A User-Friendly Guide to Natural Facial Cleansers

Are you ready to learn how to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize? Take control of your complexion with the daily use of cruelty-free, antibacterial washes with organic botanicals and no harmful chemicals.

You can purchase natural facial cleansers with organic botanicals and essential oils at health food or drug stores. You can also make your own facial cleanser at home using natural ingredients in your kitchen cupboard or medicine cabinet, such as apple cider vinegar, olive oil, tea tree oil, and other essential oils.

Use this guide to learn more about removing dead skin cells and relieving clogged pores, whether you are creating face wash yourself or not. So get ready to show off glowing skin!


What is A Natural Facial Cleanser?

Any product labeled natural is usually made from plant-based ingredients instead of synthetic chemicals or chemical replications of herbal or botanical ingredients.

Olive oil poured in a ramekin

Skincare products containing nourishing oils protect skin from infection and environmental pollutants. Plant-based ingredients typically found in a natural facial cleanser are the omega oils, such as almond, argan, olive, and jojoba. Their high vitamin E content can also help heal acne-prone skin and pamper mature skin.

Remove Every Impurity With A Natural Face Wash

The purpose of using any natural skin cleanser is to remove every trace of dirt and excess oil from your skin to prepare it for toning and the application of makeup. You might think that your makeup remover works great, but it is amazing how much old makeup can be scrubbed away using a natural face cleanser.

A natural face wash removes just about anything that plugs up pores, including beauty product residues, sebum, sweat, sunscreen, dust, and pollution. It is important to care for clogged pores because they become inflamed and turn into pimples and blackheads.

Once every impurity from every clogged pore on your face has been removed with a gentle face wash, and wrinkles are scrubbed away with natural granules, you may not need to wear makeup at all!

How to Use A Natural Face Wash or Cleanser

There are two ways to use a face wash. If you have bought it in a bottle, you can use it straight. If it comes in a packet, you may have to dilute it in water.

Warm Water Opens The Pores

Most beauty experts say it is vital to open your skin pores first by placing a warm cloth on your face. A splash of the face wash is in order, followed by a toner that tightens up the pores again and a moisturizer that suits your skin. If you are using a cleanser with plant matter or grains, you must scrub your face in small tight circles before rinsing it off and then tone and moisturize.

What’s The Best Facial Cleanser for Your Skin Type?

The success of your daily skin cleansing regimen depends significantly on only using those skin products and natural face washes that are best for your skin type.

Here is a run-down of all skin types and which of the natural face wash ingredients are most likely to produce beautiful results.

Dry Skin

Rose Hydrosol is a Natural Facial Cleansers

Dry skin types should skip any product with drying properties such as alcohol or witch hazel. Instead, wash your face with organic ingredients such as aloe, calendula, or rose hydrosol.

You can add a little coconut oil or milk to a face wash to hydrate dry skin. Those with dryness should avoid face cleansers with exfoliating agents and stick to cleansers made with omega-3-rich avocado, soothing rose, or purifying green clay. Prickly pear oil and sea buckthorn moisturize and plump the skin.

Oily Skin

A face wash for oily skin aims to remove excess oil and sebum and gently dry out the skin. Oily skin is often trapped in a cycle where skin pores overproduce sebum, giving skin a greasy look. Stay away from hydrosols and fatty nut milk, and use spring water or rice milk as a base for a wash.

Oily skin benefits from strong anti-bacterial oils such as tea tree, rosemary, or eucalyptus. You can add these directly to a face wash or dab it with a cotton ball, making sure that you have first diluted the oils with a bit of almond, jojoba, or olive oil.

Combo Skin

Combination skin can be complex because it might need a little bit of everything. Purified warm water with a bit of lemon juice is the best base to start with to keep the treatment as neutral as possible.

Cut aloe vera

A dermis with multiple issues needs a neutral face splash, so it is best to stick to ingredients such as white tea, chamomile, or aloe vera. These ingredients won’t irritate a face with both dry and oily areas. Try charcoal, rose clay, or green tea powder to exfoliate combo skin. A cotton ball dipped in witch hazel can be used to spot treat oily areas.

