Living a natural lifestyle is very important to me. Over the past few years, I have been slowly transitioning into eating a whole foods diet, eliminating medication, and decreasing my use of chemicals. One of the things I have always had a hard time with was my skincare routine. I have sensitive skin and am prone to breakouts; I have tried an immense amount of products and never really fell in love with any particular brand.
About 6 months ago, I started doing some research on homemade skincare products. I wanted to try and reduce my spending on these items and find something that was nourishing and gentle on my skin. After some digging, I compiled a list of ingredients that I knew were safe, relatively cheap and easy to obtain, and all natural. My list consisted of 4 things:
- Pure aloe
- Raw honey
- Raw Shea butter
- Pure jojoba oil
Seriously, that is it! I do admit I was skeptical when I first started out with these ingredients but after almost 4 months of using these 4 things I can confidently say I will never go back to buying pre-made products. Unfortunately, I don’t really measure anything, I just make enough to fit into my containers. But my recipes are like this:
- Face wash: I mix equal parts of the aloe and honey together and add in about a tablespoon of jojoba oil. I keep this in a small squirt bottle and just make sure to give it a good shake before using it. I’ve found that this wash works best when massaged into the face and has time to set for a couple of minutes.
- Moisturizer: I melt down about a ½ a cup of the Shea butter in a pan and add in a couple tablespoons of jojoba oil and mix it together. Then I put that mixer in a bowl and let it set for a few minutes in the freezer (do not let it freeze, take it out of the freezer once most of it has solidified) Then I give it a quick whip with my mixer and spoon it into a small mason jar.
- Makeup remover: All I use is jojoba oil and a warm cloth.
Since using these products, my skin has never felt better! I haven’t had a breakout in months, and my complexion is smooth and even.
There are a few other natural products that you can incorporate into this routine as well. I recently started adding a couple of high-quality essential oils to my moisturizer for the added skin benefits. Right now I am using lavender to help soothe and moisturize my skin during these cold winter months, and cypress to prevent breakouts and increase circulation. I also use witch hazel or apple cider vinegar as a toner after cleansing from time to time. These two things help me get a deeper clean—it is especially helpful after wearing makeup all day.
It is appalling how many chemicals are transmitted into the body through your daily skincare products—the skin is the body’s largest organs. It is SO important that everyone takes the time to read labels and research the ingredients that they are putting into their body or on their skin. Fortunately, it is easy to make your own products using ingredients that you might already have on hand!