If you have ever looked at the back of store-bought skincare products, you will see that they usually are made of a slew of artificial ingredients that you can’t even pronounce.
These chemicals are meant to preserve and enhance natural ingredients in beauty products; however, long term use of artificial beauty ingredients can cause severe harm to your health as well as the environment.
We have compiled a comprehensive list of the best natural face treatments so that you can keep your skin smooth and blemish-free without the use of any harmful chemicals.
Making your own DIY face wash or facial cleanser not only saves you money, but it also keeps you in control of what’s going onto — and into — your body. Remember, the skin is the body’s largest organ and all of your topical beauty products, whether it’s a lotion, hair cream, perfume or makeup, ends up filtering into your bloodstream.
Natural DIY Face Washes
A natural face cleanser helps hydrate your skin and prevents oil from accumulating. Below is a complete guide to our favorite natural and organic face washes which we’ve sorted by skin type for easy perusing.
Natural DIY 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 help it bond to your skin. Make essential oil face cleanser by adding lavender or chamomile to any recipe. Both have immediate calming effects.
Oatmeal and Milk Face Wash
since this recipe contains milk, it’s only enough for immediate use.
- 3 tbsp oatmeal
1-2 tsp milk
Directions: Mix the two ingredients in a small bowl until you get a slippery texture.
Natural DIY 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
Aloe is one of nature’s best soothing ingredients. This recipe is universally used to keep sensitive skin healthy without causing irritation or any other side effects.
- 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
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 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 DIY Face Wash for Acne-Prone Skin
If you suffer from acne or constant breakouts, a natural DIY face wash may be able to provide you with solutions to your skin problems.
Avocado 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 the 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 thoroughly blended; about five minutes. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid or small jar with a pump for easy use.
Natural DIY Face Wash for All Skin Types
The following face cleanser uses ingredients that are great for all types of skin. Simply follow the guidelines to figure out how much of each ingredient you should use for your skin.
The Oil Cleansing Method
This method has been all the rage on the internet lately, as it is so inexpensive and works really, really well. Do it once at nighttime. When you wake up in the morning, simply rinse with water and go about your day!
- 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. Rinse and repeat, making sure it is a comfortable temperature and not burning your skin.
The Best Natural DIY Steam Facials
Unfortunately, for many of us, the luxury of taking a spa day isn’t financially feasible or doesn’t fit into our schedules. That doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge and give your skin some much needed TLC with an at-home steam facial.
5 Benefits of an at Home Steam Facial for Your Skin
If you are not a frequent visitor to the spa, you may not be familiar with steam facials and how they can benefit skin health. So, in case you are unfamiliar with DIY steam facials, here are 5 reasons you should incorporate them into your weekly schedule.
The steam helps dilate blood vessels which allow more blood to flow to the skin which delivers nutrients and oxygen to the surface of your skin. This is what causes your otherwise dry, tired-looking skin to suddenly seem rosy and youthful!
This is an obvious one but still worth noting; all that moisture from the steam has nowhere to go but your face while you’re doing a steam facial. Your skin is soaking up all that H2O which will plump up your epidermis (and take a couple of years off in the process!).
Softens Skin for More Effective Treatments
The steam softens the outermost layers of your skin, making your skin open and more receptive to any additions you’ve put into your steam as well as any serums, moisturizers, natural face masks, or treatments you may want to use once you’ve finished your facial.
Removes Toxins from the Skin
Steaming your face for acne is a gentle, effective way to help keep your skin clean and clear. The steam helps open your pores, dislodging dirt and bacteria without any harsh chemicals or abrasives.
One of the major benefits of a spa day is the rejuvenating, relaxing feeling you get after spending time pampering yourself. An at-home steam facial will give you the same blissed-out vibes, especially if you add lavender, chamomile, or any other soothing essential oils to your treatment.
How To Steam Your Face
At its most basic level, an at-home steam facial is so easy and requires zero investment of time or money on your part. Simply fill your bathroom sink with hot water, tie your hair back, lean over the water-filled sink and put a towel over your head to catch the steam. Keep your face a few inches above the water for a full minute before taking a break; repeat up to five times for best results.
Be sure to thoroughly wash your face before starting the steam treatment and follow up with a light moisturizer afterward (heavy cream will undo all that wonderful pore opening you just did!)
You can also upgrade your at-home steam facial with a few simple ingredients added to the water. You can either add the ingredients straight into the water or tie the solid pieces together in a cheesecloth sachet for easy clean-up. You can also substitute the herbs for their corresponding essential oils if you feel you’d get more use out of the oils!
DIY Steam Facial Recipes
If you're looking for an at-home facial for a specific skin type, we got you covered. We've included a recipe for dry skin, acne-prone skin, oily skin, normal skin, and sensitive skin.
Depending on your skin type you're going to want to add different herbal ingredients for the best results.
At Home Steam Facial for Dry Skin
- Dried rose petals
- Fennel seeds
- Lemon verbena
Directions: Mix all ingredients and add them to the water. Add a few drops of lavender, chamomile, calendula, or rosewood essential oil if you’d like to amp up the hydrating effects of this steam facial!
At Home Steam Facial for Acne-Prone Skin
- Fresh chopped parsley
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh chopped mint
Directions: Put water, herbs, and lemon into a large pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and steep for five minutes and then proceed with the facial.
At Home Steam Facial for Oily Skin
- Rosemary, lemon balm, basil, lavender, green tea, thyme, and sage
- Tea tree oil
At Home Steam Facial for Normal Skin
- Dried chamomile
- Fresh lemongrass
At Home Steam Facial for Sensitive Skin
- Fresh rose petals and fresh mint leaves
DIY Midnight Facial Hydrating Serum with Pomegranate Oil
We naturally lose moisture during the sleep process, so it's imperative to maintain healthy levels of cellular hydration topically. Applying a night time facial treatment will help to enhance the skin regeneration process, providing it with extra moisture and vitamin boost.
Midnight Facial Hydrating Serum Ingredients
- 20 ml Jojoba oil
- 10 ml Castor Oil
- 10 ml Pomegranate seed oil
- 10 ml Rosehip Oil
- 2 Vit E capsules
- 2 drops Patchouli Essential oil
- 1 drop Ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop Orange essential oil
Directions: Combine ingredients in a small dark-colored bottle. Shake gently to mix well. To use, apply a few drops to the fingertips and massage into the face and neck, using upward sweeping motions, avoiding the delicate eye area. Use at night to help nourish the skin while you sleep, especially if your skin needs additional hydration.
There you have it! These are some of the best natural face washes and cleansers you can make at home.
Keeping your face clear of breakouts, smooth, and hydrated doesn’t have to come at a cost to your health or your wallet. There are so many wonderfully effective natural ingredients and natural products you can use to clean your face, many that you might already have in your kitchen pantry!
If you try any of these recipes, be sure to let us know how you liked it!