All of us are experiencing a new reality, where we are suddenly required to stay home. Some of you are moms with little ones that need you constantly and some of you are finding yourself bored in your home not knowing how to fill your time. I have spoken to people in both situations!
As I am in my house more, I thought it would be fun to experiment with a few different products that are easy to make and helpful for different issues I am having with my skin. My hands are SUPER dry and being in the house with the heater is causing more dryness overall.
I shared a few recipes on Instagram and had such positive feedback that I thought I would share them here with you. I have heard of moms doing this with their girls and really enjoying it. My kids like measuring out the ingredients and mixing them all together. Each product can be made with simple pantry ingredients. Let me know if you try any of them and what you think of them!
Honey Lip Scrub
1/2 Tablespoon honey
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 Tablespoon white sugar
Mix all ingredients together with a spoon. Apply and scrub this all over your lip area for a few minutes and wipe off. Follow up with your favorite lip balm.
Chamomile Hand Scrub
1 Tablespoon sea salt (I used course sea salt)
1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 drop Chamomile Essential Oil * You can replace with lavender oil if you don't have Chamomile.
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together with a spoon. Scrub all over your hands over a towel. Rinse or wipe off and immediately apply a body butter or lotion.
Brown Sugar Facial Scrub
1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon avocado oil * can use olive or coconut too
1 drop Lavender oil
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together with a spoon. Apply to cleansed skin and rub for a few minutes, remove with sponges, hands or wash cloths. Follow up with toner, serums and moisturizer/oil.
I hope you are all hanging in there, I am thinking of you.
Today I want to share five ways to improve your skin, without buying anything. Increasing healthy lifestyle choices goes a long way for the health and look of our skin. I can say personally when I take action in these areas, my skin looks healthy and at its best!
This is my number one tip for my clients who feel like their skin hasn't been looking its best. I know it can be hard to get the perfect amount of sleep (thank you very much time change:/) but this can lead to better looking skin. And of course sleep is amazing for just about everything in our bodies so try to create a better sleep routine!
2. Remove make-up before you go to bed
I have spoken about removing make-up each night before because it is such an important step in your skin care routine. While we sleep at night (here we go again with sleep!), our cells are regenerating at night and repairing. It is important we apply our wonderful serums and oils AT NIGHT, to help the skin receive the benefits these products bring without the barrier of makeup. Sleeping in makeup can also cause clogged pores because we have not properly removed bacteria from the face.
Dehydrated skin looks dull and without the glow we all crave. Drinking water helps but also cutting back on liquids that dehydrate. Using topical hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid make a huge difference as well!
4. Wash your pillowcases often
For those of you who breakout or have acne this is a very important step! Experts advise weekly or even more frequent washing of pillowcases to prevent bacteria build up where your face is resting for so many hours a day. Oils from the skin and hair can cause problems, so regularly changing out your pillowcase is a great idea. Other experts recommend using a material that is soft like silk or other light weight materials for not only skin but for healthy hair.
5. Clean those make-up brushes!
Yea yea I know, we all know we should do this step but I know many of us are not cleaning our brushes on a regular basis. Brushes have a bacteria build up, which is then transferred to your skin. It also can contaminate your make-up. I have even heard of unclean brushes leading to skin rashes. For many people it could be an issue without even knowing about it so make sure you take the time to get them sanitized! Just a reminder, go wash them!
That is what I have for you on free ways to get your skin looking its best and staying healthy. Are you taking these steps? What other routines do you perform to help your skin look its best?
I recently read a blog with a DIY toner recipe. This water-based toner used all natural ingredients and sounded lovely. The author left out one important component, a preservation system. It inspired this post, as I love DIY skin care but only if it is safe.
Let's talk about why we need a preservative in the first place. If there is water in your product (which most products have), it will be exposed to mold, yeast and bacteria. The point of a preservative is to kill those microorganism's and keep your product and you safe. It is not a sexy ingredient or one that skin care companies feature but a super important one nonetheless.
Some of the natural beauty companies talk about being preservative free and how harmful preservatives are. That is not always the case. We are able to avoid using preservatives if the product is anhydrous, or without water. This would include a balm with butters and oils as a base. But other than that, using a preservative is almost always required especially if you are using targeted skin care and not just putting coconut oil on your face. (Not trying to talk smack I love coconut oil!)
Preservatives have a bad rep. One of the most unpopular preservative systems are parabens. They are believed to be hormone disruptors and have been found in human tissue. They have even been linked to breast cancer although the jury is still out on that according to the studies I have read. So why do companies still use them? They work to preserve the products and they are cheap. Bottom line.
Not Just in Skin Care
Parabens and other preservatives are not just found in cosmetics and personal care items. They are also put in our food, processed food that needs to be preserved because it is sitting on the shelves of the grocery store. (Another vote for eating healthy fresh foods here).
The Good News?
Because of demand and awareness of harmful preservatives, the industry now has many more options. Consumers are demanding clean ingredients all around and those of us in the natural world have many more options. So we can protect our products from harmful microorganism's and use a safe preservative system. I say system because we need a broad range to protect.
So back to the DIY toner recipe I mentioned above. While I love the idea of this toner and recommend DIY skin care (check out this post about Facial Masks here), having a water as its base is not safe unpreserved unless you use it up in a few days. The best news is we can safely protect our products and ourselves with the latest advances in natural friendly preservatives. It can be a complicated topic so feel free to leave a question below!
As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.