This isn’t in our usual line of posts, but I have been asked several times recently about my skin care regimen. The first time I was asked I had no idea what they meant. Many of you women may know that there are those of us out there with a regimen of products to keep our skin glowing. I’m a much more natural girl and have never had such a regimen. I am not bashing those who do, it’s just not something I have ever needed. I work out and sweat, a lot. I credit that to keeping my skin flushed and from getting backed up. I do of course wash my face post workouts, but I’m not sure that can be considered a regimen.
I bring this up because am a big believer in keeping my body as toxin free as possible. Many of us eat relatively clean and try to eat organic whenever possible to keep our bodies clean. However, despite the attention we pay to what we put IN our bodies, we don’t give much thought to what we put ON our bodies. This is an important issue because our skin is transdermal which means that any chemicals we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. To make matters worse, our food is filtered through our kidneys and livers. When we apply chemicals to our skin they can be absorbed quickly into our bodies and not get filtered.
In that vein, I want to spend the next few weeks introducing products that I make myself to keep my body and skin healthy. They do involve essential oils but those are not necessary if you don’t want to add them. I like the addition of the scents and depending on which recipe I share I will explain which oils I chose and why.
**Full disclosure: I only recommend DoTerra or Young Living Oils. Your oils must be pure or they can be dangerous and many are cut with lead. If you order from the site linked I may get product credits. Any other products and links I give through this series will not give me any credits. I mostly link to Amazon because they sell just about everything **
So without further ado, let’s introduce the face “regimen”. I have not yet found a recipe for a face soap I like so I’m still using this over the counter face wash. I only wash my face when I shower, which is once to twice a day depending on how often I work out that day.
Post shower, I apply my homemade face cream.
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3 drops Lavender Oil
3 drops Melaleuca Oil
(or up to 6 drops of your choice of oils. Choose because of their properties or you just like the smell, it’s up to you! They are optional, not mandatory)
Mix together and store in a glass jar. Apply sparingly to face post washing.
Some great reasons to choose lavender oil for this face cream (found here):
The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is also added to chamomile to treat eczema.
Some great reasons to choose Melaleuca (tea tree) oil for this face cream (found here):
The health benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance.
The Cicatrisant property of this essential oil makes it heal wounds quickly and protects them from infections. Furthermore, it can help neutralize or diminish the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox, and acne.