Skincare has always been an area of struggle for me.. For as long as I can remember I’ve battled dry skin, oily skin, and constant breakouts. I’ve tried cutting dairy, being vegan, cutting gluten, backing off of unnatural sugars and still nothing worked to heal my face. So I gave up. For the longest time I thought maybe makeup was my perfect skin enemy so I cut out makeup. I would wash my face in the morning and then go on my way. Blemishes, imperfections, and all. It was rough. After giving up makeup my skin became marginally better. I wasn’t breaking out as much but still was battling dry, flaky skin and oil issues.
While doing research on how to cut down on paper waste (specifically on the cotton balls I was using to wash my face) I discovered an all natural face wash that I can make myself. So I tried it! I went out, bought myself 3 packs of $1 white cloths from Walmart, bought a glass jar to hold the wash cloths and the ingredients to wash my face. From there I moved on to creating my own skincare formula.
Homestead Skincare Recipe:
Jar to hold ingredients
For this step I use a glass jar. I like how glass feels, I appreciate that it’s not plastic, it helps me see what’s in my face wash, and it’s easy to clean when needed.
Organic Coconut Oil
I use organic Coconut Oil because of all the recommendations I read about making your own facewash this one seemed to make the most sense. I love how it gets off makeup, helps open your pores, and hydrates your skin at the same time. I also really appreciate how it’s clean, and doesn’t really have a smell.
Baking soda is such a powerful ingredient. It can be used to cook, to clean, to keep odors from your fridge, and in my case to help aide in creating your own facial scrub. Where I use baking soda many people use sugar. I’d advise against sugar just because it’s a little more rough on your skin. Baking soda is small and gentle which makes it become the function as the perfect ingredient for our Homestead Skincare Recipe.
Lemon, Lime, or even essential oil drops.
This step is one that is completely optional. I know a ton of people really love to add drops of essential oils to their skincare routine. Others who are even more Do It Yourselfers seem to like to add shaved lemon or lime peels into their face wash or squeeze them into their Coconut Oil/Baking Soda mix. I haven’t tried these options yet and still absolutely love my skincare routine but hope to try the essential oil option as soon as I actually order some.
Since starting this new way of taking care of my skin I have noticed my blemishes seems to be healing up nicely, I haven’t had the need for moisturizer and while I have still have been wearing makeup about 2x per week on the days I don’t where anything I feel confident and comfortable in my own skin. Where I once was having massive breakouts and embarrassing acne when a spot flairs up its not huge or disgusting. It’s a tiny spot that is easy to fix and goes away within a day or two.
I’m not here to point fingers but since starting to make my own face wash I can’t help but wonder if the makeup/skincare industry has our best interest at heart. I used their products for about 10 years and have never had perfect skin. I’ve constantly had to strip my skin of its natural oils, moisturize like crazy, and then apply makeup to cover up all of the breakouts and blemishes caused by this viscous cycle. If you’re interested in having better skin, cheaper skincare products, and the confidence that your products are actually good for you consider using the Homesteaders Skincare Recipe. It’s natural, it’s safe, it’s cheap, and it’s worth giving it a try if you’re looking for something better for you, your skin, and the environment.
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