The very basic elements of a skin care routine for your face:
- Toning balances skin PH and closes pores
Simple, right? If you can perform this skin care routine everyday you will quickly notice improvements in your skin. Then once a month or so make yourself a facial, mask, or peel and know that you will have great skin for years to come.
A note about sunscreen. Many beauty and health experts say to never go outside without sunscreen on your face. Summer, winter, it doesn’t matter. Never never never . . . If you know Naturally Bubbly at all you know we don’t like absolutes like NEVER.
I go out without sunscreen sometimes on purpose. UV rays not withstanding, your pineal gland on your forehead needs sunshine and light and Vitamin D. Sure there are vitamin supplements, but they don’t hold a candle to getting your vitamins the natural way. And also, these sunscreens we slather on have not been tested over time. Who knows what they are actually doing to us besides blocking cancer causing UVA and UVB rays.I like to let my face breathe sometimes, that’s that.
Cleansers For Washing and Exfoliating Your Face and Skin
FRUIT ACIDS (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid aka AHA) cleaning
“Cleopatra’s Famed Milk Cleanser
Used for hundreds of years to soften skin, milk is a source of lactic acid, one of the AHAs.
1/4 cup milk, buttermilk, yogurt, or sour cream
Using your fingertips, “wash” your face with the milk. Rinse. (Add milk to your bath, too, for the same effect.) [You can also use powdered milk]
Makes enough for one bath.” Annie Berthold-Bond, Better Basics for the Home
“Peachy Keen Complexion Cream
This wonderful rich combination is easily made. You’ll find it helps give your complexion that fabled glow. And you can’t find anything like it in the stores.
1 Ripe Peach
- Mash the peach by hand or puree it in a food processor.
- Add enough cream to the pulp to give you a soft, creamy mixture. Spoon into a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator.
- Once a day, apply the mixture to your face and massage in.
[Not sure how long this lasts so always sniff before applying to your face!]
(Thanks to Readers Digest’s Homemade – 702 Methods to Save Money and the Earth, p. 239)
Oily stuff cleans oily stuff. We learned that when learning about cleaning solutions for the home, and it is just as true on your face and body. If you have really dry skin, you should never use soap on your face, and should probably avoid face washes that are too astringent or acidic. Use an oil based cleanser instead to help your skin retain moisture.
“Cleansing Oil Basic Formula
Coconut oil is a good because because it isn’t greasy. Choose the antiseptic oil–lavender, rose, cinnamon, clove, tea tree, rosemary, or sweet orange–with the fragrance you like the most.
1 ounce coconut oil
1/4 ounce vegetable oil of choice
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as rosemary or lavender
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. The coconut oil will soften when stirred. Dab a bit on your fingertips and massage into your face. Rinse well with warm water.
Makes about 1/4 cup.
Shelf LIfe: A few months refrigerated, or until the oil smells rancid. Store in a glass jar with a screw top.” (Annie Bond, p. 124)
TONERS AND ASTRINGENTS
Toners and astringents are used for two things, from what I understand. One is to return your skin to it’s normal PH after using soap or oil based products to cleanse. The other uses for toners and astringents is to soften the skin by exfoliation. There is some cross over between cleansers and toners, a solution can be both depending on the ingredients. AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are commonly used in toners and cleansers. If you use the right cleanser that functions as a toner as well, you can skip an extra toner afterwards. I believe this is right!
I have been using facial wash instead of soap for several years now. I have thin, sensitive skin. So, for example, coconut enzyme type washes are mild enough for me whereas the pineapple enzyme cleansers are irritating. Apparently, logically, lactic acid is gentler than citric acid.
Skin Types in a nutshell
Your face has more than one type depending on location. For example around the nose, forehead and chin tends to be oilier than skin around the eyes, cheeks and neck.
“Normal skin is clear, supple, and soft. It is not overly sensitive to sun, humidity, or the environment.”
******Try any essential oil for a normal skin type
“Dry skin looks dull, feels tight after washing, and needs sun protection and frequent moisturizing to prevent flaking.”
******Try lavender, orange blossom, chamomile, rose, aloe vera, comfrey root, St. John’s Wort, mint, orris root, nettle, licorice, calendula, kelp, irish moss, horsetail.
“Oily skin feels soft and supple, but I looks shiny and needs cleaning several times a day. Oily skin tends to support large pores and is more prone to pimples and blackheads than dry or normal skin.”
*******Try lavender, rose, witch hazel, lemon balm, mint, licorice, rosemary, sage, neutral henna, horsetail.
“Sensitive Skin is easily burned by the sun and irritated by chemicals found in any commercial skin products that may cause rashes and blotching.” (Reader’s Digest Homemade)
********Try calendula, chamomile, comfrey, licorice root.
Find inexpensive containers at the grocery store for your homemade skincare products!
TONER AND ASTRINGENT RECIPES
“Basic Skin Toner
. . . You can custom design this basic skin toner to suit your skin type.
