4 DIY All-Natural Facial Cleansers

all natural facial cleansers

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer

As more information comes to light regarding the damaging effects of chemicals and other unnatural ingredients in many commercial skincare products, the desire to move toward natural alternatives is common.

Navigating the products available at the store can be difficult; many products don’t fully disclose ingredients and a number of brands marketed as “natural” are nothing of the sort.

This can be discouraging and stressful.

The best way I have found to combat this problem is to make my own products.

Thankfully, making natural skincare products is not as complicated as it sounds. In fact, many of the cleansers I am sharing with you today involve no mixing or measuring at all.

Making your own facial cleanser is a great way to avoid putting chemicals on your skin (and into your bloodstream). Plus, it’s likely to save you money.

 1. Honey

 

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The beauty of using honey as a facial cleanser is that there is no need for mixing or measuring! Just keep a bottle of honey in the bathroom cabinet and you’re set.

Honey can be used daily as a facial cleanser. It does an excellent job of cleaning skin and is extremely moisturizing; so it helps make skin soft and smooth.

Honey is an excellent cleanser for every skin type.

To wash your face with honey: For make-up free skin, squirt a small amount of honey (less than a teaspoon) into the palm of your hand. Rub the honey between your palms and then massage into your face. Wash off with warm water.

To remove make up with honey, pour a small amount of honey onto a wet wash cloth and sprinkle with a little baking soda. Use this honeyed washcloth to clean the face. Remove any residue with warm water. Follow with toner to get rid of excess dirt. (For further details, see Removing Make-up the Honey, Face Wash Way.)

Honey can enhance your beauty routine in many ways, including being used as a hair treatment.

Variations: Mix a little milk or cream with honey for a a cleanser especially suited to dry skin. For extremely oily skin, try adding a little lemon juice to the honey.

2. Oil

The oil cleansing method has grown increasingly popular over the past few years, and for good reason; cleaning your face with oil makes skin soft and radiant.

Plus, it’s easy! Just apply oil to the face with your finger tips using circular motions. Let it sit for a few minutes, and wash off with warm water. For extra benefits, hold a warm washcloth close to your oil-covered face for a minute or two and allow the stream to open the pores.

Castor oil is one of the most common oils used in the oil cleansing method, but other oils are well-suited to the task, and many custom mixes can be created by blending different oils.

To find out more, visit the following links:

The Oil Cleansing Method: What it is, and why you should do it 

The Oil Cleansing Method: Your Guide to facial massage for clear, soft, glowing skin

Video Blog: How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method

Oil also works well as an eye makeup remover.

3. Yogurt

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Plain yogurt is a great natural cleanser. It is rich in protein, lactic acid, and fat, which all help detoxify as well as clean skin.

Use plain yogurt or mix with lemon juice to create a cleanser with a more pleasing scent. To make a lemon yogurt cleanser, mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with approximately 1 tablespoon of yogurt.

A drop or two of essential oil can also be added to plain yogurt for a sweet smelling cleanser.

Use fingertips to apply yogurt to skin, massaging it to loosen any dirt or make up. Leave yogurt on the skin for a minute or two (if you have time), then wash off with warm water.

4. Cleansing Grains

Cleansing grains gently exfoliate as well as clean the skin.

Create your own cleansing grains by grinding almonds or oats into a fine powder and mixing with  liquid to form a paste.

Suitable liquids include:

  • milk, cream or yogurt for dry skin
  • lemon juice or water for oily skin
  • water, honey, peppermint tea or glycerin for normal skin

To use cleansing grains: gently massage paste into skin, avoiding the eyes. Wash off with warm water.

Other grains that are suitable for creating a gentle exfoliating cleanser are: cornmeal, ground sunflower seeds, baking soda, wheatgerm, and rice bran.

This type of cleanser needs to be made on an as-needed basis. However, the process can be expedited by keeping a jar of dry grains in the bathroom cabinet along with a small bowl and spoon for preparing the cleanser.

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be difficult to make and use natural cleansers.

Have you made your own facial cleanser?

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About Stacy Karen

Stacy, a homeschooling Mom of three, enjoys healthy, natural living and is a make-it-from-scratch maniac. She strives to encourage women to find peace and joy at home through her blog, A Delightful Home, where she shares tips and tricks for creating a happy home (and life) with God at its center.

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Comments

  1. Can you mix the honey and lemon juice ahead of time and store it in a bottle?

  2. erika mckenna says:

    Hello! I just ran out of my very expensive botanical, chemical free cleanser yesterday and had no idea how I was going to get off my make up this afternoon. I tried out your honey and bicarb method and I am in love! thank you so much, the honey I used was raw and unheated so it also acted as an exfoliating cream and left my skin feeling smooth and clean, I am never buying cleanser again!

  3. I tried using the honey, it was smooth earlier but not i see some spots on ma skin do you think i should stop usind the honey? My skin is the oily type.

  4. Hey Stacy!
    Great post, I’m definitely excited to try all of these!
    One question though, I was wondering if any of these cleansers would need to be followed up with toner or moisturizer? Also are all of these gentle enough for daily use, morning and night? And one more thing, is it okay to use grapeseed oil rather than sunflower oil in the oil method? Are their any skin benefits to grapeseed oil?

