I’ve written about skin care before, but I really love the topic, so I’ve got a few more things to add.
For some reason, I love taking care of my skin. I mean I genuinely enjoy washing my face and moisturizing- it feels really nurturing. I especially love it because the products I use are completely natural. I don’t mean like an organic skin care line; I mean you can find all of the items in your fridge.
I’m writing about topical products today, but I find that diet plays a big part in the look of my skin. As a general rule, I really limit my sugar intake and I find that makes a huge difference. You don’t need to be perfect (I enjoyed a liberal amount of ice cream cake topped with peanut butter the other day), but generally cleaning up your diet can do wonders for your complexion.
Topically though, here’s what I use.
Honey: I can’t say enough about this. Clearly. This is my third post about honey. But nothing has changed my skin more than washing it with honey. Any kind of honey seems to work for me, and it doesn’t have to be raw or really expensive. Try it, you’ll love it. I use honey to wash my face at night, and in the morning I just splash it with water.
Natures Aid: I use this as my morning moisturizer; it’s aloe vera gel mixed with vitamin E and some essential oils. It’s so good, and I use it year round.
Oil: I use this as my night time moisturizer. I like to rotate different oils to get a variety of benefits, and at the moment I’m using grapeseed.
Cacao Butter: This is something I’ve only introduced really recently. I’d purchased it awhile ago but forgot about it and found it recently when I was packing. I use it on my lips and around my eyes as an eye treatment – it works wonders!!.
Face: Weekly/Whenever I feel like it
Honey Facemask: I wrote about this here, and it is fab.
Turmeric Facemask: I started using this more recently and love the results. Mix some turmeric with honey and water and apply for ~20 minutes. Careful because turmeric stains like crazy (I tye-died a shirt with it once, it’s that stainy). Also, your face will be stained yellow when you wash it off. Not joking, but with some good scrubbing with a face cloth, you’ll get it all off. And it’s worth it because your skin will look heavenly. Maybe avoid if you have really sensitive skin though, due to the necessary scrubbing.
My friend recently took her Ayurveda training, and I she set me up with an Ayurvedic morning routine (more on that in a future post!). One part of the routine involves body brushing and moisturizing with oil. I love it!
Step 1, Body Brush: This is an awesome way to exfoliate your skin, open your pores, and get your lymphatic system moving. Brush your whole body using long strokes, and always stroke in the direction to your heart (i.e. wrist to elbow, not elbow to wrist).
Step 2, Apply Oil: You can use any oil (I am currently using coconut, but have also used almond and sesame), but you want it to be pure organic oil. You apply the oil directly after body brushing, and then let it sink in for 10-15 minutes before showering. This is key: you put on the oil, and then shower. I was skeptical because I thought it would make my skin dry if I washed the oil off, but my skin is softer than ever before. Body brushing opens the pores, so the oil can sink right in, and then when you shower, not all of it gets fully washed off.
People spend an insane amount of money on crazy expensive skin care, but you don’t have to, and chances are you actually already own all of these products.
Do you have a skin care item you swear by? I’d love to hear about it!