I finally finished our bottle of face wash a couple of weeks ago. My old face wash had about forty ingredients, including parabens in a couple of different forms. I've always been prone to pimples and used a clear, anti-acne gel.
It was a moment to try out some alternatives. So for the past couple of weeks, I've been trying cucumber blended with the liquid over from making yoghurt (the whey). A website suggested cucumber blended with milk-- the only reason I didn't do this was because the whey lasts longer and is cheaper and I'm pretty protective of our fancy milk. I put it in the bottle, keep it in the fridge and use it as I would regular facewash.
It's easy. It's very cooling, so maybe it's better to use this ice-cold facewash during summer rather than winter. My skin feels great. I'm riding around 10 miles/day, in summer, and I don't seem to be getting pimples.
Depending on the time of year, there may be extra cucumbers hanging around that are no longer in their prime. I tried this recipe largely because it was free this time around. I love that if the ingredients are already in the house, you don't need an extra bottle or an extra shopping trip. The chances are high that you already have the ingredients for at least one of the natural facial cleanser recipes out there.
The second alternative facewash I've tried is 1 part extra virgin olive oil, three parts castor oil (You can change the proportion towards olive oil if you have more dry skin). It also seems great, but I've only tried it a few times so far. You need more time to be able to rinse well and do the whole relaxation thing. I could see this combination removing any need for a moisturizer.
I'm going to be trying out a variety of different natural face washes over the next several months. In general, I'd like them to be cheaper and healthier than commercially made stuff. I'm not sure of the impact of using commercial soaps over a lifetime. There have been studies that have found parabens to mimic estrogen and to be present (in small amounts) in breast cancer tumours. Which is not something I spend a lot of time worrying about. I just don't like things that have a ton of ingredients that I know nothing about.
Apart from the fact both face washes actually seem to work, I find it liberating that there are all these household products-- cucumber, whey, olive oil, oats, plain salt, baking soda, egg and so on-- that you can use with very similar result to using something made by professional skin care people in a factory or lab. Does that mean we're all professionals on our own skin?