Are you still using soap on your delicate facial skin? If so, you could be doing a lot of damage. Soap has the power to strip the oils from your skin and as a result, your skin feels dry, scaly or it will ramp up its oil production.
In order to compensate, and you’ll end up with extra-oily skin and/or break-outs. This is why you should look for an alternative that comes without harsh cleansing agents and that has natural moisturizing qualities.
What kind of cleanser do you need?
It all depends on your skin, your makeup usage, the season and so forth. I’ve been on a mission to discover the best natural face cleansers.
After experimenting with a few kitchen staples and everyday ingredients, I managed to create my list of the top five natural face cleansers that are much better than soap.
1 RAW HONEY
If you haven’t incorporated honey in your beauty regimen yet, you are missing on a lot! Raw honey is a superfood that contains powerful antioxidants. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities, as well.
In addition, raw honey is a humectant. This means that it locks moisture inside your skin, making it feel smooth, properly hydrated and imperfection-free. Its anti-inflammatory qualities soothe the skin and reduce redness.
What To Do: You can combine 1/2 cup of honey with 1-2 tablespoons of castile soap for a foaming gel cleanser (this is optional). Grab 1 tbsp of raw honey and wet a bit with water and gently massage onto your face for 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and splash with cold water to close the pores.
Did you know that Cleopatra used to take milk baths? These are supposedly responsible for her impeccable skin and youthful appearance. Milk is a source of wonderful proteins and it contains lactic acid that gently exfoliates the skin – so stick with whole milk, not fat free.
What To Do: Always go for the whole milk variety because it contains all of the beneficial nutrients. To use on your face, just pour a bit of milk in your hand and massage it gently into the skin.
You can also combine whole milk with a whipped egg for dry skin or add aloe vera for sensitive skin. Get head to toe milk benefits by adding 2-4 cups to your bath.
Plain sugar is another excellent facial scrub option. Choosing the right type of sugar is very important. Smaller crystals are better because they will deliver gentler exfoliation without causing irritation.
What To Do: Use your favorite sugar variety and a little bit of olive oil, water or milk to create a paste. Use your fingers to gently massage the scrub on your skin.
Allow it to act for a couple of minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water. I like to use coconut or olive oil because you get the moisturizing benefits at the same time. You could also use aloe vera if your skin is oily.
Oatmeal is one of the best natural exfoliation possibilities. It is very gentle and capable of removing dead cells from the surface of your skin without causing irritation.
What To Do: To make use of it, grind 1/4 cup whole oats and store in a sealed container. Once you are ready to use, just combine a small amount of the powder that you got with water, olive oil or aloe vera in your palm.
You should be getting a relatively thick paste. Gently massage into your skin, let it act for a couple of minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
If you want to make this facial cleanser more beneficial, you can use aloe vera juice or some kind of oil (coconut/olive oil) in place of water. Aloe vera will soothe the skin and a natural oil will have unparalleled moisturizing benefits.
If you have oily skin or if you are dealing with dark spots and blemishes on your face, lemon juice will be the perfect skin cleansing option for you.
Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which is an extremely potent antioxidant. It can also be used to get rid of dark spots and reduce blemishes.
Lemon juice on its own can be used as a mild exfoliator. Alternatively, you can combine it with a bit of yogurt to make a DIY cleanser. Always apply sunscreen on your face after using lemon juice to protect the skin against the effects of the sun and prevent the appearance of new dark spots.
What To Do: I like to apply fresh lemon juice directly to my skin, let it absorb for a few minutes (don’t rinse) and then moisturize. It sounds like it would sting or make your skin dry but it actually feels quite refreshing – just don’t get it in your eyes!
You can combine lemon juice with milk or yogurt for a creamier cleanser or apply the juice after you cleanse for a non scrubbing exfoliator.
Always choose your natural skincare products on the basis of skin type and the particular problem that you are trying to deal with. Each kitchen staple, fruit or veggie contains a number of essential nutrients that will affect skin in one way or another.
You have many possibilities to choose among, a few experiments will help you figure out which ones are the best for your skin.