All About The Face + A Natural Cold Remedy
Olly Olly Toxin Free, Part IV: All About The Face, My Daily Routine
Have you ever stopped to ask why companies need to sell an entire system of products just for your face? Cleaners, exfoliators, serums, toners, creams, moisturizers, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, anti-oxidant....whew! It's enough to make your face gasp for air!
Like all the other store bought products I have already talked about, facial beauty products are packed with chemicals and toxins that are drying and can actually deplete your skin of its natural moisture and repairing ability. Perhaps the reason you need 6 - 10 products in your face routine is because each one is a cure for the problem caused by the one before it.
Shouldn't a face wash and moisturizer be enough? In my opinion....yes! Of course, what you eat, drink, exposure to harmful sun rays and the environment you live and work in also play a crucial role in the condition of your skin.
I had enough of the expense, the consumer mindset that I needed these products to look beautiful, and the physical abuse I was ultimately putting my skin through. So true to form, I threw all my products in the trash and made my own.
My Daily Routine
I stopped using fluoride long ago when studies first came out about the dangers. This site is dedicated to educating people about the risks, take a look and decided for yourself if you want to make the switch
Plastic is another evil I am trying to eliminate from my life. While I am a dedicated recycler, I am still concerned about the chemicals and toxins used to produce plastic leeching into products and ultimately into me. And don't even get me started on the environmental impact of producing and disposing of them. So when I found bamboo toothbrushes I switched. The nylon bristles are a bummer and I continue to search for a completely green alternative but this is a good start.
Next, I wipe down of my face with my homemade Nourishing Cleansing Oil. I love the natural smell and my skin feels amazing afterward rather than dry and tight.
Nourishing Cleansing Oil
(for all skin types)
1 oz Sweet Almond Oil
1 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
2 tsp Coconut Oil
1 Tbs Sunflower Oil
1 Tbs Jojoba Oil
4 drops Rosemary EO
1 drop Peppermint EO
1 drop Lemongrass EO
1 drop Manuka EO
2 drops Lavender EO
HOW TO MAKE: Combine all the oils together and blend well. Combine the essentials together then add to the oil blend. Keep in a skinny glass jar or dropper bottle for easy dispensing.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Place a small amount of Cleansing Oil, approximately 3-4 drops in the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to evenly disperse, then rub onto face including eye area. Use a reusable microfiber towel (like one of these) moistened with warm water to remove the oil from your face.
While my face is still damp I spritz on a little refreshing Face Tonic. I used to use pure Witch Hazel but found it a bit irritating drying for my skin. The tonic is not a necessity but I love the smell and it's great for calming the skin if it's irritated.
(for normal skin)
2 oz Chamomile Roman Water
1 oz Geranium Water
1 oz Lavender Water
1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
1 drop Geranium EO
1 drop Chamomile EO
1 drop Spearmint EO
1 drop Lavender EO
HOW TO MAKE: Combine waters, glycerin and essential oils together in a glass jar. Shake well and leave stand in the fridge for 24 hours. Shake jar again and transfer to a glass measuring cup. Wipe out the glass jar with a paper towel and set aside. Using a funnel lined with an unbleached coffee filter pour mixture into a small glass spray bottle. Filter the remaining liquid back into the glass jar and store in fridge.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Wash face, then spray tonic over entire face with eyes closed. Allow to dry naturally.
Lastly, I spread my Day Care Oil over my entire face and neck. I rub any extra into my hands because it's good for all your parts. That's it!
My skin is never dry or oily and I have no break-outs....unless I wear make-up which I stopped wearing daily early this year. I am currently on the hunt for natural, chemical and toxin free make-up but that's a story for another day.
Day Care Oil
(for normal skin)
1 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil (or any carrier oil of your choice)
1/8 cup + 2 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
14 drops Rose Otto EO
3 drops Geranium EO
2 drops Chamomile Roman EO
3 drops Lavender EO
3 drops Lemon EO
HOW TO MAKE: Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar and shake vigorously to combine. Funnel into a glass dropper bottle. Store remaining oil in the glass jar. Add a stainless steel pump and place it in the shower to use as body oil.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Place 3-4 drops (adjust as needed or to your preference) in the palm of your hand, rub hands together and rub oil over entire face and neck. Wipe off excess oil, if necessary, with a towel or tissue.
Natural, Non-Toxic Cold Remedy
Holidays and winter colds just seem to go hand-in-hand. Between the changing weather, exposure to new germs from guests, and our body systems literally being overworked getting sick almost seems inevitable......UNTIL NOW!
I created Keep Me Well Essential Oil Blend and Spray to combat those nasty germs and keep your immune system going strong. The EO blend is perfect for an aromatherapy lamp or humidifier while the spray is great for quick treatment of rooms and linens.
Keep Me Well is a handcrafted blend of essential oils formulated to combat environmental, chemical, physical, mental, AND emotional stress! In addition, every essential oil in the blend is both anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
Of course, you also need to get proper rest, eat right, and find productive ways to handle stress to keep your immune system at peak performance.