I have a great DIY skincare recipe I’d like to share with you today.
It is for my all-natural facial cleanser, and can be made right in your kitchen using honey and yogurt.
My skin is sensitive and normal to dry. I typically use my own line’s popular Goat’s Milk Facial Cleanser, but decided to post a recipe you can try easily at home.
As you know, I am always tinkering with recipes in my kitchen for 100% natural and easy at-home skin care. I experimented and came up with a great cleanser. It is all-natural, and it can fit in a tight-fitting jar and last in your refrigerator for about 3-4 days and be used 2X daily.
Yogurt & Honey are the basis for the recipe
Take out 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. Add 1 level teaspoon of honey. Today, I am using local CLOVER honey. I prefer Buckwheat, but they were out. Buckwheat honey is full of antioxidants for the skin. Stir. Now stir in 1 teaspoon of buttermilk. I then add in a couple drops of castor oil. Stir again.
That is my basic formula. I sometimes add Evening Primrose Oil and a couple drops of geranium rose essential oil and lavender essential oil.
Blend & add to a container.
This is a wonderfully soothing cleansing formula!
Honey: I put honey in nearly every homemade beauty treatment from bath products to my banana, glycerin and honey hair mask. Honey has been used as a beauty “miracle” since the days of Cleopatra (whom I am convinced had the best beauty rituals of all time). It has healing enzymes and a plethora of flavonoids and antioxidants. Honey is an outstanding humectant. You can even use straight honey as a cleanser/moisturizer. Typically, the darker the variety, the better for the skin.
Plain Yogurt: Yogurt contains an abundance of lactic acid. It can help to soothe your skin. My skin can get red and blotchy in the winter and this is a great treat for that condition. The lactic acid is also very mildly exfoliating. It can help tighten and cleanse the pores, naturally. With the active cultures found in yogurt (such as acidophillus), I am guessing (though not 100% certain, so don’t quote me) that it would be help your skin in a similar way.
You’ll also need
Buttermilk: Buttermilk is another beauty staple going back centuries. I add buttermilk to my bath water. It is skin softening and contains two very important vitamins: A and D. Vitamin A is great for the skin–from people wanting to lessen the appearance of aging to people wanting to help with acne.
We all know the debate surrounding Vitamin D. Scientists have said that vitamin D (in most cases, through exposure to the sunlight) is necessary for the body. Dermatologists, for the most part, say it is not worth the risk. Recent studies have shown that when vitamin D is applied to the skin topically (the study used it in serum form), that the benefits are comparable to being exposed to sunlight without the risks. The study showed that vitamin D can help to protect the skin. Buttermilk contains ample amounts of both A and D, so it really is great for skin health!
And Castor Oil!
Castor Oil: I have used castor oil on my eyelashes for 3 or 4 years. It keeps them conditioned, glossy and looking darker. I apply castor oil to my hair once weekly. Every night when I go to bed, I use a mixture of CASTOR OIL, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL and JOJOBA OIL to cleanse my skin with what is known as the Oil Cleansing Method. I have made soaps and other potions with castor oil.
Why is castor oil so wonderful? Ricinoleic acid is a key component of Castor Oil (actually making up about 90% of it), and it can help prevent swelling and irritation in the skin. It also has healing properties, and many naturalists use it to treat cuts and scrapes with great success. Castor oil is good for all skin types, even for those with acne and oily skin. It will not sit in the pore and cause more acne. It can actually help rid the pores of impurities and help draw them out. All in all, castor oil is an underrated, but very beneficial staple in your skin care arsenal!
How to use:
You can apply, massage into damp skin (use tepid water) and rinse, or you can do what I do if I have time. Dampen your skin, apply the cleanser, and then top with a very warm wet clean cotton washcloth. Leave on for about 3 minutes. While you’re at it, place tea bags over your eyes for a bit more R & R.
Take off the washcloth, massage the creamy cleanser over your face and rinse thoroughly.
Spritz with rosewater toner or chilled green tea and follow with moisturizer of choice.