These days we could each spend a small fortune on the moisturizers and cleansers featured on commercials and taking up shelf space in the stores. What bothers me most about most of these products is the chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients featured in the small fine print on the ingredient lists. I much prefer a more natural approach, and have spent some time experimenting with all natural products and ingredients. What I have discovered is that the some of the very best things for skin are already in my house, in my kitchen to be exact.
As I experimented, blended, and mixed I also tested most of the end results on myself. I found moisturizing blends, cleansing blends, and some that did both. This recipe is for a gentle cleanser that will moisturize as it cleanses. I use it as a face and neck wash, and can even use it right around the eyes.
2 tablespoons of water
2 teaspoons of liquid castile soap
2 tablespoons glycerin
1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
1/2 cup olive oil
1. Pour all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
2. Mix the ingredients until thick. The result should be smooth and creamy.
3. Store in an airtight jar in a cool dark place.
To use this simple, gentle cleanser simple take a quarter size dollop of the cleanser and gently massage into your face and neck. Be careful around your eyes and eyelashes, it is safe to use on that skin but it is always wise to take particular care in sensitive areas. Using a wash cloth that is damp with warm water, gentle remove the cleanser from your skin. Rinse the washcloth and wipe your skin again to make sure all cleanser and impurities have been removed. If desired you can follow this with any toners or astringents you might want to use, but do not find it necessary.
If you would like to personalize this recipe a little to make it your own or add your favorite scents, you could add two drops of your favorite essential oil. I would recommend using lavender, which is gentle and safe to use around the eyes. If you use any other essential oils you would need to avoid the eye area and other sensitive skin. Some of the other essential oils you might want to use include rose, chamomile, calendula, comfrey, beaumont, or rosemary. Make sure that you add no more than a drop or two of any essential oil to this mixture. I do not recommend trying an essential oil you have never tried before, but if you feel the need, be sure to test the mixture on a less sensitive and obvious patch of skin to make sure you have no reaction to the ingredients. If you wish to make a larger batch than this recipe will make, be certain to keep the proportions the same and store currently for maximum shelf life.