Get clean, supple skin, and go carbon free with these 5 kitchen ingredients.
How cluttered is the area around your bathroom sink? Or the cabinet above it? If you’re anything like the average urban consumer, our guess is it’s pretty cluttered. AND, you probably have at least 3-5 different varieties of face cleansers there. Products for different needs – like heavy duty make up cleansing, a weekly exfoliating scrub routine, OR, light cleansing and moisturizing just before bed. These are just three examples, we’re confident you’ll have more!
What’s wrong with that? Well – skin care is important, so no problem there. But did you know that a lot of the stuff that is on your shelf, is laden with toxins that could be harmful for you? Not just that, the hundreds of plastic containers that you put out every year, end-up in landfills where they lie for hundreds of years, polluting the air and water, and directly contributing to global warming. See this video on the Lifecycle of a Plastic Bottle to know more!
Are we proposing that you stop buying face cleansers? Not at all. There are three things you can do to ensure that your face cleansing routine is good for you and for the environment. To start with, carefully select skin care products that you buy off the shelf. Read the Label to ensure that you’re not buying something that’s bad for you. Paige Padget, a US based green beauty expert shared some tips with us, so take a look at that. You can also start recycling your bathroom waste, so the plastic bottles don’t end up in landfills. And finally, you can start adding natural ingredients to your skin-care routine, which will eventually reduce your dependency on store bought options reducing packaging waste, and making the most of what you already have in your home!
This article is focused on point # 3. We’ve listed below 5 kitchen ingredients that work very well as skin cleansers. Not only are they completely chemical and toxin free, considering they come from your kitchen or fridge, they are completely derma friendly too.
- Honey: Honey is a natural humectant i.e. it draws moisture from the air and retains it in your skin. Thereby using honey on your face keeps the skin well hydrated and moisturized. To add to that, it is antibacterial and keeps the pores clean, keeping breakouts away. All you need to do is dilute the honey in a little water and apply it on your face (and avoid the eye area during application). Let it stay for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Finish off the cleansing with a final splash of cold water (this closes the pores) for soft and supple skin. Always dab the face with a towel gently post this. Alternatively, you could add juice from a lemon (take two teaspoon of honey to one teaspoon lemon juice and skip water in this case). to this. Lemon is a great bleaching agent and works as an exfoliator to get rid of blemishes.
- Coconut oil: There are lots of ways of using Coconut oil for skin care, and it’s definitely a great make-up remover. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties and is rich in antioxidants – which keeps you looking younger. For skin cleansing, all you need to do take some coconut oil in your palm and apply it over your face, Let is sit for half a minute before dabbing it off with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water. The warm water dab ensures the pores open up and the excess oil from the skin gets wiped out along with the coconut oil.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Another kitchen ingredient rich in antibacterial and anti-fungal properties is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). This ensures it keeps the skin acne free. Apple Cider Vinegar also contains powerful alpha hydroxy acids which helps in dead cell reduction and keeps the skin looking fresher.To use it as a cleanser, be sure to dilute it in water and dab it onto your face (for normal skin a ratio of 1:3 works best). Rinse off with cold water and dab the face after. For sensitive skin use proportion of 1:5 till your skin isn’t comfortable with it.
- Yogurt: Like ACV, yogurt too contains lactic acid along with probiotics, an alpha hydroxy acid that revitalizes your skin. It keeps away acne, fine lines and even tightens pore, while moisturizing your skin deeply. What’s more – it also is great at providing relief from sunburn. For using yogurt as your go to face cleanser – all you need to do is wash your face with water and smear some yogurt (non flavored – regular yogurt) on. Either let it stay for a few minutes or rinse off as usual for clean, healthy looking skin.
- Gram Flour / Besan: This one’s an old hack almost all of us have tried at some point. Besan (gram flour) is a great cleanser and also rids the face of excess oil. For using besan as a face cleanser, just use a small amount (a teaspoon), mixed with turmeric and massage it on wet face. Rinse well with water.
Have any more ideas? Share them with us, and help others stay beautiful – carbon free!