For many many years now, I have realized that my skin is extremely sensitive. It has been an issue since I was a child… I use to have to do wet wrap treatments on my skin because my eczema was so horrible. I learned very quickly that things chemical filled and unnatural almost always flared my skin up. So a “natural skincare” routine was an absolute must for me. In 2010 I began using the Oil Cleansing Method to cleanse my skin, after a terrible battle with cystic acne during my 3rd pregnancy. You can read more on what that is OVER HERE. I wrote an entire post that explains why it works and its benefits.
This post is a more detailed write up of my skin care routine as a whole.
Before we get started, let me 1st off disclaim that I am not a skin expert by any means. I am not a dermatologist. This is just what I do and it has worked for me. :) So lets get started…
How do I cleanse (clean) my face?
As mentioned above. I use the Oil Cleansing Method. I DO NOT BUY FACIAL CLEANSERS at all. The only time I ever use soap on my face is in the shower. I have two soap bars in my shower currently (A natural charcoal bar and a almond and oat goat milk soap bar from Goat Milk Stuff). So while in the shower (I shower 2-3 times a week) I will get the bar of soap and cleanse my face and exfoliate using a small amount of baking soda (also kept in my shower in a small glass bowl). It works really well. But besides that soap bar, the only thing ever used to wash my make up off and clean my skin is a blend of Jojoba Oil (80%) /Castor Oil (20%). Thats it! I do put some Sacred Frankincense Essential Oil or Skin Care Essential Oil into my Oil Cleansing mixture as well… but that is not a must for this method.
How do I moisturize my face?
I have a couple ways I do this.
At night I always use my Lotion Bars or lately I have been using the RMO’s new Better Butter. Its marketed for the body but its full of rich goodness, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to use it on my face… and after almost a month using that on my face, I’ve had no issues with it breaking me out or anything. My lotion bars though are still my go to and those are very inexpensive to make and only have 3 ingredients! You can print that recipe HERE. When I use my lotion bars, what I do is after I do the oil cleansing method, I rub the bars into my hand, add 2 drops of Sea Buckthorn Oil (ill post the benefits of this below). I then rub it all over my face and that is it.
During the Day If I plan to wear make up I have found that wearing my lotion bars or the better butter on my face under make up, DOES NOT WORK. It makes me to oily. So for day time moisturizing, I use an Aveeno Lotion. It is also not marketed for the face and this particular lotion isn’t 100% natural… but I’ve used it for almost 3 years now and it doesn’t break me out and its a lot less expensive than small facial lotions I’ve found… so since its free of fragrances and works, I’m sticking with it. However, I do enhance it a little… After I cleanse my face in the morning , I take a roller bottle (right now I’ve been using the RMO’s Skin Balance (Its a pre-diluted bottle – however you can create your own pre-diluted bottle by using RMO’s SKIN CARE Synergy. You’d take 5-8 drops of the Skin Care Oil and put it into a 10ml roller bottle, filling the rest with a carrier oil of choice. So I rub that roller bottle blend all over the palm of my hand. I then add a dab of the Aveeno lotion (like the size of a pea) in my palm. I THEN add TWO drops of the Sea Buckthorn Oil on top of that, rub it all together in my palm and then rub it onto my face.
One other thing I do is I spray my face before moisturizing it with Rose Hydrosol (also known as Rose Water). Rocky Mountain Oils where I buy all my Essential Oils however does not sell Hydrosols. So I buy my Hydrosols from Plant Therapy and have been super impressed with it. I don’t however buy my oils from them… while some of them may be fine… I just prefer RMO for my source of oils. Plant Therapy though like RMO does offer free shipping. :) So do keep that in mind… and I do think if you’re a new customer and sign up for their newsletter you get $10 off a $30 order. ::hint hint::
Now one last thing I do for my face are Raw Honey Mask.
Sounds so gross… but it has made my skin SO soft!
Below is the recipe for those who like to print things easily… below the recipe I will explain why I put what is in it and the benefits those ingredients bring.
