Sunday, October 5, 2014

Easy Homemade DIY Face Wash for Any Skin Type

Over the last few years I've changed my skin care routine from prescription meds, expensive face creams, and spa treatments to simple DIYs and the results have been amazing! I wanted to scream from the rooftop when DIYs gave me better skin at a fraction of the price of what I was spending.

I absolutely love this DIY face wash and I'm going to share my recipe, but since we all have different skin types I wanted to talk to you briefly about different ingredients that can be used. It's so important to find what works for each of us as an individual so feel free to mix and match until you find your perfect combination.

Building A DIY Face Wash
When constructing a face wash, a base is important. There are lots to choose from such as raw honey, rose water, yogurt, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, castile soap and more. The base will make up the majority of the face wash so it's important to find the one that works best for your skin type.
  • Raw Honey can help give skin an extra boost. I've found that this is really great for my dry, acne prone skin, but I prefer it as a facial mask rather than a cleanser due to potential mess. 
    • Note: Honey spoils very quickly when mixed with water or other substances so it's best to use this immediately after mixing or use undiluted
  • Rose Water is one of my obsessions because it's wonderful redness on my face.  It can gently remove grime from clogged pores. It also doubles as an astringent so it can help to reduce the appearance of pores. Win!
  • Yogurt is jammed packed full of vitamins and nutrients that can reduce discoloration or the appearance of scars or freckles. Milk products like yogurt or buttermilk can be great for oily skin. Important: it must be unsweetened and plain yogurt! If you're sensitive to dairy-- you may not want to try this. 
  • Aloe Vera can help to support damaged skin which is one of the reasons why it's so popular for sunburns. It's very versatile because it's good for all skin types! This has been particularly helpful for my rosacea.  
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can be great for skin, especially acne. It can also be useful for dull, rough skin and balancing skin, but it must always be diluted! I use 1 TBSP per 1 cup of water.
  • Castile Soap is a great cleanser, but I personally do not use this alone on my face as I find it to be drying.

How to use common products to create a face wash for all skin types

Next, add ingredients to help amplify your base to get the results that you want! This can be fruit, essential oils, herbs, or oils. Personally, I like to add 3-5 of these amplifiers to my base. I use these in smaller quantities and it's not rocket science so there is no need to be exact, but I usually do not use more than 1 tsp of any one of these in my face wash.
  • Carrier oil such as tamanu, avocado, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, etc. They can really help to moisturize and protect skin and can even offer some protection from the sun. You can read about the Oil Cleansing Method if you are interested in only using oils for face care or would like more specific information about the more common carrier oils.
  • Vitamin E protects the outer layer of the skin and works to keep us looking beautiful. 
  • Lemon juice can help reduce discoloration, but be sure to test this on your skin first as it may cause bleaching.
  • Vegetable Glycerin is a must for me! It's a great moisturizer and can really support dry skin by locking in moisture. It's also non-irritating for my super sensitive skin. 
  • Essential Oil can have a wide variety of impacts on skin. There are oils that can work as astringents (reducing pore appearance), cleansing, and help supporting pesky skin goals such as complexion woes, irritated skin, redness, and much more. Some of my favorites are lavender and frankincense to help clear and calm my skin while reducing scarring, melrose to help inflamed, irritated skin, and chamomile to help decrease unwanted facial hair and soften/smooth skin. It is important to use quality essential oils for skin care or side effects may occur!
Easy, homemade face wash that's great for any skin type #essentialoil

My DIY Face Wash Recipe
This is the recipe that I use and love. It works wonders for my skin, but remember-- everyone's skin is different so feel free to play around with this recipe to make it your own!

This particular recipe has been very helpful for my acne prone, sensitive skin which tends to be dry and irritable, but I think it would work on many different skin types.
I mix all of these in a glass pump bottle (like this one) and give it a gentle shake before I use it as it can separate a bit. I follow it with some toner  and my DIY Rosehips and Lavender Moisturizer for a complete skin care routine. 

The first time I used it my skin felt a little tight, but after a couple of uses my skin was feeling so soft, moisturized and my complexion was flawless. I'm really enjoying this facial cleaner and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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You can substitute Elemi for Frankincense in this recipe as it's a great replacement for Frankincense especially since there is a bit of a shortage right now and it's much cheaper! Bonus! 
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  1. I use a line called Face Naturals and it works like a charm. But my point is that I spent YEARS using chemical, harsh stuff on my face and it just got worse and worse. It was not until I switched completely to natural skincare and makeup that my skin became clear and non-irritated. It's amazing how these wonderful natural ingredients are what our skin really need.

    I hope you are doing well!


    1. I completely agree Kim! It's amazing what those chemicals do to our skin! Thanks for sharing your story :)

  2. This face wash looks great! I love the "formula". It makes it so easy to create your own. (Most of the links in the recipe link to a jojoba oil that is no longer available instead of to what it says it's linking to, just so you know!)

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I fixed all the links-- I don't know how that happened, but I really appreciate you telling me :)

    2. Combination skin is difficult because some people are more oily or my dry than others. I personally would substitute the chamomile with peppermint and leave the rest of the recipe intact, then adjust for more lavender if my skin was still too dry and more peppermint if too oily. :) I hope that helps!

  3. I have a few questions Sherri, on the Castile Soap if you use Eucalyptus vs. Baby Mild do you think it would be a difference? What if you don't have the chamomile or frankincense oils or their substitutes, what do you use?

    1. It's all preference Patrice! I have very sensitive skin so I stay away from all things with a scent unless I know exactly what is included to make that scent and where it's from (like if it says essential oil-- which brand because not all brands are created equal).

      You can use Sacred Frank in place of Frank or even Elemi. Roman Chamomile-- I would honestly just use more lavender. I love Roman Chamomile but it's oos with YL, so I've been omitting it in my more recent recipes. I've added myrrh and I'm going to try out the Beauty Serum from YL in my next batch. ;)

  4. Hey Sherri what do you use if you don't have the frakincense or chamomile and you don't have the suggested substitutes? Waiting for them arrive later in the month, but would like to try this DIY. BTW your Rosewater Toner recipe is lovely. It is helping heal my tzone that had a crazy reaction to some other DIY recipe I tried. This has been an awesome learning process.

    1. Patrice! I'm so glad you like the rosewater toner :) It smells great right? I did mention the substitutes in the post I wrote to you-- sorry it takes me about 1-2 weeks with blog comment/email turn around. If you would like more speedy replying you are always welcome to join my Facebook group for Natural Living Support by filling out this form:

      This is what I wrote in your other reply in case you missed it ;)

      You can use Sacred Frank in place of Frank or even Elemi. Roman Chamomile-- I would honestly just use more lavender. I love Roman Chamomile but it's oos with YL, so I've been omitting it in my more recent recipes. I've added myrrh and I'm going to try out the Beauty Serum from YL in my next batch. ;)

  5. Thanks for sharing this - I love your skincare recipes. I just started using the YL oils a few weeks ago - love them. I have used EO's for years but none that have worked so well - love how so many of them can be used internally as well as topically.

  6. Do you have suggestions for what to use to make this also act as an exfoliant? I always have dry little flakes around my nose and eyebrows if I don't exfoliate often. Thanks!



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