In the last couple months I have been an avid reader of my friend Katie’s blog, Heart the Journey. Katie is all about eating clean, living healthy, and using as many all natural products as possible. Katie is so well informed about the benefits of certain natural elements when used in hair and skincare. Her blog has become an amazing resource as I have been moving along on my quest for clear skin.
I have had problem skin for as long as I can remember. I thought that when I turned 18 and “became an adult” that my skin issues might magically disappear…wrong, so wrong. Actually , I have to say that at certain times they have gotten worse with hormone fluctuations…..awesome.
I had tried a ton of “fool-proof” skincare methods in the past. Most of them made my skin only slightly better. I was reading Heart the Journey one day, and Katie was talking about the benefits of using honey as a facial cleanser. My thought was why not give it a try! Well, then I figured that there was no use in going all natural in my cleanser if I was still going to be using harsh chemicals in my toner and moisturizer. So I went all in.
My new, all natural skincare routine looks like this:
Step one: Raw honey/baking soda mask. I soak a clean washcloth in warm water and place it on my face to open up my pores. Then , I take about a teaspoon of raw honey in my hand and mix in baking soda to form a paste. I spread this on my skin and leave for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, I rinse the mask with warm water, then splash face with cool water to close pores. Pat dry.
note* – when I first started this natural routine I was only washing my face with the honey/backing soda mixture. I saw great improvements in the feeling of my skin, but was not getting the acne improvements that I was really after. I decided to utilize the healing benefits of the raw honey a bit more. Now I leave it on for 20 minutes at a time, twice a day when possible.
Step two: water/lemon juice/witch hazel toner.
I made my toner using this recipe. After I remove my honey mask and dry my face a use a bit of this on a cotton round all over my face.
Step Three: coconut oil moisturizer! I use coconut oil all over my body. I might never buy lotion again!…which I am okay with because most lotions have all kinds of crap in it that I’m not super excited to have on my body.
I have been using this natural skincare routine for about two months now. And no, my skin isn’t perfect now. However, I will say that even though I am sill getting breakouts from time to time….they are less angry, and they seem to go away a hell of a lot faster.
I have noticed a huge improvement in the “quality ” of my skin. The coconut oil moisturizes so well that it is bringing balance to my naturally oily skin. No more over drying and under moisturizing with three step “solutions”!
I have also noticed a gigantic difference in how well my breakouts “cover” under makeup! So much better!
I feel so excited to be on the road to having skin that I can be proud of! I know that with any skins are switch (but especially a switch to all natural) your skin goes into a period of “shock”. I think I have successfully gotten through that period and am heading towards clear skin now!
Thank you Katie for inspiring me to make this change!