I hope everyone had a safe and festive New Year!
This is the second part of a series about all-natural skin regimens. Read the first one for oily skin here.
My skin is naturally pretty dry. I struggle to retain moisture, especially in the winter. In the summer, my skin is usually in heaven but as soon as the windows start to close and the heat starts to come up through the radiators, I become a scaly crocodile. So, I would say my skin is normal when the climate is right but dry when it becomes too cold.
Acne isn’t too much of an issue for me anymore but when I’m hormonal, pimples can pop up. I haven’t seen a pimple in about 3 months (knock on wood!) which is about the time I switched to the awesome, carefully crafted through trial and error routine I have now. So let’s get to it!
First, I cleanse with some raw honey. I’m sure I don’t need to reiterate how splendid that stuff is.
After cleansing, I apply a few drops of an oil blend. It’s homemade, of course. [Side note: my husband started using this and he loves it. I have him using all my stuff. He's even converted to my homemade deodorant and he doesn't stink!] I don’t have an exact recipe for the oil blend but it’s roughly equal parts of the following oils:
- jojoba oil — highly moisturizing, kind of pricy. It’s very similar to your skin’s natural sebum (oil) and so skin just drinks it up!
- fractionated coconut oil — absorbs very easily, good for all skin types even sensitive skin, no greasy feeling. This is a “fraction” of coconut oil, meaning some components of coconut oil have been removed. Even though it doesn’t have the nourishing qualities of coconut oil, it’s great for imparting a silky feeling to the blend and helping it absorb more quickly.
- camellia oil — very emollient and nourishing. It also absorbs very easily and deeply, just like the previous two oils. It improves skin elasticity and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- castor oil — adds body to the blend, has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. I swear it also helps thicken my nonexistent eyebrows. It doesn’t absorb into skin easily so it creates a good barrier to lock moisture in.
- apricot kernel oil — very nourishing, high in vitamins E and A. The highly nourishing nature of this oil is great to slow down the aging process, tone the skin, and prevent clogged pores.
- sweet almond oil – silky and doesn’t clog pores. Ideal for dry skin and reducing the appearance of blemishes and dark circles. It’s high in vitamins A, E, and several B vitamins.
- olive oil — doesn’t absorb that easily but feels light. It’s chockfull of vitamins and it smooths skin. In the summer, I prefer to use avocado oil in place of olive oil, especially because it offers some sun protection (not much).
I also add about 30 drops of rosehip seed oil and about 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Notice the absence of coconut oil? I only add coconut oil in the summer sometimes. Coconut oil in the winter dries me out more…not really sure why. I keep the oil blend in one of these handy dandy containers.
After the oil blend, I spray a little hydrating mist. I have a great recipe for a MAC Fix+ dupe here but that’s really if you’re a die-hard Fix+ girl. The recipe I use normally is super simple. I keep it in a one-ounce spray bottle since it’s water-based and has no preservative. It’s only good for 2 weeks maximum. Mine is always done before that.
- 1 teaspoon glycerin
- 2 tablespoons rosewater
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- aloe vera juice until the bottle is full
Shake very well before each use. Spray at about an arm’s length.
Here’s how my skin looks right after cleanse, oil blend, hydrating mist.
Is it weird that I didn’t really notice those little freckles until I saw this pic?
Shiny as hell, right? That’s how I like it! No, I’m kidding. It looks much less shiny after it’s absorbed for a few minutes. My skin tone has become much more even. I never wear foundation anymore, not even to go out. The most I’ll do is dust on some mineral powder.
I think I will include vitamin C in my routine very soon as soon as I find a source of vitamin C that I like. It’s supposed to be very good for skin, especially helping skin look youthful. I may start using a toner so stay tuned for that recipe.
When it’s time for bed, I cleanse with my cleansing cream. It contains castile soap, shea butter, mango butter, rosewater, witch hazel, coconut oil, and of course, raw honey. I sell this lovely cream at my Etsy shop and I also use it to bathe my daughters and myself. It is truly wonderful. I’m quite proud of it.
Next, I use a few drops of my oil blend, paying special attention to the areas around my eyes and some hydrating mist if I’m feeling very dry. That’s it for night time.
Once a Week (or so)
Sometimes I like to do masks or scrubs. I used to do clay masks but I think they’re better for oily skin or problem skin. If I’m breaking out, I’ll do a rhassoul clay/tea tree oil mask that works wonders. I don’t break out often anymore though so I don’t do many masks. I do a scrub once a week or so:
- 2 Tbsp of my cleansing cream
- 1 tsp coffee grounds
- 2 tsp coffee, room temperature
- 2 Tbsp organic brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
I LOVE THIS SCRUB. I can’t say enough good things about it. It is not very drying or harsh like a lot of other scrubs but my skin is always extra fresh and soft after. The coffee gives my skin life! I don’t like salt in my scrubs but you could probably do 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp salt if you like salt scrubs. My only complaint with this scrub is that the coffee grounds are a bit messy. I’ve tried it without the grounds, though, and it’s just not the same.
Another thing I do every now and then is a “deep cleaning.” Basically, I just do an oil cleanse. First, I wet a washcloth with hot water, wring it out, and place it over my face until it gets to room temperature. I do this to open up my pores. Then, I massage castor oil + apricot kernel oil into my skin, wet the washcloth with hot water again, place it over my face and sit for about 2 minutes. Then I wet the washcloth one more time and wipe the oil off my face. I don’t do this too often because it’s kind of drying…sounds strange right? Read more about oil cleansing at this awesome site. She has some good tips, although I don’t do everything she says.
So that’s about it! I hope this post isn’t terribly confusing and boring but you can always comment or shoot me an email over at firstname.lastname@example.org