Natural skin care
For years I've been a skin care product junkie, trying to find refuge in obtaining clear skin I once knew. So as life happened my face became severely acne prone. Countless derma visits, acne "banishing" products and over-the-counter experiments all left Me frustrated. The more my skin would break out, I wanted them gone even more.
So what did I do?
had a pimple puncture party on the regular! Yes ma'am and sir! I mean my mission was to annihilate them on site with my fingernails. Little did i Know...That's a big fat NO! Why? Picking at your skin actually causes tears and welcomes bacteria to further aggravate the skin. SO My StrUGGLE was mad real yall. Then one day I had the thought. What did people USE before all the chemicals and SUCH? Two words. Mother Nature.
Lately, I've been getting lots of compliments on my skin. Moving away from products filled with harmful abrasives and trusting nature's best improved the overall texture, tone and elasticity of my skin. Disclaimer: I am NOT a dermatologist. However, natural skin care practices have proven to be safe and easy to use. Consider going natural in your skin care routine and see what works best for you. The cool part...you can find these items right in your kitchen or at your local grocery store!
Removes the oldest dead skin cells from the outer skin surface, increases blood circulation to reveal smooth, fresh new skin cells.
Sensitive Skin: exfoliate once a week.
Normal Skin: exfoliate maybe twice a week.
Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Brown Sugar & Lemon Juice
With anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, Aloe Vera Gel contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids help combats acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Organic Brown Sugar scrubs away dead skin cells, removes access sebum promoting smooth and glowing skin.
Organic Lemon Juice is rich in vitamin C and citric acid which gradually fades dark spots and evens your skin tone.
Mix 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (extract gel from aloe leaf), 1 teaspoon organic brown sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a bowl. Apply to skin and gently rub in a circular motion. Rinse with cool water then pat your face dry with a clean paper towel.
Skin Complexion Repair
Organic Lemon Juice, Brown Sugar, Coconut Oil & Honey
Lemon & Brown Sugar (see above)
Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizing hydrator with anti-microbial properties. A little goes a long way with Coco so don't overdo it.
Honey gently removes impurities, fades dark spots without stripping the skin of natural oils and enhances your natural glow. Also acts as an anti-inflammatory antioxidant which protects skin against environmental damage.
Mix 1 tablespoon organic brown sugar, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil in a bowl. Apply to skin, after 3 minutes rinse with lukewarm water, pat your face dry with a clean paper towel.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural astringent containing alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate and remove dead skin buildup revealing healthy new skin cells.
Apply ACV with a cotton ball, rinse with cool water after 15 minutes. Pat your face dry with a clean paper towel. Once applied ACV will tingle. Don't worry. It's normal.
Purchase at Whole Foods or at your local grocery store.
100% African Black Soap is definitely my favorite natural skin cleanser. I wear makeup and I'm human so I sweat. My pores get upset with me quite often. They shut down, become enlarged which causes a less than smooth skin texture. So I use this to cleanse my pores, arrest pimples and to calm blemishes.
If you have something that says African Black Soap, but does not look like this ~ return to sender! Trust me. Save yourself time and frustration, visit your local African store and get the real thing.
Take a quarter size amount of soap, dampen soap with water, apply to face in a circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water then pat your face dry with a clean paper towel.
Rosewater is a gentle anti-flammatory astringent that penetrates the outer layer, removing dirt from pores and prepares the skin for optimal hydration. Natural skin toner and calms over use of oil-production.
Glycerin, a natural emollient and moisturizer, maintains skin's water balance, softens and protects skin from environmental damage.
Hold bottle 8 inches away then spray mist all over your face and you're good to go! Apply additional moisturizer if needed.
Purchase online or at Whole Foods.
Being mindful of your diet and making healthier choices also helps improve and maintain healthy skin. I will cover that in a separate post.
Click the video below to watch my skin care routine!
The skin around your eyes needs love too! Slice up fresh cucumbers, place them over your eyes for 15 minutes or longer depending on how puffy they are.
Don't have time for that? Try Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream. Apply morning or night. This is an alternative option to natural skincare, but its pretty amazing. Purchase at Sephora or Ulta Beauty.
Looking for a quick and easy skincare fix? Try Sephora's green tea face mask. Just place the sheet mask on your face for 10-15 minutes, remove sheet and gently massage the remaining product into your skin.
No need to rinse.
Super oily T-zone, spot treating pimples or in need of an overall skin detox? Try using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. Purchase at Ulta Beauty or The Body Shop.
Winter is upon us and we all need a little skin TLC.
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