5 Homemade Natural Facial Cleansers

Cleansers are designed to remove impurities from the skin, such as sweat and dirt. They’re often used before a moisturizer or serum is applied to help ensure that they have an easier time being absorbed into your pores. A cleanser should be strong enough to cleanse but mild enough not to irritate your skin.

Using a face cleanser is quick and easy. Wet your face with warm water, then apply a small amount of cleanser to the area that needs treatment. Massage gently in circular motions for 30 seconds before rinsing thoroughly with cool water to close the pores. Remember to wash your hands before applying the cleanser to your face so you don’t transfer germs or bacteria.

Here are a few DIY cleansers to get you started:

1. Honey-Based Cleanser for Oily Skin

Raw and unpasteurized honey is beneficial in skin care. Using locally produced honey is highly recommended to promote wound healing, reduce pimples, increase moisture levels, soothe redness and inflammation, and minimize germs and sebum – without being overly harsh.

Ingredients: 

  • Avocado Oil – 1 Teaspoon
  • Honey – 1 /4th cup
  • Essential Oil – 12 drops (use your favorite)
  • Distilled Water – 1/4th cup
  • Liquid Castile Soap -2 tbs

Directions:

  1. Take a jar and first mix water, soap, and honey gently together.
  2. Make sure you stir gently to avoid foaming. If you have a soap dispenser handy, it is best to use it for this recipe.
  3. Then add the avocado oil and the essential oils and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.

Expert Tip: Add a pinch of baking soda to the mixture once in a while to use it as a scrub or an exfoliator. Take a little on your palm, mix in the baking soda, and gently apply it to your face. Use lavender or lemon oils if you are prone to acne!

2. Lavender Oil Cleanser for Dry Skin

Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory and skin-loving properties, making it ideal for soothing irritation. This homemade cleaner is great when combined with moisturizing carrier oils such as grapeseed or sweet almond. You may use any of your favorite skin-friendly carrier oils in this recipe.

Expert Tip: Stick to jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oils. Olive oil is often impure and may cause inflammation when used on your face. Coconut oil may also be comedogenic, which causes more acne.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of carrier oil (pick your favorite) (30 ml)
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Fill a bottle halfway with a carrier oil.
  2. Now add drops of lavender essential oil and mix everything together. This will create about an ounce (30ml) of product.

Caution: 

If you’ve never used lavender essential oil on your skin, do a spot test on the inside of your wrist before applying the cleanser to your entire face. Using a washcloth or reusable cotton round wet with warm water, massage the oil into your skin. Repeat as needed to remove makeup by using wet cloth/reusable cotton round.

3. Oatmeal Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

When you have a sensitive skin type, look for a gentle cleanser to remove makeup and dirt. This recipe is perfect for you since oatmeal acts as a gentle exfoliator, removing dead skin cells to reveal maximum smoothness and soothing inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Expert Tip: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, avoid using this cleanser at night because it can clog your pores.

Ingredients:

  • Rolled oats – 1/3rd cup (30 grams)
  • Water – 1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Sugar or salt -1/4th teaspoon, finely ground, if possible. Use a pinch more for extra scrubbing effects. Do not use sea salts as they can irritate sensitive skin and cause inflammation.

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you have a thick paste with no lumps remaining.
  2. Use warm water, if needed, to help dissolve any oatmeal that is stuck together before applying it to your face.
  3. Do not press too hard as it may aggravate your acne.
  4. Rinse off the oatmeal with warm water and pat your face dry.
  5. This recipe can be stored in an airtight container for two weeks when kept refrigerated, but it is best if used within a week of making the paste.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanser 

Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it perfect for removing dirt, oil, and dead cells from your skin to reduce acne breakouts – without being too harsh on your face.

Expert Tip: Do not store this cleanser. It has to be prepared fresh for every use.

Ingredients:

  • Water- 1/4 cup – Use distilled water if you have hard water or tap water high in impurities. If your skin type is sensitive, avoid using tap water as it can cause irritation and inflammation even though the apple cider vinegar will soothe this effect.
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  • Tea tree essential oil – 5-8 drops

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you have a homogenous mixture.
  2. Apply it to your face using your fingertips or a washcloth and gently massage it into the skin for one minute.
  3. Rinse off with water, pat dry, and continue with daily activities.

Caution:

Before using apple cider vinegar, you should do a patch test on the inside of your wrist. Rinse off immediately if any irritation occurs because the apple cider vinegar can worsen inflammation. Be careful and avoid contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth. If it happens, rinse thoroughly with water.

5. Yogurt Cleanser

Yogurt contains lactic acid and probiotics, which makes it perfect for exfoliating the skin while moisturizing and reducing irritation.

Expert Tip: If you have extremely sensitive skin, avoid using this cleanser at night because its high-fat content can clog pores if applied while sleeping. It’s best to use this cleanser in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt- 1⁄2 cup (120 ml or 4 oz) – Use full-fat yogurt rich in probiotics, lactic acid, which is excellent for exfoliation and moisturizing the skin without being too harsh.
  • Water- 1⁄2 cup (120 ml or4 oz) – Use distilled water if you have hard water or tap water high in impurities, as this can clog pores and create more acne breakouts. This step is optional for those with extremely dry skin types who only want the benefits of yogurt instead of the cleansing effects due to the water content.

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until you have a smooth paste that is not too runny or thick.
  2. Apply it to your face using your fingertips and gently massage it into the skin for one minute before rinsing off with warm water.
  3. Pat dry, finish by applying moisturizer – and continue with daily activities.

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