Recipe: Yogurt Cleanser for the Face

Friday, January 25, 2008

I have a great recipe I'd like to share with you today.

It is for my all-natural facial cleanser, and can be made right in your kitchen.


My skin is sensitive and normal to dry. For years I used Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs before switching to what I once believed was the best gentle cleanser on the market, Cetaphil.

I will be doing a separate post one day all about this famed drugstore cleanser, including a detailed description of what is actually in this cleanser and what the ingredients are for. If you have not read the ingredients list on the back of the bottle, you may be surprised! I know I was both surprised and saddened by what I was massaging into my skin (and my son's skin) each day.

I typically use my own line's popular Goat's Milk Facial Cleanser, but decided to post a recipe you can try easily at home.

As you know, I am always tinkering with recipes in my kitchen for 100% natural and easy at-home skin care. I experimented and came up with a great cleanser. It is all-natural, and it can fit in a tight-fitting jar and last in your refrigerator for about 3-4 days and be used 2X daily.

Ingredients are easy to find; in fact they may be in your home already!

Take out 1/4 cup of plain soy yogurt. Add 1 level teaspoon of honey. Today, I am using local CLOVER honey. I prefer Buckwheat, but they were out. Buckwheat honey is full of antioxidants for the skin). Stir. Now stir in 1t of buttermilk. I then add in a couple drops of castor oil. Stir again.

That is my basic formula. I sometimes add Evening Primrose Oil and a couple drops of geranium rose essential oil and lavender essential oil. In the summer, I would leave out the castor oil and just add a couple drops of tea tree essential oil.

Blend, add to a container.

This is a wonderfully soothing cleansing formula!

Let's take a look at the ingredients.

Honey: I put honey in nearly every homemade beauty treatment from bath products to my banana, glycerin and honey hair mask. Honey has been used as a beauty "miracle" since the days of Cleopatra (whom I am convinced had the best beauty rituals of all time). It has healing enzymes and a plethora of flavinoids and antioxidants. Honey is an outstanding humectant. You can even use straight honey as a cleaner/moisturizer. Typically, the darker the variety, the better for the skin.

Soy Yogurt: You can use regular yogurt! I often eat soy yogurt, so that is what I used. For reference, mine is the Whole Soy Plain. Why yogurt? Well, yogurt contains an abundance of lactic acid. It can help to soothe your skin. My skin can get red and blotchy in the winter, This is a great treat for that condition. The lactic acid is also very mildly exfoliating. It can help tighten and cleanse the pores, naturally. With the active cultures found in yogurt (such as acidophilus), I am guessing (though not 100% certain, so don't quote me) that it would be help your skin in a similar way.

Buttermilk: Buttermilk is another beauty staple going back centuries. I add buttermilk to my bath water. It is skin softening, and it contains two very important vitamins: A and D. Vitamin A is great for the skin--from people wanting to lessen the appearance of aging to people wanting to help with acne. We all know the debate surrounding Vitamin D. Scientists have said that vitamin D (in most cases, through exposure to the sunlight) is necessary for the body. Dermatologists, for the most part, say it is not worth the risk. Recent studies have shown that when vitamin D is applied to the skin topically (the study used it in serum form), that the benefits are comparable to being exposed to sunlight without the risks. The study showed that vitamin D can help to protect the skin. Buttermilk contains ample amounts of both A and D, so it really is great for skin health!

Castor Oil: I have used castor oil on my eyelashes for 3 or 4 years. It keeps them conditioned, glossy and looking darker. I apply castor oil to my hair once weekly. Every night when I go to bed, I use a mixture of CASTOR OIL, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL and JOJOBA OIL to cleanse my skin with what is known as the Oil Cleansing Method. I have made soaps and other potions with castor oil.

Why is castor oil so wonderful? Ricinoleic acid is a key component of Castor Oil (actually making up about 90% of it), and it can help prevent swelling and irritation in the skin. It also has healing properties, and many naturalists use it to treat cuts and scrapes with great success. Castor oil is good for all skin types, even for those with acne and oily skin. It will not sit in the pore and cause more acne. It can actually help rid the pores of impurities and help draw them out. All in all, castor oil is an underrated, but very beneficial staple in your skin care arsenal!

HOW TO USE:

You can apply, massage into damp skin (use tepid water) and rinse, or you can do what I do if I have time. Dampen your skin, apply the cleaner, and then top with a very warm wet clean cotton washcloth (or muslin). Leave on for about 3 minutes. While you're at it, place tea bags over your eyes!

Take off the washcloth, massage the creamy cleanser over your face and rinse thoroughly.

Spritz with rosewater toner or green tea (not hot, of course) and follow with moisturizer of choice.
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