Happy September everyone! For a little beginning of the month motivation, I want to talk about empowerment. My biggest skin insecurity is my dark marks from acne scarring along my chin. It's something that I've struggled with for about a year or so. I started breaking out in my chin a lot during college. Using this face map, I found that the chin area is linked to the lower intestine. I probably eat a more dairy and oily foods than I'm aware of, so this is why I break out mostly on my chin.
Improving my diet is definitely something I plan to do, but I wanted to make a DIY spot treatment to help other people with dark marks. This is a two-part post because I've created a spot treatment for the daytime and one for the nighttime. Being able to identify your skin "problems" or concerns and find a solution for it is both empowering and fun! You can experiment with different household ingredients like baking soda, lemon, salt, and apple cider vinegar - in small doses, of course. Who knew there were so many solutions at your disposal?
Here's is the DIY Daytime Spot Treatment I created.
For this DIY you'll need three ingredients: frankincense oil, aloe vera (oil or juice), and apple cider vinegar. I also chose to dilute with water, because apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic.
Frankincense oil helps to fade dark marks from acne scars, which is exactly what we're looking for. Aloe vera oil (or juice) does the same thing. Finally, apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids which help to remove dead skin cells and allow for healthier skin cells to emerge! Sounds like a win-win-win doesn't it?
All you have to do is mix these ingredients in a bowl, or just put them straight into a glass dropper bottle. For this batch, I filled the bottle with 1/3 of the way with water, then used about about a teaspoon's worth of frankincense, then aloe vera, then apple cider vinegar.
In the daytime, cleanse and moisturize your face as you would normally. Then use this spot treatment before your makeup - for best results, try skipping your makeup for three to four days while continuing to use this treatment. It helps to let your skin breathe from time to time, to fully allow the treatment to work.
For application, simply squeeze a couple drops onto a cotton and pad and lightly pat the dark spots.
Stay tuned for the DIY Nighttime Spot Treatment, part-two of this post, coming soon! Until then, stay fresh and keep shining everyone!