As you would probably have seen in the first page of my webby, I spoke about Conscious Living and being more aware of the products we use in our daily lives. It wasn’t too difficult for me to make the decision to start using natural remedies for my facial routine because of the chemicals present in most of the facial products around nowadays which I really believe do not do any good for us in the long run.
While it is going to be a long story to go into why products nowadays can be potentially harmful, my thinking is, if you really look at what is going on in our world, one might want to be more cautious of products on the market and what goes into it, and also, the ethics, values and principles of the manufacturing company – because if you do some more researching on your own, you will find that our skin is an absorber of whatever we apply on it externally. I really don’t think there is a coincidence that illnesses and diseases are more common than ever before, of course due to various reason like food production the non natural way, but this also applies with more and more products being developed with chemicals that just does not go well with the body, and you might not even know it.
Our skin does an average of 60% of absorption of contaminant.
Look at yourself in the mirror and you will see that your skin is one of the main organs in your body. So it is not difficult to see how and why what we use on our skin gets absorbed quite easily into our blood and lymphatic system.
An example of nicotine patch which the wearer places on his/her skin to aid in giving up smoking is an example of a skin absorption phenomena. Also, I haven’t even gone into detergents which are also chockfull of ’em chemicals and yes, it is much better for your health overall to opt for natural and ‘eco friendly’ detergents.
So, if you are one who is already someone who is conscious of healthy eating and you are a lady or perhaps you are a guy who likes to take care of your skin, then I encourage you to look at adopting more natural skincare remedies for your overall health. And yes that might even include makeup – something which I have to next venture into as I am a big makeup junkie.
Don’t forget that by doing so, you are also doing your part for the environment by supporting and encouraging demand for more of nature’s products which will play their part in increasing health consciousness overall. Of course, it will be great if the companies which produces such organic, natural goods have values and ethics which also supports the earth environment as well but this topic will be more off the scale than what we are here to talk about.
First things first, how much will adopting a natural skincare regime cost me?
Now, assuming that you are somewhat like me who have to watch their finances, then the first question that will come into mind is how expensive is this going to be?
The simple answer is:
No. It is not expensive.
From what I have gathered, the normal ingredients which are used are mainly organic oils, ranging from sunflower oil, castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil, raw honey, baking soda.
Personally, I prefer coconut oil. So on this note, let’s say you decide to use extra virgin olive oil as an ingredient in your facial routine, or extra virgin coconut oil, and honey (I will exclude baking soda out because we already know it is cheap although if I were to use that, I would use organic baking soda. ). Common sense tells you that these ingredients are stuff you can use to cook and in your preparation of food.
If you invest in high quality extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), not only has it got a high smoke point which makes it good for any high heat/temperature cooking process but you basically reap the benefits of it both internally and externally. The same goes for coconut oil, although it has a lower smoke point than high quality EVOO but it is suitable for medium heat cooking process plus it also adds a wonderful flavour to your meals 🙂
And honey? Use that as a natural sweetener instead of sugar. Not to mention it is a good immune system booster as well.
Price wise, I believe you either spend the same amount on these guys as you would on drug store skin care products . If you are one who uses those high end products, then you will know these natural ingredients are definitely wayy more affordable. Yes, please think about it.
How does this benefit me?
Some of the reasons are as I have mentioned in the beginning of this article. Like the same way one would choose to eat healthily, and opt for foods that helps the body heal, recuperate and rejuvenate, this is the same line of thinking except that this is in the form of external products. You have GMO foods, non organic crops which involves the use of pesticides and etc, and you have the naturally, organically grown crops. Crops which are grown in a land free of polutants, and the farmers are very much in line with conserving the environment as well as keeping their body wells by only growing natural products. Same concept for our facial products, toiletries, and etc. I prefer using an awareness campaign to encourage people to do something, and not a fear campaign so I do very much encourage you to do your own research into a topic like this.
So now let’s begin to my personal alternatives for my current skin care regime. Now as most of us would, , first thing I did, was to go on a googling spree on what to use and what nots, and get ideas from people who are already using natural products as part of their skincare routine and here is what what I am using as natural remedies for myself which are cost efficient and affordable in the long run.
Oil of your choice and that is it.
You don’t need alot of it, and just enough to remove your makeup. Again, I personally use coconut oil because it’s the only organic oil I have on hand, and it does the trick. Plus it is good for the eyelashes since I use alot of mascara and it is hitting 2 birds with one stone so why not?
Oh and yes, you can apply coconut oil on your eyelashes too before sleep to promote hair growth and also to your hair for thick luscious locks. Now do you see why I have such high preferences for coconut oil?
Facial wash cleanser
Now what I personally use, which have seemed to worked for me so far because I have a skin combination of dry and sensitive with some parts of my face, namely the t-zone being slightly more oilier than the rest of my face is :
Coconut oil , organic, extra virgin, cold pressed and proper raw honey.
Note: Please make sure that these guys are the proper stuff given that will be what you are using on your face. Reason is because, products like honey which are sold over this part of the world where I am living might not necessarily be raw honey and it’s pure, raw honey that will give you the benefits of basically everything we know honey promises really. To healing your skin, antibacterial functions,. I even tried it on ulcers during the time I was going through chemotherapy and it did work so it definitely works on cuts, although, yes it hurts like crap.
2 parts jojoba oil/coconut oil to 1 part of raw honey. i.e 2 tbsp oil to 1 tbsp honey
Mix or stir up these beauties so they combine beautifully and become some sort of paste you can slather them over your face.
Give your face some good ol’ lovin by massaging the oil and honey mixture into the skin. (If you want to a more youthful skin, that helps to do it by improving blood circulation! However, gently. Please.)
