They say three steps to a beautiful skin is cleansing, toning and moisturizing. As you can see, cleansing has gained topmost priority as it is the first step to removing all the dirt, toxic compounds from air, and chemicals accumulated on the skin through regular use of makeup and cosmetics. Cleansing is the secret to a refreshed, supple, smooth and radiant skin. But then again if you use an over-the-counter cleanser to get rid of toxic compounds you won’t get any results. So, here are some of the best natural cleansers made from fruits and vegetables that you can easily prepare yourself at home.
It might sound weird but it’s true that oil dissolves oil. Acne, zits, pimples, blemishes and all other woes of oily skin are because of the production of excessive oil by the sebaceous glands. If oil is provided to the skin from external source it would not produce as much oil and hence acne and pimples would visibly reduce. That is to say, if people with oily skin try oil cleansing method they are sure to witness lesser acne breakouts. Castor oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that prove beneficial for the skin and can reduce acne and pimples. Besides, regular use of oil would make the skin radiant as well as smooth. You can use olive and castor oil in equal proportions if you have oily skin.
However, if you have dry skin then castor oil content has to be reduced to 25% and in case of neutral skin the ratio has to be 30% castor oil and 70% olive oil. You can also choose from a wide variety of carrier oils like sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc. Massage the mixture of both the oils on your face in circular motions using your fingertips. Take a hot washcloth and apply all over the face. This would open up pores in a better way for excellent cleansing. Once the cloth cools down, remove it from the face and wash it again with another warm washcloth. You do not have to apply moisturizer afterwards. It also acts as a great makeup remover.
Raw Honey Natural Cleanser
The best part of using raw honey as cleanser is that you do not have to mix anything at all with it. It can be used daily as it moisturizes the skin from deep within. Honey contains enzymes that remove the dead skin cells. Honey keeps the skin hydrated and supple unlike other commercially available cleansers. Just pour some honey on your palm and gently massage on the skin.
Leave it on for at least 10 minutes and rinse it off preferably with lukewarm water. Cleansing with honey would not require you to apply cream on your face afterwards. For extra dry skin, you can add some yogurt with honey before cleansing. People with oily skin can add few drops of lemon juice. Using honey with baking soda works for those who have to wear a lot of makeup everyday.
Avocado And Egg Natural Cleanser
Avocado is highly regarded as a moisturizer because of the presence of vitamins K, E, C and A. All these vitamins are necessary for a healthy skin and restore skin’s suppleness. While the vitamin A in avocados help in getting rid of dead skin cells, the glutamine amino acid cleanses skin and offers a natural shield against environmental factors and harsh pollutants. It detoxifies the skin and minimizes appearance of wrinkles.
Eggs, on the other hand, contain lutein that maintains the skin’s natural elasticity , hydrates the skin, repairs tissues and tightens pores. Take an avocado, remove the flesh and keep it in bowl. Add a raw egg to it. Add some milk and mix all the ingredients with a blender until it turns smooth. Apply the mixture on your face and gently rub it all over with fingertips. Leave it on for up to 3 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
Yogurt And Apple Natural Cleanser
This natural cleanser is perfect for people with dry skins. Yogurt is known to have natural cleansing properties. It also contains proteins that help in hydrating the skin and keep it moisturized for within. In addition, yogurt contains lactic acid and fat that detoxify the skin. On the other hand, apples are rich in vitamins A and C along with B vitamins. Vitamin C helps in collagen development and vitamin A develops immature skin cells into mature ones.
Apples also have antioxidant properties that rejuvenate the skin. Apples contain malic acid as well as polyphenols that maintain the elasticity of the skin and restore youth and vitality. Slice an apple and put it in the blender along with 1/4 cup yogurt. Add one teaspoonful each of olive oil and honey and blend the ingredients together till it becomes smooth. Massage the mixture on your skin gently and leave it on for sometime. Rinse it with lukewarm water.
Cucumber And Mint Refreshing Cleanser
If you have spent the day under the sun, then this cleanser is a must for you. It is soothing and refreshing. It removes all the skin disorders that you might get due to prolonged exposure to the sun such as puffiness, redness and inflammation. Cucumber has mild bleaching action that proves beneficial against tanning. Also, cucumber contains ascorbic acid along with caffeic acid that reduces water retention that leads to eye puffiness or eye bags.
Cucumber is also effective against open pores. On the other hand, mint has strong anti-inflammatory properties and it cures dry as well as itchy skin. Mint also contains salicylic acid that prevents acne breakouts. Slice half a cucumber and put it in a blender along with mint leaves and half a cup yogurt. Blend them together and use this mixture to massage your skin. Leave it on for at least 5 minutes and then rinse with water.