I’m so excited to share this DIY face wash recipe with you all today. It’s simple, made with natural ingredients, inexpensive, and most importantly, it keeps my skin fresh, clean, clear, and smooth. Basically, I love it!
Over the years, I’ve tried dozens of face cleansers. When I was suffering with adult acne in my 20’s, I was obsessed with trying every acne-fighting face wash I could get my hands on. Most of them were not only expensive, but filled with un-pronouncable ingredients. In addition, they were often ineffective and made my skin red and irritated. When I made the switch to using more natural products, I discovered some great skin cleansers, but there were still some questionable ingredients, and I wasn’t thrilled with the price tag.
What I love about making homemade skin care products, is that you know exactly what’s in it, you can customize it according to your skin’s needs, and there’s often less plastic and packaging, because once you buy the ingredients, you can make batch after batch and store them in your own re-usable containers.
This luxurious lather face wash is filled with skin-loving ingredients:
- pure aloe vera – moisturizing, anti-acne, anti-aging
- vegetable glycerin – natural humectant (seals in moisture), oil regulating/anti-acne
- castor oil – great for dry, irritated, or acne prone skin, heals wounds, anti-aging
- castile soap – plant based, all natural, has many uses besides cleansing skin!
- essential oils – customize according to skin’s needs (i.e. tea tree oil for acne prone skin)
Per batch, this face wash is far cheaper than anything you can buy at the store. Once you have the ingredients, you’ll realize there are dozens of uses for each of them. Pure aloe vera gel, for example, can be used in hair masks, as a hair fly-away tamer, on it’s own as a light face moisturizer, on sun-burns, and even can be added to smoothies and juices (be sure you purchase a high-quality food-grade aloe vera gel or buy fresh aloe vera leaves).
Vegetable glycerin is a great vegan replacement for honey in DIY skin care recipes, as it also has natural humectant properties and can help thicken up facemasks. I use it in homemade facemasks and in my all-natural DIY lip and cheek stain, and there are probably hundreds of other recipes and ideas making use of it online.
Castor oil, in my experience, is magical! You can apply to your lashes and brows to make them grow thicker, or mix it into other oils like coconut oil and apply it as a hair growth mask. It’s been known to be great for keeping both wrinkles and pimples at bay. It is the only thing I’ve ever applied to those deep, hormonal zits that actually makes them disappear. Just a little dab left on for as long as possible (during the day if you’re home, or overnight is great too), and the results are amazing. After one day, the zit has usually shrunk down considerably, and often is gone completely. If you’re suffering with acne, I highly suggest reading this post, which has all my best tips for getting rid of acne for good. All the awesome natural skin care products in the world aren’t going to make a difference if you don’t address the internal factors leading to acne.
This recipe will give you a concentrated solution, which you can use two different ways. You can leave it as is, and only use a tiny bit when you wash your face, or you can choose to dilute it with distilled water. The choice is yours. When I first started making and using this, I kept it concentrated and just poured a tiny bit out into my hand or onto a face cloth. Most recently I decided to dilute it (so that I could put it into this cute jar with a pump!) and I’m finding I’m using a good 3 or 4 pumps each time. I personally prefer the undiluted version, and I just make sure to only use a tiny amount.
I most often use this facewash in the morning, after a workout, in the shower, or at night if I haven’t worn makeup during the day. It will remove makeup, but it can sting the eyes, so be careful! I prefer to use oil cleansing on the evenings when I need to remove make-up. I may have to do something on oil-cleansing in another post!
After cleansing my skin, I usually follow up with a homemade toner that I’ve been loving lately, that is simply apple cider vinegar diluted with distilled water, with a bit of aloe vera gel/juice added to it. This routine is making my skin very happy! Any little bumps from sweating in the hot weather are gone, and my face is smooth and fresh looking. My skin has never been the easy-going sort, and now I’m in that weird stage of life where I have to worry about fine lines and wrinkles and acne, so when I find something that works I’m very excited!
If you’re looking for a great natural face wash, I hope you’ll give this one a try!
DIY Luxurious Lather Face Wash
In a small jar, combine:
- 1/4 cup castile soap (I use Dr. Bronners Castile Unscented/Baby Soap)
- 2 tbsp aloe vera gel (I like this one)
- 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
- 1/2 – 1 tbsp castor oil
- 5-10 drops essential oils of choice (i.e. tea tree for acne prone skin, geranium for dry skin, lavender for combination skin. There are so many benficial essential oils for skincare, do some research and find out which one sounds right for you!)
Shake up the jar and use as is, or dilute with 1/2 cup distilled water (or more if you wish).
*You can also adjust the amount of aloe, glycerin, or castor oil. Use more aloe for a more soothing face wash, and use more glycerin and castor oil for dry skin. Acne prone and oily skin will benefit from aloe, castor oil, and glycerin as well, as they are all healing ingredients and have some degree of anti-acne and oil regulating properties. Don’t forget that moisturizing is important for acne prone skin too, as over-drying can make matters worse.