Wash them off with water.
Tips and recommendations
#1. Use warm water.
Prior to my knowledge of what warm water does to our skin, I literally ‘accidentally’ found that warm water seems to do wonders for my skin, rather than normal temperature water. And I will explain more so as we get further along in this article.
#2. Use a wash cloth/sponge.
It does the trick to wipe off excess makeup/dirt off the face, not to mention it feels like you’re giving yourself a mini spa if you get one of those cute soft sponges.
#3. Get ’em shakies.
The downside to these guys is everytime I use them, I need to stir them up, so what you might want to do is to put them into a little jar or bottle so you can shake them up before usage.
#4. Test it first.
I mix up a concoction of 2 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp or raw honey just to test it out for starters and I believe that lasted me for about 5 days to a week and slightly more. I recommend trying it out and testing small amounts concoction with coconut oil and see if it causes breakouts because I have read somewhere that it can. At first, I thought it was the case for me but as I did my tryouts, I found that it doesn’t apply for me – in fact, it seemed to have prevented and healed breakouts.
I would never have thought of trying out this treatment and would used to shudder at the thought of applying oil to my face, but it never occurred to me that I have been using oil on my face in the form of tea tree oil to help in resolving an annoying case of pimples and zits breakout.
So yes, we are talking about Oil treatment here. You may choose to use this to give your face a good deep cleansing too, however I know of people who use this to cure and treat really severe case of acne so, if you have a similar acne issue, I say perhaps give this a go.
- The Oil Cleansing Method
Yes. Don’t be afraid to use oil on your skin because oil itself alone actually doesn’t cause breakouts.
Now the secret to a really smooth and supple skin.
Pour your selected oil on your palms, and massage it to warm it up.
Apply on the face, and here, take your time to massage the oil into your face, really working it in so your facial pores can absorb the oil in. Focus on the affected areas.
Allow the oil enough time to be absorbed into your pores so when I say take your time, yes, take your time.
Now this is what I call the “Hot sponge-over-face procedure”.
Dip the sponge or wash cloth in water which is warm, and I mean really warm , but not hot enough to scald your face.
Place the hot sponge or wash cloth over the affected area, and hold it over that area for long enough until it cools or go back to normal temperature which shouldn’t take long.
The key is this: You are essentially allowing the steam to open the pores of your face and releasing the impurities on your face which are causing those zits and acne.
That, is also the reason why I suggested warm, warm water and not cold water because cold water does not help remove the oil on your face efficiently, nor does it help to open those pores to release those impurities which is the key to this oil cleansing method.
Wipe your sponge or washcloth over your face gently, rinse it, and repeat for a few times.
Your skin should feel warm, soft and supple and just basically, really nice…:)
Finish off either with a toner, but if your face feel tight like mine, then dab some of your chosen oil on your palms, rub them together to warm it up, and apply onto your face, massaging it in.
2. Honey Application
I think there is much to be said about honey because it definitely has healing properties for cuts, and skin inflammations.
So for ’em zits, it is just as simple as dabbing some raw honey on the said areas, and leave it in for a while.
You might choose to sleep with it overnight, but I know honey can be kinda sticky so you might want to wash it off after 15-20 minutes.
Facial Rash and Irritation soother
Now I don’t know if itchy spots on my face are considered as a rash but I was having a really itchy face at one point and it was always something like little dots and bumps and spots which are super itchy and gets even worse if I scratch them.
Using the same remedy for the facial wash cleanser, what I sometimes do with the coconut oil and honey concoction is to leave it on those affected parts for abit, say 5-10 minute. I believe some people use this as a mask 15-20 minutes, but due to a variety of reasons, I don’t leave it for that long.
If you use the concoction of any oil that you prefer, (of course depending on how your skin is well suited for it so please test only small amounts on yourself first before adopting it as a complete skin care routine), and you wash it off with warm water, you will feel like as though your skin has already been moisturized which is the benefit of using the oil and honey cleanser.
However, what seems to do the trick to sooth any bumps and spots on my face, resulting in a happy, smooth and supple skin, is to use the Hot sponge-over-face procedure.
Make sure you literally steamed your face with your hot but not scalding sponge, repeating the procedure by washing off your sponge, dipping it in hot water again, and placing it over those affected areas until it cools down. Rinse and repeat, until you eventually wipe off the mixture from your face.
Finish with a toner, and a dab of the coconut oil over the affected as a protective barrier against dirt and dust.
I notice that so long as I properly moisturize my face, it doesn’t scream in protest by breaking out in itchy spots and bumps, so moisturizing, definitely helps.
You might want to repeat this daily, or even twice a day until you see some results in your blemishes, rashes.
I have to admit that I have not found a recipe I really like for toner with the exception of apple cider vinegar.
And yep, I use Braggs organic apple cider vinegar.
With this, the recipe is 2 parts apple cider vinegar to 1 parts filtered water.
Now for me, this mixture can be extremely drying because I overused it during my first try on my blemishes resulting in an extremely dry and tight feeling, uncomfortable skin. So naturally I did some research and I found out that this 2 parts to 1 mixture, is actually more for normal skin while my skin might be ranging on being sensitive skin.
So for sensitive skin peeps, mix 4 parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part filtered water.
And yes I got something for oily peeps too, and that is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part filtered water.
A word of caution I have is should you decide to try this out, try the 4 parts to 1 mixture first to see how your skin reacts to it, just in case.
Remember, it is all about experimenting to see what works with natural skin care, and while it might be a pain, but I do believe it will be worth the while because you are indeed reducing your exposure to unnecessary chemicals where you know you can.
Has this helped you in your quest for converting natural skincare regime? Let me know! I like to hear from you! xx