How to Get Great Skin With These Top Homemade Facial Cleansers

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How to Get Great Skin With These Top Homemade Facial Cleansers

During the day your skin has a lot to endure. Toxic compounds present in our air, dirt, harsh weather, and store-bought cosmetics are damaging and aging your skin. To keep your skin smooth, refreshed, and healthy, it’s important to treat it with the best care.

The face is the most exposed and therefore needs the most attention. If you take a closer look at your store-bought facial cleansers you may find a whole list of chemicals you’d rather not put onto your skin. Therefore making your own, chemical-free alternative is the best way to nurture your skin and give it a clean, smooth, and fresh look.


No need to spend all your money on expensive treatments and facial cleansers. Actually, you may have all the natural ingredients hiding in your cupboards or fridge right now!

Here’s a list of my favorite all-natural facial cleansers. They are easy to make and will save you a lot of money. And Mother Nature will thank you as well, no harsh chemicals ending up in our water and free from animal testing.

So what are you waiting for? Discover which ingredients work best for your skin-type.

1.      Raw Honey For All Skin types

Probably the easiest facial cleaner of them all. No need to mix things up. Honey can be used as a daily facial cleaner. It works as an excellent moisturizer and its enzymes clean-up dead skin cells to leave your skin supple, smooth, and hydrated.

How To Use Honey As A Facial Cleaner?
  • Add a small amount of honey into the palm of your hands.
  • Massage into your face. For a better result, leave the honey on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water.

The Honey will hydrate and soften your skin, so no need to apply a facial crème or salve after the honey cleaning.

If your skin is very dry, mix a little milk, yogurt or cream with the honey. For an oily skin, try adding lemon juice. If you use a lot of make-up, add the honey onto a wet wash cloth and sprinkle a little baking soda to remove all the residues.

Further reading: also read the article about easy to make homemade honey face masks. Using honey, and not just for eating, is also one of the 70 habits featured in the e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.


2.      Oil Cleansing Method For For All Skin types

Daily oil cleansing is very effective also for an oily skin. Strange you may think, but did you know that oil dissolves oil? Works wonders to clear the skin and fights acne outbreaks. The oil nourishes your skin and makes it soft and radiant.

How to Use Oil Cleansing Method?
  • Combine extra virgin olive oil and castor oil in a 50/50 mixture. (other oils can be used, but castor and olive oil are both common oils used in the oil cleansing method).
  • Massage the oily mixture into you face. Use your fingertips and make circular motions.
  • Soak a washcloth in hot water. As hot as you can stand, as it cools quickly.
  • Apply the hot washcloth onto your face, this will open your pores for a better cleansing. Remove the cloth when completely cooled and wash your face with a warm washcloth.

No need to apply a moisturizer, the oil hydrates and nourishes your skin. Works well to remove make-up.

Further reading: for more information about oil cleansing method including a video click here.

3.      Yogurt-Apple Cleanser For Dry Skin-types

Yogurt has natural cleansing properties and is full of proteins to soften and hydrate your dry skin. Honey and olive oil add and capture moisture into your skin. And why apples? Apples are loaded with vitamin A, B, C, and other powerful antioxidants for a fresher, rejuvenated skin.

How To Make A Yogurt-Apple Facial Cleanser?
  • Peel and slice 1 apple. Blend the slices in a food processor with ¼ cup plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon olive oil (or any other oil of your liking), and 1 teaspoon honey until smooth.
  • Massage the mixture onto your skin.
  • Leave on for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.

A bit more work to prepare, but definitely worth a try.


4.      Exfoliate And Clean Your Oily Skin With Oats And Lemon

Oatmeal exfoliate the skin and absorbs excess oil. The antibacterial properties of the lemons will help you to kill bacteria and stop acne breakouts. Using a little honey will give your skin a smooth touch.

How To Make An Oats-Lemon Facial Cleanser
  • Combine ½ cup rolled oats, ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, ¼ cup water, and ½ tablespoon honey in a bowl until well combined.
  • Massage onto your skin.
  • Rinse with warm water.

5.      Refresh Your Skin With Mint And Cucumber

Yogurt and cucumbers are excellent to nourish and clear your skin. Mint adds an extra soothing and refreshing fragrance to the cleanser. Or you could use your favorite essential oil(s) instead.

How To Make A Mint- Cucumber Facial Cleanser For Normal Skin-types
  • Blend ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ peeled cucumber, and 6 mint leaves. If using essential oil(s) instead of the mint leaves, blend yogurt and cucumber first and then add the essential oil(s) and stir gently.
  • Massage onto the skin and let in on for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.

6.      Easy Avocado Cleanser For Dry And Sensitive Skin-types

The oil in the avocado will soothe and moisturizes a dry and sensitive skin.

