I have said it before and I will say it again, I am vain. What ever, nobody is perfect. I grew up surrounded by chauvinism and beauty queens. I grew up uncomfortable in my skin and longing for the day I would wear a crown that would prove my worth to the world. I studied the pages of beauty magazines and did my best to mimic what I saw. In the end I was always disappointed in myself. I could never achieve the golden standard for beauty or the ultimate seal of approval. It was exhausting. Now I know it was ridiculous. Now I know I am a beauty queen in my own right. What did I tell you yesterday, with age hopefully comes wisdom :). Ladies let’s not pass on this ridiculous idea of beauty to our children and the never-ending supply of products that come with it. Let’s teach our children that beauty really comes from within. Beauty roots itself from our strength, kindness and confidence. And for those who are a little vain, like me, know that you don’t need any expensive beauty product to look healthy and glowing.
I am very careful about the things I put in my body and my skin is no exception. Our skin is our first line of defense and we should treat it with respect and kindness :). Harsh, questionable and toxic chemicals do not belong in your body. There is no reason to have them in your beauty products. There are so many natural and nourishing alternatives to pricey department store potions. Frankly I don’t see why we should support the cosmetic industry with it’s half truths and shady products and practices. Everyday I see beautiful women fall victim to the “beauty industry” and it breaks my heart. Ladies we are smart, powerful and beautiful! Anyho… Yesterday I talked about my healthy skin eating habits. Today I would like to share with you my topical skin care go-to’s.
In my beauty cabinet
1. Coconut Oil. My husband makes fun of me because he says I think I can heal anything with a little coconut oil. While that is not 100% accurate I do love coconut oil. I eat it, I use it in my teeth, my hair and my skin. Coconut oil has moisturizing, anti-bacterial and nourishing properties. I use it as a skin moisturizer and for washing my face. As a nightly face wash I rub a small amount on my face, massage it and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then I use a cloth with warm water and place it on my face to open up my pores. The coconut oil absorbs impurities. I repeat the cloth over my face about three times and then I wipe the remaining oil of. And no pimples ladies, in case you are wondering. Here are some other great ideas.
2. Rose water. I use rose-water as a toner. It has astringent properties. You can use it on its own or mix with a little witch hazel to create a refreshing and gentle yet powerful tonic. You can also mix rosewater with distilled water and a little glycerine for a rejuvenating mist.
3. Clay. Twice a week I make an all natural mud mask to deeply clean my pores. I use Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I mix half a spoonful of clay with one spoonful of rosewater or green tea. I apply with a brush, and leave on for 10 minutes. Then I rinse with a cloth gently.
4. Soft brush. I use a facial brush (like this one ) on a daily basis to gently exfoliate my skin. It’s a good way to start the day for a little skin pick me up.
5. Konjac Sponce. This one I use for washing my face daily. It gently exfoliates and removes dirt without having to use a face cleanser.
6. Almond oil. I love almond oil as an all over skin moisturizer.
7. Vitamin C serum. As an alternative to expensive skin serums I use vitamin C. Vitamin C serum is rich in antioxidants and is easily absorbed by your skin, and no nasty chemicals.
8. 100% Pure Cosmetics. This is my go-to brand for make-up. “Pure products are truly 100% pure: no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins”. Im sold, and I like their products, they smell and feel delicious on my skin.
9. My guilty pleasure. About a year ago my amazing mother in law gave me a skin moisturizer from a local company called Mac’s Smack. With only 10 (all natural and readable) ingredients, it was love at first sight. I LOVE Your Best Skin moisturizer. It is a little pricey at $28 but, like I said, a guilty pleasure. Besides my mother in law took notice of how much I liked it and has kept me stocked. I know, I know I am one lucky lady.
Aside from these wonderful products I like to experiment with natural face masks etc. You could try yogurt and lemon, muddled cucumber and avocado or raw sugar and coconut oil. There are so many possibilities for beautiful, healthy skin the sky is the limit. For wonderful recipes you can check my favorite skin care book ( I should get paid for this lol) Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out by Julie Gabriel. You can always consult the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep site for ratings on your beauty products, they even have an app.
Beauty does come from within. But for beautiful, healthy skin I say dish the hormone disrupting, bank breaking beauty products and welcome nature into your beauty cabinet.