Today is all about skincare. Literally one of my favorite things, EVER to talk about. If you read the post I did about going make up free for a week, then you know that I mentioned having “bad” skin, all through high school and into my adult life. Well, I have finally landed on a skincare routine that I deem worthy enough to share with you!
Back story - I started breaking out in high school - SHOCKER, I know. I ran to the drug store and tried anything that promised to get rid of this junk on my face. I tried face wash after face wash after face wash - NOTHING helped. My skin would kinda sorta get better and then freak out again. I even tried DIY stuff like using Elmer’s glue as a pore minimizer - thanks a lot, internet. This never ending search went on for years. Until I came across some videos and blog posts where people talked about using oil as a facial cleanser. “GET THE BEHIND ME, SATAN!” Was my first thought! Why would I put oil, on my ALREADY oily face, broken out face?
But, the oil idea never went away. I continued seeing people post and talk about how using oils, evened out their skin and gave it a healthy balance. So, being on a quest for "perfect" skin, I decided to give it a shot.
Let’s start with the basics - skin type. I have combination/oily skin - meaning it’s kinda dry and kinda oily.
One of the reasons I love this skincare routine - It’s all natural. I love that oils have such variety and target any skin issue you may have. Dark spots or scarring? There’s an oil for that. Breaking out? Dry patches? Fine lines? You guessed it - there’s an oil for that!
I also love that I’m not spending an arm and a leg for products to nourish and heal my skin.
So let's get this thing rolling.
It's no surprise - I LOVE coffee. I will drink it all day everyday and be so happy. However, because coffee is a diuretic, it dehydrates your body. Bummer. Therefore, I have to drink a TON of water to make up for the amount of coffee I drink. If you're not a coffee drinker, you should still make sure you're consuming the right amount! I follow the ounces rule; which is our weight divided by 2 in ounces. So here's an example:
Say you weigh 120 pounds. 120/2 is 60. That means you should be drinking 60 ounces of water PER DAY.
Crazy, I know.
Helpful tip: carry a water bottle with you. I have a big 32 oz Nalgene bottle that I take with me EVERYWHERE. Seriously, if you see me, you see my water bottle. My goal is to drink 2 full bottles a day. I cannot tell you how big of a difference this has made in my skin. Night and day, y'all - NIGHT AND DAY!
Benefits: I could go on and on about the amazing benefits of coconut oil, I'm sure you've heard them all! You can read more about this amazing oil, here.
How I use it:
I take about a teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil. Rub it between my hands to warm it up, then apply all over my face. This will help to remove all of your makeup! Be sure to get all of your eye makeup! Also, coconut oil is super moisturizing - BONUS.
Use a wash cloth, towel or cotton swab to remove all of the coconut oil and makeup. I find that a textured washcloth works best! I suggest using something you're ok with getting messy! I bought a pack of wash cloths specifically for this - so I don't have to worry about staining other, nice ones. These are really similar to the ones I got!
I love this oil because it a thicker moisturizer and I've read that it promotes hair growth - so pack that stuff onto your eyebrows and eyelashes, y'all!
How I use it:
I've also done a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil - also known as the Oil Cleansing Method (read more about that here).
Apricot Kernel Oil
This oil is packed full of Vitamin E which is great for speeding up cellular regeneration which can help with the healing process for scars and acne.
Lavender Essential Oil
I'm sure you've heard of essential oils! They're literally EVERYWHERE. Lavender is a super calming oil that smells delightful and is great for skin issues as well as helping with sleep! Read more about Lavender, here
I use this bottle to hold my "face wash". I incorporate a mixture of equal parts Castor Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil and about 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. (I purchased this glass bottle and dropper at Natural Grocers. However, I've also seen them at Whole Foods, Sprouts and a few other stores.) I fill the entire dropper with the face wash mixture and apply it to my face. Then I rinse with warm-hot water for about 30 seconds and pat dry.
I love these gloves! You can find them at pretty much any drugstore, I got mine at target. I've used these gloves to exfoliate my face, when I have the face wash on.
These are also great for exfoliating all skin - arms, legs, feet, etc.
I love this face scrub! It's all natural and super gentle. (I use this just about every night - That's how awesome it is!)
**If I use this face scrub, then I won't use the exfoliating gloves on my face.
I combined equal parts Castor Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Rosehip Oil. I then spritz it on my face, after using the Alba Botanica Facial Scrub.
Argan Magic Oil
I bought this on a whim, at Marshall's and I AM IN LOVE! I use this as a facial moisturizer and an all over body moisturizer! It's lightweight and smells amazing! I'll use this along with my homemade moisturizer!
I like Cetaphil as another all over moisturizer, as well! It's lightweight and fragrance free!
I LOVE face masks. They're such a great way to pack in some much needed nutrients and moisture! I'm currently loving this mask from Andalou Naturals. Whenever I use this my face feels amazing and so nourished!
This is not technically a skin care product. However, it does go on your skin, so I'm throwing it in here. This is an all natural foundation primer. It's illuminating and just wonderful! Seriously, go try a sample, you will love it! It'll last you a long time too!
Ok, that's it for now! I would love to hear your thoughts on this! Do you use oils? What's your skincare routine like? Let me know if you try these products or have tried them!
I also plan on doing another post about skin friendly foods and drinks!
See y'all soon!