6 Natural Alternatives to Soap to Help You Cleanse Your Skin

If you want to go greener in your life, and healthier, you have to look around for those common household items that you might want to reconsider or even change. Natural alternatives to fabricated hygiene and cleaning products are all the rage right now, especially among those who are more and more mindful of themselves and the environment. We have already talked about castile soap as a greener alternative to common soaps and cleansing agents, but today we will take things up a few notches. Let us see six natural alternatives to soap that can help you cleanse your skin and even make it look better and healthier.

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is the main ingredient in castile soap and other natural cleansing and skin care products, so you can easily figure out why it is the first entry on our list of natural alternatives to soap. You can use olive oil as a cleansing method either as part of the general oil movement or as a personal choice for a healthier life and skin. As a cleanser, olive oil acts just as you can imagine: use a few olive oil tablespoons on a soft cloth to wipe your face and skin, let it penetrate your skin for a few minutes, and then wipe your skin with a warm towel to remove the extra grease.

Olive oil contains vitamins and antioxidants can help dissolve face-producing oils that clog your pores. Olive oil helps you achieve a better pH balance for your skin, nourishing it and helping you remove the extra grime. If you have dry or combination skin, olive oil will help you moisturize it in a natural way. If you have oily skin, you can mix the olive oil with a few drops of tea tree oil or peppermint oil to remove the extra greasiness.

2. Soap Nuts

Just as their name implies, soap nuts are the fruits of the Soap Nut tree (Sapindus mucorossi). Soap nuts are very popular in India and they are used for more than just cleaning your face and body. They make the natural soap choice for washing clothes, your hair, and even windows. Soap nuts are not actually nuts, but the dried shells of the soap nut fruits. Soap nuts contain many natural cleansing agents and the soap made from them has a nice lathering effect that feels great on your skin. It also nourishes the skin, balances its pH, and alleviates itchiness or the dryness associated with store-bought soaps.

If you want to make your own soap nuts cleansing wash for your face and body, boil 10 soap nuts in a pot of 1 ½ liters of water for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool down completely before straining into a jar. Now you have your own body wash! Add a few drops of essential lavender oil or peppermint oil for a boost in scent, freshness, and skin care as well!

3. African Black Soap

African black soap is one of the most popular natural alternatives to soap. Its hype is on the rise because more and more people try it with great success. It has been around for centuries, but now it is available everywhere and gets amazing reviews. African black soap is an actual chunk of soap made from cocoa pod ash, shea butter, cocoa leaves, and other natural ingredients. It lathers well and contains everything good in nature. This soap moisturizes, hydrates, and heals, helping you get luminous, firm, smooth skin. It can also alleviate some skin problems such as itchiness or inflammation. Perfect for sensitive skin, African black soap is an excellent body care product you can buy from specialty stores or you can make it yourself at home.

4. Clay

There are many versions of cosmetic clay out there, but the moment you chose the best one for your needs, you also found one of the healthiest methods to cleanse your skin without soap. Clay works great to absorb the impurities straight from the skin pores. Clay is also a tested-and-true treatment for acne-prone skin. It calms down redness and inflammation, it rejuvenates the skin, improves its looks, texture, and health.

Clay is usually mixed with water, but if you want a boost of cleansing superpowers and healing effects, you can mix it with rose water, micellar water, or yogurt. As a cosmetic mask, people use clay to get rid of grime and dirt deposits deeply embedded in their pores. If you have extra-oily skin, you can use bentonite clay. It may leave your skin too dry, however, so you should treat your face with a few drops of coconut oil for some moisturizing.

5. Yogurt and Kefir

We know, you would rather eat them than use them as natural alternatives to soap, but if you are a dairy fan, keep some yogurt or kefir for cleansing your face and body. Yogurt and kefir are excellent natural skin cleansers because they strip your skin of extra oils, grime, and dead skin cells. If you have dry skin, opt for kefir instead of yogurt. It is slightly more acidic, but it will remove extra dead skin cells and revitalize your dry dull or tired skin.

Use yogurt and kefir for cleansing and then simply rinse with warm water. While you rinse, do not forget to massage your skin so the nourishing ingredients in dairy boost your skin’s health and look before you wash them away with water. Your skin will thank you for it.

6. Mashed Fruits

This makes sense if you are used to using fresh fruit masks for your face once in a while. Strawberries, avocado, peach, orange, cucumber, and banana make excellent ingredients for a natural soap experience. Strawberries and oranges strip the face off of grime, dirt, and oil. Avocados and bananas offer a creamy texture rich in nutrients. Peach works as an excellent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Mash them together – but do not overdo it, as you do not want to obtain a smoothie to drink – and go to the shower. On damp skin, rub the fruit puree against your skin, massage well, and let it sit for a few minutes. Massage again when you rinse with warm water. Your skin will look and feel luxurious. If you want some extra-lather effects, throw in the fruit mash a tablespoon of honey or yogurt.

Wrapping Up…

These are just a few natural alternatives to soap. Others include coconut oil, one of the most popular natural oils for skin care and healing, together with organic honey, micellar water, milk and herbal teas (green tea being favored for its antioxidant properties). Do you use other natural alternatives to soap? Feel free to share your favorite ingredients and recipes in the comment section below!

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William E. Eubanks
 

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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