I haven’t revisited my clear skin journey in a while, but here’s the basic overview: I never had any skin problems or acne until I turned 22, when painful, hormonal, cystic acne began to plague my face. I tried everything natural to clear it up (dietary changes, vitamins, etc.), and while I saw some improvement here or there, it wouldn’t go away. I ultimately went to the dermatologist, got on a low dose antibiotic, and started using various medicated creams, gels, and face washes to eradicate my acne. It worked, but all of those super strong treatments negatively affected the quality of my skin. It wasn’t spotted with pimples, but it was dry, dull, and rough.
When I went back to the dermatologist to address this new issue, it was recommended that I purchase an almost $200 face cream. I bought it reluctantly, hoping it would restore my skin. A couple of months and $200 later, my skin was softer and less dull, but I knew that I wasn’t up for spending $1200 a year on face cream. That’s when I started researching other options.
Since I’ve been into essential oils lately (read more here), I decided to try my hand at making my own skincare system with them and other natural ingredients. I wanted to know exactly what I was putting on my face each day in an attempt to soften, brighten, and even out my skin. After spending hours reading countless articles and blog posts about homemade skincare, I combined ideas and came up with the recipes below. Because I’ve seen such great results, I’m sharing my recipes with you! This post contains affiliate links.
Green Tea Lavender Foaming Face Wash
- Glass dispenser with foaming pump
- 1 1/2 C green tea, brewed and cooled completely
- 1/4 C unscented castile soap
- 2 TBSP jojoba oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
I love the way this face wash smells and feels. It’s foaming, so it feels great on my skin. The lavender is very calming, especially for reducing redness, and it does a great job cleaning my face and removing makeup and dirt. Because it has jojoba oil in it, it’s doesn’t strip my skin. Overall, I love using it. (If you make this, be sure to shake before use. Otherwise the oil will sit at the top!) I use 2-3 pumps each time I wash my face.
Rosewater and ACV Toner
- Glass container
- 1 1/4 C rosewater
- 1/4 C raw apple cider vinegar (you can use more/less)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
I have a love/hate relationship with this toner. It works really well, keeps my face clear, and makes my skin super smooth and balanced, but apple cider vinegar is pungent. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, you may consider leaving it out, or only using a splash at first. If you don’t mind the smell, you can use more than I recommended. About 1/4 C is as much as I can stand without feeling like I’m a bottle of salad dressing. The smell of the ACV dissipates once it dries, but it’s not the most desired smell when I wash my face before bed in the evening or first thing in the morning. I hardly notice it anymore, but I’m giving you fair warning–it takes a hot second to adjust to the smell. Once you see the results, though, I think you’ll be sold! (I used these super soft cotton pads to apply this toner.)
Jojoba Oil Moisturizer
Easiest moisturizer ever! In the morning, I mix 3 drops with my Juice Beauty CC Cream, and at night I use 3-5 drops plain to moisturize my face. Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores unlike other oils like coconut. Using this to moisturize has completely naturalized my facial oil production. I used to get oily in my t-zone about an hour after putting on my makeup, but I don’t anymore. It’s so awesome! If fact, it’s 3pm right now, and I applied my makeup around 8am. My face, including my t-zone, isn’t oily at all. It feels exactly like the skin on the rest of my body. This is a huge win!
You could also add rosemary essential oil or tea tree oil to help with acne, chamomile essential oil to calm skin, geranium essential oil to help balance oil production, or rose essential oil for dry skin. Read more on The Nourished Life here. Additionally, if you Google “face wash recipe,” “toner recipe,” or “moisturizer recipe,” you can find a plethora of information and resources to help you craft your own three step skincare system based on your individualized skin needs and goals.
Occasional Clay Face Mask
About once I week, I do a bentonite clay face mask to “vacuum my pores.” This helps clear out the stubborn clogged pores on my nose and chin. I’ve written about using bentonite clay as a face mask here if you’re interested!
Purchasing High Quality Essential Oils
If you’re interested in learning more about Young Living essential oils (what I use), and/or if you’d like to purchase some, you can contact Kelsi at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s my go-to girl and has been so amazing and helpful to me, and she’s totally willing to Skype, email, and chat with you about oils to help you learn and take advantage of all of their benefits! I can’t recommend working with her enough. She’s absolutely awesome! I feel like having an oil mentor is imperative to really understanding the oils and their uses and benefits. (I don’t “get” anything from you contacting or purchasing oils through Kelsi, I just really like and recommend her. 🙂 )
// Have you ever made any facial products? Have you ever considered it?
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