Many of us grew up using “soap and water” to cleanse our face and body and this works for many of us — it is simple and easy! However if your skin is taught and dry or super sensitive you may be using too strong a soap or cleanser for your skin type. There are several natural ingredients that can be used in place of the traditional bar of soap to get your skin clean and glowing and with beautiful results. Here are a few of my favorites:
Oatmeal: This common breakfast grain is probably the most popular non-soap cleanser around. It is gentle and mild and can be used by all skin type, especially those with dry and sensitive skin. To use, simply grind whole oats in a food processor, blender or clean coffee grinder until you have fine powder. Mix this with a little water to form a paste and massage this mixture into your skin with a warm washcloth. You may also add 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal to a warm bath to treat and cleanse your whole body.
Sugar: Granulated sugar works well as a gentle skin cleanser and scrub. It is not at all dehydrating and is perfect for dry skin types Mix one teaspoon with a bit of water to forma paste and massage into wet skin with a warm washcloth or your fingertips. Sugar is gentle enough for your face and whole body.
Honey: Use as a skin beautifier since Egyptian times, honey is an excellent skin cleanser. It can be used alone or mixed together with a bit of lemon juice for oily skin types. Simply massage into wet skin as you would any liquid soap or cleanser and fine well.
Milk: For clean healthy skin, milk is an instant beautifier both inside and out. It is rich in protein, natural fat, and lactic acid, all of which help clean and detoxify your complexion, leaving it soft and smooth. Make sure you rinse your skin well after cleansing. Other dairy products such as sour cream and plain yogurt also work well as natural cleansers.
Many of us wash and shower in the morning to wake up, which is a great day to start the day. But your mother was right, “Never go to bed with a dirty face”. Bedtime and nighttime is the best time to cleanse your skin as it gives it a chance to rest and rebuild while you sleep. Always follow up any cleansing regime with a light moisturizer or natural oil to help lock in moisture and keep your skin fresh and glowing.
For more cleanser recipes and ideas check out my book Natural Beauty at Home
You are beautiful!