Natural Homemade Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer and Face Scrub Recipes
A recent survey shows that the average urban woman spends a fifth of her salary on skin care and cosmetics. Off the shelf beauty products have always been in demand due to their wide availability and ease of use. However, most of these products contain potentially damaging ingredients such as methicones, parabens and mineral oil that could cause side effects such as increased sun sensitivity and early ageing. ‘Good’ skincare products from reputed brands are also expensive, sometimes overpriced. Hence, it is a wise option to use natural ingredients off the kitchen shelf as substitutes to commercial beauty products.
No skincare routine is complete without cleansing, toning and moisturizing and here are some natural products that accomplish the same.
1) Cleanser: Milk is the best natural cleanser. After a long day out, immerse a swab of cotton in milk, run it all over your face and see how much dirt it gathers! This is also a great way to remove makeup (barring eye makeup). After cleansing the face, rinse it with water to reveal clean, soft and supple skin.
2) Eye makeup remover: Oil can be used to remove eye makeup. Before you get turned off at the thought of oil dripping from your lashes, check out the label of the eye makeup remover you currently use – it is, in all probability an oil based product that might contain mineral oil. Why use a petroleum product when vegetable oils work even better? Dab a Q-tip with a couple of drops of almond, olive, coconut or even castor oil (basically any ‘carrier’ oil) and use it to remove eye makeup as usual. If the grease persists, wash off with a gentle, Ph neutral face wash. You could leave the grease overnight and cleanse it the next day because these oils are rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants that delay fine lines and ageing.
3) Face scrub: An important part of the cleansing routine is scrubbing your face to remove dead cells. Honey with sugar forms a great face scrub, suitable for all skin types. Be sure to not bring it in contact with water as both honey and sugar will dissolve. For finer scrubbing action, use castor sugar. Apart from this, gram flour and oatmeal are also great scrubs when used with water.
4) Toner: A toner is used to remove excess oil and shrink the pores of the skin. It works as an astringent. Cucumber juice and strawberry juice are great toners. You simply have to apply them to the skin, leave on for a minute and rinse off. Rose water is also an excellent toner and does not have to be rinsed off. It is readily available in bottles and is convenient to store and use.
5) Moisturizer: Milk cream is the best moisturizer there is, although it leaves the face extremely greasy when applied directly. It is better to apply milk cream with face packs to extract its complete benefits, such as with mashed avocado pulp which is a good moisturizer by itself. A simple moisturizer that is mess-free is glycerine, which can be applied and rinsed off to reveal soft skin. Most commercial moisturizers contain glycerine and it has absolutely no side effects.
The only flaw in using these natural products is that most of them need to be washed off as they are organic ingredients. If you have the time and patience to extract their benefits, these single-ingredient cleansers, toners, scrubs and moisturizers will not only do their job but will give you glowing skin without causing rashes or other skin problems.