My Favorite All Natural Skin Care Products
I'm a simple kind of gal. I don't wear much makeup and if a hairstyle takes more than 5 minutes to put together, you can count me out.
The same goes for my relationship with skin care -- I like to keep it simple, quick, and natural. However, I have struggled with oily, acne prone skin for a long time and let me tell you, it's hard to find products that work well with my skin! And you might as well just forget about those product being completely natural to boot...
At least, that's what I thought before I discovered a few little secrets. Seven to be exact.
Over the past year or so I have been religiously using these same seven all natural skin care "products" and I will never go back. My skin is far from perfect, but it looks and feels better than it has since before puberty! If you're in need of a new skin care routine, or even if you're just looking to give some extra TLC to your body's largest organ, keep reading!
1| Coconut Oil
Oh, coconut oil. How I love thee. You can cook with it and you can take care of your skin with it. Is there anything this miraculous stuff can't do?! I use this to remove my makeup and it works like a charm. Just melt a little bit between your fingers and gently massage it onto your face, paying special to your eyes if you are wearing eye makeup. Then, take a warm, wet washcloth and (also gently) wipe off all the coconut oil and makeup. Your face should feel clean and soft. You can also use coconut oil on any dry or chapped areas of your body. It's a lifesaver during those dry winter months!
Sidenote: Coconut oil is comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores. I have never had an issue using it to remove my makeup, but, if you have acne-prone skin like I do, I would not recommend rubbing it onto your face (say, as a moisturizer) without wiping it off with a warm, wet washcloth.
2| Homemade Facewash
I have tried for YEARS to find the perfect face wash. I needed something that would cleanse my skin, gently exfoliate, and also treat/prevent acne. Sometimes the ones I found at the store would work for a while, then stop, but usually they just never worked at all (especially the "natural" ones). I don't even want to think about how much money I wasted. Now, I make my own facewash. I know exactly what ingredients are in it and I'm able to customize it to my own skin type. Here's the recipe:
pure aloe vera gel
2 activated charcoal capsules (Get it here)
cedarwood, tea tree, lavender, and lemon essential oils
(omit lemon essential oil if you will be using this facewash in the morning as it can make your skin extra sensitive to the sun)
Simply squirt some aloe vera gel into a small bowl or cup and add baking soda and the contents of two activated charcoal capsules. Mix well and add more aloe/baking soda until you get the consistency you want. A gritty, jelly-like paste is best. Then add 1-2 drops of each essential oil and mix well. Pour into a small container with a lid to store. To use, wet your bare face with warm water and gently massage a dime sized amount onto your face. Rinse well and pat dry.
I keep my little jar in the shower to use once a day at the end of my shower in the evening, after I have already taken my makeup off and the hot water has had a chance to open my pores. In the morning I simply use water and a few drops of my favorite moisturizer, which I'll get to in a moment.
3| Essential Oils
I really can't say enough good things about essential oils. They literally improve everything in life from your laundry to your skin. My favorite oils to use to care for my skin are tea tree, cedarwood, lavender, and lemon. They all have anti-bacterial (read: acne-fighting!) and healing properties. All you have to do is simply add a few drops each to your homemade facewash, moisturizer, or lotion to enjoy the many benefits. But remember, be careful to use lemon essential oil at night when your skin isn't going to be exposed to the sun for several hours.
Be sure, also, to use high-grade, 100% pure essential oils that do not contain any additives. I use Young Living essential oils (learn more about them here), but I know there are several companies out there that are comparable. It doesn't hurt to do your research!
4| Witch Hazel
After I have removed my makeup and washed my face, I pour a little bit of Thayers Witch Hazel on a cotton ball and rub it all over my face. This removes any trace of leftover makeup, acts as a refreshing toner, and lightly moisturizes.
5| Rosehip Seed Oil
I've never been more in love with any other moisturizer. Here is the exact one I have been using for almost three years now. It's light, not greasy, and does not clog my pores. Plus, it's full of all kinds of good things like vitamin A, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that replenish and restore your skin. Simply put 2-4 drops in the palm of your hand and gently massage onto your face morning and night, patting a little extra around your eye area if needed. It's also another great way to get those skin-healing essential oils onto your face! Just add a few drops of each oil to the bottle and give it a little shake before each use.
I know this tip should be common sense, but I am constantly reminding myself to drink more water. Staying well hydrated does WONDERS for your skin -- and your entire body for that matter! It helps you detox more efficiently, which in turn eases inflammation and acne, it renews your energy (see ya, dark circles!), and promotes healthy blood circulation so you can finally achieve that glow!
A good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces every day, so drink up!
My skin always does so much better during the summer months because I enjoy spending a lot of time in the sun. Vitamin D is essential in your body's process for creating healthy new cells and a lack of this can contribute to dull, dry, or even wrinkly skin. No one wants that! All it takes is 10-20 minutes of sunshine a day, preferably with a good book and a glass of iced lemon water. Bonus points if you take your workout outside -- exercise stimulates blood circulation which helps your body detox and heal much more efficiently.
If you're planning on spending longer that 20 minutes in direct sunlight, especially if it's summer time, be sure to protect your skin with a good mineral sunscreen. Too much sun can damage your skin instead of heal it.