Coconut oil face cleanser
Without stripping your skin of its natural oils, coconut oil can eliminate any shine that appears at the end of the day. Its unique combination of natural fats – including linoleic acid (which helps fight acne) and lauric acid (which is hydrating and antimicrobial) makes it useful in treating the skin, says Dr Joshua Zeichner. It’s an effective moisturiser, and it’s great for atopic dermatitis. But if you have acne-prone skin, steer clear of coconut oil unless you know that your face can tolerate it.
Try: gently massage a squirt of coconut oil onto your face for about 30 seconds, recommends Sherri at Overthrow Martha. Then apply a warm towel onto your face to open up your pores. Wait 15 to 30 seconds, then remove the oil by patting with a washcloth.
Apple cider vinegar face cleanser
Apple cider vinegar has a long history as a beauty ingredient. In fact, Cleopatra is said to have used it as a facial cleanser. A key ingredient is malic acid, which is similar to alpha-hydroxy acid and exfoliates the skin, says Dr Lian Mack. This in turn promotes cell turnover, restores the skin’s pH levels, clarifies the skin, and helps clear out and prevent clogged pores and acne. A word of caution: apple cider vinegar should always be diluted and never be applied directly to skin.
Try: to make a natural toner, mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and shake well, recommends Beth of Tasty Yummies. Apply to a clean face with a cotton ball or pad. Once your skin dries, apply your usual daily moisturiser.
Honey and lemon face cleanser
Honey and lemon team up to become a natural moisturiser and antiseptic, a perfect soothing and cleaning combination for a natural face cleanser. Honey is naturally antibacterial and full of antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent acne and slow down the skin’s ageing process, says dermatologist, Dr Sejal Shah. Honey also provides a complexion boost. “Lemon juice is often recommended in DIY skin care because it has vitamin C, which is a great antioxidant,” says Dr Shah. “It also has antimicrobial and astringent properties.”
Try: mix 1 tbsp of organic honey with the juice from half a lemon, advises Jessica Siefert of LiveGlam. Apply the mask, covering your face and neck but avoiding the area near your eyes. Wait 20 minutes, then wash off with warm water, followed by cold water. Pat dry.