  5. What kinds of Oats to I need to buy? I am new at this.

  6. Michaela says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I think I am going to try the honey wash today. I usually wash my face twice a day so I was wondering if this recipie would be okay to use in the morning and again at night?

  7. Madame Doizan says:

    I’ve actually tried the oil method out of curiosity while doing a hot oil hair treatment. My face looked great! BTW I have combination skin…

  8. I was about to use the oil cleansing method, but I have one kinda weird question. Where I’m from, we use castor oil in hair masks to prevent or diminish hair fall, a friend uses it on her eyebrows for a different shape when she plucks them or uses it instead of mascara. If I’m cleaning my face with castor oil, do you think it will have any effect on the unwanted facial hair ?

  9. I can not wait to try to make the facial toner. What a healthy, easy and cost effective way to make your own. I am trying to venture into making things myself, I have to remind myself, one step at a time! I’m also working on fermentation in my kitchen :).

    • Which toner are you referring to? Would you mind sharing the recipe with me?
      Thanks

  10. Krysta N says:

    I wash my face with raw honey every morning. As it has “aged” it crystalized a bit which makes for awesome exfoliation! I use the oil cleansing method once or twice a week, particularly if my skin seems to have become unbalanced. I’ve made masks of yogurt and ground oats – my skin has never felt softer. I get compliments all the time on my complexion and people are floored when I tell them I’m not wearing make-up. (I do wear mineral blush and a little eye-liner occasionally.) I will never go back to the harsh commercial cleansers I idolized as a teenager.

  11. What is a good homemade cleanser, toner, moisturizer etc. routine for acne prone skin? Also, do you know of any more “natural” lines of acne products and make-up that work? I have been goggling but SO much information! Thanks for any tips.

  12. Hi Stacy! I switched to oil cleansing last year but now with the Indian summer kicking in, I’m moving back to using a traditional Indian face cleanser.. A mix of ground gram flour, oat bran and turmeric.. I just mix it with water on a daily basis.. and on weekends, mix it with yogurt and let it stay on a bit longer for a lovely pack.. I have combination skin and it works well:-)

  13. I use pure aloe vera gel as a make-up remover – it works very well. I do the oil cleansing method twice a week, once a week use a (homemade) bentonite, oat and manuka honey face mask (it smells like cookies :)), and on the other days use a (again homemade) green-tea, aloe-vera, lemon and witch-hazel cleanser/toner.

    I make a moisturiser with aloe vera, manuka honey, coconut oil and rosehip oil and a little bit of beeswax to help stabilise it. It smells and feels great – it’s not sticky or greasy at all – and all those ingredients are said to have anti-aging qualities.

  14. This sounds very interesting and Ive actually just started using fractionated coconut oil with lavender and melalueca essential oils as a night time ‘cream’ I have combination skin with atopic dermatitis outbreaks.So far seems great for smoothness as well as healing. I can’t imagine using honey! but am intrigued :) Isn’t it sticky??
    If anyone would like CPTG 100% pure essential oils that WORK see the link below
    http://www.mydoterra.com/naturesbest
    My apologies if this is not ok to post on here.. Just offering in case someone needs a very reputable source.They are the most potent oils Ive ever used.

  15. I like to used coconut oil as a face wash. It’s an all-in-one cleanser, moisturizer, repairer, anti-agier, and makes your face radiant! So quick and easy to!

    • Megan, What type of skin do you have? I’ve got pretty oily skin and the thought of using any kind of extra oil on it concerns me. Thanks for the help!

  16. I’ve been looking for a more natural facial cleanser and have not yet made the leap to oil cleansing. Thank you for the alternatives. I do have one question though – What are the benefits of one over the others?

    • From what I’ve heard, most people find oil cleansing to be the most effective method of cleaning and nourishing the skin. But, I think all methods listed here are good and would be beneficial.

      If you have a lot of dry patches on your skin, then the cleansing grains might be worth a try. If your skin lacks luster, then honey or oil might be the best bet. I think it also comes down to which method you enjoy and what you are most likely to stick with.

  17. i got out of the habit of using oil to clean my face and i miss it. your post has given me the nudge to get back into it. i’ve also heard that if you mix a little cinnamon with your honey it works as a gentle exfoliator (so it’s a once in a while thing). thanks for the post!

  18. Mindy Robinson says:

    This is great! I knew about the honey and oil cleansing methods, but had no idea about the yogurt or grains. I’ve struggled with finding the right natural cleanser since my face is so acne-prone, so having a few more options to try is great!

  19. Kristen Hays says:

    I have been using a mixture of castor oil and safflower oil for several years. (about a 70/30 ratio) I get so many comments on how smooth my skin looks. I used to have problem skin but this mixture has fixed all of that. I don’t think I will ever use anything else. I also mix baking soda and lemon juice and use once a week.

  20. These are great! I just started using jojoba oil as a cleanser, but I’m interested to hear of other options, especially the grains-as-face-scrubs.
    Do you know if the honey need be raw to be effective?

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