Today I’m blogging about every woman’s favorite subject: skin care! And specifically, natural (and cheap) skin care. The fewer toxins on our body’s biggest organ, the better.
Ever since I moved to Colorado, I’ve had issues with my skin. I’ve never been “the girl with great skin” anyway, but I think the dry climate here has exacerbated my skin’s inclination to produce sebum and, to be completely frank, it has sucked royally. To top it off, about a year ago I did some research into the antibiotics that dermatologists tend to prescribe if you have skin problems and the issues they can produce in your gut, and as someone who has plenty of gut issues already, I thought it pertinent to wean myself off this medication that I had been on (at this point) for a good 3 years, unknowingly most likely wreaking even more havoc inside my gut. So, the combination of:
moving to Colorado, and
weaning myself off of a medication that had kept my skin virtually clear for 3+ years
at the same time WAS NOT CUTE. But, I stuck to my guns and continued to attempt to resolve these skin issues topically, and (for the most part) naturally.
Through a lot of trial-and-error, I have narrowed down the countless products/creams/topicals/moisturizers/toners etc. that I trialed to four of my favorite, all-natural options that have proven to be game-changers. I hope this post can be useful for some of you the way that recommendations from other bloggers have been so helpful to me!
My holy grail: Humphrey’s Citrus Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Toner. You. Guys. Remember when I mentioned that weird word “sebum?” Well, sebum is an oily substance secreted by your sebaceous glands. When these glands secrete just the right amount of sebum, your skin is protected & life is good. When your body secretes too much, however, your skin appears oily and the sebum can clog your pores, causing acne. Well, when I was doing some research on what was going on with my skin a few months ago, I read that when you live in a dry climate, your skin often creates MORE sebum to protect your skin from becoming dry and cracked. Sometimes, however, this can backfire, especially if you’re prone to oily skin anyway (which I am). So the access sebum really isn’t necessary for those of us with oily skin, and instead it creates these bumps that never actually turn into red angry acne, but instead just hang out on the surface of your skin & look almost just as stupid. And I had SO MANY of these & I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of them! Enter: Humphrey’s Witch Hazel Toner. Witch hazel is an all-natural astringent that kills the bacteria that lives within skin’s pores. This is absolutely the number-one product that has improved my skin since being in Colorado. I make sure to apply it with a cotton ball every night after cleansing & before applying moisturizer. Oh, and it’s only $6.99 at Sprouts! Wait, I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for skin care?! Sign me up!
Apple Cider Vinegar (preferably unfiltered and/or unpasteurized). ACV is another one of those incredible remedies that nature provides us. ACV is antiseptic & antibacterial – naturally. It balances the natural pH of our skin (the original purpose of applying a toner after cleansing), it can lighten acne scars & sun spots, & it's a natural exfoliant. When creating an ACV toner, be sure to dilute it with some water, ratio dependent upon the nature of your skin. You should be able to find a good bottle of ACV at your local grocery or health food store for under $5. Again, super budget-friendly.
Turmeric, the miracle spice. Turmeric is touted to reduce inflammation, so it would make sense that applying a turmeric paste to your face would reduce any angry red bumps caused by acne. And let me tell you, does it ever. I make my paste out of turmeric and honey, but you can add lemon, oatmeal, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc. All have benefits for the skin – and spices are CHEAP!
Honey. Not only does honey serve as a base for face masks to help hold everything together, as mentioned above, but it’s a natural antibacterial agent & it’s full of antioxidants to fight aging free radicals. Buy your honey from a local source to also assist in calming any environmental allergies. You can easily get good honey for under $10!