- 3 tsp. Raw Honey
- 1 tsp. Rose Hydrosol aka Rose Water
- 1/2 tsp. Tumeric Powder
- Put all the ingredients into a small bowl and mix together until thin paste forms.
- Apply it to a dry face in circular light motions...
- Allow it to set for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water.
- I then cleanse my skin using the Oil Cleansing Method AFTER I do my mask... and then moisturize. Thats it! One bit of warning. If you are fair in complexion. Tumeric can stain your skin some after the initial use of this mask. I'm tan year round though (thanks mom), so I don't have this issue... but I have heard from those with lighter skin, it does stain. It should come off after cleansing with oil though and is not permanent. :) If it stained to badly, just omit the tumeric and use raw honey and rose hydrosol only.
(note: in the photo of myself, the honey mask is on me, haha, its hard to see since its sort of the same color as my skin)
So lets talk Benefits? Why do I use some of these things above? Why are they helpful for the skin? I will try and list the things I feel most will have questions about… and feel free to just comment or DM me on instagram or facebook with any other questions. :)
The enzymes in raw honey clarify your skin and can help keep pores clear and clean. Honey is loaded with antioxidants, other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that thwart bacteria that can lead to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation. Raw honey is loaded with nutrients and enzymes to nourish and heal skin, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin. [source]
Rosewater stimulates the skin, heightening the blood flow. Rosewater controls and balances sebum production, making it useful for both dry and oily skin. It can balance and restore the skin’s PH and helps tighten pores. Its antibacterial properties help fight acne giving troubled skin a gentle, rather than a harsh treatment. [source]
Sea buckthorn oil is well-known today for its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin.Using sea buckthorn oil daily helps slow down the signs of aging by nourishing the tissues in your skin and body. It’s believed to have high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties that help promote total body wellness. It promotes skin hydration, elasticity, and skin regeneration, and even helps treat and prevent acne. [source]
This Skin Essential Oil contains many beneficial oils for the skin. It can Rejuvenate and tone mature skin. Prevent and reduce the appearance of scars. Sooth and comfort dry, irritated, and blemished skin. These are the ingredients contained in the Blend: Cucumber, Lavender, Frankincense, Carrot Seed, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, & Rose. Feel free to check out the RMO website and look up these individual oils to read up about all the benefits they each bring. It be way to much for me to type up and list here… but they’re website has lots of great information that explains all the benefits. [source]
Again feel free to check out RMO for information on the benefits of their Better Butter. Just look at the ingredients. You can pronounce them haha… Its a great butter and while it may take those use to OTC typial store creams time to get use to, it is a lot better for the skin than anything sold in the stores. Just be mindful that all skin types are different and what may not break me out, may break you out. I have just found that if a product is natural and contains healthy rich ingredients, its not going to break you out. The only reason I feel like it would is if your skin just wasn’t use to natural skin are routines and went through a short detox period. When I began oil cleansing my skin it went through about 3 weeks of detox break outs… that was not fun! However once I got through it, my skin has never been better.
and just a couple more things things to wrap this up…
BREAK OUT REMEDY Secret
I only ever do this if I have a bad blemish. Or if I feel one coming on. I take straight Lavender oil (undiluted) and put 1 drop onto the blemish. It works like a charm!! However because its so concentrated you do not want to do this a ton. 1-3 days max. Until the blemish is gone. It helps with scars too. I just recommend diluted it down some if you plan to use it for an extended period of time… but for “power bomb blemish killing power” – straight lavender is the jam.
& A GREAT TONER Recipe
I don’t use a toner that often any more but when I do, this is the recipe I use. Its like two ingredients and works great!
I hope you found this post helpful…
Be lovely. Know that even if you break out, thats ok! Feed your body real foods… treat your skin well.. and be confident in how God created you. We are each beautiful and no one is flawless. Skincare for me should not cost an arm and a leg… and it most def. should be as natural as possible. Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies… and we should take care of it. We shouldn’t lather chemicals on it every single day… Treat it well :)
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for plant therapy, amazon & rmo. All the opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this post.