While this might be embarrassing to admit, I think it illustrates the point I want to make very well, and so I am admitting it. Last week, I went to a professional waxing salon because I usually do my waxing myself, but sometimes I end up tearing my skin a little (I know!) and I wanted that to not happen anymore.
So. When I got there, they had me fill out a form, and at the very bottom it warned that if you used any topical or internal treatment for acne, they were unable to perform any service. As I've used some form of topical application on my face for the past um, fifteen years or so, I had to speak up. They told me that all of those chemicals are so drying to the skin that if they were to use the wax on my face it would pull off my skin, which is why this had been happening when I did it at home, too.
That night I decided once and for all to forgo anything unnatural on my face. At our weekend workshop in Iowa, we made a honey scrub that I've been using twice a day, and my skin has been feeling so soft and clean because of it.
The recipe is really simple. In a little jar or bottle, combine the following:
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. raw honey
about 1 tbsp. olive oil
The consistency takes a minute to get used to because it doesn't suds up like most soaps. In fact, the woman who gave the workshop said always avoid anything with suds because it is full of chemicals. I usually work it into my skin for about half a minute and rinse with warm water, then pat my face to dry.
Now, as a full disclosure, I have tried raw honey as cleanser in the past and only made it about a week because I started breaking out so much. But, and I knew this then but was too impatient, the breakout is a natural reaction to the switch from the chemical-y facial cleansers to all-natural products, and is temporary. This time I hope to stick to it!
I've read about making oil cleansers too and would like to try that next. I've also read tea tree oil is very good for your face. And as my usual course of action with my dry winter skin, I've been liberally applying Dr. Bronner's Coconut Oil to my hands, arms and legs whenever I get out of the shower. I like to rub the excess from my hands into the ends of my hair (though my hair is VERY thick and textured so I might not recommend this to others with finer, silkier hair).
Does anyone have any natural skin care ideas that work for them?