Let’s stop kidding ourselves – no one is flawless and most of us woke up looking like this:
We all have our routines to look as we deem presentable. As a curly woman, my hair has the grandest routine. As a brown-skin babe, I need to be sure I’m not out here looking like I played in chalk. This post is dedicated to my skin care routines. I will post another for my hair.
I believe in pampering myself. In fact, I got my legs and underarms waxed today (shout out to Tianna)! I could shave buuuut, I’ve been converted. I believe in paying for quality and living within my means. Beauty products will singe your pockets. I like to be as natural as possible because it’s cheaper and, almost always, safer and better for the skin. And with so many products out there, it’s just easier to Memorize my little recipes.
My most used beauty product is
SURPRISE! LOL I bet you weren’t. I won’t say it’s a holy grail but it is pretty friggin’ awesome! In fact, I’m never without these 3 oils:
Did you know you can use coconut oil to clean your mouth? It’s called Oil Pulling. Oil pulling is great for oral health (drawing out toxins, killing bacteria) and, while it can be a little gross, my mouth is the absolute freshest EVER when I oil pull. That is not an exaggeration.
Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth. Swish it around for 10-20 minutes and then spit it out. It’s that simple.
To be more specific, you should do this on an empty stomach. I do it right after brushing and flossing my teeth. I am weird about textures so I will put the tablespoon of oil in a small measuring cup and nuke it for about 10 seconds.
Swishing for 10-20 minutes is probs the hardest part. I typically distract myself but picking out what I am going to wear for the day, ironing if necessary, scrolling through the instaposts I’ve missed whilst sleeping and then it’s time to spit it out.
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so you do not want to spit this down the sink. I spit it in the trash can, then I get a warm cup of water to swish my mouth again getting rid of excess oil (and the taste) and spit that out. You will have fresh breath all day. I promise it’s worth it.
You can also clean your face with oil. I mostly use castor oil and tea tree oil when doing this but have used Coconut oil when I was out. Different oils have varying effects on different skin types so I used this article, among others, to help decide which oils to use.
The article above will talk about percentages of oils but I just take a finger full of coconut oil, or pour enough castor oil to pool in my cupped palm, and add about 4-5 drops of tea tree oil and/or lavender oil. I rub my hands together to mix the oils and then massage it onto my face in circular motions for about 30 seconds. I will find something to do for 1-5 minutes (typically it’s my morning poo) and then drench a fresh face towel in hot water. You want it to be as hot as you can stand it because you ring it out and apply it to your face as a steamer. Let it rest on your face for 30-45 seconds and then wipe. You can choose to re-wet the rag and steam once more. After you wipe all of the oil off, admire your moisturized, clean, soft skin. It’s safe to do every day.
If you hadn’t yet heard of Indian Healing Clay you should consider hopping on the bandwagon! My face was doing some crazy itchy, break out thing and I couldn’t figure out what was happening. My friend got me hip to this (I’ve heard of it but never used it before) and that was all she wrote.
There are tons of clay face mask recipes out there. Google some you think will work best for you. A little clay goes a long way so this lasts a long while. Also, you do not want to use metal when working with the clay as it will activate it before it has a chance to touch your face.
I put two 1/2 teaspoon scoops of clay into a plastic bowl. I add about two capfuls of apple cider vinegar. [I always use apple cider vinegar with the mother. Look it up. (I feel like someone’s mom giving you all of these articles to read and things to research. I hated when I asked my mom something and she told me to look it up.)] I might add a little bit of water for consistency sake. I add about 4 drops of tea tree oil and/or lavender oil and mix with my fingers. You can mix with a plastic spoon, wooden spoon or glass wand…or something.
Once the clay is mixed, I smear it on my face with my fingers and let it sit for about 30 minutes. When I first used this, my face itched so bad, I was doing the absolute most in my friend’s living room. I’m already animated but this was over the top and I wasn’t joking. It was quite sad actually. Nonetheless, it was only that one time it itched like that. It was probably because of all the years of toxins being drawn out of my suffering skin.
I would encourage you to not let the clay completely dry but once you are ready to remove it, take a fresh warm rag and wipe away. Your skin will be super soft. I typically take a tiny amount of coconut oil and put on my face after this. I usually do a face mask right before bed. I’ve also done it at the top and middle of the day. *shrugs*
It is important to make sure you are washing with products that are going to hydrate your skin. I try to stay away from products with harsh sulfates in them. I LOVE LUSH Cosmetics and encourage you to visit their store. Due to recent changes in life, and going back to the means part of this blog, I haven’t purchased any in a while.
What I am using now is
Dr. Bronner’s soap has been amazing. I first heard of someone using it at my friend’s house that told me about the clay. Actually, this friend has recommended a lot of stuff. We share finds often.
One day, she (or I…I don’t remember) found an article talking about using Dr. Bronner’s for vaginal health. I don’t think she was using Dr. Bronner’s for skin at the time. If you know anything about Dr. Bronner’s is that it can be used for 1 million things. That being said, using it for the very sensitive lady parts raised our eyebrows. Among further research, I gave it a try and LOVED it.
Not going into details, I was solely using it for the little lady until I stopped buying LUSH and began using it for my whole body. I use the bar soap and only use tea tree, peppermint or lavender as those were the ones highlighted for the original intent. Baby Unscented is apparently good too. It works better than any of the vaginal cleansers out there. Another part of the vaginal cleansing conversation is that the little lady doesn’t need anything – a topic for another day.
Dr. Bronner’s is vegan, fair trade, organic and many other things. They really try to make the most natural soap possible. As with anything, I looked at the ingredients before purchasing and was content. It’s made with a lot of oils and my skin feels loved when I’m done showering.
Lastly, once I pat myself dry, I moisturize with, you guessed it, coconut oil. My skin is always so soft. The coconut oil traps in the moisture. It’s cheap(ish), natural, bug repellent, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and moisturizing. I don’t like the smell, which typically goes away, but the coconut lovers can always smell it.
And that’s it folks. These are my skin care (and mouth) routines. If you give any of these a try, let me know how it goes. Oh! If you shave, coconut oil is good to put on your skins following. I also put it on as soon as I got home from the waxing parlor. 🙂
Until Next time.