All you need is lemon and honey... yes, really !
My husband's job is 40km from home and whoever lives in India can just imagine the state of his skin when he gets home after such a long bike ride in the bangalore traffic :/
The regular facewash we bought would leave his skin fresh but with a dried out, pulling sensation. This isn't normal considering that his skin isn't dry like mine, so I decided to do a little research to figure out what would work best for him.
As it turns out, face wash is not only super easy to make yourself, it's also surely already sitting in your kitchen... Chances are though, you're probably buying some expensive branded face wash like we used to, so here's a tip: save that money !
Just press a lemon or two in a container and add a few spoonfuls of honey, such that there's roughly one part lemon for two parts honey.
I'm not a chemist but .. long story short: the honey acts as a natural humectant, in other words it keeps your skin moist while the impurities get washed out. The lemon brings vitamin C and the citric acid kills acne-causing bacteria and exfoliates. That's all there is to it! This is why these two ingredients kept coming back in every recipe I found, they're really all that's needed to make a good facewash.
You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil, both for fragrance (I didn't think my husband would really appreciate rubbing honey all over his face), and for its anti-bacterial properties. So its a plus, but not compulsory, honey already has anti-bacterial properties...
Notice the lemon settles at the top, just close the lid and give it a good shake, voila !!
I know what you may ask at this point: where's the soap in all this? Well apparently soap isn't great in a face wash, it scrapes out the beneficial oils naturally present in your skin. On the other hand honey nourishes and protects the skin from outside disturbances.
I should also tell you that if, like mine, your skin is highly sensitive, avoid applying this face wash in the morning in India, as the lemon makes your skin a little more sensitive to the sun.
Last but not least, raw honey is even better, richer in valuable enzymes that are partly lost in processed honey, but since I'm not a big fan of buying what I already have, I'll just wait til this one gets over...
For the rest, just enjoy! My husband loves it, says it makes his skin glow while leaving it feeling super fresh and nourished... Mission accomplished :)