Beauty Secrets: Soft Skin

From the time I was a teenager, until just a few years ago, I had a really bad complexion. My skin has always been oily, and broke out frequently. When I was 21, I was convinced that a certain cosmetic line (initials MK) was the cure-all. I used the expensive skin care and make-up for at least 10 years. I continued to have poor skin, and was convinced that I always would.

In my early 30s, I started making my own soap. As I learned more about how good real, natural soap was for your skin, I decided to try it on my face. I was a bit nervous at first, because I thought the soap might make my skin break out worse. I was pleasantly surprised by how clean and soft my skin was after washing with my soap. It didn’t take long until I decided I needed to find alternatives to my toner and moisturizer. Here is what I came up with. My skin has never been the same.

My Beauty Secret Regimen

  • CLEANSER:  I wash my face morning and night with soap and warm water. Once a week or so, I like to use an exfoliating cloth to remove dead skin and oil build up.
  • TONER:  Next, I spray my face with a homemade skin toner.  I make it myself and it is so EASY!  I buy a 4 oz. bottle of rose hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs.  You could choose any hydrosol based on what you like.  I chose rose because I really like the scent.  I pour half of the hydrosol into a container and save for the next batch.  I add 2 oz. of witch hazel into the hydrosol and mix well.  The hydrosol comes in a glass spray bottle, so it is perfect for misting your face after washing.  Super easy and so refreshing.
  • MOISTURIZER:  Last, I use a moisturing cream that I also make myself.  I was even more nervous to use my homemade moisturizer on my skin, because I have always had oily skin.  I had been conditioned to believe that using oils on my skin would clog my pores and cause me to break out even more.  What I found was just the opposite.  The oils were actually very nourishing.  What was great too, was that I could make custom blends and pick oils that would benefit my skin.  The cream I make does seem a bit heavy at first, but it just takes a bit of time for your skin to soak up the richness of the oils.  Because I was use to the wateryness of the commercial moisturizer, it took some time to get use to.  If I am in a hurry, I sometimes take a towel and dab my face.  Once my skin has absorbed the cream, it is super soft. 

What I really love about my new “skincare” is that it really just seems to balance everything out.  Before, it seemed that most of the cleansers I used would strip my skin.  Now my skin feels soft and clean and, well, normal.


  1. Beth Cannon says:

    I am very interested in your regimen! Can I purchase some soap and moisturizer from you? I can make the toner.

    I, too, have always had yucky skin. It got better with Accutane back in the 90s, but started breaking out again. I have used ProActiv, MK, and Clinique. I know that moisturizer is important, I learned that as a MK consultant. Using after cleansing, etc., keeps the skin from working overtime to make the oils, thus causing oily skin.

    A friend of mine at Rota has a husband that had bad skin. The doctor (somewhere else) convinced him to use something like vaseline on his face and lo and behold, it jump-started his skin into being normal. He has scars now, but no more breakouts.

    If you have the secret, sister, I am ready to learn about it! Shoot, I’ll be your first consultant if it works for me! You can have a holistic/organic line called…Jasmine!

    Blessings to you!
    Beth Cannon

    • Hi Beth,
      I am planning on writing a post with the recipe and directions for making the cream. It is very easy to make. I do have some for sale as well (I just haven’t gotten them listed in my Etsy account). I don’t have any soap made at the moment because we are in the states, but when I make some I can let you know. If you want to buy soap now, Chagrin Valley Soap is EXCELLENT! She has soaps so luscious you want to eat them.

      If you want to FB me your address, I will send you some cream to try (I owe you one for helping us with the horse).

      Take care,


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