My Homemade & All-Natural Skincare Regimen::::::
Sooo, I try to lean more towards doing what is natural and healthy for my body and my skincare routine is one part of my life that I’ve evolved to better suite that lifestyle. Here’s a step by step of what ingredients I use and how I use them!
FIRST - I emptied out an old foam hand soap dispenser. I added a couple of tablespoons more or less of mild castile soap, then 25 drops of essential oils (equal parts tea tree, rosemary, eucalyptus, spearmint, & peppermint,) then I fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. This is the soap I use first to get surface oils, dirt, and makeup off of my face.
SECOND - About once every other month I make a batch of face scrub using the juice of one lemon, 1 tbsp kosher salt, and add pure cane sugar until it becomes a thick consistency. I lightly and gently smooth this over my face and neck in a circular motion until I feel all of the granules have dissolved.
THIRD - After rinsing the exfoliater off, I grab my bottle of aloe vera gel and a small dab of coconut oil. You can see the amounts I use for each in the picture. I rub these two ingredients together between my hands and apply to my face and neck. The coconut scent is really nice and the aloe vera is super moisturizing!
LAST - I apply a thin layer of my Josie Maran powder foundation with spf 20. I love her products because they are a long list of wonderful: fragrance free, cruelty free, paraben free, toxin free, natural, organic, and recyclable. Pretty freakin awesome if you ask me!
NOW, this is why I have chosen the ingredients above…..
Castile soap is a much more natural and hypoallergenic soap for the skin, since it’s so mild it doesn’t irritate, especially if you have acne. The different essential oils I’ve chosen are because they all are capable of various and incredible things! Such as: antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral properties. Pretty awesome! Which is why I also use this soap mixture as my regular hand soap as well. The exfoliater also has similar properties as the castile soap mixture but it also helps fade and prevent acne scars. If you currently have any cystic acne, you do not want to use this scrub directly on that area since it will likely become more inflamed. Lastly, I use the aloe vera gel because it calms and soothes the skin as well as moisturizing the heck out of it. Some believe that it may also help with scarring. The coconut oil puts back healthy oils into my skin that I’ve stripped away and is known to be antimicrobial.
As a teenager I had very severe acne. What changed as I became an adult, I’m not totally certain of. It just cleared up on it’s own for the most part but I would be willing to bet that my hormones leveled out after my teen years and consequently my skin seemed healthier. Either way I continue to take really great care with my skin in body with a nutrient-rich diet and try to avoid things that are potentially toxic and harmful. Hope this was helpful! :-D