How to Really Cleanse Your Face

How to Really Cleanse Your Face

Most commercial cleansing products have a long list of chemical ingredients that are harsh on the skin, stripping the skin’s natural lipid layer and destroying its protective barrier. Whether you have normal skin or sensitive skin, switching to a gentle, natural cleansing routine will leave your face hydrated and fresh without harsh stripping agents or drying chemicals.

There are tons of homemade natural cleanser recipes online that cater to your skin’s specific needs. With ingredients like honey, yogurt, oils, clay, grains, and lemon, homemade cleansers are a great way to gently and naturally wash away dirt and makeup while addressing dryness, oiliness, or acne.

Once you decide on a cleanser that suits your needs and is easy to make, just follow this basic cleansing routine for supple, refreshed skin:

Remove Makeup

If you are cleansing your face before bed, removing makeup is the first step in a nightly cleansing routine. We all have those days where we just want to jump into bed without worrying about taking our makeup off, but it is important to avoid clogged pores! Natural makeup removers include witch hazel, oils (olive, coconut, almond, Vitamin E, etc.), and milk.

Wash and Cleanse

Washing your face rids skin and pores of excess buildup that can occur throughout the day, like dirt, oils, and pollution. Yuck! Use warm water to open up your pores and release trapped debris; remember, water that is too hot or too cold can irritate the skin, so opt for a lukewarm temperature. Once your pores have opened, apply your cleanser. Natural cleansers can contain honey, oils (castor oil is one of the most popular), yogurt, and lemon juice. Apply the cleanser in a circular motion, and make sure to rinse it completely off your skin (otherwise, the cleanser will clog your pores, defeating the purpose). Pat your skin dry – don’t rub, pull, or tug! Patting is more delicate on your skin and will help you avoid sagging or irritation.


Exfoliating once or twice a week will help rid your face of dry skin cells and flaky patches, and will leave your skin smooth and radiant. Make sure you don’t over-exfoliate, or use too harsh of ingredients – your skin is delicate and needs to be treated as gently as possible! Natural exfoliants include grains (such as ground almonds or oatmeal), baking soda, sugar, and sea salt. Use small circular motions to ensure to get every nook and cranny.


Last but not least, moisturize your skin to help it stay and look hydrated and glowing. Apply moisturizer in a circular motion to promote better circulation for luminous looking skin. Natural moisturizing ingredients include buttermilk, avocado, honey, olive oil, and butter.

There are many great options available for an all-natural face cleansing routine. No matter which ingredients you choose, your skin will thank you! And remember, don’t over wash your face – once or twice a day will keep you looking radiant without over drying your skin.