In my quest to discover the best natural cleansing methods for my face, I went through quite a transition period where I looked far too much like my 13 year old self than I care to admit. After many trial periods, I finally settled upon two methods that I can honestly say I truly love!
The oil cleansing method is fairly well known and has a wide variability in how it's implemented. This can be as easy as using a combination of castor oil and olive oil or as complicated as blending several oils together, adding shea or cocoa butters, and essential oils. Personally, I liked adding shea butter (moisturizing), castor oil (cleansing), and olive oil (moisturizing) together with a few drops of tea tree oil and a sprig of fresh rosemary! The tea tree oil cleanses and the rosemary is antiseptic and also acts as a perservative for the whole mixture. Massage onto skin, wet a washcloth with the hottest water you find comfortable (please don't burn yourself!) and lay the washcloth on your face, letting it sit until it cools. Rinse the washcloth in hot water again and lay on your face, waiting once more for it to cool. Repeat this process as often as you wish for relaxation purposes, and when you're ready simply wipe (don't scrub) the oil from your skin.
The second method is far less complicated, and my primary method of choice. I keep two pretty blue mason jars in my bathroom: one is filled with baking soda, and the other with liquid (not creamed) raw honey. I've also got a little container of olive oil as an effective, non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) moisturizer during these cold winter months! Simply take a half teaspoon (don't bother with precise measurements here!) of baking soda and add to a cup, then take one full teaspoon of honey and add to the cup. Stir together until you have a paste and then scoop up the whole mixture (you should have a heaping spoonful) and apply to your face. I prefer to scrape the mixture onto my fingers and apply that way. Go ahead and apply all over your face and let it sit for a few minutes. This is usually when I brush my teeth (toothpaste recipe to be posted later)! When you're ready, take a hot, wet washcloth and scrub the mixture off your face. The amount of scrubbing you do depends on how much exfoliation you want! Scrub hard to gentle; let your skin sensitivity and dryness level determine what you do here. After scrubbing the mixture off your face, it's a good idea to splash with water a few times to make sure the last of it comes off. If you don't get it all, you'll notice some sticky spots later and that's just annoying ;-)