Did you know that women use an average of 12 personal care products daily? Unfortunately the government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for these products. In 2007, The Environmental Working Group found that over 30 years, the industry panel has reviewed the safety of just 13 percent of the 10,500 ingredients in personal care products. This is just one of the many reasons I decided to take a natural approach to the products I use. Our skin absorbs whatever you put on it good or bad. I personally never had any good results with commercial skin care products. As a teenager I had bad acne as and most of the acne products I tried did nothing more than dry out my skin, leaving it irritated and flaky. I went to a dermatologist and had no luck with those expensive products either, they were too harsh on my skin and just ended up causing more harm than good, as my skin ended up looking terrible and I became distraught over not being able to find anything that worked.[pullquote_right]Unfortunately the government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for these products[/pullquote_right]
I began to look for more information regarding skincare on my own and found many books and information online about natural skincare. I began to build a natural skin care regimen from the information I had required and read about, it worked excellent for me and I never turned back. Below you will find some of my favorite basic and easy recipes to get you started. You can even look through your kitchen pantry or fridge for some of these simple ingredients, if not you can find them at your local health food store.
Basic Oil Face Wash
I know what you’re thinking. “Use oil to wash my face?!” Yes Oil is an excellent and gentle skin cleanser for all skin types. Even oily, acne prone skin! The oil cleansing method, commonly referred to as OCM is becoming more and more popular. It deep cleans, soothes and most importantly does not strip the skin. Instead it leaves the skin soft, clean, and moisturized.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, Castor oil, and grapeseed oil
Directions: Rub a quarter size amount on face for about 30 seconds. Rinse with very warm water. You may have to rinse a couple times to get all the oil off.
I put the oils in an 8 oz. glass jar. I split the oils up by 1/3 and shake. It’s that simple, I don’t go through the hassle of doing exact measurements. I just eyeball it. You don’t have to use the oils I have listed above. You can use almond, jojoba, olive, avocado etc. Or you may want to use certain oils for the certain benefits that may be beneficial to you. Have fun mixing up different oils and ratios and finding the best mixture for you.
Apple Cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy and amino acids that help dissolve dead skin cells. It treats acne and exfoliates and balances the ph of the skin. ACV will leave your skin with a beautiful glow.
Ingredients: One cup of organic, raw ACV and one cup of distilled or spring water. A 1:1 ratio works great for my skin but you may need to adjust the ratio according to your skin needs. Some people may find a 1:1 ratio to strong and use a 1:4, or 1:8 ratio ect.
Directions: Mix ACV and pure water together in a glass container and shake well. Apply the mixture to skin with a cotton ball once daily after cleansing then apply moisturizer.
I would not suggest ACV for sensitive skin types.
Aloe Vera Toner
Aloe Vera contains essential vitamins and minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, amino acids and 200 active plant compounds called phytonutrients. Aloe vera supplies oxygen to the skin cells, rejuvenates, hydrates and makes the skin flexible.
Ingredients: One cup of pure aloe vera juice or gel, and one cup of distilled or spring water
Directions: Mix aloe vera and pure water together in a glass container and shake well. Apply the mixture to skin with a cotton ball once or twice daily after cleansing skin then apply moisturizer.
You may need to refrigerate this mixture. Follow aloe vera label directions regarding storage.
Brown Sugar & Honey Face Scrub
Honey is high in vitamin C, a variety of B vitamins and minerals. It is rich in amino acids and contains antioxidants which fight free radicals and reverse aging. Honey is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It is a humectant making it an effective moisturizer because it binds moisture to the skin and keeps it hydrated.
Ingredients: One tbsp. of organic honey, one tbsp. of brown sugar, ½ tsp of coconut oil or oil of choice
Directions: Mix ingredients, wet face with warm water and smooth the face scrub over skin. Exfoliate gently for about 30 seconds, do not exfoliate too hard. Rinse skin with warm water.
Ingredients: One tbsp. of honey, one egg white, one tsp. of vegetable glycerin, and ¼ cup of flour
Directions: Whisk together ingredients, smooth on face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water then follow with a splash of cold water.
*All images obtained from google