I love getting facials. Going to a spa is my idea of heaven. Of course, it’s not exactly a sustainable past-time (unless someone wants to hire me to travel to different spas and write up reviews…anyone? anyone?…yeah, so…) so I end up pampering myself at home more often than not. This turns out to be really fun too. Over the past year I have plowed through all my old piles of skincare products and cosmetics and disposed of all products that contained any chemicals, sulfates, animal products, petroleum by-products, artificial colorings/fragrances/preservatives etc., etc. I have switched to all vegan, organic, chemical-free, super clean products. Cleaning out my bathroom drawers, especially all the old makeup, was HUGE and very liberating. I use very few products now and I love the simplicity! Part of the fun of the all-natural, super simple skincare routine is finding easy DIY, natural remedies. It’s amazing what a great facial you can compose just by digging through your kitchen cabinets and produce drawers!
Recently my skin has been problematic and breaking-out a lot. It’s a total drag so I’ve been trying all sorts of stuff to clear it up and balance out the oil of my face. What I’ve discovered to be really effective is SO simple. This little routine is great for all skin-types too, not just oily skin. My skin is very sensitive and this is gentle enough to keep it calm but really effective nonetheless.
Wash your face both evening and night with ALMOND MEAL. You can buy it in the bulk section of WF or health foods stores for not much money at all. Mix a few teaspoons in your palm with a bit of warm water and then scrub it all over your face in small circular motions. It smells yummy and makes your skin soft and smooth.
After the almond meal, use a slice of LEMON. Rub the lemon all over your face. It tingles a bit so avoid the area right around your eyes. The acids in the lemon make your skin bright and lemon has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties so it gets you really clean.
Then, to cool the face and reduce redness, rub a slice of fresh CUCUMBER over your skin. It’s delightful.
After this little ritual, rinse your face with cold water and let it breathe for awhile. If my skin is dry I like to use a few drops of organic ARGAN OIL. It’s a light, nourishing oil with anti-aging properties. Josie Moran’s products are lovely (I love her Argan oil make-up too!).
If your skin is breaking out and being troublesome, like mine has been, try a HONEY AND CINNAMON MASK! This is an old-school natural remedy and it really works! Mix a few teaspoons of cinnamon with a tablespoon of honey, spread it over your clean face and let it chill there for awhile. Don’t goop it on too heavy because it will drip (delicious but messy). Doing this a few times a week makes a huge difference. Honey and cinnamon are both such healing substances for so many conditions! This mask is anti-inflammatory. It will clean your pores, kill any nasty yucky things on your skin that are causing blemishes and it will gently exfoliate! Try it out!
Blessings for inner and outer BEAUTY and HEALTH.