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.