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I am proudly Mrs. Homemade Everything. I haven’t used a commercial shampoo in 6 months (and that was a one-time thing). I haven’t used store-bought deodorant in 2 1/2 years! I am very proud of the fact that I use essential oils in so many areas of my life and can eat most of the products in my house. But there is one thing I just can’t nail down:
Homemade skin care.
To preface, I should say that I have suffered from mild acne my entire life. It has never been excruciatingly bad, but it has always been there and impossible to tame. I tried all the commercial cleansers I could afford and even a few prescriptions. But nothing ever worked well enough. I just wanted skin like the people in the commercials. I would even have settled for skin like other people in my classes!
After I switched to natural products and real food, I saw improvements. But I still felt like I tried it all. For example, I used black soap and shea butter for a long time, and this was great. The black soap kept my skin clear and the shea butter moisturized beautifully. But I get really dry skin in the winter and the soap didn’t clear up everything.
So I moved to using essential oils for skin care. I discovered a blend of essential oils that made a great spot treatment. I loved my own blend of lavender, geranium, melaleuca, and frankincense to help soothe my skin (lavender and geranium), cleanse it (melaleuca), and promote healing and reduce the appearance of blemishes (frankincense). Eventually I was just using the essential oils, but I realized that not washing my face at all probably wasn’t the best for it. I mean, I was still getting dirt and stuff on it! What now?
I currently use oil cleansing every night, which works great. But the first time I started to oil cleanse, I found it to be tiresome in the evenings, and I hated the transition period.
Eventually, I learned that if I eat 100% clean and sugar-free, I can keep my acne to a minimum. Truly, that is the only way to me to fight acne. No matter what I try, it will not clear my skin unless my plate is filled with clean foods. And if I wasn’t eating clean, the transition period of oil cleansing was brutal. It was too much for me.
So I cheated. I began using commercial skin care again.
Essential Oils for Skin Care
I still tried to keep my skin care as natural as possible. I didn’t go out an buy a bottle of Clean and Clear. Actually, if I didn’t already own these products, I likely would have stuck to homemade. I’m a cheapskate when it comes to beauty products and I wouldn’t have shelled out for anything I could (theoretically) do myself.
But in fact, this fall I tried two plant-based skin care lines. I have to admit: it made my skin feel good. The ingredients for the products I tried aren’t ideal, but they could be much worse. Both lines contain therapeutic grade essential oils for skin health, which is definitely a plus.
It started one day when I was thoroughly fed up with my skin care routine and my acne: I broke out the products and started using them. And the results were wonderful! My skin cleared up at a faster rate than normal; it felt incredibly balanced and much healthier. I didn’t have extremely oily skin like I used to, and my skin wasn’t dried out either. When my diet (and therefore my acne) really got out of control, I switched to a line designed specifically for acne. It dried my skin out more than I would like, but it did really help. Of course, starting GAPS is what it took for my acne to really heal.
When I did start GAPS, I decided to move off of these store-bought products and back to 100% homemade and natural skin care. I mimic my products after these products that worked quite well for me, which I will write about more next month. Today, I am just going to share one homemade product that I use every night: my DIY Facial Serum.
The key to this DIY serum is an anti-aging blend blend of essential oils. But don’t be fooled by the name; it isn’t just for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and aging skin: this blend of the best essential oils for skin (Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, and Sandalwood) is also amazing for healing, nourishing, smoothing, and beautifying the skin in general. It can help reduce the appearance of blemishes and promote more radiant-looking skin. All things these are things that my skin desperately needs after so many years of acne and harsh cleansers.
Best of all, it is extremely simple to make.
DIY Facial Serum
In less than a minute, I created my own DIY facial serum that I now use every single day. It uses jojoba oil, which is wonderful for skin health. It moisturizes and balances the oils on your skin, as it very closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum. It is light and absorbs quickly. I absolutely love it!
I only use about 6 drops of this serum a day, which comes out to less than $25 a month for the best anti-aging serum you will find. A pretty great deal if you have already been using a high-end anti-aging product.
But that can still be expensive for some – I know it is for me! Thankfully I am able to receive bottles of this oil for free, making my DIY Facial Serum cost less than $1 per month! If I do need to purchase is, the facial serum still only costs $17/month. Contact me to learn more about how to make this natural skin care affordable.
- One 10mL bottle Anti-Aging Blend
- 2 Tablespoons jojoba oil
- Combine the ingredients into a 2oz glass amber container.
- Roll container between your hands to mix the oils.
- Store in a cool, dark place.
To use: After cleansing and toning, warm 4-8 drops between your fingers and massage into face, focusing on dry and damaged areas. Use alone (more drops) or follow with an additional moisturizer (fewer drops).
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