I’m one of many not-so-fortunate people to have an over sensitive immune system. Usually, that applies to my lungs, sinuses and eyes, but my skin likes getting involved, too.
I don’t often wear makeup, so I can tolerate most store-bought cosmetics, but when it comes to every day skin care, I’ve started making my own beauty products. These ingredients are some of my favorites.
|Coconut oil mixed with 10 drops of lavender
This oil is one of my all time favorite facial moisturizers. I keep a small jar of it mixed with lavender essential oil in the bathroom, so it’s easy to get at on the days my skin feels a bit too dry.
It’s most commonly known for hair care, but it’s also wonderful for skin care. Alone, it’s pretty soothing, but much more so when mixed with lavender oil, and it absorbs nicely into the skin.
Mix some sugar in, and you get a great a sugar scrub, too. Coconut oil is available in most supermarkets.
Lavender and Tea Tree Oil
|I also use these two oils for
cleaning. NOW is a great brand.
Tea tree oil was used in operating rooms up to WWI as a cleaning agent so often that it was given the nickname catheter oil. It is naturally antibacterial and antiviral, but it can be expensive, which is probably part of why it’s no longer used in that medical capacity.
According to aromatherapy history, the man who’s credited with starting the practice, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, burned himself as he was developing a new fragrance. In his desperation to sooth the wound, he dunked his hand in the nearest container of oil, which happened to be lavender. The pain relief was surprising, and the wound healed far more quickly, with less scarring, than his previous burns. Even before that, lavender was commonly used to treat wounds and promote relaxation. Lavender oil is still used in those capacities.
I use a combination of lavender and tea tree oils to treat acne break outs and soothe other minor skin problems. You would think using oil would make the problem worse, but these particular essential oils both act as antimicrobial agents and unclog pores.
When I dab some onto a breakout after washing my face, my skin is drastically improved by the next day. The pimples are usually gone within two or three days. For me, that’s much faster than if I just washed my face and used Witch Hazel.
These two oils are also unique, because they’re safe to use directly on the skin, instead of in a carrier oil. Most essential oils are too harsh to use without diluting them, first. However, I’d advise testing for sensitivity on a small patch of skin on your inner arm before trying them on your face.
Natural food stores often have these essential oils, but you can also buy them from Amazon and other online retailers.
|Not a huge bottle, but it lasts a long time.|
This stuff is actually the first natural skin care/beauty product I’ve ever used. It’s sold in the first aid section, right next to rubbing alcohol and peroxide, because it can also be used to clean minor injuries.
Witch hazel is a wonderful astringent, and it catches dirt just washing with soap and water misses. It also has a very subtle, clean aroma, and is very easy to apply.
For those of us who always keep cost in mind, it’s also very cost effective. Mine cost somewhere south of $1.99, since I picked it up on sale at Target. Since you only use a little on a cotton ball per use, the bottle will last a long time.
|Baking soda is amazing.|
I know, this one sounds odd, but hear me out.
I’ve only just started using baking soda as an exfoliant once or twice a week. So far, I’m very happy with the results. I just put a few pinches of the stuff in my palm, make it into a paste with some water and gently apply it to my face.
Then, I get my hands soaped up and gently massage the soap/water/baking soda mixture on my skin for a few seconds. Since baking soda is an abrasive, it’s important to keep the pressure light, as with all exfoliating agents, but it works beautifully. It rinses off easily, doesn’t leave residue and leaves my skin feeling delightfully clean.
It’s worth noting that paste is also a great shingles remedy. When I came down with that disease back in January, letting a paste of water and baking soda dry on my blisters was the only thing that relieved the horrid itching and nerve pain. Once it’s dry, gently rinse it off of the lesions with cool water. They’ll dry out more quickly and cut down on some swelling. This both cuts down on the contagious phase, since open blisters can cause chicken pox infections in people who haven’t had it already, and your suffering.
This is another one that I regularly use when doing my housecleaning. Our huge bag comes from Costco, but I’ve seen comparable bags in some grocery and big box stores, as well.
Although those products are my favorites, they may not be for everyone. I personally think they’re worth a try, but there are always alternatives available.