Homemade Skin Care Cleanser

There are a few reasons that I am a convert to making my own skin care cleansers and products:

  • I know what every ingredient is and can pronounce it.  (not that there is anything wrong with a chemical too complicated for me to pronounce, I’m just kind of controlling)
  • No animal testing was done. (Well…I might have slathered a few of my homemade recipes over the dogs but nothing on chicken, I swear!…oh actually…)
  • There’s no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
  • The packaging is reusable
  • They are inexpensive

Along with all the accurate information on skin care out there in magazines and the internet there are also a lot of myths.  Wading through the information is a formidable task.   When looking for a good skin cleanser I look at the big picture- how can I clean my pores from smoke, dust, toxins, sunscreen and the occasional dab of make up I may stick on my face.   But wait!  I also don’t want to over clean and create a war on my skin.

Here’s the guide I use:

“Ideally, an effective facial cleanse washes the daily amount of dirt, oxidized sebum, and dead skin cells off your face while leaving behind enough of the skin’s own oil (sebum) to naturally moisturize your skin.  If a cleanser, used alone or in a double-cleansing ritual, leaves your skin feeling dry, it is removing too much of this natural moisturizer.  If it leaves your skin feeling greasy and sticky, either it isn’removing enough oil or it contains heavy emollient and film-forming ingredients that clog pores.”

The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel

One of the myths I carried about myself was that I had dry skin.  In the last decade I have tacked ‘sensitive’ on to my description.  Now that my skin is balanced I realize I was the one drying out my skin.  For the longest time I could not identify what was making my skin unhappy.  I used to work at a spa and had access to great products and experienced facialists.  After six months of trial and error with different products a facialist suggested to go back to the basics and she meant get really basic.  Honey and oil.  Her idea was to start there and add ingredients as my skin could tolerate.

Why would honey and jojoba oil help me clean my skin?

Homemade skin care

Raw Honey- is not only a humectant but it kills bacteria (it has a low presence of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide).  In theory this should kill the build up of bacteria in my skin and retain some of the oils.

Jojoba oil- this is an emollient and jojoba liquid wax has a mild anti-inflammatory action which acts as a penetration enhancer.  The emollient will preserve some of the water content in my skin and alter the top layer of my skin to allow the honey and oil to penetrate.

Here’s the recipe I came up with:

Honey cleanser
Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 3 drops rose essential oil (this helps take some of the redness out of my skin)

You should use an essential oil that is good for your skin type.  If you have a local herb store they should be able to steer you in the right direction.

Instructions:

  1. First moisten your skin with some water.
  2.  I rub the cleanser all over my face focusing on areas where I have blackheads.  I rub vigorously for a few minutes.  If I’m in the shower I leave it on for the entire shower and rinse off at the end.
  3.  Rinse with warm water.

Sometimes a girl needs an exfoliant.  Dead skin cells can clog pores and I needed a gentle way to remove them.  I use oatmeal.

I simply add 1 tbsps of uncooked oatmeal that I grind up in my coffee grinder to the cleanser recipe.  I only exfoliate once or twice a week.  In my shower I have two tubs: one with and one without the oatmeal.

More than two years have passed since I started using this honey cleanser.  I thought this would the first version of many.  It didn’t turn out that way.  I was happy from the start and my skin has stayed balanced and clean ever since.

If you are interested in learning more about making your own skin care I’d suggest hopping over to Crunchy Betty.  She has tons of articles on homemade skincare and she hosts a great forum!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted May 24, 2012 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    Molly — this sounds so easy! Is jojoba oil easy to find. Have never looked for it. And how far in advance can you make all this. How long does it last? I don’t think of myself as having sensitive skin, I just don’t clean it, lol. Need to change that and this sounds easy.

    • Posted May 24, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

      Jojoba oil:  You can find jojoba oil at any health food store and I’ll take a leap to say you might even find it at Walgreens or CVS.  Everything I read says jojoba oil has a very long shelf live, around 2yrs or more.  
      I buy 16oz at a time and it takes me about 9-12 months to use it up.  I also use it as a hair conditioner and body moisturizer. 
      Honey:  The honey may crystalize but it’s still good.  In fact it’s a nice exfoilant! 

      This is very easy to make.  I make a batch, put it in a plastic tub with a lid and keep it in my shower.  For a week after I tattooed  I slather this on it.  I have very little scabbing or itching and according to my tattoo artist my tattoo heals very fast.  It could be my own system but I think its my honey recipe!

  2. Goat_girl
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try this!!!

  3. SageK
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    This has been my skincare regimen for the last 5 years; A tablespoon of aloe vera juice with 5 drops of jojoba for my face and neck. A tablespoon of Aloe Vera Juice with a 1/2 tablespoon for jojoba for my body. Slather and enjoy soft, glowing skin. For a little extra oomph, I use pure shea butter around my eyes at night. I get the Jojoba from Trader Joes and the Aloe juice at the health food store. I keep the Aloe juice in the fridge and just pour it into an 8 oz bottle to keep in the bathroom. It won’t go bad by the time I’ve used it up. And if I’m really feeling dry; slather organic coconut oil all over and walk around the house naked for an hour. It’s good medicine.

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