5 DIY Skincare Recipes to Support You During a Cleanse

If you are anything like me you are doing a victory dance that the warm weather has finally greeted us!

I live in Brooklyn, NY where I just powered through my first winter in three years…not only was it cold but everything slowed down, which is hard to imagine in fast paced NYC…but for me the struggle was real! Almost like clock work for the last 4 years around this time of year - no matter where I have been living - I introduce a 'spring cleanse'. It has varied from 1 month to 3 days depending on my goals, lifestyle, and to be totally honest, what I manage and see through (if you are familiar with me and my brand you know I am a advocate of rituals).

Inviting yourself to create the time and space to commit to a cleanse is a wonderful way to practice self care, nourish yourself, prioritize you and health and wellness and in general take time out for YOU! With a cleanse a lot comes up…that’s the point right? It’s the old adage “it has to get worse before it gets better”.

The thing that always surprises me about my cleansing process is how much my skin is effected. I have good skin..it’s what I do and have been doing professionally for the last 15 years so I have a pretty good handle on keeping my skin balanced and happy…consistently, but when I am cleansing my skin always shows the effects.

The skin is the largest organ we have commonly associated to elimination and absorption but it is also has the element of manifestation. Our faces can be mapped and linked to corresponding organs and functions of our bodies, for example the area surrounding our mouth is correlated to our digestive system, if you are prone to issues with your digestion it is common to see imbalance there and more pronounced imbalance during a cleanse.

Remember when I said “it has to get worse before its better”? Well, I was referring to some common imbalances, such as redness, blemishes, whiteheads, blackheads, raised red bumps, rough dry patched and increase of oil production, to name a few. These may or may not vary based on your skin type.

Now, please do not allow this to discourage you from your cleansing momentum! As much as these potential imbalances don’t sound appealing or the least bit sexy, it is actually an excellent sign…the cleanse is doing its job!

The good news is you are in luck cause I am here to share some of my most adored, effective and easy DIY home remedies to support your skin during your cleanse. All of these are designed to deeply cleanse the skin, balance the pH of the skins protective barrier, sooth irritation, balance oil, restore and replenish water content to the skin and clear up blemishes. For step by step, DIY dry brushing and self massage tips check out my last article here on YOGANONYMOUS. These two remedies are magic during a cleanse.

Charcoal 'Glam Glow' Detox Mask

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup Bentonite Clay
  • 1-2 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 1-2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 6-9 Charcoal Capsules
  • 1 tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1-2 ounces Chamomile Tea
  1. Steep chamomile tea for 5-10 minutes, remove tea bags/plant matter
  2. Add coconut oil. Do this while the tea infusion is still warm enough to melt the coconut oil.
  3. Combine the charcoal(remove from capsules) and essential oils the best you can, it will have a semi lumpy texture.
  4. Slowly add in the coconut oil and chamomile tea mixture until it becomes a paste.
  5. Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin, leave on until it becomes tight (if the skin is sensitive this sensation will come quick…it's okay, it is still working).
  6. Rinse off with warm water or a muslin or wash cloth.
  7. Follow with moisturizer or facial oil. Within a few days you will start to see any blackheads come to the surface and dissolve, the skin will look radiant, look smooth, refined and feel insanely clean and amazing!

*This recipe yields 5-6 treatments, store in the fridge, use once a week.

Herbal Facial Steam

You will need:

  • equal parts dried: chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, rosemary, thyme, nettle, yarrow .
  1. Place herbs together in a glass bowl and pour in boiled water.
  2. Steam your face over the bowl with a towel covering your head for 10-20 minutes. Can be done once a week, follow by a mask treatment and/or moisturizer or facial oil.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

You will need:

  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  1. Dilute apple cider vinegar in water (ratio should be 1:1). If the skin is sensitive or dry increase the ratio to 2 parts water 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar.
  2. Use on a cotton round all over face, use as a treatment 2-4 times a week or use daily but use caution as it be too strong for sensitive, dryer or mature skin types.

Spot Treatment

You will need:

  • Benonite clay
  • 1-2 drops lavender essential oil
  • Water
  1. Mix ingredients together to make a paste, apply to active breakouts 10-20 minutes, rinse off, can be applied to breakout once a day until it starts to clear up.

Oil Cleanser

You will need:

  • Olive oil
  • Castor oil
  1. Mix 3/4 part olive oil to 1/4 part castor oil,
  2. Apply a quarter size amount to dry skin, massage into face.
  3. To remove place a warm washcloth over face, press into the skin, repeat if necessary.
  4. Follow with an additional mild cleanser if desired or moisturizer.

In addition to these remedies being most ideal to support your skin in the cleansing process any and all of these can be easily incorporated into your current skin care regimen…try it you may just love it!

You deserve to feel and look your most fabulous all the time. Taking time out to do something delightful for yourself is one of my top skin care tips, give yourself a great big hug for doing that!


Tagged under: DIY, skincare, ayurveda
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Diane has been joyfully pursuing her passion for skin care, wellness, and beauty for over 10 years. After years of dealing with her own skin issues Diane combined her love for wellness with a career in esthetics. She has been fortunate to work along side the likes of Deepak Chopra acting as his lead esthetician for three years as well as fine-tuning her skills in skin care education as natio...READ MORE