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.
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- 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.
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!
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.
- 2/3 cup Rose Water (like this one)
- 1/3 cup Castile Soap (like this one
- 1 tsp liquid carrier oil
- 1/4 tsp Vegetable Glycerin (like this one)
- 4-5 drops of Vitamin E (like this one)
- 10 drops of Lavender essential oil (I recommend this brand)
- 10 drops of Chamomile or Melrose essential oil (I recommend this brand)
- 5 drops of Frankincense essential oil or Elemi essential oil. (I recommend this brand)
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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!