Recently, I’ve had a couple of requests asking about my skincare routine. That’s so flattering to me especially because my skin has definitely given me trouble in the past. When I switched to a completely natural regimen, my skin sang!
My skin is usually dry to normal. When I’m pregnant, or hormonal for other reasons, my skin becomes extremely slick with oil. In this series, I will discuss the regimens I follow when I’m dry, normal, and oily.
Oily and/or Acne-Prone Skin
My skin looks awful in the last trimester of pregnancy. I mean, TERRIBLE. Maybe it’s because I’ve only carried girls and they’ve stolen my beauty.
My acne was hormonal and so I didn’t think there was much I could do to fix it. I wanted the pimples to go away but I didn’t want to risk exposing my baby to toxins. I did a little research into how your skin likes to be and here are some things I learned:
- Your skin prefers to be acidic. Most cleansing agents are basic (the opposite of acidic) and so if you cleanse, especially with a soap, you really should replenish the “acid mantle” of your skin with something more acidic to maintain pH balance.
- Oil is not the enemy. Your skin actually loves oil and when it’s depleted of oil, it will try to compensate by overproducing oil leading to oily skin. One of the biggest mistakes people with oily or acne-prone skin make is using oil-free products. I fell into that trap. I am now 100% against anything that claims to be oil-free. Oily skin also helps you look younger longer!
- Speaking of oil, it’s a great cleanser. Oil cleansing is one of my favorite things to do with my skin, especially if I have blackheads or am breaking out. (more to come on this later)
When I changed my routine from store-bought, drying, alkaline products to an all-natural, SIMPLE regime, I saw incredible results.
So of course, I swear by the natural routine now. Here are the basic recipes I used to change my skin.
In the mornings, I simply washed my face with raw honey. That’s right. You know how I love that stuff [read about the many uses of raw honey]. I used it just as if it were a cleanser. Wet the skin, take a dollop of honey, smear it all over the face and neck, massage for a little while, rinse off. After washing, I used a toner.
- green tea
- hot water
- apple cider vinegar
- tea tree oil
First, steep 2-3 bags of green tea in a cup of hot water for about an hour. Discard the tea bags. It can stay in the fridge for about a week covered.
In order to assemble the toner, you need a container, preferably one that is not transparent. Add 1/2 cup of your strong green tea, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 10-20 drops of tea tree oil. Shake very well before each use. Apply with a cotton ball. RINSE IT OFF! It smells so awful. I only tolerated the smell because it worked miracles for me.
Okay, after the toner, I moisturized with a few drops of jojoba oil.
At night, I would remove my makeup using olive oil. Simply apply the oil to your face, then using a warm/hot washcloth, wipe the oil and makeup off. Then I cleansed with rhassoul clay. Here’s the very simple wash
1 Tbsp rhassoul clay + 3 Tbsp water or aloe vera juice + 2 tsp raw honey
I mixed it up right before washing each time. You put it on your face, massage it in, and rinse very well. A couple of times per week, I used this exact recipe for a mask. Instead of rinsing it right away, I let it sit on the skin for about 10-20 minutes, then rinsed in the shower.
And that was about it! This routine did not really make my skin less oily but it definitely improved the pimples. Now that I’m back to my normal/dry skin, I slather my skin in oil regularly. If you have oily skin, embrace it! If you’re breaking out though, you probably want to fix it.
Honestly, this endeavor into making my own stuff was the beginning of Rose Mazie Natural Beauty. I’ll be coming out with a cleansing cream in my shop soon.
Hope you enjoyed this first post! I’ll be back with a routine for my normal/dry people!