“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick” –Gwyneth Paltrow

If you are interested in being comfortable in your own skin (regardless of the red lipstick), and curious about the DIY beauty craze, then making your own face cleanser out of products you already have at home will be perfect for you. It may feel odd at first to wash your face with things you grab from the refrigerator or cabinet, but believe it or not, ingredients from your kitchen can be quite similar to the cleansing components you’ll find in store-bought facial cleansers, and you don’t need to break the bank to make them.

Here are some of the best ways to clean your face with products that just about everyone has at home:

1. Cold Water

Skip the face soap of any type, and instead use cold water to clean your face. If you have used a lot of facial soap in the past, your face may feel greasy or oily for a few days, but in fairly short order, you will find that your face feels great after a cold-water rinse. Cold water tightens your pores and it does not leave any kind of residue the way that soap will. Cold water is free (I mean, you don’t have to pay when you actually open your tap), and is a good way to help yourself look more awake as you head out the door.

2. Oil Treatment

An oil treatment is a great way to leave your face feeling clean and moisturized. It is an especially great treat when you are looking to recover from a very dry winter day. It works like this: start by heating up some water and soaking a facecloth in it. As the water heats, apply coconut oil to your face with your fingertips. You do not need very much; simply massage the oil deep into your face. Wring out the facecloth and press it against your face. Leave it there for one minute. After the minute is up, use the facecloth to wipe the excess oil from your face. You can also use olive oil or almond oil for this treatment.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is amazing for acne-prone types. Those with very dry or sensitive skin would be wise to avoid this one, but for those of us who suffer from breakouts, this is a fast and easy way to not only clean your skin, but to shrink pimples and impurities as well.
 Mix baking soda and water to create a paste, and gently buff the mixture into the skin in gentle circular motions. Allow the baking soda to sit like a mask for a few minutes, before rinsing to reveal skin that is free of excess oil and feels truly cleansed. It should be noted that this isn’t the best way to “take off the day,” so to speak. As in, this isn’t the best method for removing makeup, sweat or any impurities you’ve picked up over the course of the day. Rather, this is a great method to give the skin a truly deep cleanse.

4. Oatmeal

Dry skin types no longer need to feel excluded when it comes to exfoliating skin scrubs. Oatmeal is literally the perfect face scrub for those with very dry or sensitive skin, for whom granular sugar scrubs are too irritating. Mix with plain yogurt or olive oil and rub gently over your face for a few minutes before rinsing. 
Oatmeal not only acts as an exfoliant because of its texture, but it also has amazing moisturizing properties. This is why it doubles as a super-hydrating bath soak if you are out of your usual bubble bath or oil. However, whether you are using it over your bathroom sink or in the tub, be very careful, as it can definitely clog drains.

5. Cucumber Facial Mask

When your skin simply feels tired and sort of dry and grimy, it’s cucumber to the rescue! Clean your face thoroughly with cold water and tie your hair back. Then cut and peel a two-inch segment of cucumber and scrape the seeds out. Throw the cucumber into a blender and puree it. After the cucumber is pureed, add one egg white and a dash of olive oil and mix thoroughly. Then apply the mixture to your face and relax for ten to twenty minutes. Cucumber facials leave your face feeling amazingly fresh and clean. If you want to make this mixture even more soothing, take a moment to add a squirt of honey to it before you mix it.

See? It is easier to clean your face than you might think, and there is no reason to spend a lot of money unless you want to. Choose the cleaning option that most appeals to you (you can always use that AND a good red lipstick).

This is a guest post by Lori from Israel
Find out more about the KCL Contributor Network!

5 Ways to Cleanse Your Face for Pennies