Natural beauty products have gained popularity in recent years leading to high end organic facial products such as masks and facial cleansers. Be prepared to spend top dollar on most of these products, or instead, get creative and make some yourself for a fraction of the cost! Whether you need a cleanser for large pores, breakouts, or plain old combination skin, below are 6 easy to make home cleansers for everyone.
1. An avocado cleanser for combination skin
For combination skin, avocado is an amazing aid to moisturize dryer patches without over-moisturizing oily patches. Avocado has natural oils that help to reduce redness and cleanse mild debris from the surface of the skin. Combine one half of an avocado with 1-2 drops of tea tree oil and whip until smooth and fluffy. Apply to bare skin and massage into face in circular motions. This will stimulate collagen release, remove impurities, moisturize, and treat minor acne. Make sure you do this a good hour or more before going out because the tea tree oil may make the skin a bit flush for 30 minutes to an hour.
2. Raw sugar cleanser for exfoliating dead skin
If like many people you suffer from dry and dead skin in the winter, these cleanses will work wonders for you. Combine 3 teaspoons of raw granulated sugar with 2 teaspoons raw honey and 2 teaspoons distilled water. Mix until ingredients combine into a paste. Apply this to the skin and rub in small circles using a small amount of pressure. Rinse and repeat if desired. This mixture will remove dead and dry skin from the face, pull impurities from below the skin’s surface and soothe inflammation.
3. Honey mask for acne-prone skin
Honey works as an astringent to pull impurities from deep within the skin. It can treat current acne or the beginnings of a break out below the skin’s surface. Combining raw honey with a drop or two of tea tree oil disinfects the skin and draws dirt and oil from pores. Combine 2-3 heaping teaspoons of honey with 1-2 drops of tea tree oil. Mix until evenly distributed and applied to the skin. Allow the mask to dry until it is tacky (about 5-8 minutes) and rinse with warm water to remove. Add a bit of lavender oil to the skin to soothe red irritated and acne-prone spots.
4. Coffee scrub to exfoliate and invigorate tired skin
Coffee granules do not have to go to waste! Using the warm granules from a recent pot can exfoliate and invigorate tired winter skin. Using organic coffee is best since your pores will be open and able to absorb any toxins or impurities in the coffee. Take the warm (not hot!) coffee granules from your most recent pot of coffee and carefully apply them to your face, working into the skin in small circular motions. This is incredibly simple and will clear away dry dead skin while the caffeine tightens skin and adds a bright appearance. Rinse and repeat if desired and follow up by gently blotting your face dry and applying either lavender oil or your favorite moisturizer.
5. Coconut water cleanse for discolored skin
Using organic coconut water to cleanse the face will help to treat discoloration and rosacea as well as leave the skin soft, moisturized, and fragrant. Either buy organic raw coconut water (which can be fairly pricey) or simply buy your own coconut. Using a screwdriver and hammer or electric appliance cut a few small holes in the coconut to pour out the water inside. Use s strainer to get bits of flesh and coconut skin from the water and apply to face using essentially as a rinse. You can use the pulp of the coconut if it young enough as a mask as well as rubbing it into the skin and rinsing off a few minutes later.