How to Naturally Wash Your Face: Simple DIY Recipes

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As a younger woman (think: teenager 😉 ), I was taught, via commercials and beauty magazines, that I needed an expensive, store-bought face wash to properly clean my face. Over the past few years,  as I turn to “more natural” body-care solutions, I’ve learned that there are a number of simple and natural ways to wash my face.

Over the years, I’ve used every single face wash featured in today’s post. First, I started with oil cleansing, then I moved on to a honey and castile soap face wash. Honey and oil are definitely my skin’s favorite ingredients, so, last year, I started using a honey and aloe cleanser. Just recently, I started adding cleansing grains to my face wash routine.

I keep my face wash routine simple. I only use a face wash at night to wash away the dirt, oils, and food that come in contact with my skin throughout the day. Before using a face wash, I always wipe off my makeup with my homemade makeup remover balm.

3 simple ways to naturally wash your face. I absolutely love #2, and use it every single night.


3 simple ways to naturally wash your face. I absolutely love #2, and use it every single night.

When you make body-care products at home, you can experiment with what works best for you. And that’s why this post offers a few different face wash options, all of which are made with similar nourishing ingredients.

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How to Naturally Wash Your Face

Simple DIY Recipes

3 simple ways to naturally wash your face. I absolutely love #2, and use it every single night.

1. Honey Face Wash

This soapy face wash provides the suds that many folks desire in a face or body wash thanks to castile soap. The castile soap is paired with honey, a nourishing oil, and a bit of distilled water. The end result is a soapy cleanser that’s gentle on the skin and tough on dirt.

Practical Use

If you’re looking for a cleanser that’s similar to a soap-based, store-bought product, this is a good option. If you’re not sure about using honey in a face wash (we’re going to talk more about honey as a cleanser later), then you may want to try this foaming body wash. For some folks, castile soap may be too drying.

3 simple ways to naturally wash your face. I absolutely love #2, and use it every single night.

2. Honey and Aloe Cleanser 

This is my go-to cleanser right now, and it has been for the past year. This cleanser is very different than the honey face wash since it doesn’t rely on any soap. No soap means no suds. This cleanser is great for my sensitive skin because it’s incredibly gentle, but still washes away unwanted dirt and oils. I use this cleanser alongside a Clarisonic Mia 1, which I love and recommend using no matter which face wash you choose to make and use.

This cleanser is made with only three ingredients: honey, aloe vera, and a nourishing oil. Honey, the active ingredient in this face wash, is naturally rich in antibacterial and probiotic properties. Honey is also gentle on sensitive skin, but tough enough to remove dirt and other impurities.

Practical Use

Honestly, this is my top recommendation for a face wash. I absolutely love this stuff. But I know that everyone is different, and some folks don’t like the idea of a sticky cleanser. If the sticky consistency and lack of suds doesn’t bother you, then I highly recommend this recipe.

3 simple ways to naturally wash your face. I absolutely love #2, and use it every single night.

3. Cleansing Grains

Cleansing grains are a very new-to-me product. The grains are made from blended oats, herbs, and clay. The final product is a 3-in-1 style cleanser that may be used as a daily face wash, mask, or scrub.

I’ve been mixing the grains with my honey and aloe cleanser (see #2) two times a week for exfoliation. After using the grains, my skin feels clean, refreshed, and smooth.

Practical Use

The beauty of this face wash is that it doesn’t contain any water or ingredients that could reduce the shelf-life of the product. This means that you can make a batch of cleansing grains, and store them in your medicine cabinet for a long time. Yes, there’s a bit more work involved each night, since you’ll need to keep a small bowl and mixing spoon in your bathroom to mix the grains with a liquid.

If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser that also provides exfoliation, without being sticky (hello, honey), this is a good option. I also think this face wash would be perfect for someone who travels, since the grains may be stored in a baggie.

Honorable Mentions

The first three face wash options (above) are my top picks, but they aren’t the only face wash options in the Live Simply archives. Let’s talk about two more options.

1. Oil Cleansing 

Oil cleansing was all the rage a few years ago. This face wash only relies on one ingredient: nourishing oil. I understand cleaning your face with oil feels counterintuitive. Trust me, I get it.  Here’s the important fact to remember: oil dissolves oil. Applying oil to the skin washes away dirty (bad) oils, and replenishes the beneficial ones.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this “face wash,” it just wasn’t for me. I used the oil cleansing method for a few months, but never felt like my skin was super clean. Some people absolutely love this face wash method, and others don’t.

2. Reusable Facial Cleansing Wipes 

This face wash option was created to be a replacement for the travel-friendly facial wipes sold in stores. Since this face wash was shared to be more of a use-it-when-you-need-something-for-travel option, I’m listing it here as an “honorable mention.” Some readers use these wipes as a nightly face wash, so if you’re looking for something that’s more of a pre-moistened wipe/cloth, this face wash may be a good option.

3 simple ways to naturally wash your face. I absolutely love #2, and use it every single night.

There are so many wonderful ways to naturally wash and care for your face. Do you have a favorite face wash? I would love to hear about it.

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