happy skincare sunday to all! so. i have a little
secret obsession with skin care. if you’ve been following the blog for some time you’ll know that i frequently switch up my products and share with you tips and tricks for healthy, clear and glowing skin. our skin is changing with exposure to the elements, stressors and hormonal fluctuations as we get older. it’s critical to pay attention to these and adjust your regimen accordingly. here’s what i was doing in 2012 and 2013.
i’ve learned so much along the way and the good news is that LESS IS MORE! yep, a stripped down routine is actually more beneficial to long term clear and healthy skin than assaulting it with harsh, drying lotions, serums and potions. many of you know i work in a lab and the hvac system keeps our work day climate constant. this translates to cold, (like 65F on a good day) and dry (9 or 10% humidity) conditions. basically, i might as well be a flight attendant since the lab air is on par with an airplane cabin in terms of what it does to my skin.
i love acure organics products but i was finding the gel cleanser to be too drying and the fruit oils a bit too irritating for my sensitive combo skin. i was fighting an uphill battle trying to over-moisturize while causing clogged pores on my forehead. no good. so i had to switch it up!
i decided to make my own cleanser adjusting this recipe to suit my needs*. i’ve been using it for the past two weeks and my skin is perfect again! all the clogged pores subsided and the tone of my skin is hydrated and smooth. it’s the only thing i’m using morning and evening to cleanse–2 pumps and i’m good! i stopped using moisturizer as well and have been spritzing rose water to tone in the morning for a bit of hydration. in the evening, i am exclusively using 3 drops of jojoba and 1 drop of rosehip oil as my pm ‘treatment.’ you guys. i know it’s a bit of a leap, but consider throwing out your cleansers and make your own. i was scared to do this but it has made a huge difference for the better!
*i made a 1/2 batch of this as a trial (this still makes enough face wash to last at least a month used am/pm!. also, i used manuka honey and here are some reasons why. i also decreased the amount of essential oil and tea tree by a few drops since i didn’t want to over dry my skin. most importantly, i stored this in a light protected glass bottle. even though many of the ingredients in this wash are antimicrobial, it’s important to remember that this will be stored in your bathroom so the less light/heat that gets in, the less likely something will go rancid.
would you ever consider making your own skincare products? it’s a shame that some of the most expensive products out there on the market actually cause more harm than good (chemicals cause irritation and photosensitivity)! if you have more than 3 products in your evening routine, you may want to reconsider one of them! the cream you use to hydrate might be rendered ineffective by a spot treatment or clog your pores. think about it!