Lately, I am becoming more and more conscious of not only the quality of food my family eats but the quality of skin and hair products we use – remember my post on Healthy Skin Care? After looking up all of my skin care products in the Skin Deep database and finding that most of them fell into either the 3-6 “moderate hazard” or 7-10 “hazardous to my health” range, I began to research DIY skin and hair care.
I am sure that we have all heard the quote, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” I not sure who originated this quote but it makes a lot of sense. So I abandoned my search of commercial face cleansers and toners and set out to find the best diy recipes I could.
I started by researching mild facial cleansers. What I found was that most facial washes include a mild liquid soap, a nourishing oil and distilled water. Some recipes add honey while others include vitamin E oil. After some trial and error with my own recipes and variations on ones that I found in books and on the internet, I discovered a fantastic recipe for Homemade Honey Face Wash on Kristen Marr’s blog – Live Simply. This site is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs to visit.
For my version of Homemade Honey Face Wash, I used a combination of:
- 1/3 C. Hemp Tea Tree Pure Castile Soap
Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial properties good for disinfecting the pores and drying out pimples.
- 1/3 C. Raw Manuka Honey Active 15+
Manuka Honey also possesses antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a super hero of a product soothing inflamed skin while healing break-outs, balancing your skin’s pH, sloughing away dead skin cells and – as a natural humectant – drawing moisture into the skin.
- 3 Tbl sp. Distilled Water
- 2 Tbl sp. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It assists in the reduction of blemishes by reducing sebum production and prohibiting bacteria growth. It is rich in skin nourishing vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E.
For the original recipe and instructions, visit the Live Simply website.
I follow up the honey face wash with a homemade toner recipe derived from my grandmother’s own beauty regimen. She would spritz her face with apple cider vinegar every morning after a steamy bath. I thought, if it was good for grandma – who’s skin type was similar to my own – then it might be a good option for me and my family.
Here is my take on grandma’s toner:
3/4 C. distilled water
3 Tbl sp organic apple cider vinegar
I also add 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil to my bottle of toner and 10 drops of lemon essential oil to my daughters’ toner.