I completely forgot to write up a post regarding my new face wash routine back when I did the week of beauty products. You need to know that all of the commercially branded beauty products aren't always the best choice for your skin! I have a mixed type of skin - I go from super dry and flaky to oily and full of breakouts. I have literally tried everything there is on the market and spend hundreds of dollars looking for the "right" stuff for my skin. I have been studying the benefits of natural products you find in your home, and the result for my skin has been incredible. I have received so many compliments on my skin since the switch and I will never go back to commercially made products again. Here is just a short breakdown of the products I use: (please ensure you buy therapeutic grade oils, organic and GMO free if possible as well)
Jojoba Oil is technically not considered an oil at all, rather it is a wax ester. I don't imagine you will remember that, but remember instead that this wax ester closely resembles the oil your skin makes (sebum). If you have acne or oily-prone skin, this oil is great for you since it is non-comedogenic.
Rosehip Oil. This stuff is the new front runner for age defying moisturizers! It has antioxidants, like vitamin C which are known to help reduce wrinkles and aids in the production of collagen!
Raw Honey. Please make sure you aren't buying the runny honey in the plastic bear container at the grocery store. What you need is farmers market, or organic raw honey. It should be cloudy, hard and a bit grainy. Honey acts as an antibacterial agent and cleanses the skin of impurities and dirt and doesn't strip the skin from its natural oils!
Rosewater. This is great for all types of skin! It acts as both a toner and moisturizer. Rosewater is antibacterial and antiseptic and nourishes the skin with antioxidants and vitamins.
Tea Tree essential oil kills bacteria and is great for people with problem skin. If you have dry skin, take care not to use this excessively as it can dry out your skin even more.
Apply a small amount of jojoba oil your fingers and rub gently around your eyes to remove any makeup. Remove with cotton balls and repeat if necessary.
Apply a small amount of raw honey and jojoba oil (with a drop of tea tree oil for acne or oily skin) to your palm and rub your hands together to mix. Gently scrub your face, taking care around the eyes and neck (yes wash your neck).
Rinse gently with tap water. I wouldn't suggest using a cloth as it pull and irritates your skin and can contain bacteria if you use it more than once. Your skin may feel oily and that is normal.
Apply a small amount of rosewater to a cotton ball and gently rub your face and neck. You may need to do this a couple times if your skin is dirty or oily.
Apply a couple drops of rose hip oil to your palm and gently apply to your face. This may leave your skin a bit oily - so if this concerns you (maybe in the morning before you apply makeup) you can blot the skin with a soft towel to remove excess. At night time you may want to add a bit more. I PROMISE this does not encourage blemishes or chronic oily skin. The oil you see is temporary :)