Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Homemade Love For Your Skin

In quite a few posts, I have mentioned that I have battled acne for over 20 years. I have tried every topical treatment as well as oral antibiotics. I now know that the problem comes from inside and reparation takes time and very good eating habits. I've done a lot to clean up my diet and switch to healthier, whole foods. Still, I have skin on the outside that needs to be dealt with. In a previous blog, I wrote about the products I use on my skin that I have found to be the most helpful for combating acne. I have changed my routine slightly.

I use raw local honey to cleanse my skin. I use this either in the morning when I wake up or when I take my shower. Honey has loads of healing benefits for the skin and can be a great ally in combating acne.Obtaining local honey is very important. Many of the jars and bears of honey commonly found in supermarkets are imported and can come from sources where their filtering isn't pure and where there are added antibiotics or other nasties. Raw is good, but if you can't find it, try to get low heat pasteurized. A lot of honey is super pasteurized and is practically bereft of any healing benefits when it hits the shelves. Another point to note is that honey extracts impurities from your skin. This is how it helps you heal. This process can actually lead to more acne pimples in the beginning. If you start washing with honey or using it as a mask and notice more pimples, try not to panic. Give it about a week and see if it improves. I have not personally experienced extra break outs from honey, but I know some people have noticed it when they first start to use it.

I stopped using jojoba oil as a moisturizer. The only reason is because I ran out and my local supplier of organic jojoba oil raised the price by $2.00 a bottle and I couldn't find it on sale anywhere else. In addition, I happened to have four jars of coconut oil at home. I began using the coconut oil as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is great as a general moisturizer because it helps heal and protect the skin. It does not irritate my skin, clog pores or lead to more break outs for me.

I began using Witch Hazel. Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties and is wonderful for use in healing a variety of skin ailments including acne. It also helps remove impurities and dirt from the skin and many people use it as toner.

I'm still using the apple cider vinegar and essential oils mentioned in the previous skin care post. See that post for a description of their benefits. I had been mixing my essential oils into my honey. I decided that I wanted to leave the oils on my skin for a longer period instead of washing them off with the honey. I suck at keeping up with things because I'm lazy, so I look for the simplest method. for me, that means having everything already mixed up and ready to go. That way, I'm not opening 4785874548548 bottles at a time each night. I chose to mix the witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and essential oils in a bottle so all I have to do is dab it on a pad and wipe it all over my gorgeous face. I figured, hey, I think I will share this with everyone who reads my blog. Why not?

Here are the ingredients I use:

1/4 cup witch hazel
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops Tea Tree Oil
10 drops Lavender Oil
6 drops Chamomile Oil
4 drops Rosemary Oil
2 Drops Rose Oil

I poured all of them into a 4 ounce blue glass bottle that originally held a skin tonic I purchased from a local herbal farm. You can re-use glass bottles that you already have or you can buy them from a health food store or Whole Foods. Mountain Rose Herbs sells a variety of glass bottles, including amber and cobalt.

I swish the mix around before opening and just dab a little bit on my HagRag cosmetic rounds and apply it to the beauty that is my face. I've been doing this at night before bed for the most part. Sometimes I forget, so I do it when I wake up in the morning and leave it on for a few hours before I shower.

The rose oil and rosemary oil are new additions to my skin care regimen. Both of them work well to heal and soothe problem skin. Be sure you are not using Rose Absolute oil as it's not suitable for use on the skin. Both rose oil and rosemary oil should be avoided during pregnancy.

There you have it. The essential oils and witch hazel can be purchased through Mountain Rose Herbs or you may find them at local health food stores, Whole Foods and some supermarkets (for instance, Giant carries Aura Cacia). I use Bragg's Apple Cider vinegar, which I buy at Giant food store, but is carried by many retailers. If you try it, let me know how it works for you. It's been working well for me!

P.S. I'm not a doctor and this website is not designed to make specific healthcare claims. I cannot be held liable if you turn into a Smurf or anything else negative. I'm sorry to have to write that.

P.P.S. Full disclosure - all links to Mountain Rose Herbs are affiliate links. It helps this stay at home mom earn a few pennies.

This post is part of the Frugal Ways, Sustainable Days Wednesday Blog Hop hosed by Frugally Sustainable. 


Christine said...

Now everything makes sense for me! I was doing the Oil Cleansing Method for a few months and it was working till I added raw honey. It seemed the more honey I put on the worse my skin got. I finally had to give up the honey and the OCM for store brought products (specifically Lush Cosmetics) to clear me up. :( I think I was reacting to the honey in some way. I do drink ACV and raw honey in water a few times a day and that also seems to help with my skin too. It just makes me sad that I am still dealing with breakouts now that I am 30 just as much as I did when I was 12. :( I am glad you found something that helps your skin! :)

Christine said...

P.S - Thank you for the link to Mountain Rose Herbs. :)

Funky Little Earthchild said...

Adult acne is so frustrating. I thought I would have grown out of it by the time I was 20. Now, I'm 33 and still in a battle.

It's weird how the skin works. I know some people have the same problem with OCM - it draws all these impurities out, so you end up with more break outs initially. I haven't tried OCM, yet.

Glad you like MRH - they are a great company. They have tutorials for making your own stuff on their site. :-)

Chip 69 said...

nice share :)

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