Let’s talk about skin care. Now I am not a big selfie person but I figured seeing as I am preaching about my skin care routine, I should put a photo of my face up AND my yogi tea is telling me to share, it all just seems right (see below). Anyway skin care is something I am so passionate about because of the problems I have had with my skin over the years, I literally must have tried everything on the shelf and spent a FORTUNE to try to combat spots and keep my skin clear. Finally, after years of trial and error I feel like I have a good skin care routine and want to share it with you.
The best thing about it is that it’s all natural, for me this was huge. There are so many chemicals in skin care products nowadays that you are doing more harm than good and then those chemicals seep into your bloodstream and cause all sorts of problems. This is a great article about what each chemical does.
So, the first thing I do in the morning is have a shower but I try not to wash my face in hot water, for someone who suffers from breakouts, the steam is plenty enough to open the pores. Once I am out of the shower I splash my face with really cold water and pat it dry with a clean towel.
Next, moisturiser. I use hemp seed oil and it’s fab. It has a rating of 0 on the comedogenic scale and doesn’t stay on the surface of the skin or feel oily like a lot of other oils do; it just feels really fresh and hydrating. An important thing to remember about it is it has to be refrigerated so travelling can be a little annoying but I usually find a fridge or cold place to keep it. I use Granovita’s hemp seed oil and buy it from Holland and Barrett but there are many options to choose from.
After the day is over it’s cleansing time. To do that I use apple cider vinegar mixed with filtered water. Apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural cleanser and its organic! It fights acne, spots and blemishes. It works because it’s a potent antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance capable of keeping bacteria at bay and spots from forming. While removing oil from your skin, apple cider vinegar also helps to balance pH and keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry by balancing the production of sebum. Basically it is the best and I don’t think there is an expensive cleanser out there that could beat it.
Once I have cleansed I put on lavender oil. The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. My skin can cope with me putting it on neat but a lot of people dilute it with some water, whatever works for you and your skin. I use this lavender oil, always make sure it is 100% essential oil.
Remember this may not work for you and I still get breakouts every now and again because of hormones or bad gut health. I truly feel skin care and any care for ourselves for that matter comes down to using what is right for us, but I know that when I was searching I would have loved to have found something like this post and if it just helps one person, I’ll be happy.