First, let’s start of by talking about skincare and why it is important. As I transferred my skin care rituals from commercial to holistic, I realized some things.
- Commercially produced skincare products have horrible ingredients that are toxic and can be hazardous to health.
- Natural ingredients that come straight from the earth fit better with our biochemistry. The organic ingredients work with our skin to produce amazing results. They are much more effective than placing tons of chemicals on your face that then enter your bloodstream and don’t blend with your body naturally. Why would we need chemicals in our bloodstream, anyway?
- I am passionate about natural skincare and wellness. I believe that great natural skincare should be available to everyone.
So here is the “why” to skincare—why should you care? Why should you continue to read this post?
The skin on your face is like a filter. It is protecting you from all the external contaminants that are thrown its way. Think about pollutants from the environment, oil, make-up, bacteria—those things need to be washed off regularly. And when I say regularly, I mean twice a day. Your skin is your largest organ, so you want to care for it. If you aren’t getting these nasties off your skin, you are aging it. Your skin knows when the cells need to divide, replenish and undergo repair—it is nature, it knows what needs to be done. But, if you have these things sitting atop your skin, it makes your skin’s natural ability to do its job more difficult —so it doesn’t work as efficiently as it should. This is exactly when you start to notice your skin is not looking as luminous, or you notice you have been more acne prone lately. Maybe you start to observe fine lines as you are looking in the mirror.
Have you ever thought about your skin like this before? Did you ever think about what products you were using on your face and how they may not be healthy for you?
I have taken classes with an esthetician; I am constantly researching skincare, as well as teaching my own essential oil classes to create the best ways to use natural skin care to share. So, I decided to pair it all up in conjunction with my essential oils and I never looked back.
This routine has helped my skin so much that I wanted to share it. Before starting the routine about 6 months ago, I was having hormonal break-outs and my skin was so dry and nothing I did seemed to hydrate it. These recipes that I am about to share are adapted from a west-coast esthetician, who taught me so much!
Step 1: Face Wash
So, let’s get right into it. You wake up and you walk to your sink to get the assess sebum (oils) that have deposited themselves in your pores overnight, as well as any access product that your skin did not absorb. You might not see it, but it is there. What do you reach for to wash your face?
Young Living Orange Blossom Facial Wash is one of my favorite face washes. This face wash is great for all skin types—youthful skin, mature skin, dry and oily alike. It is a soap-free facial wash that cleanses the skin without stripping natural oils (this is important to keep your natural PH balance). It, also, contains MSM, which is well known as a building block for collagen and connective tissues, making it an excellent approach to an anti-aging regimen. All the ingredients in this face wash are clean. I have gone through each one separately and there are so many great ingredients packed in this bottle.
HOW TO MAKE: Go buy a 1.7 fl. Oz. foaming cleanser bottle. Measure out .5 ounces (I eye ball it; it is about an inch of product) by pouring it into the foaming bottle. Next, find your favorite essential oil. (putting a few drops of essential oil in, is completely optional—you can leave it out). After you drip your oil in (if you want it), fill the rest of the bottle with filtered or distilled water. I use distilled water I keep in my fridge for skincare.
Step 2: Face Mist
Do you tone your face? I am not a fan of using a cotton-round and going to town on my face. It can be abrasive and damaging to the PH balance of your skin. What I do love to tone my skin and bring it moisture and balance, is a face mist. It is so gentle, yet very effective. If you have mature skin, you do not want to skip this step. It takes a few seconds to give one or two sprays after you wash your face and it is still damp. I like to call facial mists the modern-day toners.
HOW TO MAKE: I mix 1 oz. of rose petal witch hazel and 1 oz. of the rose hydrosol in a 2.0 oz glass bottle with a atomizer. After that I drop 5-6 drops of essential oils in and tighten top and shake. (Some great essential oils to use lavender, geranium, gentle baby.)
Step 3: Hyaluronic Acid
What is hyaluronic acid and what does it do?
Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating fluid that’s naturally found in the skin, eyes, joints and connective tissue (called polysaccharide) in the human body. It has a very high capacity for holding water and used in a serum helps give structure and moisture to damaged tissue. When you use the serum after your face mist, it works as a powerful humectant (otherwise known as moisture-binding) that keeps skin plump and hydrated and it is great for anti-aging. It can also heal and sooth inflammation too, all while helping to prevent fine lines and wrinkles with its special moisturizing powers.
It is a superstar ingredient that penetrates the skin to hold 1000 times its weight in water. That means your skin will drink it up, and glow. Move over aging. It is also going to moisturize and plump your skin.
It is a GAME CHANGER.
You can buy hyaluronic acids, but be careful because many of the commercially sold ones contain lots of fillers you do not need.
HOW TO MAKE: Grab a glass 2.0 oz bottle with a dropper. Then fill your bottle with 2.0 oz. of cold distilled water. After that sprinkle in 1/8 teaspoon of hyaluronic acid powder. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously. Mixture most likely WILL clump. That is OK. Shake it a few times a day to help the powder dissolve. When I need more hyaluronic acid, I make it in the morning and it is ready for use by night.
AFTER, the powder has dissolved (usually at least a few hours) add in your essential oils. Then shake to combine. (Ideas of essential oils to use lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, clary sage, rose, neroli)
For this recipe; it is best to have a small funnel at the ready to pour your water into the bottle and then I use the funnel to sprinkle the powder in too.
After using this a few months, your skin will be glowing. You will never go back!
Step 4 : Moisturize
When I first started using my serum, I thought that just putting the serum on my face was enough. I was wrong! After you put the serum on your face, you want to seal in all that goodness on your skin with a good moisturizer.
I have tried so many different types of clean moisturizers and one of my very favorites is Young Living’s Boswellia Wrinkle Cream. The Boswellia Wrinkle Cream contains pure essential oils like Frankincense and Sandalwood that moisturize the skin while minimizing shine and reducing the appearance of fine lines. When I put it on it absorbs quickly into my skin and doesn’t feel heavy, which is a major plus for me.
There you have it. And, because I really want you to have the best experience possible. I will tell you that:
1.Oils: The oils that I am using in these recipes are all Young Living essential oils. Please, please understand that they are therapeutic grade. Do not think that you can use these recipes with any oil that you pick up at any store. Here’s why—other oils that are on the market are usually purchased from 3rd party growers, distilled many times (this equals less potent) and because of poor labeling laws bottles that read “pure” can contain chemicals, pesticide byproducts, or are purposefully cut with other ingredients to lengthen their oil harvests. Not cool. Your skin can get burned, inflamed and irritated. For that reason, I strongly suggest you follow these recipes precisely. I do not want you in pain or having skin irritations/allergies because you used another oil that was not recommended here.
2. If you are interested in starting your journey with oils, I will be more than happy to help you. I have skincare bundles that I can customize for you. Using oils for skincare is one of my favorite ways to use them, but, also, understand they can help you in all aspects of life.
Also, I am not a medical professional. I have used all the products, but every single person is different. I am not diagnosing, treating or giving medical advice.
Now go ahead and get beautified!
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