I love that so many people are starting to DIY cleansers. Don't get me wrong, I love the Verage collection, but there's something so nice about making something yourself and changing it up to suit your skin needs.
Obviously DIY skincare is more cost-effective, and if you are bulk buying ingredients, then you can save lots of money, as well as lot's of packaging and do your part for the planet.
It's also a fun, social thing to do. We had a live-in nanny for a while, and every Sunday night we'd do #skincaresunday where we'd try out different products, eat our favourite raw chocolate and watch Netflix together.
Why not grab a few friends and have some fun creating some of these to add into your skincare?
The problem I have with a lot of the DIY recipes I find online is that they use castille soap. I actually really like castille soap, but on my face I find it quite drying. Whilst it's natural and creates a lovely lather, if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis it can be a real problem.
So here are some of my favourite recipes, that don't rely on soap as a base:
Honey and Aloe Face wash
Honey is such a fantastically moisturising product. If you struggle with dry skin and don't tolerate soap, honey is a really fantastic humectant. Add in some aloe vera gel, which is incredibly soothing, and this is a fantastic face wash for those with extremely sensitive or inflamed skin.
Colloidal Oatmeal Wash
Colloidal oatmeal is a really simple way to wash your face and it's super easy to make. All you need is to grab some regular oatmeal and blitz it in a food processor or a coffee grinder until it's finely ground.
When you want to wash your face, simply take half a teaspoon and mix it with some water into a paste in the palm of your hand. Massage it into your face, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Oil Cleansing might be something you've heard of before. If you haven't, the idea is that you use oils do dissolve dirt and oil from your face. Using oils, soap or detergent cleansers, can help protect the natural lipid layer of the skin and the good bacteria that live there.
Apply the oil directly to your face and massage it in. Place a flannel in hot water, then place it over your face and allow it to heat your face for a minute. Then use the flannel and hot water to remove any excess oil.
Regardless of which type of face wash you choose, follow up with a simple few drops of yarrow|pom massaged into the skin to nourish and restore. It's calming for the skin, full of antioxidants, and helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elasticity.
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