DIY Basil Face Wash

Basil has long been celebrated as an ingredient used to remedy acne-prone skin. Known for its antiseptic properties, basil not only helps to eradicate existing acne, but it also wards off new breakouts, soothing the skin and helping with circulation. However, because of the basil leaves high concentration of anti-aging elements, this wash is just as beneficial for fighting off fine lines and a dull complexion.

This DIY basil face wash is great for the pores but is also a wonderful choice for all of you ladies who want a smooth and beautiful, youthful complexion.  Instead of using it as a wash, try it as a weekly mask for longer lasting benefits. Note: this may quite possibly be the easiest wash/ mask I have yet to discover. It will take you all of 5 minutes to prepare and the results are flawless!

What You’ll Need:
20-30 Fresh Basil Leaves
Organic plain yogurt (optional)
Distilled water

Benefits of the Ingredients:
Basil – The oil can aid in removing dark spots while the antibacterial properties help fight acne. The leaves also contain anti-aging and soothing elements.
Organic Yogurt – Contains zinc, calcium, vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12, protein and yeast. Zinc helps fight off acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties while calcium is a natural source of antioxidants that help in cell renewal to ward off premature aging. B Vitamins are great to increase blood circulation and prevent acne and protein s leave skin instantly more radiant.

In a bowl, use a wooden spoon (or sub with a mortar and pestle) and crush the fresh basil leaves so that the natural oils are released. This is the basil paste. You can use this with water as a face wash, applying to the face and allowing to sit for 3-5 minutes, once every other day. Rinse with tepid water.

As a mask: Use the paste and leave on the face for up to 20 minutes. For added benefits or for skin that needs a bit of extra soothing, add 1tsp of organic yogurt to your paste and then apply to the face and leave on for up to twenty minutes. Again, rinse with tepid water.

As a toner: Probably my favorite way to use basil is as a toner. You’ll prepare the leaves the same way – grinding and releasing the oils – then add boiling water to the bowl. Allow to steep for around 10-15 minutes, then strain to remove an excess leaves. Store the basil water in a glass container and use morning and evening with a cotton pad, applied to the face. Will last for 1 week if refrigerated. Enjoy immediate glowing skin.

How will you use your basil leaves?

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  1. Ali M
    June 27, 2012

    I want to try the mask! Sounds easy, excited!!! Will let you know how it works.

  2. Maribel
    June 27, 2012

    I will be trying the toner, great post. Thanks

  3. I’ve tried a lot of DIY masks but I STILL have yet to try anything with yogurt. I am definitely grabbing some this weekend though, this seems like it would be the ultimate cooling/refreshing mask for hot summer days! Plus, I love getting a little light exfoliation in whenever I can. The toner is something I’d love to try too. I am all about gentle toners these days and this is about as gentle as it gets!

  4. sh
    July 16, 2012

    should i leave the toner on or wash it after sometime?

  5. Momfixesit
    February 22, 2013

    For the toner how much bowling water to you use?

  6. katieC
    May 30, 2013

    I found the Citrus Clear Control Wash to be the acne wash that works the best. Its not perfect, but here is my breakdown and it should help you:

    The product has a really nice tingling feel to it when it’s on your face.
    The bottle is easy to use.
    It doesn’t dry out your face.
    The scent is good and not overpowering.

    I get the occasional pimple, and this didn’t seem to reduce the frequency at which they occurred.

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    June 30, 2013

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  9. Teri Greenland
    January 21, 2014

    I too want to know how much water to steep the paste in.

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