There are a few ways of keeping the face cleansed and fresh, many of these tips and recipes have been lost over the ages. We have found some of the best ones to share with you. Hopefully they will help you.


Cornmeal deep cleanses and softens. Wet your face with warm water, moisten a tablespoon of yellow cornmeal with water or milk, then rub it gently into your skin with fingers or complexion brush. Remove with a washcloth, rinse with cool water. (Note: Preparing the cornmeal paste in advance reduces it’s coarseness.)

Lemon or Lime

Lemon face peel is good for normal or oily skin. Combine the grated rind and juice from one lemon. Cover and let stand for 8 hours. Pat the mixture over your face, let dry, then remove by gently rubbing with a damp washcloth. Rinse with cool water and apply a moisturizer.


Milk can be used for a before bed exfoliant-soother. Mix two tablespoons powdered whole milk with enough water to make a thick paste. Spread over your face and throat, rub in with fingers or a complexion brush, rinse off with tepid water. Apply a second coating of the milk paste and let it dry for a minute or so until it is sufficiently rubbery to roll off with your fingers. After rolling off this putty like film, do not rinse and do not put anything else on your skin, the milk residue will continue conditioning your skin overnight.


The bromelain enzyme in fresh pineapple is a dead cell dissolver.  Press the juice out of a slice of fresh pineapple or puree fresh pineapple chunks in a blender. Smooth over your face and let dry. Rub gently with a dry washcloth before removing with a wet washcloth. To intensify the exfoliating benefits, saturate strips of gauze or cotton cloth with the pineapple juice and apply as a 5-minute compress over your original coating.

Pineapple-carrot juice is advised for blemished skin. Mix equal amounts of fresh pineapple juice and carrot juice and use as directed above.