Home Remedy: Facial Cleansers

Beautiful skin won’t be achieved without a good skin care regimen. Always removing sweat and makeup is a good first step towards this, while nourishing facial masks have been used for years to promote a youthful appearance.

Harsh cleansers such as soaps or toners with a high alcohol content strip skin of natural oils as well as removing the dirt and grease. Opt instead for mild products that match your skin type. All of these can be applied using a cotton ball.

Note: Always keep lotions you have made at the recommended temperature and never keep them for longer than the time advised. Bacteria can start to grow if they are not stored carefully.

CLEANSING normal skin

  • Stir together 1/2 cup (100 ml) plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil and 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lemon juice. Apply and rinse off with warm water after 2 minutes. This cleanser can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Warm 1/4 cup (50 ml) buttermilk and dissolve 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey in it. Stir in 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon juice. Dab on and cleanse your face with gentle, circular motions. After 2 minutes, rinse off with warm water.

CLEANSING greasy skin

• Pour 1 cup (250 ml) boiling water on 1 tablespoon (15 ml) each of fresh parsley, fresh sage and fresh or dried chamomile. Strain after 5 minutes and allow to cool. Add 1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk and bottle. Shake before applying. Leave on skin briefly; rinse with warm water. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

• A nettle milk promotes circulation and treats oily skin. Heat a handful of dried nettle leaves in 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk. Strain the milk just before it comes to a boil and let cool before applying.

• Fennel lotion has long been used to improve the skin’s appearance. Steep 3 tablespoons (45 ml) fennel seeds in 2/3 cup (150 ml) buttermilk over very low heat for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and apply.

• For an alternative cleanser, mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely crushed flaxseeds, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) oat bran, 1 drop of lemon oil and a little hot water.

Calming lotion

This flower lotion is cooling and refreshing for both normal and sensitive skin.

  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) witch hazel
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) rosewater
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops rose geranium oil
  • Add ingredients to a bottle and shake vigorously. Apply a small amount of the lotion after cleansing.

CLEANSING mature and dry skin

High quality oils cleanse and return moisture to skin.

• For dry skin, add 1/2 cup (100 ml) aloe vera gel, 3 tablespoons (45 ml) almond oil and 3 drops lavender oil to a bottle and shake. Apply, leave on for several minutes; rinse off excess with warm water.

• For mature skin, melt 2 teaspoons (10 g) beeswax, 1/4 cup (50 g) lanolin and 2 teaspoons (10 g) cocoa butter in a pan over hot water. Add 1/3 cup (80 ml) almond oil and combine. While stirring, add 1/3 cup (80 ml) warmed rosewater. Stir until cool and apply to skin.

CLEANSING sensitive skin

• Mix about 2/3 cup (150 ml) of warm water with 1/4 cup (50 g) finely ground oats and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) glycerin.

• Heat a handful of fresh violet flowers in 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk. Just before it comes to a boil, remove from heat and strain. Let cool before applying.


A toner removes leftover cleansing milk and helps to clarify skin. Dab a small amount on skin. Toners are left on the skin, not washed off.

• Toner for normal skin: In a bottle, mix 1/3 cup (75 ml) witch hazel and 3 tablespoons (45 ml) each rosewater and orange flower water; shake. Or, rub your skin with a piece of fresh cucumber.

• Toner for oily skin: In a bottle, mix 1/4 cup (50 ml) sage water, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) rubbing alcohol, 1 drop each tea tree and sage oil; shake.

• Toner for dry skin: In a bottle, combine 6 tablespoons (90 ml) orange flower water and 1 drop lavender oil; shake vigorously.

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