Go natural with your face washing routine. Instead of chemical-laden commercial soaps and cleansers, try one of the following:
Sprinkle a little baking soda into the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water, and gently rub over the face. This is a wonderful way to exfoliate the skin, and to really get a deep clean. However, it is recommended that you only use baking soda once a week. Daily use can cause dryness or irritation. This is a good choice for oily skin types.
Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps are effective and eco-friendly. They are made from fair trade, organic oils, and are so highly concentrated that one bottle will last a very long time. Use the bar, or the liquid for a gentle and earth-friendly wash. All skin types would benefit from this product.
This is another item that all skin types can use. It may sound like a sticky disaster, but honey is one of the best facial cleansers you can use. Simply squeeze a little onto your hand, work into moistened skin, then rinse. It comes off cleanly, and gets the job done. You can use honey as a mask, as well – just leave it on the face for 10 minutes, then rinse. Add a bit of brown sugar for a great an exfoliating paste.
Soak about a tablespoon of oatmeal in warm water, then massage onto the face, and rinse. This is also great for exfoliation, and is excellent for oily skin. (You can find this in the bulk bins in most grocery stores and avoid the needless packaging.)
Oil?! Yes, oil! This is the method I use. Some people just spread a light coating of oil (like jojoba) over their skin and then rub off with a warm washcloth. I use jojoba with a touch of castor oil to really cleanse the pores, and I let it steam into my face with the hot washcloth before wiping it off.
The best way to wash your face? Just splash with water. If you wear makeup, gently rub it off with a wet washcloth. Nothing is more natural, eco-friendly, or inexpensive than that!