Cleansing is an essential part of the skin care routine. All of us must have definitely heard this term when it comes to our everyday beauty regime but a very few of us know how important this step is.
Exfoliating, cleansing, toning and moisturizing are the four basic steps that are essential for a healthy skin. Cleansing is basically cleaning your skin by removing excess dirt that exfoliation couldn't do. It helps in maintaining the pH balance of our skin by shrinking the pores and keeping the skin ready for the last step, that is, moisturizing.
There are umpteen number of ready-made cleansers available in the market. But why go for them if you can make your own cleansers sitting back at home?
These are all made using natural ingredients and thus are less harmful and expensive than the ready-made ones. This article will guide you with some DIY homemade cleansers and step-by-step instructions on how to make them.
Some of the DIY Homemade Cleansers
Cucumber is a cool vegetable that keeps the skin nourished and moisturized. It helps in removing excess dirt from the skin.
Take 1 small cucumber and cut it into small pieces. Next, take 1 cup of water in a pan and the cucumber pieces and boil it for about 8-10 minutes with the lid closed. Let the solution cool down. Strain this solution in a spray bottle and store it in the refrigerator. This can stay up to 7 days.
Ice is the most effective and reasonable homemade cleanser available.
2-3 ice cubes
A piece of cloth
Wrap the ice cubes in a piece of cloth. Rub it all over your face and neck. Ice will help in increasing the blood circulation and will help in cleansing and toning the skin. Do no apply ice directly on your skin if you have a sensitive skin. You can use this remedy once in a day to rejuvenate your skin.
The properties contained in lemon juice help in cleaning our skin, thus improving the overall tone of our skin.
2 tbsp lemon juice
Take 2 tbsp lemon juice in a bowl. Dilute it with some water to make a thin solution. Dip a cotton pad or ball into the solution and apply it to your face and neck. Wait for 5 minutes and rinse it off with normal water. Alternatively, you can also rub a piece of lemon over your face and repeat the same process as mentioned above.
Green tea contains antioxidants that help in keeping the skin fresh and rejuvenated.
Make a cup of green tea and let it cool down. You can apply this on your face after every wash. Using green tea every day will not only help you in keeping your skin fresh-looking but also will help you to reduce face wrinkles due to ageing.
Rich in vitamin C and vitamin B, papaya contains antioxidants that help in keeping the skin rejuvenated.
1 cup papaya
Cut papaya into pieces and blend them to make a thick paste. Dilute it with water and store it in a spray bottle. You can refrigerate it and this cleanser will stay for 4-5 days maximum. This cleanser can be used as and when you want.
Mint leaves are well known for their astringent property that incredibly works on the skin.
1 cup mint leaf
1.1/2 cup water
Take a cup of mint leaves and boil it in 1.1/2 cup of water. Make sure that you close the lid while boiling. Allow the solution to cool. Now, strain the solution to separate the mint leaves. You can store it in a bottle, so that you can use it whenever you want. You can store in the refrigerator and this will stay for at least a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps in removing dead skin cells from the skin that keeps the skin healthy and fresh.
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Mix 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and dilute it with water. Dip a cotton pad into it and apply it on your face and wipe it off. You can also use this as a makeup remover, which helps to make your face clean by removing any residue left on your face.
Aloe vera is an age-old remedy for a lot of beauty issues. It works best as a cleanser too. Let's see how.
1 fresh aloe vera leaf
Cut a fresh aloe vera leaf and squeeze in order to get the gel out of it. You can also use ready made aloe vera gel if you do not have a fresh aloe vera leaf. Add 2 tbsp aloe vera gel and dilute it with water in the consistency of a solution. Store it in a spray bottle and use it as and when you want.