Coconut Oil Face Cleanser
Without stripping your skin of its natural oils, coconut oil can eliminate any shine that appears at the end of the day. Its unique combination of natural fats—including linoleic acid (which helps fight acne) and lauric acid (which is hydrating and antimicrobial) makes it useful in treating the skin, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. It’s an effective moisturizer, and it’s great for atopic dermatitis. But if you have acne-prone skin, steer clear of coconut oil unless you know that your face can tolerate it.
Try: Gently massage a squirt of coconut oil onto your face (about the size of a quarter) for about 30 seconds, recommends Sherri at Overthrow Martha. Then apply a warm towel onto your face to open up your pores. Wait 15 to 30 seconds, then remove the oil by patting with a washcloth. Here are some additional healthy ways to use coconut oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar Face Cleanser
Apple cider vinegar has a long history as a beauty ingredient. In fact, Cleopatra is said to have used it as a facial cleanser. A key ingredient is malic acid, which is similar to alpha-hydroxy acid and exfoliates the skin,” says Lian Mack, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. This in turn promotes cell turnover, restores the skin’s pH levels, clarifies the skin, and helps clear out and prevent clogged pores and acne. A word of caution: Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted and never be applied directly to skin.
Try: To make a natural toner, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water, and shake well, recommends Beth of Tasty Yummies. Apply to a clean face with a cotton ball or pad. Once your skin dries, apply your usual daily moisturizer. Learn about other health benefits of apple cider vinegar.