Sensitive Skin

lemon water facial cleanser in a glass jug

Sensitivity requires a wash or cleanser that is gentle. An ounce or two of lemon juice, rose orange water, or milk diluted in a bowl full of ice water works for this skin type.

A sensitive face should stay away from essential oils, as it is too easily irritated. The best ingredients to cleanse sensitive skin are rose clay, cucumber, avocado, or oatmeal. People with this skin type should also avoid toners and use chilled water to close the pores.

Acne-Prone Skin

The goal of washing acne is to purify the pores of bacteria, sebum, and impurities without causing further inflammation. You need to be very gentle, or you could make the problem worse.

A warm soaked towel works well to both soothe and open the pores. You should then rinse your face in cold water with a touch of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a mild, natural liquid exfoliant.

dark colored oil bottles

Essential oils can be beneficial for acne-prone skin because they can kill acne-causing bacteria, but see how your skin reacts before applying them directly.

Oatmeal, green clay, or charcoal powder are good agents to put in a cleanser for skin that breaks out, but you must remember not to exfoliate acne-prone skin with granules, or you could make this skin problem worse.

Aging Skin

Treating aging skin is to retain moisture, restore elasticity and diminish wrinkles. Water with any oil that contains omega-three acids, such as argan, jojoba, olive, apricot, or avocado, makes a great facial splash.

woman with mature skin using natural facial cleanser

Mature skin can benefit from a dairy milk face wash. The lactic acid in milk helps remove old skin cells and replace them with new ones. Powdered green tea is excellent for exfoliating aged skin. Salicylic, lactic, and citrus acids are all used to treat aging skin. Vitamin C also helps clarify mature skin.

Normal Skin

People with normal skin need washes that tone, hydrate, and keep pores small. Your goal might be to brighten your blemish-free skin, in which case a face wash made with lemon juice, papaya, and pineapple works.

Dairy products help to nourish the normal dermis because they contain milk proteins. Colloidal oatmeal and green clay make a good scrub for people with normal skin. You can successfully detox your skin pores with lemon juice, wheatgrass, and green clay.

Make Your Own Natural Cleanser at Home

Creating your natural face washes and cleansers at home is about layering the right ingredients for your skin. Start or end with a wash, or add another exfoliating agent to work as a scrubbing cleanser.

DIY Natural Face Washes

Start with a base of one of the following liquids:

  • Distilled water or spring water
  • Coconut milk
  • Rice milk
  • Orange hydrosol
  • Rose hydrosol

Add an ounce or so of one of the following:

  • Aloe vera
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Green tea
  • Milk
  • Pomegranate juice

Add a few drops of one of the following:

  • Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Tea tree oil

Natural Cleanser Ingredients

You can turn any of the DIY face washes recommended above into a facial cleanser by adding:

  • Almond powder
  • Mashed avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Charcoal clay

Natural Face Wash Tips

Here are some tips for keeping skin healthy.

Buy Products With Organic Ingredients

Ultimately, repairing and refining your skin using natural face washes and cleansers requires a commitment only to use skincare products free of sulfates, toxic dyes, and artificial ingredients. 

Whether shopping for a commercial skincare product or creating your own face wash, do your best to buy face washes and cleansers that contain high-quality ingredients.

Labels to look for when shopping for organic washes and cleansers are “cruelty-free,” “100% certified organic”, and “approved for by a board-certified dermatologist.”

Products with organic certification are more expensive, but you will see their worth once you have used them a few times.

Be Careful With Essential Oils

Always test any essential oil you plan to use by diluting them with a carrier oil such as argan, almond, olive, or jojoba and doing a skin patch test. If you plan to use essential oil in water, just one drop will do.

Stay Away From Bar Soap and Foaming Agents

Both bar soap and foaming cleanser are bad news for every skin type. They tend to contain toxic agents and dry out the dermis, which is terrible news for people with dry, aging, and acne-prone skin.

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