Today’s post got a little out of control.
I’ve had several requests from readers recently asking for “natural” ways to wash their faces OTHER than the Oil Cleansing Method. (Hey, it’s not for everybody!) So I started searching and found four different recipes that I thought held some promise. I INTENDED on making ONE of the recipes and simply writing about the others, but somehow, before I knew what was happening, I was making all FOUR! (Sometimes I get a little carried away with trying new stuff…it’s an occupational hazard.)
So my mantra for today is: “Don’t bite off more than you can chew!” I got a little over my head on this one. But it all turned out OK. I had a HUGE mess to clean up in my kitchen (where’s my live-in maid when I need one??) but I got to try out 4 different facial cleansers. My face has never been CLEANER! :-)
All four of these cleansers have merit in that they don’t contain any detergent ingredients called surfactants. Surfactants are responsible for creating the lather you expect to see in soaps and many liquid cleansers, but the problem is they strip the natural lipid layer from the skin’s surface and destroy its protective barrier. In other words, they are simply too harsh for most skin types.
The good news is there are lots of home remedies you can try that not only are inexpensive compared to most store bought stuff, they are also environmentally friendly.
- 1 tbsp. beeswax
- 3 tbsp. jojoba oil
- 1 tbsp. witch hazel
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp. borax
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 teaspoons liquid face soap or baby wash
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons glycerin
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Pour ingredients into a food processor or blender. Mix until thickened, smooth and creamy. To use, pump a quarter-size amount of cleanser into your hand. Gently massage into your neck area, face, eyelids and eyelashes for about one minute. Remove with a warm washcloth. Rinse washcloth in warm water and gently remove any remaining dirt or makeup off your face.
Keeps for up to a year.
For some reason this one didn’t thicken up like I THOUGHT it would (based on the instructions.) It DID, however, do a nice job of cleansing my face and left it feeling clean AND moisturized.
Third on the facial cleanser rundown was the Anti-Aging Lemon Facial Cleanser made famous by Dr. Oz who claims the acid from the lemons will rid your skin of outbreak-causing bad bacteria while the healthy probiotics from the yogurt will infuse your skin with good bacteria.
- 1 tbsp natural yogurt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 drops essential lemon oil
Mix all ingredients together. Soak a cotton wool pad in mixture and remove makeup. Repeat with fresh cotton wool pads until make up is removed.
As you can tell by the small measurements of ingredients…this recipe is for a one-time application. This mixture will not keep, so it should be used immediately. While that is somewhat of a drawback to this formula…I LOVED the way it felt on my face (not to mention the wonderful lemony smell)! This cleanser was in SERIOUS contention for my FAVORITE out of the four UNTIL I tried the fourth.
The fourth formulation was the Homemade Honey Cleanser from Towards Sustainability.
The advantages of this recipe are that it is easy and quick to make and that it contains HONEY! I personally am in awe of the seemingly magical properties of honey. (Many of which I have posted about before.)
Honey is a natural humectant so it absorbs and retains moisture in the skin. Honey is also a natural antioxidant which helps protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, AND it absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent.
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup vegetable glycerine
- 2 Tablespoons liquid castile soap
Mix ingredients together. Apply to face and neck and massage into skin for at least 30 seconds, allowing the cleanser to loosen dirt and debris. Rinse face with warm water.
Ultimately this was the facial cleanser that WON MY HEART! :-) (Followed by the Lemon Facial Cleanser as a close second.)
But don’t take MY word for it….try them yourself! My only suggestion would be that you don’t try and make them all in one day. :-)