Hi everyone! I've been receiving a lot of questions about my practices and I wanted to address them cumulatively in two separate posts. This first one will cover skincare, the next will discuss spirituality! I will still continue to respond to my messages, but please don't feel dismissed if I send you this link first! At the same time, please do not come into my messages saying something along the lines of: "emergency, dry skin/pimples/redness, fix it." (Yes, I've received messages like this!) If you approach me politely, I'd be more than happy to answer your questions, but I won't respond to messages from people who assume I'm at their beck and call.
How did you get into natural skincare?
I struggled with acne starting around middle school. I remember investing in lots of drugstore products and applying layers upon layers of acne cream in hopes of making my blemishes go away overnight. I went on acne medication in high school, which helped a little, but my skin felt exhausted by chemicals. I started researching different skincare recipes that required household items. Then, I started learning about what was good for my skin (hint: not chemicals) and realized I needed to just switch to natural skincare entirely.
I'm also a huge proponent of the "do it yourself" culture and supporting small businesses that make their own natural products. Making my own DIYs has been empowering and fun! I love experimenting with different items and watching my skin glow after I use the products I've made. In the last year, I've learned how to make whipped body butter, beeswax balms, a variety of face masks, dandruff solutions, and scrubs.
Here is a post about the basic steps for skincare.
What kinds of natural skincare basics would you recommend I start off with?
You can check out the essentials page, here.
For acne, I think everyone should have coconut oil to cleanse, apple cider vinegar or witch hazel to tone, a carrier oil for moisture, and tea tree oil for treating pimples. They're affordable and accessible; tea tree oil is a little more expensive but it lasts a long time because you don't need to use a lot at once. In fact, it's dangerous if you do, so use sparingly! Note: ACV and tea tree oil should be diluted with water or used in small portions.
Cleanse: to clean with, always the first step, product will then be washed off with water.
Tone: used to help return skin to natural pH balance, done after cleansing unless you do a face mask, will not be washed off.
Moisturizer: keeps your skin hydrated. use during day and nighttime.
Carrier oil: oil from a nut, my recommendations for all skin types: avocado or grapeseed oil.
Can I use coconut oil on my face?
Yes, for cleansing, but you should always wash it off after. Coconut oil is comedogenic, which means it will clog your pores and cause pimples, blackheads, and other skin issues. The only exception is fractioned coconut oil, which can be used as a moisturizer and will not clog pores. However, I'm still weary of this and choose not to use coconut oil on my face often.
What are some other things I should not use on my face?
Lemon juice, sugar, baking soda, toothpaste, bleach, body/foot lotion, or anything that clearly states that it is not for topical use. Don't do it, please.
I have ___ skin, what do you recommend?
- sensitive: oatmeal for exfoliation, aloe vera to reduce redness, gentle cleansers like coconut oil, lavender oil for acne, kaolin clay for face masks.
- dry: almond oil for moisture, milk and rosewater to rinse, shea butter on your face for moisture if your pores are not easily clogged, banana and avocado in face masks.
- oily: oils are actually good for your skin because it controls its oil production! Consider using avocado, grapeseed, or almond oil as moisturizer, yogurt in face masks.
- acne-prone: coconut oil for cleansing, apple cider vinegar/witch hazel to tone, tea tree oil for spot treatment, bentonite, African black soap clay or red Moroccan clay for face masks.
Where can I buy these ingredients?
Most grocery stores will carry these items! I've purchased many of these items from Whole Foods, Sprouts, CVS, and Trader Joe's. You could also try purchasing online from VitaCost.
What is your skincare routine?