Homemade Natural Facial Cleansers for Dry, Oily, & Normal Skin

UPDATE: This post originally ran on November 8 but we love these natural facial cleansers so much we wanted to share it again!

Every morning and evening we wash our faces, hoping to rid ourselves of any potentially harmful substances that have come in contact with the surface of our precious skin. It’s important to know that we’re cleansing our skin with the best possible ingredients, which is one of the main reasons I love making my own beauty products.  Not all skin is created equal, though, so today I have recipes for three different cleansing concoctions: one for dry skin, one for oily skin, and one for normal skin (which, of course, is not to say that any other types of skin are abnormal... You know what I mean). :)

First up: dry skin. Wintertime is often the culprit for skin that lacks moisture — although some of us (like myself) are lucky enough to live with it all year round. The base for this cleanser is plain yogurt, which, apart from its natural cleansing properties, is full of protein to soften your skin. It’s also a bit acidic, so it acts as an exfoliator, removing unwanted dead cells from the surface of your skin. Honey acts as a humectant, drawing moisture into your skin and keeping it there, as olive oil adds further moisture. Apples give your skin vitamins A, B, and C, as well as a dose of antioxidants to keep you looking fresh.

Homemade facial cleanser dry skin

Dry SkinNext up: oily skin. For those whose skin tends to be on the oily side, let lemon and oatmeal be your new friends. Lemon acts as an astringent as well as a disinfectant, killing any bacteria that may otherwise cause breakouts, while oatmeal exfoliates the skin, absorbing excess oils in the process. Honey will restore moisture into your skin, balancing out any dryness that could have been caused by the lemon.Homemade facial cleanser oily skin

Oily Skin


Finally, normal skin. For those whose skin tends to be somewhere in between dry and oily, this cleanser is for you. The yogurt and cucumber nourish and clear your skin without drying it, while the mint adds a pleasant soothing experience.Homemade facial cleanser normal skin

Normal Skin

Do you have any homemade recipes for facial cleansers? Let us know!

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10 years ago

This has my name all over it! My skin gets so angry during the winter!


10 years ago

Lovely tips…I’m on the oily side so I will definitely try this recipe!!!

10 years ago

I always love all of the Homemade ‘remedies’ you post.


10 years ago

I feel a spa day coming on!

10 years ago

Would love some vegan remedies instead

10 years ago

Almost out of my face wash, so I’m excited to try this homemade remedy! :)

xo Megan, http://lushtoblush.com/

10 years ago

Any idea how long you can store these!? I’m thinking that they would make lovely Christmas gifts! :)

Dawnetta Richardson
4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

That’s a great question! I was wondering the same thing. I’m thinking a couple months stores in the fridge.

10 years ago

Any recommendations for combination skin?? I have very oily skin frequent to bad breakouts, coupled with extreme dry patches (always a lot of fun in the winter). Any solutions?

10 years ago

How would you store these to use daily?

10 years ago

Quick question, do I have to make a mixture every morning or every night or is it ok to save the mixture in the bottle? and if it is for how long?

10 years ago

For the dry skin cleanser, what could you subsitute the honey and yogurt for to make it vegan?

10 years ago

Love all of them though my favoutite is the last one. I used it before and I know that it really works for my skin. The only problem is time..
And for those who would like to change honey for something else, there are other syrups that are very close to honey (agave syrup…).

10 years ago

I can’t believe this! Honestly SO amazing.


10 years ago

tried this for dry skin. skin is clean and soooo soft!

These are great ingredients, and nice masks….did you know you can also add essential oils and rose hip oil or other oils rich in essential fatty acids which help to penetrate the skins upper layers and deliver beneficial nutrients deep into your skin. There are lots of rich antioxidant ingredients like papaya that are powerful exfoliants too. Thanks for sharing your recipes :)

10 years ago

I have oily skin and this recipe was lovely! xx

10 years ago

My dermatologist tells me I have texbook combination skin – oily areas and dry areas. Im a natural healthy type, so I started using Made from Earth’s Combination Skin Kit. It comes with 2 different Made from Earth face washes – one for when I am super oily, and another for when I do not want to strip my skin. Also, the Made from Earth “ph equilibrant moisturizer” is GREAT at balancing the oily areas and the dry areas

9 years ago

Wow, this is perfect. I didn’t know this much about chemicals in even mild face cleansers. Totally trying this!

9 years ago

How long do these last? (In particular the wash for oily skin)


9 years ago

How long does the combination skin one last before it gets all fungus-y? We just store it in our fridge?

9 years ago

I just used the oily skin cleanser and it was lovely! It made enough to fit into a small, flat mason jar, so I’m wondering if it is safe to store in the fridge for maybe a week or so?

Thanks :3

9 years ago

Nice post thax for sharing it. Simple Herbal and Natural Home Remedies, Ayurvedic Cure, Effective Ayurveda cures and A complete ayurvedic and herbal guide to cure all your health problems.

9 years ago

I would think honey would make your face breakout?

9 years ago

Nice post! I agree with another poster, would be awesome to have a version of these that can be stored a bit longer—with Christmas right around the corner, would make a great DIY gift. Thanks for sharing!

colleen v.
9 years ago

i will definitely try this!

here’s another:
mill together equal parts whole hand-rolled oats (“old fashioned” quaker oats) and almonds.
[i used my magic bullet, it has a special mulling blade which i use ALL the time for homemade skin care]
don’t add anything wet to the mixture… put it in a sealed container and leave it in your bathroom cabinet. when you’re ready for a wash, mix a nickel-sized amount with regular milk and gently scrub on your face in circles. it works absolute wonders! maybe i’ll try it with plain yogurt, too!