For smoother, more attractive skin, you don’t need expensive cosmetics.
Did you know that washing your face with soap or face wash might be harmful to your skin? But to keep your skin healthy and shining, you MUST remove oil, filth and grime from your face. So what’s a girl to do? What other choices are there besides chemical cleansers? The answer: natural cleansers.
And the great news is, you don’t even have to buy expensive natural cleansers from stores. Here are some amazing recipes for DIY cleansers you can make using stuff from your very own kitchen!
1. Chickpea and Turmeric
Chickpea flour is a common product used for face packs – and now, they work great as cleansers too. Adding a little turmeric to this mix is also a plus point, since it has antioxidant and antibacterial characteristics that can help lighten dark spots, minimize acne, and leave your skin feeling clean and fresh.
- 2 tablespoons of chickpea powder
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Make a paste using the ingredients above and apply the paste on your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it with warm water. Continue your skincare regimen as usual.
2. Cucumber and Curd
If you’re looking for something cooling, then this natural cleanser should do the trick. Curd soothes the skin. This is very helpful, especially for those with sensitive and acne prone skin. As for cucumber, its bioactive components can help fade age spots and blemishes, while also moisturizing and rejuvenating your skin.
- Fresh cucumber
- 2-3 tablespoons of curd
Blend the cucumber and add the curd to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face and leave it for 10 minutes. As you wash, gently scrub in a circular motion. Pat dry and continue with your skincare routine. You could also just pick one or two slices of cucumber and spread some curd on it and directly massage onto your face and neck. Either way, you still can reap the benefits.
3. Milk and Honey
Milk is not only a calcium-rich beverage for your bones, it can also act as a cleanser. Lactic acid, which acts to exfoliate dead skin cells, is what makes milk a great cleaner. Milk proteins and fat also help to hydrate the skin. Instead of skimmed milk, use whole fat milk. Honey is high in antioxidants and a powerful moisturizer. It contains antibacterial characteristics, thus it helps you get rid of acne while also soothing your skin. When you combine the two, you’ll have a cleanser that gives your skin a youthful radiance.
- Some milk
- 2-3 teaspoons of honey
Combine the milk and honey to form a thick paste. Gently apply the paste on your face and neck in a circular motion. Let the paste sit on your skin for about 30 minutes and rinse it.
4. Oatmeal Cleanser
Oatmeal is not only a healthy breakfast option, it’s also one of the best natural cleaners you’ll find in your kitchen. Oatmeal is a natural exfoliant – when massaged into the skin, the soft oatmeal softly exfoliates it. To use oatmeal as a cleanser, start by grinding the oats and storing them in an airtight container. So whenever you want to use them, just scoop some ground oats and add the wet ingredients to form your cleanser.
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- 1 tablespoon of oatmeal
Mix the oatmeal with honey and milk. Using the paste, apply it on your face and neck. Since it’s more of a gentle exfoliation, gently scrub in a circular motion as you apply. Once done, wash your face and pat dry.
If you have oily skin, lemon is a great cleanser for you. Lemon will also aid in the removal of tan. However, if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you should avoid using lemon, because it will irritate it even more. Before making more, conduct a patch test for safety. To use lemon to cleanse your face, simply mix lemon juice with a small amount of milk or yoghurt and apply it to your face. After a few minutes, wash your face, pat it dry, and moisturize.
6. Coconut Oil
Because of its antifungal and antibacterial characteristics, coconut oil is widely utilized in cosmetics. When used properly, coconut oil can also be used as a great skin cleanser. Simply warm some coconut oil in your palms before massaging it onto your face in a circular motion. Then, place a warm cloth on your face for about a minute, and use the towel to wipe away the oil. Repeat the step until you’ve completely cleared the oil from your face. This cleanse ensures your skin stays soft and silky.
7. Rose Water and Fuller’s Earth
There’s always a safe, quick treatment for everything – from a faint tan and acne to dandruff and greying hair. Plain multani mitti (fuller’s earth) was a go-to facial even before clay face packs became popular. The ability of multani mitti to absorb oil and gently exfoliate are two of its best qualities. Rose water on the other hand will not only leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, it will also tone and tighten your skin, and remove excess sebum. Both rose water and fuller’s earth can be purchased at Indian convenient stores.
- 2 tablespoon of fuller’s earth
- rose water
Mix both the ingredients until you get a consistency you like. Just make sure it’s not too watery. Using your fingers or a brush, apply the paste on your face and neck. Let the cleanser sit for about 10 minutes. Using warm water, rinse your face and neck, and pat dry.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar aids the fading of fine lines and wrinkles. Apple cider vinegar is also a fantastic exfoliant that helps to treat pimples quickly. The smell might be slightly unpleasant, but there’s a way you could avoid the smell from sticking to you. To use apple cider vinegar as a facial cleanser, mix one part vinegar with two parts water and apply with a cotton ball to your face. Once done, rinse with cool water. To get rid of the pungent smell, rinse your face again, but this time with warm water.
9. Gram Flour and Yogurt
Gram flour, also known as besan, is a time-tested exfoliant. Protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are abundant in this product, making it excellent for all skin types. You may make a variety of scrubs and packs with gram flour and honey, curd, and rose water, each with its own set of advantages.
- 1 tablespoon gram flour
- 1 tablespoon yogurt
Mix both the ingredients until a thick paste is formed. If you find difficulties in dissolving the powder, add just a little bit of water, milk, rose water or lemon juice. Give it a good mix and apply the mixture on your face. For those with acne prone skin, you can add just a pinch of turmeric. Gently massage the paste on your skin for a few minutes and rinse.
All these natural cleansers are safe and chemical free. And don’t forget your skincare routine despite using these amazing natural cleansers. Be sure to moisturize your skin to keep it fresh and hydrated at all times.
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