I’ve spent many years and thousands of dollars trying to get good skin. But here’s what I’ve learnt, you don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive products, and a good nights sleep will do your complexion wonders. A few years ago I got rid of my chemical ridden cleansers and moisturisers and instead used products I would only ever be comfortable eating. So here’s what I found.
Because our skin is the largest organ in our body, we need to be mindful what we put on it. It gets a lot of exposure to the weather, and protects us from the elements, but everything we put on it is absorbed into our bloodstream. So along with going poo-free (washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar), I started treating my skin with natural products straight from the kitchen cupboard, saving me thousands of dollars and I can be confident no animals have been tested on. Plus my skin is glowing like never before!
So here are my tips for how to keep your skin glowing and avoid those nasties harming animals and the environment.
I use coconut oil as my base wash. To truly get a good cleanse I’ll wash my skin twice, removing the oil with warm water and a face washer. There are other oils you might like to use: almond oil, jojoba oil or macadamia nut oil (which is more sustainable). Try a few different ones to find the right one for you.
For a deeper cleanse, mix your chosen oil with some baking soda, or a scrub of your choice. I make my own coffee scrub (half raw sugar, half ground coffee), which is a great invigoration in the morning. Or a spiralina scrub is delicious!
Most people don’t need to tone every day because it actually strips your skin of its lovely oils, but if you do love a good tone across your skin, a mix of apple cider vinegar and water will do the trick (1/4 apple cider vinegar to 3/4 water). Use an organic cotton ball and just rip it in half so they last longer.
Coconut oil is a lovely moisturiser, but if it’s too oily, just dab a little under your eyes to keep them fresh. Rosehip oil is great for your skin. You only need a couple of drops. And Frankincense is a miracle worker! This oil is a little more expensive than most (about $100), but it’s healing and nourishing properties will get your happy blood cells pumping.
Just dab some lavender oil or tea tree oil on the offending spot and watch it dry right up!
Cleanse from the inside out
Your skin will tell you when it needs some rest or nourishing food. We’ve heard it a million times but drinking 8 glasses of water a day and getting 8 hours of sleep will keep you looking great. It’s so true. When I’ve had a few good nights of sleep, and I manage to get enough water (especially with some lemon in it!) my skin looks and feels great.
You’ll probably end up spending in a year what you once would have spent on one product. This is a little breakdown of how much each product will cost, and some you can double up as your hair cleanser or use in your cooking!
Coconut Oil = $15AUD/$10USD
Apple Cider Vinegar = $10AUD/$5USD
Baking Soda = $2AUD/$1.50USD
Rosehip Oil = $25AUD/$20USD
Coffee scrub = $15AUD/$10USD
Look for products that are made organically and produced locally to keep them good for you and good for the environment.
Tried any of these yourself? Or have other tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!