Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Natural Hair. Natural Skin Care.

The ending of 2010 was approaching and I decided to make yet another set of resolutions. This year was different, I decided to make a list of things that I did not like about my self and fix them. The list wasn't long but the tasks were great. One of the greater problems was my skin. From the years of 2007 to 2010, I suffered with horrible acne flair ups and I had no idea what to do. The inconsistency with my skin really messed with my self confidence and I knew if I could tackle it, I would be fine.  Going in to 2011, I decided enough was enough. I threw away all commercial products and decided to go a more au naturale route.

I began with a face wash. Visiting trader joe's one day, I came across Trader Joe's oatmeal and honey soap. Oatmeal has been used as a soothing agent for centuries. Hence the reason your mother put you in the oatmeal bath when you had the chicken pox. In addition to the oatmeal, the soap also containes honey which helps draw out toxins from the skin and works as a natural lightening agent. This helps remove dark spots due to hyperpigmentation or acne scars. I began a consistent routine in which 
I washed my face twice a day. 

Rose water green tea toner
I decided to construct my own toner. Commercial toners just were not cutting it for me. After many failed attempts, I created the perfect concoction. Rose water green tea toner. I explain how to make it and the many benefits of it in this post here. After I wash my face I spray my face and allow it to dry before applying my moisturizer.

Once the skin is striped of its natural oils by cleansing, it is important to replenish the moisture so the skin does not over produce more oils. My moisturizer of choice was grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is natural light oil with antiseptic properties. It has been shown to also have SPF properties as well. 

My skin progressively got better. Once a week I also give my skin little at home spa treatments. 
With bentonite treatment masks and exfoliating treatments. There are a wide variety of skin types, so bentonite clay may not be useful for you. However this post on clay can help you differentiate which is best for your skin type. 

Here are some progress pictures of my skin:



 Enjoy ..... <3

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