7 Foods You Can Use As Face Wash, Because Honey Isn’t Just Good In Your Tea

by Lindsay E. Mack

The next time you go grocery shopping, why not pick up some ingredients for a new face wash? Recipes for natural face washes abound on the Internet, as more and more people are happy to go the all-natural route for their skincare routines. But a few of the ingredients may surprise you. So many great cleansers could start out in a vegetable garden, tropical tree, or even a beehive. Are you ready to forego your normal cleanser for something that’s so natural you can literally eat it?

If you’re ready to give these foodie-approved face washes a try, then you’re in for a fun experiment. Most of the ingredients are readily available in grocery stores for just a few bucks, and the recipes are straightforward — some requiring only one ingredient. Overall, the stakes are low with this experiment: in the worst-case scenario, you can just eat the leftovers. Of course, there are some caveats with these recipes, but for the most part they have received glowing reviews from the people who gave them a try, and have resulted in equally glowing skin. Ready to incorporate foodstuffs into your regular beauty routine? Here are seven food-based, natural DIY face washes to keep your complexion glowing and clean.


Apple Cider Vinegar

It’s not just good for a hair rinse. As Courtney Leiva found out for Bustle, apple cider vinegar makes a pretty decent face cleanser. But don’t apply it straight from the bottle. Leiva noted that it’s important to dilute the vinegar first, and to use it a few times a week as opposed to every day.


Chick Pea Flour

According to BuzzFeed, chickpea flour makes an excellent face wash, and it doubles as a gentle exfoliant. You can find the flour in most grocery stores, or make your own by grinding up dried chickpeas in a food processor. Just don’t blame me if you want hummus every time you wash your face.


Coconut Oil

Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? Hayli Goodie used coconut oil as a face cleaner for a week, and found that it did wonders to keep her skin hydrated. She was even happy enough with the results to take a no-makeup selfie.  



It’s said that Cleopatra regularly took milk and honey baths, and there’s probably a reason for it. Recent studies have found that honey has some great antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which can help keep your complexion free from blemishes.



Your favorite wholesome breakfast food also doubles as a super cleanser. It has exfoliating properties as well, so washing with oatmeal may leave your complexion glowing and fresh.


Tomato Cleanser

Tomatoes aren’t just for your salad: they can also be used as a skin-brightening cleanser. According to Health Guidance, the tomatoe's acidity may help fight acne. Also, as Prevention notes, the lycopene in the tomatoes is an antioxidant that may help fight free radicals.  



An easier version of a milk bath, yogurt can lead to clear, soft skin. This is because the lactic acid helps exfoliate the top layers of skin and leads to a cleaner complexion, according to

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