Facial cleansers are useful and essential for removing dirt, breaking down make-up and loosening oil and sebum. An added benefit is they help release and shed dead skin cells from our pores. But how do you know which facial cleanser is the right one for you? First, know your skin type, once that is identified you can choose the right cleanser. Second, the season or even time of day can also help identify the correct cleanser.
Depending on the ingredients in the cleanser, they can treat excessive oil, help alleviate dry skin, or even help slow the aging process. At the end of the day you might choose an oil based cleanser to break down makeup, whereas in the morning you might choose a gel based cleanser. Also, in dryer months you might reach for a cleanser for mature or dry skin more often than one for oily skin. The best part is you can make a DIY facial cleanser ideal for your skin with just a handful of natural ingredients you may already have on hand.
No matter what type of skin you may have, find the cleanser that works for you! And that cleanser could change throughout the year. You might need to rotate your cleansers depending on the season, or the needs of your skin, but don’t be afraid to try new recipes. I often recommend a cleanser that is more gentle and hydrating in winter and fall, while spring and summer you may need a cleanser to treat oily skin.
1. Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser
Yogurt gently cleanses the skin and is especially ideal for mature skin types. The high amount of lactic acid in yogurt exfoliates the top most layers of skin while the vitamin C from the lemon brightens skin.
- 1 tablespoon organic plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine the yogurt and lemon and then apply to your face and neck, leaving on for a minute or two. Rinse with warm water. This cleanser will not keep over time, so mix just enough to use each time. Follow with your regular moisturizer and daily skin routine.
2. Honey Facial Cleanser for Oily Skin
Honey helps reduce oil and bacteria without stripping the skin of moisture. You can make a larger batch of this honey face wash or simply use a teaspoon of raw honey each time. Massage the raw honey into your face, leaving it on for several minutes if time allows. Rinse with warm water to remove. Follow with your moisturizer and daily skin routine.
3. Oil Cleanser for Dry Skin
Use a rich oil like grapeseed or sweet almond, and to boost moisturizing levels, you can add a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Massage the cleanser into your skin, and then soak a wash cloth in warm water to remove. If you want to remove makeup you may repeat the steps several times. Follow with your moisturizer and daily skin routine.
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