I get asked what I use to cleanse and look after my own skin alot. To be honest, I keep it simple and as quick as possible!
I used to have terrible skin flare ups. I'm talking raised red areas, tiny bumps, dry flaky areas around my nose, forehead and chin. It wasn't as bad as this all the time but when it flared it was sudden, full on and could take 8 weeks for it to ease. It felt awful, tight and itchy. I was incredibly self conscious about it. Nothing I put on it helped and always irritated it during a flare up. To this day I don't know the exact reasons. From my own personal research and experience I feel the main cause was, (and is) for me, predominantly internal and hormonally imbalanced. More about external skin care factors another time though!
Whatever the exact reasons for my skin flare ups, when I began making my own COMPLETELY natural and simple skincare I genuinely had a steady improvement. At first the main (wonderful) relief was that it didn't itch and I could put something on my skin to stop it feeling tight. But since then I have only had minor flare ups on at most 3 or 4 occasions (Irritated from wearing makeup - have you ever looked at the ingredients????... I am mostly an 'au naturel' girl now when it comes to make-up, although I do wear it for special occasions).
So here are some simple D.I.Y skin cleansing tips....
1. WATER!! You can only add so much water from the outside, you really do need to drink and hydrate from the inside
2. This is THE best tip! A simple, cost effective way to cleanse, that your skin responds really well to as it doesn't strip its necessary oils....
- Take a cotton wool pad and lightly dampen it with a drop of water.
- Apply a dash of Sweet Almond Oil to the cotton wool pad and use very gentle upwards sweeping motions up through the neck and around the chin line. Check and see what's on the cotton wool pad. (I know, it didn't look that dirty did it?!)
- If you need to, turn the cotton wool pad over. Adding a drop more oil when necessary, continue gently around the face. You will be surprised at how effective this is for eye make up too!
Personally I mostly use Avocado Oil as I can only tolerate a little Almond without getting itchy. But I'm in a small minority and Sweet Almond Oil is such a beneficial oil to use . It is suitable for all skin types, soothing and has anti-inflammatory properties. Its also readily available. You can pop into your local asian market and buy it extremely reasonably. (@200ml for @€3)
A soapy friend reminded me that Sunflower Oil is great for acne and also Olive Oil is wonderful for the skin. Find what suits you!
3. Then I have a lovely glass jar (with a cork stopper that feels very decadent to use) that I decant lavender and chamomile floral water into. I add a dash of witch hazel (readily available from Boots). I pre-dampen a cotton wool pad and add a little of my self blended toner to it.
4. To moisturise I use the Naturally Perfect Serum (which is silky and amazing for facial massage, yes - for that rare occasion it happens.....) and when I need extra moisturising the Au Naturel Skin Mousse. If I have a flare up (usually around my nose and lips) I use the TLC Balm, which is my personal fave as its so handy for everything, and it's great for my trouble areas. Because I don't use essential oils all the time in my leave on skin care, I find when I do use them they are really effective.
5. When I'm in the shower or bath I will use either Bleating Lovely or Butter Me Up as a gentle cleansing facial wash. Some of my lovely customers have had good results with Detoxify, Floral Digestive or Chocolate Orange Coffee. But my skin is so dry that on a daily basis I use the oil cleanser.
And here is my first video, the same one that I posted to my facebook page, there were lots of bloopers but you can see how simple oil cleansing really is!
DIY Skincare Tips - Oil Facial Cleanser from madeinlucyskitchen.com on Vimeo.