Good morning! As one of the many humans on this planet with skin, I want to take a little time today to talk about that largest organ of our bodies.
Think about the value of your face. Humans place extra emphasis on the face as a means to share emotions and engage with others. It’s where we look first and foremost, but many of us struggle with unhealthy skin on those important faces.
Personally, I have a few issues when it comes to my face. Although I tend to be oily in some parts, dry in others, and “normal” on the rest, I usually have nice yet sensitive skin. In fact, people would compliment my entire family on our skin when we were younger. It was always really creepy to have people regularly want to touch your face, but whatever.
As I’ve aged, I’ve started experiencing more blackheads, whiteheads, red spots, and more. I know that your face tells the story of your overall health, so I’m working on all of the other issues that could be causing this multitude of problems. The face still needs love, though, so I did some research.
My biggest concerns are:
- Product safety
- Sensitive skin
- Frugal options
I prefer to make my beauty products at home since they are cheaper, custom to my fancy face, and don’t have all kinds of terrifying ingredients.
I was using Biore 4-in-1 Detoxifying Cleanser, which left my face feeling clean but didn’t help with the constant breakouts.
Hours of internet sleuthing revealed many different recipes and options. I knew I wanted to go with a base of baking soda since we have a ton of that and it’s painfully cheap. But, everyone had some sort of recipe to follow that didn’t work for my meager pantry/medicine cabinet. I needed recipes that were extremely simple and only relied on what I have.
Here’s what I found:
1 Ingredient Homemade Face Wash Recipe
- Baking Soda
Shake a little baking soda into your hand. Add about a third as much water, and mix into a paste. Massage it onto your face. It offers mild exfoliation, and is a great cleanser.
Since baking soda does dry, always follow this step with lotion of some sort! Preferably non-comodegenic lotion intended for faces.
My experience with the 1 Ingredient Face Wash: I loved the exfoliant properties, but did notice it was a little itchy/burny for me. Since I have very sensitive skin, I was afraid that this would result in red marks in the morning. Despite the itchy/burny, this face wash worked for me — especially since I moisturized after!
I didn’t want to take chances with any potential reaction, so I started thinking of other stuff I could add or use that would work better for sensitive skin. That’s when I remembered the box of colloidal oatmeal under the sink! In addition to increasingly bumpy skin, I also suffer from a painfully itchy scalp (I’m trying the “no poo” method now!). One website recommended using colloidal oatmeal as a paste for itchy scalp, so I tried it. I think I skewed the proportions terribly, so it took multiple washes to get everything out of my mane. Yikes!
Fortunately, that meant that I still had 3 packages of the stuff for other uses. That’s how I came up with this:
2 Ingredient Homemade Face Wash Recipe for Sensitive Skin
- Baking Soda
- Colloidal Oatmeal
I used about 1 tbs of soda with 1 tsp of oatmeal, mixed when together in my hand with a little water, and made a paste. Then, I massaged the product onto my face, and added a little more water whenever the combination dried out too much.
Afterwards, I rinsed the mixture off of my face, and followed with moisturizer.
The best part about this mixture is that it was WAY less abrasive! I kind of missed the itchy/burny because that told me it was working (I’m a major glutton for punishment). But, I was very glad all of my sensitive face parts didn’t turn red or freak out. The oatmeal was the perfect companion to the very drying baking soda, and this is my new go-to!
Don’t have colloidal oatmeal? Grind some down in a food processor!
For extra effectiveness, add the juice of 1/4 of a lemon to the mix. Let it fizz, then exfoliate! This has helped me clear blackheads like a dream.
Now, my face cleaning regimen includes:
- my oatmeal and soda face wash,
- the Balanced & Calm Toner from Wicked Soaps,
- and Puristics Totally Ageless, Advanced Skin Rejuvenating Lotion.
I can’t wait to start trying out new combinations with this mixture! You could very easily add essential oils, especially those conducive to cleanliness and health, while creating the paste. You could also add crushed pieces of dried lavender, rosemary, or other herbs to use those natural products directly and add to the exfoliation process.
Personally, I have two bottles of essential oils on the way. One is sweet basil, which I’m planning to add to the vinegar rinse for my hair. The other is a mixture used during meditation, which could easily transform a simple bathing process into a rejuvenating and relaxing time.
Really, there are no limits to these recipes. You can use any quantity of baking soda, any quantity of oatmeal, and still have a good result. My suggestion is to try different quantities for the quality of your skin, and then use that!
Disclaimer: Of course, I am not a medical professional in any way. I don’t even play one on TV. Please do not take this information as medical advice. If you follow these recipes, you do so at your own risk.