I am so excited to introduce my first guest blogger on my blog. Her name is Shawnee, and she blogs over at The Ex-Perfectionist. One of the things I love about Shawnee is her transparency as she writes and shares her life. I always learn something new when I read her posts. Be sure to check out her blog!
Guest Blogger: Shawnee Randolph
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but store bought beauty products freak me out. Wondering what has my panties in a knot? Take a look at the ingredients of your face wash. Most of what you will read is probably…unreadable. And the rest? Not fit for your skin.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. The epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (inner layer) help to regulate temperature and gives us our wonderful sense of touch. More importantly our fabulous skin protects our bodies from toxins and helps excrete toxins from our bodies.
Aside from all the technical stuff, our skin is what ages us or keeps us looking young. I’m sorry to break it to you, but alcohol, acids, and scents will only age you. Don’t believe that these things are in your face wash? Stop reading, right now, and look at the ingredients.
I know right?
So if you wouldn’t put those things in your body, why apply them to the largest organ of your body?
Don’t have the cash to purchase a new line of organic skin care? Me either. Plus, there are likely many preservatives in your “organic” products, including alcohol. Instead of breaking your childhood piggy bank, try a homemade face wash and scrub.
Honey Oatmeal Facewash
½-¾ part Oatmeal (ground in a coffee grinder)
1 part Almond or Coconut milk
1/8 part Olive Oil (adjust according to your skin)
1/8 part Honey
Mix it all up, place it in a container that can be shaken before each use and there you have it. The oatmeal helps to clean; honey is an emulsifier and also has healing and anti inflammatory properties (good for those pesky pimples); Almond and Coconut milk, especially those fortified with vitamins, will help to cleanse and refresh; and olive oil will give you a nice glow and can take the place of your moisturizer.
Tip: make sure to rinse with cool to warm water, so as not to dry out your skin.
Olive Oil Sugar Scrub
1 part sugar
½-3/4 part olive oil
Mix together. To use, cleanse your face with the oatmeal wash and rinse. Place a small amount of the scrub in your hand and very gently massage into your skin. The skin on your face is the most delicate so it is important not to be harsh with it. Rinse and pat dry.
Tip: this scrub is also awesome for your whole body. Note, that when using it in the shower, your tub can become very slippery. Be careful!
I hope you’ll give natural a try. Enjoy!