Good Evening, Sweeties! Thought I would post the sweet deets on my skin care routine just in time for bedtime.
Disclaimer: Some of the products and tips I mention in this post are geared towards those with oily skin (like me), but there is definitely something for everyone! Keep reading.
Okay, now that’s out of the way, lets talk what I have found helps me before washing and throughout the day. Oily face + glasses = I can’t even… keep my glasses properly situated on my face. The solution? I always keep those little alcohol wipes on me and use them to clean the glasses’ arms and the parts of the frames that touch my brow area and nose at least once a day. On hot days I might even do this twice a day. I haven’t found this to harm my frames at all, but if you’re worried you could always substitute apple cider vinegar!
Speaking of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) it plays the biggest role in my skin care routine. I found some great recipes on Pinterest for an ACV toner, but gave them my own little spin. The best part is you really on need 3 ingredients to make it (or five if you’re feeling adventurous). ACV has tons of health benefits which make it a great natural toner for the face. It can help balance the pH of the skin, break up bonds between dead skin cells (exfoliate), lighten sun and age spots, improve acne and scars, remove excess oil and is very affordable. All of this makes it a winner in my opinion!
So, the toner. First, grab yourself a mason jar and some cotton rounds (cotton balls will work too). If your skin is not really sensitive at all and oily like mine, the recipe is this: one part apple cider vinegar (with the “mother” in it), one part water and 3 drops lavender essential oil. If you have sensitive skin the recipe is this: two parts water, one part apple cider vinegar (with the “mother” in it) and 3 drops essential oil. For the adventurous you can add two drops of vitamin E oil and two drops of tea tree oil for extra skin nourishment. Throw all that in the mason jar and give it a good shake.
You’re all ready to go! I like to dip half the cotton round in the jar, then fold it down the middle and gently press the side together to disperse the ACV toner through the whole cotton round. I then gently swipe it over my face starting with my cheeks, moving to my forehead and then making sure I give the area between my eyebrows and nose extra attention as those are the areas my glasses like to mess with.
However! Before using this awesome toner you are going to want to wash your face. I like to use a silicone pad or my new Luna FOREO Fofo (see my review in my last post). Honestly though, if you don’t need all the bells and whistles the FOREO Fofo has to offer a silicone pad like the one I bought here, will do. Plus, it’s great for travel. I love silicone pads with bristles for washing my face, because they are super hygienic and really exfoliate my skin without being too harsh.
Now the soap. I love to use Dr. Bronner’s soap. It’s the best multi-purpose soap that money can buy. I love the citrus scent, but any scent of your choosing should produce the same results. The soap is pretty concentrated and a little will take you a long way, so I recommend filling an empty bottle a little more than half way and adding some water to dilute it.
Lastly, after all this magic has happened I moisturize. My new favorite is this absolutely awesome Tea Tree Oil Face Cream that I found on Amazon. This stuff is amazing! It’s made for oily acne prone skin and does a great job of reducing redness, getting rid of blackheads and of course, moisturizing. The one thing here I will say that it can be a little heavy in the summer at times. If you find this to be true I would mix it with a light natural moisturizer. This isn’t to say it feels heavy or sticky on the skin though; after using it my skin feels smooth to the touch and ultra moisturized. If you have been known to get your sweat on, mixing it with a lighter moisturizer might be the way to go for warmer weather.
Let’s recap, here is a quick run through of my morning and evening skin routine:
- Either rub a little Dr Bronner’s and water on your face or throw the diluted mix right on the silicone brush. Take your time to hit all the zones on your face with special attention to those problem areas. Rinse and pat dry.
- Let your skin fully dry before dipping the cotton pad in the ACV toner and swiping over your face. Once again paying attention to the problem areas.
- Let your skin dry fully and then take a pea sized amount of the Tea Tree Oil Moisturizer and rub into your face.
- Repeat these steps day and night and you are well on your way to better skin!
Give this a try and let me know what you think, Sweeties! Comments are sweet and follows are sweeter. Until next time… Stay sweet!