Back in December, I applied a cream to my face and woke up with a horrible rash.
Turns out, it was a bacterial infection. It took a diet change, two full months of itching – AND being embarrassed by my skin, and eventually an antibiotic to make it go away.
It made me re-evaluate just what I’m putting on my skin. I’m through with putting chemicals and other unknown ingredients on my delicate epidermis. I read article after article about how we slather cancer inducing substances all over ourselves, then go about our days none the wiser, while these ingredients seep into our bodies and do all kinds of harm.
There are several companies out there that make amazing all natural products. But I also like to make my own beauty concoctions. They’re typically less expensive that way, PLUS I know exactly what’s going in when I do it myself.
Here are some of my go-to favorites that sit on my countertop.
First is my exfoliant. I’ve actually been doing this for a couple of years now – it’s a mixture of organic coconut oil and baking soda. Simple and effective, it’s gentle enough that it doesn’t irritate my skin, but removes dead skin and leaves my face hydrated. You can find the recipe to make it here.
After I exfoliate, I shake up some cider vinegar (to make sure the ‘mother’ gets mixed up) and dip a cotton ball in. I then rub it all over my face. Yeah – it stinks. It makes my eyes water. But cider vinegar PH balances your epidermis, and breaks down barriers to allow my next step to work even better. Caution – start with diluted cider vinegar if you have sensitive skin, and work your way up to the real thing or you’ll end up with a red face.
Five minutes later, I rinse off the cider vinegar and apply a couple drops of frankincense oil to my face with a squirt of a carrier oil (I prefer jojoba, which is the closest plant product to skin out there). There’s a reason the wise men gave this to Jesus. Frankincense is seriously awesome. The list of benefits is long (google it if you don’t believe me), but high on my list is its anti-aging properties. I’m a convert.
As a former bulimic, I spent years destroying the enamel on my teeth. I started using Tom’s, thinking I was doing myself a favor. Turns out, Tom’s isn’t any better for you than Colgate (and is actually owned by the same company!). It’s full of hazardous chemicals that you simply shouldn’t be putting in your mouth.
I now make my own toothpaste, using the same recipe as the exfoliant, with the addition of 5 drops of peppermint essential oil for fresh breath. Peppermint oil has antimicrobial properties, and it’ll soothe your tummy while it makes your mouth kissable. Wins all around.
My body lotion now? Straight up coconut oil and essential oil of lime. I use 5 drops of lime per half cup of coconut oil. You guys. It smells like the tropics. And my dry skin is a thing of the past. Beyond the fact that this oil contains vitamins and minerals that are great for the skin, it’s also supposed to be great for mental clarity – and the good Lord knows how I need help in that area!
I only wish there was such a thing as ‘smello-blogging’, because it smells so good you might be tempted to eat it. And you actually could – because the ingredients are that safe for you!
Do you have any DIY beauty products that you swear by?