Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying this no-soap approach to face washing and I absolutely love it.
I’ve never been too involved when it comes to cosmetics or skincare. I was a tomboy growing up, always preferred hanging out with the horses in the dusty outdoors than all pretty in the mall with my peers. Still to this day, I am a simple kinda girl… No jewelry, makeup, or fancy clothes for me. Put me in a comfortable jeans and T-shirt, a ponytail and flip flops and I am good to go.
I am also a minimalist. I can’t stand clutter, it drives me crazy. I don’t like it when there are a gazillion skincare products in my bathroom, so when I found this face wash that is made from products I already have and that I am using for other things, my fist thought was, awesome, one less thing to buy and have in the house.
I also didn’t like how my skin felt while using a regular, soapy face wash. It was always dry and itchy (even when I used moisturizer) and I had more acne than I had at 16.
So instead of purchasing an expensive face wash I decided to try a natural, simple, homemade solution instead.
All you need for this wash is:
Essential oils: my favorite combinations to use are geranium and cedarwood or frankincense and melaleuca wich is also known as tea-tree oil. (I can show you how to purchase the best essential oils for wholesale prices, read more here)
You will also need a washcloth.
Before I show you how to do this, let’s go over some of the benefits of those products when it comes to skincare…
Coconut Oil – coconut oil is rich in saturated fats, acids, proteins, and vitamin E, all are big players in the reason it is so great for the skin.
Saturated fats, when applied to the skin, keep it smooth to the touch. They also help retain the moisture content of the skin and give it an even tone by reducing the appearance of pores.
Caprylic, Lauric, and Capric acids are three fatty acids found in coconut oil that have a special contribution to skin care. They all have disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. So when coconut oil is applied to the skin, it protects against microbial infections.
Vitamin E is well known for its benefits to the skin. It helps repair damaged skin, heal wounds, protects against cracking, supports healthy skin growth, and prevents premature aging and wrinkling.
Proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, they also contribute to tissue repair and cellular health.
Another big benefit of coconut oil is that it never go rancid like many other oils, so when applying it to the skin it can work for a longer period of time.
It is important to me that you know that the essential oils I chose to use for this face wash have many other benefits than I am going to list here and that they can be used in many other situations and to support your health in many other ways. However, since we are talking about skincare here, I’ll concentrate on the benefits they have in regards to the skin. If you need a basic understanding of what essential oil is, check out my essential oil page here.
Geranium Essential Oil – this oil is distilled from the stem and leaves of the geranium plant. Geranium has been used to promote the appearance of clear skin and healthy hair—making it ideal for skin and hair care products. It also helps calm nerves and lessen feelings of stress. Geranium is also known to naturally repel insects. It is refreshing, relaxing, and tonic.
Cedarwood Essential Oil – this oil is extracted by steam distillation from the wood of the cedar tree. Cedarwood has a grounding aroma that evokes feelings of wellness and vitality. When applied topically, Cedarwood has clarifying properties. Additionally, Cedarwood is frequently used in massage therapy to relax and soothe the mind and body and is very calming.
Geranium and cedarwood essential oils support a healthier, tighter, cleansed and purified skin.
Frankincense Essential Oil – one of the most powerful and known essential oils, frankincense oil is extracted by steam distillation from gum or resin of trees and shrubs in the Burseraceae plant family.
It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections. As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function.* When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.
Melaleuca Essential Oil – this is the go-to oil for skin problems. It is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves of trees and shrubs in the Myrtaceae plant family.
Melaleuca is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating properties, promotes a healthy immune function and protects against environmental and seasonal threats.
Frankincense and melaleuca essential oils support a healthy, young skin.
The Best Face Wash Ever
OK so now that we know the players a bit better, let’s put them together in a few simple steps…
Put it in the palm of your hand and add two drops of geranium essential oil and two drops of cedarwood essential oil, or two drops of frankincense essential oil and two drops of melaleuca essential oil. So, 4 drops total.
If you have all of those oils on hand you can alternate and use geranium and cedarwood one day and frankincense and melaleuca the next.
Then rub your hands together and rub this all over your face and chest too if you want. Let it sit for a couple of minutes…
Then take a towel or a washcloth, soak it in hot water (the hotter, the better), and set it over your face for a few minutes. This will give you a light steam and open your pores.
When the washcloth is starting to cool down use it to remove the oil by rubbing it in circular motions all over your face.
I do this once a day and from the first time, I could feel how soft and smooth my skin was after this wash, and I was surprised when the feeling continued throughout the day. Since then I notice my skin is starting to get a more even tone and my pores, that were previously visible, are almost unnoticeable now.
So give this a try and come back to let me know how it felt. And if you need help and direction in purchasing essential oils, I’ll be happy to help.
Store-bought face wash out, homemade, natural, easy-peasy, chemical free face wash in!
One less thing to buy.
Adapted from The Paleo Mama.