dead skin buildup.
Honey is replete with antioxidants, helps with acne and aging skin issues and its beauty benefits are well known. According to natural beauty expert, Kim Wallace, honey is a powerful skin treatment.
Simply mix a couple of teaspoons of honey with a teaspoon of lemon juice (fresh) and warm the mixture with your fingers. Place a layer of the mixture on the face and allow it to dry. Once dry, rinse it away with warm water.
Aloe Vera is not Just for Burns Anymore
Aloe Vera is often listed as a priority ingredient in a number of both natural and cosmetic face washes, and other products. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe and calm skin and reduce redness and irritation.
An aloe vera natural face wash recipe with a punch that enhances aloe vera’s properties along with other powerful ingredients is designed to benefit those with sensitive or delicate skin.
The recipe consists of aloe vera, almond oil, rosewater, soapwort, lavender essential oil and vitamin E. Simply wet the face and apply a small amount of the recipe to the face and rub in a circular motion for half a minute
Natural Soap Base and Essential Oils
A natural soap, like pure liquid, unscented castile soap acts as the base ingredient for a natural face wash, plus it provides the suds, which many women can’t live without.
A variety of essential oils can be added to the base to create a customized cleanser for almost any skin type. Simply use six ounces of the soap, 2 ounces of water and about 3-40 drops of a selected essential oil to create a customized recipe.
Apple Cider Vinegar Catchall
Apple cider vinegar is not only excellent for skin irregularities, but it also aids in host of other health-related issues. It makes an excellent face wash due to its pH leveling abilities, which prevents skin from either being too oily or too dry and creates the closest thing to normal pH level (5.5).
There are a number of reasons for using apple cider vinegar as a face wash as it not only creates balance in the skin, but it fights blemishes, age spots, wrinkles and toxins. The recipe is simple. Mix half water and half apple cider vinegar and apply it to the face with a cotton ball. Wait a few minutes and rinse.
Charcoal for Innovative Skin Care
Activated charcoal is known for drawing out bacteria, dirt and other particles to the surface of the skin and fights the effects of acne, and it is proven to absorb damaging substances from the skin in substantial amounts.
As a skin wash or mask, simply mix .2 grams of activated charcoal powder along with a half teaspoon of bentonite clay and one and half teaspoons of water together and apply to the skin. After approximately 10 minutes, remove it from the face with a damp cloth.
Rice Milk for Anti-aging Benefits
If Japanese women can have ageless complexions, so can other women. Rice milk has long been a staple with Asian beauty routines, and it is effective for older skin as it is gentle, creamy and moisturizing.
It helps with dryness, inflammation and infuses the skin with vitamin A and calcium, both of which are beneficial to aging, dry and sensitive skin.
The recipe is basic and consists of one-half cup of brown rice flour and two to three tablespoons of organic rice milk. Mix the two together and gently rub the paste into the skin and rinse with warm water. It will exfoliate dead skin cells as well as soothe the skin.
Fruit and Vegetable Alternatives that Work
Think of fresh mashed papayas, avocados, cucumbers, mangoes, bananas and potatoes for cleansing your skin. They all contain enzymatic properties that will cleanse, exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
They make great treatment face washes or masks and are as close to natural as possible. One easy recipe for oily or combination skin is cucumber juice, which cools, soothes and softens the skin.
Apply a mixture of the juice and organic milk to the face with a cotton pad. Allow to remain for a minute or so and remove with tepid water.
Put Food on Your Face
The face wash recipes given here are simple, easy to follow and don’t require oodles of ingredients to produce an effective cleanser for almost any skin type. Women today want more natural solutions to skin cleansing and are looking for a face wash that meets their needs yet doesn’t break the bank.
Any of these recipes are good substitutes for expensive and chemically laden over-the-counter, department store or drug store cleansers, and these natural alternatives give women the choices they want.
Not every recipe here is perfect for every woman, but there are those that address specific skin care issues. Find one that works for you and give it a try.
Your skin will thank you and you can enjoy the benefits of a thoroughly cleansed and improved skin appearance. Oh, and remember to do a skin patch test with any of these recipes to determine if an allergic reaction could occur.