3 Natural and Better Ways to Clean Your Skin Without Soap

Dry brushing instructions

  • Begin at your feet and brush upward, following the contours of your body.
  • Moving the brush in clockwise circles, apply comfortable pressure — softer on thinner skin, more forceful on thicker skin.
  • Always brush toward the center of your chest.
  • After brushing your lower extremities, abdomen, and chest, brush your arms, toward the body from your palms.
  • After you’ve brushed your entire body, shower in cool water and apply your preferred moisturizer.

3. Make your own all-natural scrub

For the DIYer, there are literally thousands of different recipes for products you can make right in your own kitchen. From salt and sugar scrubs to oatmeal and honey exfoliators, the list goes on.

Brit+Co has a few all-natural recipes that will scrub off dead skin cells and keep your body nicely hydrated without damaging your skin’s natural barrier. But your own mix can be as simple as oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt — or avocado oil, honey, and sugar! Just remember to avoid your face as the skin there is more delicate and sugar crystals can cause micro tears.

Always patch test: As with any new product you try or make, be sure to test it on a small area of your skin for at least 24 hours and see if you have any adverse reactions.

What about natural soaps?

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If you’re not quite ready to drop soap, consider a natural or handmade small-batch soap. Handmade soaps tend to be less harsh than commercially produced bars and generally use higher-quality fats and oils during the saponification process. Good ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, or olive oil are often the base for these soaps, whereas commercially produced bars use harsh ingredients and low-quality oils and fats.

Double-check ingredient and avoid:

  • sodium lauryl sulfate
  • sodium laureth sulfate
  • phthalates
  • parabens
  • synthetic coloring agents (FD&C Yellow, etc.)
  • artificial fragrance
  • Pro-tip: To research specific products, look through the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep database.

Some popular, fan-favorite brands like Meller & Maude and Colorado Aromatics provide high-quality, small-batch soaps created with natural ingredients that’re gentler than conventional soaps.

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