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Have you ever looked at the back of your store-bought face wash? If you haven’t, go do it now. Lots of “words” you can’t pronounce and definitely don’t know the meaning of, right?
Those scary ingredients are meant to preserve, enhance and manipulate the essential ingredients that actually do the work of cleaning your skin.
In other words, they’re just not necessary! If you’re feeling a little wary of that crazy long list of ingredients, making your own DIY facial cleanser is an easy and fun alternative that’ll keep your skin and body healthy inside and out.
To help jumpstart your homemade facial cleanser journey, we’ve rounded up the best natural facial cleanser recipes we could find for you!
Natural Face Wash For Dry Skin
Hydration is key when you’re dealing with dry skin, so you’ll want to add natural humectants to your face wash. Humectants, like aloe vera oil, honey, seaweed and algae, pull moisture from the air and helps it bond to your skin. Voila— instant hydration! Make essential oil face wash by adding lavender or chamomile to any recipe. Both have instant calming effects.
Oatmeal and Milk Face Wash
from Pioneer Thinking
*since this recipe contains milk, it’s only enough for single use.
3 tbsp oatmeal
1-2 tsp milk
Directions: Mix the two ingredients in a small bowl until you get a slippery texture.
Natural Face Wash For Sensitive Skin
If you find your skin reacts to even the slightest irritant, it’s imperative you know exactly what’s going into your face wash. We love calming, soothing and uber-sensitive ingredients like chamomile, rose water, lavender and vitamin E for our sensitive skin friends.
Aloe Vera Face Wash
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 2 tbsp almond oil
- 2 tbsp rosewater
- 1 tbsp soapwort extract
- 5-10 lavender essential oil
- 3-5 vitamin E oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Store in a glass jar of your choice.
Homemade Chamomile Face Wash
from DIY Natural
Soothing chamomile is perfect for sensitive skin while Vitamin E oil will keep your skin super hydrated and help naturally reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1/4 cup brewed Chamomile tea
- 4 tsp grapeseed oil
- 8 drops essential oil (lavender works well here!)
- Several drops Vitamin E oil
Brew the Chamomile tea and set aside to cool. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add the tea once it has cooled completely. Mix well and pour into a small glass jar with a pump.
Natural Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin
Avacado Oil and Honey Face Wash
If the idea of washing your face with honey to help fight your acne-prone skin sounds counter-productive, we assure you that it is not! Honey has natural antibacterial properties that are actually helping clear the germs that are clogging your pores. Make sure you are using organic face wash for acne— the more pure and natural the ingredients you’re putting on your face, the better.
- 1/2 cup organic avocado oil
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tbsp organic Castile soap
Directions: Whisk all ingredients together until they are fully blended; about five minutes. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid or small jar with a pump for easy use.
Apple Cider Vinegar Face Cleanser
Apple cider vinegar is another great solution for acne prone skin. Not only is it wonderful to wash your face with, you can also try drinking a tablespoon every morning to help reap even more benefits!
ACV works so well because it helps restore the naturally acidic barrier on the top layer of our skin that should be protecting it from germs and bacteria. So many of the conventional products we use break down this barrier and allow those nasty bits to clog our pores and ultimately cause acne.
- Apple cider vinegar
Combine equal parts vinegar and water into a small glass jar and shake well to combine. Use a cotton pad to apply the mixture all over your face. You can either wash it off afterwards or use it as a spot treatment toner for particularly bad breakouts.
You can also add a half tsp. of activated charcoal to this recipe to help draw out dirt and bacteria.
Natural Face Wash for All Skin Types
The Oil Cleansing Method
Photo and Recipe from The Oil Cleansing Method
- Castor Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Soft washcloth
Oily skin: 30% Castor Oil, 70% Sunflower Oil
Dry skin: 10% Castor Oil, 90% Sunflower Oil
Balanced skin: 20% Castor Oil, 80% Sunflower Oil
Directions: Pour a dime sized amount of oil on your hands, rub palms to warm the oil. Gently massage oil onto your face, going slow and letting the oil penetrate your pores. Castor and Sunflower oil are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores, and in fact will remove makeup, sunscreen and all kinds of dirt. Wet the washcloth with steamy water, and then lay it on your face. Allow the steam to extract the oil from your pores. Rinse and repeat, making sure it is a comfortable temperature and not burning your skin.
This method has been all the rage on the internet lately, as it is so inexpensive and works really, really well. Do it once a day, at nighttime. When you wake up in the morning, simply rinse with water and go about your day!
Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser
from Overthrow Martha
We all know coconut oil is a miracle product that works as everything from a teeth whitener to a cooking oil to a facial cleanser! It’s packed full of antioxidants that work hard to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle free. And (of course!) cleaning your face with it is a breeze!
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup jojoba oil (or castor oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil)
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender or chamomile to calm irritated skin, tea tree for acne-prone skin)
Directions: Mix the ingredients together until well-blended and store in a glass jar with a lid.
Castile Face Wash Soap Recipe
Photo and recipe from the Verdant Pantry
- 1/2 cup Castile soap
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/4 cup witch hazel extract
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 2 tbsp vegetable glycerin
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a pump. Make sure they are mixed well. Enjoy
Keeping your face clear of breakouts, smooth and hydrated doesn’t have to come at a cost: of your health or your wallet. There are so many wonderfully effective natural ingredients you can use to clean your face that you’ve probably already got in your kitchen pantry! If you try any of these recipes, be sure to let us know how you liked it!