How To Make An Avocado Cleanser
  • Mash the avocado in a small bowl. Add a little lemon as a natural astringent (but not too much as it dries the skin as well) and a bit of honey for its moisturizing and softening effect. Both are optional, you could use avocado on its own as well.
  • Apply onto your skin and leave for 10 minutes.
  • Remove with warm water and washcloth.

You can use the same recipe with mashed pineapple or strawberries. Their enzymes work wonders to remove dead skin cells and they have anti-inflammatory property as well.

Note: to all of the above recipes you could add essential oil(s) to enhance their effect or just add a nice fragrance. If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in the e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them. Here I’ll give you some examples to work with:

  • General Skincare: lavender, rose, rosemary, geranium, chamomile, and cypress.
  • Dry skin: cedarwood, jasmine, lavender, germanium, palma rosa, neroli, ylang-ylang, and rose.
  • Normal skin: cedarwood, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, roman chamomile, rose, rosewood, ylang-ylang.
  • Combination skin: ylang-ylang, rosewood, geranium, and neroli.
  • Oily skin: Roman & German chamomile, clary, lavender, lemon, peppermint, cajeput, cypress, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, juniper, coriander, and grapefruit.
  • Aging skin: frankincense, fennel, geranium, myrrh, patchouli, rose, clary, rosewood, sages, cypress, lavender, and neroli.
  • Acne: tea tree, lavender, grape fruit, sandalwood, basil, thyme, palma rosa, mint, and cedar wood.

AmyThis is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogi, health coach, and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly, and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website  and Facebook page


Did you know that you can also wash your face with apple cider vinegar (ACV)? ACV has amazing health benefits and you can use it to treat various skin conditions:

Why You Should Wash Your Face With Apple Cider Vinegar

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23 Responses to How to Get Great Skin With These Top Homemade Facial Cleansers

  1. Sylvia says:

    I looove your site very much. I hear a LOT about Castro oil especially used a LOT in the USA but I have no idea what it is!! Any other name for it? From which plant does it come from??thanks.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Any natural way to treating ear ache/infection?? Tips would very much appreciate. Thanks.

  3. kevin says:

    I’m a coloured guy with a bit of an acne problem. So whenever the pimples appear they’d leave dark spots. In addition to some of the natural remedies, is there any that could remove the spots. I’ve also realized that my face has got a lot darker compared to the rest of my body. Again, could you recommend antyhing that could return it to its natural colour? Many thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Kevin, it is very hard to get rid of dark pigmentations naturally. You can use a facial mask to lighten your skin: just mix 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice, honey and natural plain yogurt and apply at least once a day (if you can twice a day it’s better) for about 20-30 minutes. It will take some time before you notice improvement. It’s not a quick solution unfortunately.

  4. Rachel says:

    any remedies for treating high blood pressure naturally?

  5. marlyn bretana says:

    Amazing thank you for the tips….definetly will try them on…

  6. Rodeil says:

    Hi! Good day. I love your site, very informative articles.
    May I ask, how to reduce skin pores naturally? I have tried different creams but unfortunately no effect. Thank you so much for your kind response. God bless you and more power.

  7. Michelle says:

    Hi Rachel,
    is it good to follow cleansing toning n moisturising everyday? I found ur homemade cleaners.. Can u pls suggest toners n moisturisers too ? I got lot of open. Pores n marks of whiteheads n blackheads.. Had a baby two months back..n my stretch marks r too dark.. My tummy area looks scary coz of the marks.. They r like all over.. 🙁 the fat has also accumulated near the tummy..

    Pls help

    • Jenny says:

      For stretch mark – have a look at my article in this subject:
      As for open pores – natural clay mask is very good. Make a paste of clay and water and apply to your face as a mask. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off. Do this once or twice a week. Get more information about clay types here –
      As for toners – ACV toner is very good for skin, and is also very effective in treating skin problems like acne, pimples and other skin-related ailments. It has the ability to restore the balance of the skin pH. Start with a small amount of ACV such as 1 part ACV to 4 parts water. If it is too strong for your skin, add more water. If it doesn’t seem strong enough and you aren’t noticing any benefits, add more apple cider vinegar. You can also customize the cleanser by adding other ingredients like witch hazel, green tea, aloe vera gel, etc. Always use it on a small part of skin, and see how it reacts.

  8. Grace says:

    Apprecite the post. Please, do you produce some of these cleasers and how can one get them?
    Thank you.

  9. asmagul says:

    i like this

  10. Annie says:

    Any suggestions for deep acne that never seems to come through the skin? It is a mix of some old cystic acne plus skin colored hard bumps. Used to have horrid acne problem for years. Every pore seemed to be clogged….now its only the cheek and neck area that suffer from old junk clogged up (forehead finally cleared/smoothed for the most part). My skin used to be oily but now it’s combo, often irritated, and feels way too tighy when i use “oily skin” products.

  11. rubilyn says:

    any natural & cheap anti-aging, anti wrinkle..

  12. mahi says:

    Pls tell Me how to reduce dark circles effectively

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