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
1/3 cup boiling water
2 drops essential oil
a. Place the chamomile and boiling water in a cup. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a sterile 4-ounce glass bottle that has a tight-fitting lid. When cool, add the essential oil and shake well to mix. Allow to stand for 48 hours, shaking periodically.
b. Pour the liquid through a paper coffee filter into a sterile glass bottle. Cap the bottle and store in a cool, dark place.
c. Apply daily with a cotton ball. “ (Reader’s Digest Homemade, p. 240)
Be careful about exfoliating your exposed skin if you are outdoors, in the sun a lot. Exfoliation means you are removing a layer of skin cells, albeit dead ones that you don’t want, but you are removing a layer of protection from damaging UV rays.
“Basic Fruit Acid Formula
You can use any one or combination of these.
Apples, organic apple cider vinegar, applesauce, cider, buttermilk, yogurt, milk, sour cream, blackberries, tomatoes, grapes, grape juice, wine, cream of tartar, citrus fruits, sugarcane, birch, wintergreen, strawberries, kiwifruit, peaches
Squeeze juice or use an already prepared juice to pat on your face, leave for ten minutes, and then rinse off. Follow with a moisturizer. “(Paraphrased from Annie Bond)
“Aloe and Seaweed Gel
Irish moss powder, available in health food stores, is rich in minerals
1 teaspoon Irish moss powder
Enough aloe vera gel to make a paste (fresh is best . . . )
Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Stir to blend. Dab on your face and massage into your skin, then rinse with warm water.” Make fresh for every application does not keep.” (Annie Bond)
Organic cider vinegar to cover
Peel the cucumbers and mash them in a bowl. Scoop the pulp into a quart mason jar and pour in vinegar to completely cover. Close the lid tightly and let it sit for three weeks. Strain. Dab some on your fingers and massage into your face. Rinse with warm water.” (Annie Bond)
Store in a glass jar with screw top. Keeps for maybe 3 months.
DIY Face MOISTURIZERS
The single most important thing you can do for your skin besides cleansing! If you can’t seem to do anything else for your face, at least moisturize it and use sunscreen most of the time.
“The Best Basic Soft and Silky Moisturizer
1/2 cup of aloe vera gel [fresh is best]
1/2 cup glycerin
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake or stir to blend. Dampen your face then dab the mixture on your fingers and massage into the skin.” (Annie Bond again thanks!)
Lasts 4 months!
UPDATE! I made a batch of the Soft and Silky Moisturizer. It was easy after receiving my supplies from Bulk Apothecary!
I have been using this formula for almost a month and I like it a lot. Except that it is a little bit sticky . . . and that feels weird on the skin under certain fabrics like silk. It’s not enough of a moisturizer for aging facial skin so I add a lotion style moisturizer on top of that.
If I am going outside to work in the elements–sun, wind, cold–I use the silky moisturizer on my face first. Then I apply 50 SPF sunscreen. On top of that I rub on some Lanolin and Cocoa Butter Cream as a physical barrier to the wind and cold. This cream (a different one than offered below) is another Annie Bond recipe. She could really start her own line of body care products! I love the way the lanolin and cocoa butter feels on my skin so smooth and glowy. You will find the recipe in our article called Skin- Aging, Acne, and Aggravation.
“Cocoa Butter Antibacterial Moisturizing Lotion
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons jojoba
1 tablespoons aloe vera gel
Melt the butter with the jojoba in a double boiler over medium heat. Remove from the heat, let cool for a few minutes, then mix with the aloe vera gel using a whisk or hand mixer. Dab some on your fingers and rub into your skin.” (Annie Bond)
Store in a glass jar with screw lid. Keeps for 6 months.
1/4 cup of avocado oil
1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab a little on your fingers and massage around your eyes, being careful not to get any in your eyes.” (Annie Bond)
Stores for 6 months.
“Yogurt and Oatmeal Deep-Cleansing Facial
1 tablespoon finely ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon yogurt
1/2 teaspoon honey
- Before starting, clean your face thoroughly with any natural cleanser so that you can immediately apply the deep-cleansing facial mixture when it has been stirred together.
- In a clean bowl, combine the yogurt and oatmeal and mix to a spreadable consistency. In a small glass bowl sitting in a larger bowl of hot water, warm the honey and pour it into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture. Using a spoon, blend the ingredients thoroughly.
- Immediately apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eyes, and let it stay on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Pat skin dry and apply a toner and moisturizer to your face.” (Reader’s Digest Homemade)
Join me in trying out these recipes. I’ll get back to you and update my experiences with these homemade face and skin care recipes. ENJOY!
INGREDIENTS LIST FOR RECIPES IN THIS POST
Buttermilk, yogurt, milk, or sour cream
Chamomile dried herb
Essential oil of your choice
Aloe vera gel
Apple cider vinegar
Liquid vegetable glycerin
If you like the idea of getting really into making your own body care formulas please get a book about it and make sure to get Annie Berthold-Bond’s Better Basics for the Home. Although she doesn’t teach technique, so you may need more help, like I did. Making creams and lotions–it is actually kind of tricky to get them to emulsify.
BASIC INGREDIENTS LIST FOR HOMEMADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Here is a comprehensive list of needed Ingredients for making homemade personal care products that I compiled from Better Basics for the Home and Reader’s Digest Homemade.
Aloe vera gel
Liquid vegetable glycerin
Irish moss powder
Tea tree oil
Yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream, milk; powdered milk
Fine ground oatmeal (quick oats)
Apple cider vinegar
Red wine vinegar
Tea bags black tea