If you’re new around here (hello, so glad to have ya!) you may have missed reading about my story (and struggle) I’ve had with my skin. In case you want to catch up on all the blackheads, whiteheads, Accutane, low-self-esteem… you can read that post here. But long story short: I tried it all and still struggled with acne. It wasn’t until ditching birth control and all my lotions and potions to instead focusing on nourishing my body with nutrient-dense, real food as well as using more gentle, natural remedies that I’ve actually found sustained success and confidence with my skin and in my skin. Phew, that’s a mouthful.
My skin is still not “perfect” in my eyes, but on more days than not, I am very happy (ahem, consistency not perfection). Sometimes I get some pimples around my mouth or on my jaw line or even on my chest… but I can usually attribute this to things that I know don’t agree with my body: running (yup, the added stress and change in hormones), alcohol, ice-cream, beans, stress, sugar and even nuts/seeds. I can also attribute them to my wandering, “picking” hands. Ew, gross. As if I talk about this! I used to be sooo ashamed of my skin. It truly effected me and I bet you’d probably tell me it wasn’t even ever “that bad. Maybe not, but learning to embrace it because it is a part of what makes me, me has been important. I’m hoping blogging about it might help you.
I have previously mentioned about my attempts with “natural” beauty products – I use natural loosely because the word is not a regulated term so really anyone can slap a natural label on their product and call it a day. But I have gotten a few emails and questions about what products I use and my “skincare routine” so I thought this post is fitting.
This is what I am doing as of right now. As usual, I am always experimenting to see what works best for me – I encourage you to do the same… and don’t give up… it takes time to figure things out and I am not “done” figuring it out either.
Face: I love Skin Essence products – they are full of wonderful oils. Putting oil on my face used to scare me but it works wonders! I just splash my face with warm water when I wake up then wash my face twice a day (in the shower in the morning, before bed in the evening) with warm water and this facewash. After washing (I do not dry my face), I mix a bit of apple cider vinegar (this one) with water and use a cotton pad to dab it on my face and chest (Edited in 2015: I have found the ACV to be a bit too harsh so am rarely using it). Then I use a few drops of this oil to moisturize.
Body: I wash my body with a bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap. I use coconut oil to moisturize my body but I rarely remember to moisturize. I use a deodorant by Jason – ingredients seem legit and I don’t smell.
Hair: The “no-poo” method did not go well for me. (No-poo = baking soda and apple cider vinegar). I tried. For my hair, I also use Jason products: just a basic shampoo and conditioner. As I said, Jason products seem pretty legit and they do the trick: clean, nice-smelling hair.
Other: I still use “conventional” drugstore makeup (eyeliner, mascara) and regular nail polish. Oops. I take off my eye makeup with grapeseed oil. I rarely use face makeup (only when I’m “going out”). When I do, I use a minimal amount of MAC foundation/concealer if I need to cover something up and NARS bronzer if I look pale.
Vitamins/Minerals: Refer to this post – it outlines what supplements I am currently taking.
I hope this is helpful – let me know if you have any other questions and I will do my best to answer them!
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