Two Steps for Toned and Fresh Face

A post worthy of re-posting…

My face

I have recently developed a routine that had brought me clearer skin without spending a lot of time, money, or effort.  Just TWO steps to cleaner, clearer skin.

It wasn’t always so clear

I have struggled with my skin for as long as I can remember. My eyelids and neck could get so dry that they looked and felt like burns. My T zone got so oily I could moisturize my cuticles by touching my face. I had breakouts at two different points in my cycle. My pores got blocked and I was constantly reapplying makeup. In fact, I wouldn’t be caught dead without a nice layer of cosmetics between my skin and the world.

I tried so many different brands of make-up then so many different chemicals claiming to clear up problem skin.  I’ve put things on my face that could be used to blow up bridges or bleach fabric.  Anymore, that seems like the industry standard to answer our blemish problems.

After reading countless articles on the benefits of coconut oil, I decided to change up my facial routine and try something so simple and natural.

Coconut oil

You see articles and blog posts touting all its uses everywhere you look. My Facebook feed is inundated with the latest word on what you can do with coconut oil.

Oil pulling
Hair masks
Makeup remover
Recipes
And more and more

My choices

I’ve been asked many times what it is I do with coconut oil, other than cook. Following is my routine, one I developed after reading a few fact-based articles as well as blog posts by those sharing their first-hand accounts.

This jar of Simply Nature coconut oil was less than $5 at my Aldi's.  For use in the bathroom, I scoop a little into a plastic container then put the jar back in the pantry.

This jar of Simply Nature coconut oil was less than $5 at my Aldi’s. For use in the bathroom, I scoop a little into a plastic container then put the jar back in the pantry.

First, I choose to use organic unrefined coconut oil. I am not brand loyal by any means; I’m wallet loyal and only purchase the cheapest jar I can find. Right now in my area, Payless (Kroger) carries the best priced organic unrefined coconut oil in their Simple Truth Organic line.  I also have purchased organic unrefined coconut oil from Aldi’s.  Recently, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market had one of the brands they carry on sale bogo free, so I got two jars then.

I also keep witch hazel on hand for a toner as it is a mild, natural astringent. While they’re are many forms and ways you can find witch hazel, I bought my last bottle from the pharmacy section at WalMart. I think the cotton balls I have are from Target.

Last, my makeup is slowly being converted to more natural items. I haven’t found the best for my skin type yet.  I’m hoping to try Honest Beauty next but would love to hear some honest reviews of it first. 

Two Steps to a Fresh Face

1. “Wash”

I run a clean washcloth under the hottest tap water I can tolerate.

I run a clean washcloth under the hottest tap water I can tolerate.

First, I run the hottest water from the tap and let my washcloth get soaked. After wringing out most of the water, I lay the cloth over my face. I let it sit there, with my head leaned back, while I use my fingertips to press the cloth to my eyes, moving them just enough to gently wipe away build-up or mascara. I run hot water over the cloth and wring it out again to lay it over my face and user my fingertips to make circular motions. This gently scrubs my skin, sloughing up makeup, dirt, oil, et cetera. Then I run hot water over the cloth and wring it out again. This last time, I bend my head forward and hold the cloth against my face; this is to open my pores.

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Look how clean these pores are! I don’t think my face has ever been this clean, not since before high school. My tone is not even and I do have freckles; don’t let that detract from how NOT BLACK my pores are.

No soap. Do you see that? Maybe you should reread the last paragraph. Just hot water on a washcloth. Each morning, when I do the above steps, I follow with a quick splash of cold tap water. This closes my freshly cleaned press against pollutants.

2.  Oil it up!

This is how hard the coconut oil is when it has been sitting on the shelf in my bathroom.  This nugget is about double what I use to cover my whole face and neck.

This is how hard the coconut oil is when it has been sitting on the shelf in my bathroom. This nugget is about double what I use to cover my whole face and neck.

Now I apply the coconut oil. I use my fingertips and don’t get too close to my hairline or eyes. I gently swipe an oiled fingertip right under my eyebrow and at the bottom of my lower lid (think middle of my dark circles). It doesn’t take much oil to cover a face, so don’t think it needs gooped on like a commercial moisturizer.

See how smooth and clean my face is?  Do you also see where I got a little oil in the hair in front of my ear?  Yeah, try to avoid that.

See how smooth and clean my face is? Do you also see where I got a little oil in the hair in front of my ear? Yeah, try to avoid that.

If you’re using it as a makeup remover, you’ll apply the coconut oil, wait a few minutes, then use that damp washcloth to gently wipe your face. If you need extra help removing eye makeup, dab a cotton ball in the oil and lightly swipe over your lashes. Once you’ve done these steps, reapply a light coat of the oil.

See? Just oil. No harsh chemicals. No soap with phthalates or parabens. No moisturizers or lotions with unpronounceable ingredients. Hot water and coconut oil. That’s it.

Since I’m at homemaker and only go in public once a week, this is usually the end of my morning routine (and always the end of my before-bed routine). I don’t wear makeup for funsies. If it is just my kids and the BHE seeing me, then they get the bare fresh face. 

THAT’S IT!  Two steps to clean, fresh, toned, and natural.

 

What items from your pantry have worked their way into your beauty routine?

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