Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.
I have recently transitioned to a more natural skincare routine. 1. Cleanse with honey. 2. Tone with apple cider vinegar. 3. Moisturise with jojoba oil. Read the rest of this post for a more detailed explanation of my new and improved routine.
1. Cleanse with raw honey
“Simply Bee honey is made from indigenous fynbos plants in a pristine, remote area of the Cape West Coast. The farm is committed to ethical, humane practices and the bees are never medicated or fed with sugar-water. There is no commercial farming surrounding the area where the bees collect their pollen; this means Simply Bee honey hasn’t been polluted with pesticides or contaminated with chemicals.” – Faithful to nature
- No preservatives, additives, petroleum artificial flavours or colours
- Antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal
- Boosts energy levels
- Strengthens immune system
- Soothes sore throats & stomach ulcers
- Has a delicious, naturally sweet taste with no processed sugars added
- Can be used topically as a healing skin & hair treatment
Honey has so many great health benefits that work both internally and externally. Of course the more put the honey is, they more beneficial it is. As stated above and on the faithful to nature’s website, honey is antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal. This makes it the perfect cleanser for sensitive skin types! Its is gentle yet effective and in my experience it can be used of active eczema or pimples without aggravating the condition. It is also recommended for acne sufferers because it is gentle and antibacterial. It leaves your skin balanced, smooth, soft, and clean. No tightness or oiliness.
How to use
- Put on a headband or use a clip to keep your hair out of your face. Unless you don’t mind honey in your hair.
- Spread about a teaspoon all over your face. You can include your neck as well. You can dampen your face as this makes the honey spread better. I rub it or wet or dry skin and that really depends on the day. You could even wet your finger tips and then squeeze some honey onto your fingertips.
- Massage gently into your skin focusing on your problem areas for about a minute. For me that’s my forehead and cheeks.
- Leave it on for a bit. I usually leave it for maybe 2 to 30 minutes. I like to leave it on while I brush my teeth or while I’m in the shower. Other days I will walk around the house with it on and set a timer to go off after 30 minutes.
- Rinse with cool or lukewarm water. Don’t worry about scrubbing. Honey rinses off clean.
- I would not recommend this for removing makeup.
- It doesn’t exfoliate your skin so you will need to find a different product for that.
- the honey in the fridge for a soothing effect when you apply it.
- Transfer honey from a jar into a squeeze bottle for better application.
2. Tone with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar’s benefits include it’s detoxifying properties as well as skin benefits. It’s another substance that cleanses and balances the skin. It is the only vinegar that is alkaline-forming rather than acid-forming balsamic or white vinegar. It is a bit harsh to use on it’s own, so it is best to dilute with water, and transfer it to a spray bottle. For oily skin make it 1 part ACV, 1 part water. Add more water for normal skin, and even more water for sensitive/dry skin.
“Our ACV Toner can help improve your overall complexion by balancing and restoring your skin’s natural pH. By restoring your skin’s balance, this apple cider vinegar toner helps your skin function optimally, warding off bacteria and shedding dead skin cells at the proper rate so your pores do not get clogged and your skin remains healthy.” – Hey Gorgeous
Because ACV is so strong, this Hey Gorgeous toner has added ingredients such as witch hazel, green tea, and aloe juice, which makes it less harsh on the skin.
A more cost-effective option is the Health Connection apple cider vinegar. You can create your own toner with it by diluting it with water or herbal tea. It should last you a while.
Cost effective option – Health Connection Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
How to use
- After cleansing and rinsing your face, apply diluted ACV product onto a cotton pad.
- Wipe it across your face and neck gently and be sure to avoid the eyes as it might sting.
3. Moisturise with jojoba oil
“This gorgeous golden jojoba oil is so wonderfully hydrating, giving your skin the moisture it craves without clogging your pores or leaving you feeling greasy. It’s suitable for all skin types, and especially beneficial for acne-prone skin, as it helps to remove impurities and unclog the pores. Crede’s all-natural jojoba oil will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and healthy. With natural vitamin E and SPF4, it combats the signs of ageing too.” Faithful to nature
Jojoba oil is an amazing all rounder product. Look at the list below for some of it’s many uses:
- Cuticle oil
- Face moisturiser
- Lip oil
- Body Lotion
- Tame Flyaways
- Makeup Remover
- Scalp Massage
- Hair Hot Oil Treatment
- Carrier Oil
- Split End Treatment
- Quick Hair Condition
- Protects hair during swimming
Jojoba oil is the most similar to our natural skin oil or sebum so it is easily absorbed by the skin. It doesn’t look shiny on the face (like coconut oil) instead after 1-3 drops my skin looks dewy and fresh. You can even add it to your normal lotion. I think it’s best to use it on it’s own though. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, contains vitamin E, prevents premature ageing, protects against moisture loss, removes impurities, gentle enough for delicate skin around the eyes, and is safe for all skin types. It also had a bit of natural SPF 4 in it.
This bottle comes with a stopper inserted at the top so it only comes out drop-by-drop instead of a splash of oil.
I don’t always use a toner, maybe twice a week maximum. I always end with a few drops of joboba oil whether I tone or not.
How to use
- Warm a 2-4 drops of jojoba oil in your palms
- Spread gently over the face in a gentle pressing or patting motion.
- Lightly massage into face and neck with your fingertips.
There you have it. This is my gentle and more natural skin care routine. Anyone with eczema or acne should be able to benefit from this routine. I personally use this routine morning and night and the transition has been good. I can’t wait to see even more benefits in the future. All these products can be found on faithful-to-nature.co.za. This post isn’t sponsored by them, I am just a big fan and I am impressed by their service.
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