Many of us go to great lengths to avoid chemicals and man-made ingredients in our foods, but what we put on the outside of our bodies can often be another big source of chemical exposure.
Just as we don’t need factory made foods to enjoy eating delicious meals, we don’t need a cabinet full of chemical cocktails to maintain a great complexion. In fact, the natural options are less expensive, easier and more effective. Drinking enough water and consuming enough beneficial fats also help improve complexion.
Below are my two favorite natural skin care options in order of simplicity:
Easiest Option: Microfiber
For a truly natural option that will remove dirt, make-up or oils without even the need for a soap, I use an antibacterial microfiber cloth. With just warm water, microfiber will clean the face (and body) and the silver fibers in the cloth will kill any bacteria that the cloth picks up.
For those prone to dry skin, following this gentle cleansing with a tiny bit of coconut oil or homemade lotion will keep skin from becoming dry.
This method is great for traveling (all you have to pack is the cloth), for guys who want a simple solution, or for women who like a no-hassle way to remove make-up and clean skin.
Best Option: Oil Cleansing
I was skeptical when I first heard about oil cleansing, but the method makes sense and after using it, I will never go back. This method leaves skin soft and very clean. It also removes make-up and moisturizes, so no extra products are needed.
Even those with oily skin can benefit from this method since the natural oils help remove excess oils from the skin and help the body re-balance oil production. No suds or detergents involved so it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils!
The oil cleansing method can be done once per day (usually at night) an typically no other skin care is needed. The natural oils help keep skin from aging and drying out.
What You Need:
- Castor Oil - this oil is naturally antibacterial and is very purifying and cleansing. It balances the moisturizing properties of the other oil.
- Olive, almond, jajoba or other liquid oil – I use olive oil since it naturally has a very similar pH to the skin.
- Essential Oils (optional- I use lavender)
- A washcloth
- Hot tap water
- Mix the castor oil and other oil in the correct ratio for your skin type. Typically the more oily your skin naturally is, the more castor oil is needed. For oily skin, a 1:1 ratio of castor oil to other oil is often used, while those with dry skin often only need a 1:4 ratio of castor oil to other oil. Experiment and see what works best for your skin type. If you find your skin getting dry, try reducing the amount of castor oil.
- Add Essential Oils if using. I use 20 drops of Lavender essential oil per 1/2 cup of prepared mixture.
What to Do:
Turn on the faucet with hot water.
Wet your face with warm water and make sure to have a wash cloth handy. Rub a quarter sized amount of the oil mixture into hands and massage in to face for at least 30 seconds and up to 2 minutes.
Thoroughly wet wash cloth with hot tap water and place over the face. This will open pores and help remove the oil mixture. Leave on for 20 seconds or until it cools. Rinse out the wash cloth and continue doing this, rubbing gently, until all oil is removed and face is clean.
Gently pat dry. No moisturizer should be needed, thought some people benefit from a small amount of coconut oil or natural lotion as the skin adjusts.
What do you use for skin care? Ever tried Oil Cleansing? Share your tips below!