Effective cleansing is an important part of any skin care routine. Grime from the atmosphere combines with the body’s natural oils on the surface of the skin and, if not regularly removed, the result is often clogged pores and spots. Each skin type benefits from different care with a cleanser matched to its particular requirements.
If you love to feel the freshness of water on your face, especially in the mornings, you’ll enjoy the following recipes, whilst giving your skin the care, it deserves. The problem with using soap as a cleanser is that most brands contain caustic soda which upsets the skin’s natural pH balance. If you don’t want to rinse your face with water then the cleansers featured here can just as easily be removed with pads of moistened cotton wool.
All these cleansers will remove make-up, but as the skin around the eyes is particularly sensitive and eyeshadow and mascara are difficult to remove, it is best to use a specialist eye makeup remover, too, To make your own cleansers all you need are a few simple ingredients that will care for your type of skin. The cleansers here are quick to prepare, lovely to use, free of preservatives and chemicals, and cost less than many leading brands.
Cleansing Creams and Lotions
Cleansers are far more effective at removing make-up than soap, and they are gentler on the skin. A word of warning thought, without preservatives homemade products are not as long-lasting as commercial ones, so make small quantities at a time. The recipes based on oils and waves will keep for several months in an airtight jar, but those made with only fresh ingredients must be used within a few days. Apply all these cleansers with cotton wool.
Cleansing Cream for Mature Skin
Make as above substituting 1 tbsp of cocoa butter, which is rich and emollient, for the emulsifying wax.