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. Luckily one of them ended up being my stand-out favorite so that’s what I’ll be sharing today.
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One of the benefits of making a homemade facial cleanser is avoiding 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. The good news is you don’t need surfactants to get your skin clean! And there are lots of natural ingredients you can use instead.
I found this Homemade Honey Cleanser at 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.
Homemade Honey Cleanser
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup vegetable glycerine
- 2 Tablespoons liquid castile soap
Add all ingredients to a container with a lid.
Shake to combine.
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.