And then I went the hippie route: all natural skin care routine

Peeps – I have to precede this by saying I have zero issues with the hippie-ish lifestyles.  In fact, I often envy them.  But being who I am…well, it was just never me.

Until I had a kid.  And then I started buying organic, making all my baby food, breastfeeding and storing milk for the kid until she was 15 months…you know the drill.

Well, about a month ago I stumbled on this Pin on Pinterest and I was hooked.  I’ve suffered with skin issues since the age of 11 and, unlike most, mine did not stop when I surpassed the teenage years.  And when I got pregnant with my first baby, it got so much worse, I was literally crying about it.  Second pregnancy wasn’t as bad, but definitely not good at all.  And the best part about skin care and pregnancies?  There are a ton of things that you’re advised not to use.

So, when I saw the all natural way that supposedly cured someone’s skin issues, I was intrigued.  I have been using Proactive since my late teens and was sick of paying for it, not to mention the fact that I cut down its use significantly during each pregnancy.  Instead I adapted some of the new all natural skin care routine and within a week I was so hooked, I threw out all of my face washes and creams.  Yes, I thought it was that good.

Now I won’t tell you that all my skin issues are gone, but I will say this: my face is smoother, more even, and has had zero dryness/oiliness since I’ve switched.  In fact, I’m rather loving a new glow in my cheeks, the lack of black heads and white heads, and just the overall healthy feel of my skin.  Who knew that changing your products to the all natural skin care products would make this much of a difference in such a short time?  And if you’re not hooked yet, just try the oil to wash off your make up and you’re going to be astonished at how much easier the make up comes off and how much less residue is left on your face (actually, there is none left on mine).

So here’s what I’m doing.

My daily routine:

  • Every evening I wash my face with oil.  I combined even parts Olive oil, Castro oil, and Jojoba oil.  I bought a little travel bottle at WalMart for 97 cents, combined all the oils and use it to pour on my hands and massage onto my face.  I usually spend 5 or so minutes with it on/massaging it in, then use a super warm washcloth to wipe it off (hold the cloth on your face for a minute or two…sure it opens up pores and all that good stuff, but it also just feels so darn good at the end of a long day).  If you’re like, “are you seriously putting oil on your face?”  just do it.  I have the kind of skin that has had dry patches and yet was still oily in other places and I swear, it’s all gone.  The dry patches.  The oily skin.  Everything.  Just gone.  So are the raccoon black circles under my eyes from mascara that never seemed to wash off before.
  • After the oil, I apply Vitamin E with Tea tree oil cream to any red marks or sometimes just all over.  This stuff is magical at erasing any kind of mark/scar/etc on your face.  I’m so addicted.
  • In the morning I use raw honey to wash my face.  Usually I put it all over my face and rub it in, then start the shower and just stand in the warmth of it for a few minutes while brushing my teeth.  Then wash my face off.  There are a ton of recorded benefits to washing your face with honey, not the least of which is clean, glowing skin.

And a few times a week:

  • 2-3 times a week or whenever I remember/feel like it, I mix some cinnamon and nutmeg with the raw honey and use it as a mask.  It’s so sticky and I swear it takes a top layer of my skin off when I scrub but it feels so good and within minutes my skin feels softer, smoother, and just clean.  You can read this post for more info.
  • 2-3 times a week, in the morning, I also mix equal parts baking soda and water and use this as a scrub on my face.  I am not sure if there is any dirt left at all after my nightly oil routine, but if there was, this stuff takes it right off.  And then some.

You can get more ideas/stuff to do from the links above, but even this super simple routine (read: not at all time consuming, since I’m a mom and a full time employee, I have none) has seriously changed me.  I’m so antsy to see what happens in the next few months as my skin truly adjusts, but so far the results have been so significant, I’m already in love.


Comments

  1. Love this post!!! I used to have a similar routine but I don’t wear make up so I just stopped washing my face altogether. =P I do use a hot wash cloth in the shower to “exfoliate.” Oil is the best, isn’t it?!

    ~ GGG

    • It really is! I’m so in love there are like no words. And honey…it’s smoothed out my skin in a month more than ANYTHING else in years. I haven’t had a SINGLE breakout since I started this routine.

  2. Ooh I’m intrigued… I also have skin issues, did the proactive thing but it was too harsh for me, switched to the neutrogena skin ID for a bit, that was OK, now i use what’s on sale because nothing works haha. This could be perfect because I work in a whole foods so I can easily get all of this stuff, AND my mom’s a beekeeper so…perfect! I may have to try some of these out… I’m SO sick of my face acting like it’s 15 when the rest of me is 30 lol

  3. I am right there with you with the pregnancy face. And then pp as hormones with BFing are all over the place!

  4. A paleo-lithic diet would probably also help with any skin issues! My husband’s skin changes dramatically (i.e. smooth, no pimples, etc.) when he’s off both dairy & grains.

  5. i’m intrigued. Sounds like I’m in the same boat as you and have always been. However, my face actually cleared up during pregnancy, too bad I can’t get those hormones all the time, but now is back to being crappy. I have to say I’m skeptical, but could be convinced….how long have you used this and are you seeing a difference in what it looks like, or just feels like??

  6. I saw a lot of these products at the market down the street from us. I’m going to have to try some of them now! Ever since I got pregnant with my son (who’s now 20 months), I’ve been obsessed with organic, more natural products (for him AND for me). Thanks for sharing!

  7. You are a dirty hippie just like me?!?!? HOORAY!! And I use Argan Intensive Serum made by a friend of mine here in town. If you ever feel like having a luxurious oil-based facial moisturizer (100% natural) buy it!! http://nobarriersbirth.com/apothecary/skin-care/

  8. Okay I’m giving this a try, you got me intrigued. I started last night and the oil wash method was good. I tried the honey this morning and my face felt really dry afterwards (honey on, water to wash, nothing else). I tried using the oil to ‘moisturize’ once it felt dry after the shower. I’m waiting on my order of vitamin-E to help with breakouts but interestingly enough – breastmilk actually helps with that as well – sounds strange but true.

    Question, do you put anything on your face after your honey wash to get some moisture? I don’t wear makeup so maybe I just need to add something in.

    • Nicole- honey seemed to actually even out my dry/oily portions of the face. Sounds so odd I know. Are you using raw honey? I do use a daily moisturizer and I usually put the honey on before I take a hot shower, so maybe that helps?
      ps- I’ve heard that about breastmilk.

  9. I found out I’m allergic to Proactiv! :( Where do you buy these products?

  10. So, 2 weeks ago I did this homemade mask of avocado, honey and an egg white…. it’s incredible. My face is literally glowing afterwards, and my pores look AMAZING. I’ve never in my life heard of washing my face with honey, but I can TOTALLY see it working! Do you have to get organic raw honey, or will any honey do the trick?

  11. Thanks so much for sharing!! I generally have pretty good skin but is very dry and occasionally breaks out (always at the most inopportune times!) – definitely going to give this a try.

  12. Great natural methods. And at the end there is no better than natural treatments. I’m using apple cider vinegar toner in the morning and evening. I spray my face with a mixture of 2/3 alcohol free which hazel and 1/3 raw apple cider vinegar. It helps for my homemade facial oil to absorb quickly and evenly.

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