You know what my favourite part about writing this week’s DIY post is? I get to encourage you to rub food all over your face. Oh yeah baby, that’s right, we’re getting green up in this piece and talking organic skincare!
That means I’m gonna teach you gals some bad ass organic skin care recipes and show you how to make your own facial cleanser, acne spot treatment, and moisturizer, so that you can see how truly easy it is to ween yourself off some of the chemical laden products out there that can do more harm than good to your skin.
And the best part? It’s so freakin’ easy and costs way less than some of the most popular store-bought organic products.
So let’s get to it…
Cleansing With Oil?
I know it sounds crazy, but to kick off these organic skin care recipes I’m going to tell you to wash your face with oil.
Yeah, oil. In fact, two kinds of oil. I know, I know, it just keeps getting crazier and crazier.
But it turns out that oil itself actually doesn’t cause oily skin or acne. It’s more of a combination of hormones, trapped bacteria, and dirt that leads us to break out.
And what’s more is when we strip our skin of its natural oils, by using products that are easily washed off, our skin responds by producing even more oil, or even worse, stop producing it all together, leaving it dried out.
Don’t believe me? Here is a direct quote from Acne.org:
“Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to desolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. By using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty oil with beneficial ones extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit that heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM can clear the skin from issues like oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, blackheads, whiteheads and other problems caused by mild to moderate acne–while leaving your skin healthy, balanced and properly moisturized.”
Essentially the right oils, such as extra-virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, even almond oil are perfectly able to cleanse your skin, naturally.
Here is what you will need:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Pure castor oil
Now, for those ladies blessed with normal skin mix equal parts EVOO with your pure castor oil. For the girls who have acneic or oily skin, mix three parts of pure castor oil with one part EVOO. And, for the ladies with drier skin, start off with one part castor oil to three parts EVOO.
Of course these are just starting points, you may have to play with your ratios to get the right balance for your skin.
Begin by pouring a quarter-sized amount into the palm of your hand, rub both your hands together, and massage into your skin with your fingers.
Make sure you start with a dry face and work the oil into your face for up to a minute. Then using a hot washcloth, place it over your face and leave it for a minute until it’s cooled off. This is a necessary step because the steam will help to remove the impurities and dead skin cells from your pores.
After your minute is up, take your cloth, rinse it, wring it out, and wipe the oil off your face.
Not only will your face actually feel properly cleansed, but it should feel softer immediately.
But what if you still have some blemishes you want to banish?
Sweet Acne Relief
Who woulda thought zappin’ zits could be so sweet but alas, honey is one of nature’s best natural acne treatments.
Thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties; organic, unprocessed honey works to clean infectious bacteria away from the pimple and area around it.
Just dab a touch of honey directly to your pimple and let it sit for up to 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Or if you’re looking to really target a cluster, pour some honey onto your fingertips, spread onto the area you want to target and lightly, and rapidly, tap your face.
The sticky nectar will glue itself to bacteria and dirt on your skin, and when you pull your fingers away it pulls it from your pores.
Just don’t lick your fingers afterwards. Eeeeeewww.
While you have got the honey laying around you might as well make a moisturizer. Ohhh hooo hooo yes, honey is a skincare superhero!
All you have to do is combine half an avocado with a tablespoon of honey and give it a good stir til it’s nice and creamy.
Then just spread your mixture onto your face and rub it into your skin in. Let it sit for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and patting dry.
You probably won’t use all of your avocado and honey mixture so just throw a lid on ‘er and refrigerate that bad boy.
Or taste test it….I mean, that’s probably what I would do. *looks around awkwardly*
Back to this freakin’ fab homemade moisturizer.
Did I mention it’s packed full of lectin and vitamins A, B1, B2, and D, all necessary ingredients for healing dry skin. And on top of that it’s so damn cheap! I mean, can you say ‘win’?
Finally, not only do these organic skin care recipes keep things simple with their pared down ingredients list, but they nourish your skin, remove the need for synthetic chemicals, and keep your skin clean and looking luminous.
Of course, some people may not be into the whole homemade-skincare-routine thing day in, day out.
That’s why we have reviewed the top organic skincare lines on the market today for those who would rather buy than DIY.
Now you know me, I love giving you the goods but I too want a little somethin’ somethin’.
Leave me a comment with any organic skin care recipes you may know of, or use regularly! I always love learning new ways of keepin’ it green so please, don’t be shy!
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