Here’s how to achieve clean, glowing skin with simple ingredients that won’t harm to the environment
Skip purchasing bottles of face wash from the store, and instead try out these DIY formulas in the comfort of your own home. Not only are you avoiding putting harsh chemicals onto your skin (which can have negative long-term effects), but you’re also being eco-friendly by not creating any waste as well as saving money.
It’s important to note, however, that everyone has a different skin type and that should be considered when you're trying anything new on your skin. We always recommend doing a test patch beforehand in case you experience a reaction, which can even occur with natural ingredients.
Here are five ways to keep your skin fresh and healthy with natural ingredients you probably already have at home...
1. Honey and Lemon Face Wash
Photo by Alexander Mils on UnsplashIn a bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and apply it to the face. Leave it on for around 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water followed by cold water.
Honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains natural enzymes that will help to exfoliate the skin and combat breakouts. Lemon juice contains vitamin C that can help with sun damage and reduce the signs of premature aging. Note: Lemon is acidic due to its low pH level and is not ideal for those with sensitive skin.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Chamomile Face Wash
Photo by Nia Ramirez on UnsplashIn a small bottle, mix together 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup water and 2 tablespoons of chilled, steeped chamomile tea. Shake the bottle several times. Using a cotton ball, first pat your face all over, then wipe off any excess liquid. Rinsing not required.
The natural antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar and the soothing benefits of chamomile tea work together to reduce the appearance of inflammation, tone the skin and treat breakouts. Note: The water is essential in this formula as vinegar is acidic and needs to be diluted before use.
3. Oatmeal and Yogurt Face Wash
In a mixing bowl, combine ⅓ cup cooked oatmeal, 2 tablespoons yogurt and 2 tablespoons honey. Stir all the ingredients together until the yogurt and honey have completely dissolved. Apply the mixture across the face and leave it on for roughly 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Oatmeal is highly effective if you have dry skin, eczema or rosacea and has been used for centuries to treat various conditions. Yogurt has a number of benefits for the skin, including increasing elasticity, adding moisture and reducing wrinkles. This is a great face wash for all skin types.
4. Milk and Turmeric Face Wash
Photo by Nikolai Chernichenko on UnsplashIn a mixing bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of milk with a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply it to your face in a gentle circular motion using a cotton ball or pad. Leave the mixture on for around 10 to 15 minutes before washing your face thoroughly with cold water.
Raw milk contains lactic acid (an ingredient found in many skincare products), which promotes moisture, hydration and stimulates new cell growth. Turmeric is known to brighten the skin as well as protect it from inflammation and skin discolouration. This is a mild face wash that can be used daily.
5. Avocado Oil and Honey Face Wash
Photo by Anne Nygård on UnsplashIn a mixing bowl, combine ½ cup avocado oil, 3 tablespoons raw honey and 2 tablespoons of organic Castile soap. Whisk all of the ingredients together. Apply a warm washcloth on the face to open up your pores. Take small amounts of the mixture and gently massage it into your skin. Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. Note: Dr Bronner’s Unscented Baby Castile Soap is a great option that’s mild, eco-friendly, non-GMO and chemical-free.
Avocado oil is packed with different nutrients, such as vitamins A, B, C and E as well as antioxidants, proteins and unsaturated fats that all work to reduce blemishes, dryness,and promote moisture. Honey is a nourishing antibacterial that is extremely soothing for the skin.