Cleansing your face should be a process that protects your skin from further damage — after all, it's the body's largest organ and should be protected at all costs — but many facial cleansers can actually do more harm than good by causing redness, drying out the skin and even promoting new blemishes.
Luckily, natural alternatives to these harsh chemical cleansers exist to provide gentle and safe options using simple, affordable and earth-friendly ingredients.
Raw (Unpasteurized) Honey
Why you should try it: Raw honey is an excellent alternative to store-bought cleansers. Pasteurized honey often doesn't contain pollen and has been heated to a point that it's lost all the vitamins and enzymes that are so beneficial to your skin, so it's important to use a raw variety for your skin care. This earth-friendly option also has anti-bacterial and probiotic properties, so it helps to gently remove dirt and impurities, and effectively reduces breakouts while also preventing new ones.
How to use it: To cleanse skin, massage a tsp. of raw honey onto your face. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry. For a deeper clean, leave the honey on clean skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Try using a raw honey cleanser as part of your morning routine to leave skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed throughout the day.
Why you should try it: Although cleaning your skin with oil sounds contradictory — isn't the whole point of washing your face to get rid of oil? — this method subscribes to the idea of treating like with like. The oil you use to cleanse your skin actually binds to the oil already on your skin and removes it (and impurities) when rinsed off.
How to use it: There are many great oil options available, but the type you use depends on your skin. Here are a few of my favorites.