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.