Wellness comes two fold in todays post. I wanted to chat quickly about a skincare routine that I’ve found works great for my skin. I need to note that everyones skin has different needs, of course, so this exact regime might not work for everyone. I’m only sharing to encourage everyone to research their skin type, figure out what your skin needs, maybe go through a little trial and error, and most importantly- make your own products!
I also need to note that nothing is better for your skin than staying hydrated. DRINK WATER! That is something we all have in common.
My mother taught me at an early age to take care of my skin. I was careful to use sunscreen, I put lotion on after every shower, and I even started a decent skincare routine once I got into high school. I was told that wearing makeup could damage my skin, clog pores, etc., so even still, at 23, I’ll wear only mascara now and then. Prevention is always better than cure, and when it comes to your skin, once you’ve lost the elasticity, once you’ve earned those wrinkles, there aren’t cheap, easy options to reverse them.
Your skin is your biggest organ! We need to be a little kinder to it; not only your face. Like I mentioned, in high school I started to practice real “skincare.” I spent what I thought at the time was a pretty penny, however, looking back, there’s no telling what I was smearing into my face. Recently I wanted to up my skincare. I noticed the chemicals in some of the products I used and didn’t want to spend so much on “natural” products that I could make at home. I did some research and figured out what my skin needed most, and then looked up effective recipes for what to use. Here’s what I found and now love.
In the shower, I wash my face with a natural, very gentle soap. I don’t scrub my face hard and afterward I always pat dry. If I don’t have time for a full shower after a workout, I make sure to wash my face to get the sticky sweat off. Every morning and every night before bed I spray a light mist of toner all over my face and let it dry. Lastly, before bed I’ll tap on some eye cream. That’s it. Just these three things. I keep it very simple and don’t over cleanse/over moisturize/over treat or stress out my skin. Doing this has brought back my natural oils and allowed them to do their job. After 2 weeks of daily use, my skin has been so clear, even, and soft. The best it’s looked in a long time. (Even my boyfriend noticed!) At the end of this post, I’ve included the recipes I use for my toner and eye cream!
Now, like I said, “wellness is two fold.” Being good to my skin has left me glowing on the outside, but taking the time to do so heals me on the inside. After a long day, getting to unwind and take a few minutes to care for myself in a way I know isn’t harmful is truly powerful. Even getting to make a new batch of products is calming and makes me feel so in control of my life. I highly recommend you up your skincare and allow yourself that control and small part of the day to focus on you. You’ll glow from the inside.
1 part Apple Cider Vinegar
(Rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids, treats acne and acne scars, reduces sun/age spots, prevents wrinkles, balances skins PH, minimizes appearance of pores.)
1 part witch hazel
(I use Thayers with Rose Petal)
You can also substitute the witch hazel for water in this recipe, however please note that non-diluted ACV will irritate skin.
Eye Cream Recipe-
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
(Coconut Oil acts as a moisturizer, antibiotic, multivitamin, multi-nutrient and antioxidant.)
6-8 Vitamin E Capsules
(Vitamin E Oil is a strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging and promotes healing.)
Frankincense Essential Oil
(Rejuvenates skin and can lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.)