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My Natural Skin Care Program

05 April, 2014

The other day I posted about my new skin care "program" that I have started using and had a few requests to share what I am doing. It's been a couple of weeks now since I've ditched commercial products and have started making my own. So far so good!

Quick little disclaimer should anyone try any of the following.....everyone's skin is different and reacts to things in their own way. What I have works for me and I have no idea whether it will work for you. When I started, I made tiny batches of everything until I found what works best for me so I'd suggest you do the same.

Ok? Ok.

Moving on....

I tend to have really weird skin. One day it'll be uber dry and the next super oily. I also have eczema and psoriasis (aren't you glad to know that!) so I've also had to be super conscious of using products for "sensitive skin". I also tend to have a lot of redness in my cheeks and break outs on my chin from being on the phone at work. Personally, at nearly 35 years of age I feel as though there should be a rule that one is no longer prone to breakouts but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Here are most of the "products" I am using on my face. The only things not pictured are the items I use for my toner, but that's because I am out and haven't made it to the grocery store just yet to replenish my supplies.

Quick tip: Coconut oil has a really low melting point so if you live in a warmer climate (a.k.a. anywhere OTHER than Michigan right now) or when summer finally arrives, you'll likely want to store it (as well as anything you make using it) in a cool place.

Face Scrub:
*1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
*1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda
Every week or so I whip up a new batch of my face scrub (the two ingredients mixed together---easy peasy!) in a little ramekin and keep it in the shower with me. I just use enough to "scrub" my face and neck. It takes a little getting use to my face feeling a bit "greasy" when I step out of the shower, but once the coconut oil soaks into my skin you'd hardly know it was there!

Make Up Remover
*Coconut Oil
That's it! Best. Thing. Ever. I wear some pretty hardcore eyeliner which can be a royal bitch to get off. But just the TINIEST amount of coconut oil takes it off without too much trouble. I just put a bit in the palm of my hand, let it melt and then carefully apply it to my lids before removing it (gently) with a cotton ball. And the best part? Whatever oil is left on my hand is a great hand moisturizer.

Face Toner
*1/2 cup Lemon Juice
*1/2 cup Witch Hazel (you can find this at the drug store, mine keeps it near the peroxide)
*1/2 cup Water
I keep this stored in a little bottle and it lives in my refrigerator. After I remove my make-up, I apply it on my face and neck with a couple of cotton balls.

Acne Treatment
*2 Aspirin
I think this is my favorite trick that I use. Like I said, I get some pretty serious breakouts on my chin and sometimes they HURT. To reduce the redness AND decrease the time these little buggers are hanging around, I take a couple of uncoated (very important that they are uncoated) Aspirin tablets, put a little warm water on them to make a paste and then put that on my acne/blemishes. I let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Not only does this take away the pain, it reduces the redness and speeds up the "healing" process.

Deodorant
*1/2 cup Coconut Oil
*1/4 cup Baking Soda
*1/4 cup Corn Start
*Essential Oils (a few drops)
*Vitamin E Oil (a few drops)
First things first.....this recipe makes A LOT. The next time I make it I'll likely have to halve the recipe. I have also seen recipes where you can also use Arrowroot instead of baking soda if you have really sensitive skin, but I've not given them a try yet. And I've yet to figure out a good way to actually USE it (I tried putting the mixture into an old deodorant container and failed miserably) but it totally works, so I'm not willing to give up on it just yet. I may try using a muffin tin to make deodorant bars my next go round. Anyway--over LOW heat on the stone, I put all the ingredients into a small glass bowl and mixed them together. It only takes about a pea-sized amount each morning and lasts all day. I generally put it on before I get dressed and let the oil soak in so it doesn't get on my clothes, but anything I has, it's washed right out.

So there you go! That's my new and improved skin care program. The one thing to keep in mind with all of the above is that the "shelf life" off all the recipes is a lot shorter than what you'd buy at the store. It's a tradeoff for not having preservatives but for the me, the benefits definitely out weight that "drawback".

Does anyone else use an all natural/do it yourself skin care program?

5 comments:

  1. Reblogged this on Seeking Subtle Glow and commented:
    I've been super interested in trying to make a few of my own natural beauty products, so I'm glad I stumbled upon this great post by Miles of Ordinary. Check out her amazing homemade products made from pantry shelf items. I will definitely be grabbing my jar of coconut oil from the kitchen before removing my make up tonight :) Thanks Meg!

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  2. Great post! Coconut oil is my makeup remover too! I will have to try out using that and baking soda together. My use of baking soda is usually as an at home microdermabrasion treatment, you can read about it in one of my January posts http://jennilala.com/2014/01/16/dealing-with-winter-skin/

    Hope to see you there!

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  3. Lovely...definitely going to try some of these.

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  4. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    I wish I had discovered coconut oil sooner. It really is fantastic.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by!

    I will definitely check out the microdermabrasion treatment with baking soda.

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