After reading M+BL staff writer Lauren’s post about how she uses oil to wash her face, and coincidentally leaving my fancy organic foaming fash wash behind at a hotel, I decided to give the oil idea a try.
Prior to her post I had done some reading about some other natural products for the face that I also wanted to give a try. So in one fell swoop, I changed out my entire face washing routine to one ingredient products instead, including some natural oils.
For the past couple of months I have been getting moderate acne under my jaw line (which I am convinced is because my digestive tract is inflamed and needs more healing). I was also having more black heads on my cheecks and chin. I have worn more make up this year than in all the years since I was 15, so I wanted to see if I could do something about those things.
So I made the switch to natural oils, and lo and behold, my jaw line pimples cleared up almost altogether (except before and during my period) and the black heads got much, much better. I feel like I am doing a deep but gentle cleaning each time I wash my face now.
Before using oils and one-ingredient products, I wasn’t washing my face with Neutrogena or some drug-store face-wash loaded with chemicals, I was using all organic and chemical free products, which are great and I still love them dearly. The only thing is that they are super expensive. You can check out this post and webshow for more information about the natural make up products I use.
My new face wash routine cost me all of $40 for everything.
Here’s what I got and what I do:
Aura Cacia Organic Jojoba Oil
I use this to wash my face and as an eye makeup remover. It is the BEST eye makeup remover I have ever used!
Honey Pax Tupelo Honey
This is a national company that happens to be owned by a friend of mine. It’s made simply raw local (local for me) honey. I use this a face mask, to deep-clean my pores and give my skin nutrients and decrease inflammation. I love the way my skin feels after I have done a honey mask. I look and feel as if I had just gotten an hour facial at a fancy spa. I have issues with textures sometimes and the sticky, googeyness of touching the honey and putting on my face sometimes makes me gag a little. I try to keep it on for about 30 minutes, but sometimes that is logistically difficult because it can start to melt down your face and I always end up touching my face on accident a couple of times, which gets my hands sticky and again the feeling of sticky fingers kind makes me gag a little. (I know I have issues!)
Tea Tree Essential Oil
I use a couple of drops of this when I have an open pimple that I popped when I am washing my face. So I put a couple of drops in my hand, then add my drops of oil, rub it together a bit with my hands and wash my face like normal. Tea Tree oil has antibacterial properties in it, so when I have acne from my period or from my digestion being inflamed, I use it.
I have using this occasionally as a hydrating lotion mostly as an experiment and it does work really good. I have two fancy lotions that I am very loyal too, so I have not switched over to complete coconut oil as a lotion yet. Coconut oil is great, and the most chemical free-natural thing you can do as a lotion, but I am wee bit spoiled and it’s not as luxurious as my other lotions (Elemental Herbology Facial Soufle and LifeVantage True Science Face Lotion). If you do give coconut oil a try, you only need a little bit – it goes a long way.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar like you would a toner. Put some on a cotton swab and wipe all over your face. This is great if you have pimples that have been popped and need a deep cleaning.
So if you are using store bought crap products laced with petroleum-based chemicals, and you have been wanting to try something more natural without shelling out the big bucks, these are a great place to start!