If you’re like me, you’ve probably dumped out all toxic skincare items from your drawers (cause who wants all those nasty side effects?), or you’re finishing up an expensive product and ready to try something more natural and cost effective. So before I reveal everything I LOVE about my current staples, I’m letting you in on the 3 (that’s right, ONLY 3) essentials you should incorporate into your daily routine for a glowing complexion. The best part is, these are simple, super effective, and BUDGET FRIENDLY ingredients. Who said sexy skin had to be expensive? Well to those who did, it doesn’t!
Step 1- Cleansers
Our skin literally sheds about one million dead cells per day. So what would happen if we never washed our faces? I think we’d see a lot of scaling human snakes walking around. Not a pretty sight. And with that said, these 3 natural and effective cleansers not only wash those dead cells away, but they also come with many additional benefits. Plus- you might not even have to spend a penny as they could be sitting in your kitchen cabinet right now. So get to it gal, because beautiful skin is only 10 feet away!
- Apple Cider Vinegar– This 1 ingredient cleanser helps balance pH levels which means it’s great for all skin types. It’s effective because it contains alpha hydroxyl acids to remove dead skin cells (hasta la vista scales!) and fight wrinkles. Because it’s antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral you can also rest assure that it will clear your skin from breakouts. If you’re taking this route- Dilute with 50% water and apply with a cotton ball/sponge for easy application.
- Organic, Raw, Unfiltered Honey (preferably crystalized for that extra exfoliating factor) – It’s my ABSOLUTE favorite staple (so we’ll be detail-discussing further). Excellent for all skin types, specifically Dry/Combination skin gals- I’ve been using it for the past 3 years and will never look back. Perfect because it draws moisture into your skin while adding nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes. It not only rids you of acne AND scars, but it also slows down the skin’s aging process. What’s not to love? Simply use a generous teaspoonful and apply to your face as you would a normal cleanser.
- Jojoba or Argan Oil– Can be used on all skin types but best for dry skin and those of you who need a better makeup remover. Honestly 2 of my favorite oils, I chose them because they are not only highly effective at cleansing but they’re also non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog your pores). You’ll see me focus more on their attributes below as they also make uh-mazing moisturizers! Again, I recommend using a cotton ball for application to remove any grime. No rinsing necessary, simply let the remains soak into your skin after cleansing.
Step 2- Face Mist/Toner
Now to be honest- I never really understood the point of either until I came up with a 3-ingredient face mist that I ended up falling in love with. So after doing some research I found that by incorporating a face mist/toner into your routine- you’re adding an extra layer of hydration that seals in moisture and helps absorb other ingredients added to your skin. Plus- it rejuvenates, protects, soothes, and revives your skin. And gals- if you suffer from oily skin, this step helps control oil production. So here are 3 of my favorite DIY face mists.
- Cucumber Infused Water with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt– Remember that face mist I was working on? Cucumber alone helps fade scars, pigmentation, freckles, and cellulite because it contains vitamin A, C and caffeic acid. You can also count on it to reduce inflammation, clogged pores, and excessive oil. And for those of you with dry skin- it helps retain moisture while fighting wrinkles. Now, the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is my favorite aspect and you’ll be hearing more about it. Not only does it add a pop of color but it’s loaded with antioxidants and 84 beneficial minerals. It cleanses pores while also retaining moisture and balancing oil production. Plus- it’s great for acne, eczema and psoriasis. While most DIY cucumber face mists get complicated in extracting the cucumber juice, I simply infuse chopped cucumber into filtered water. This makes it easier while still reaping the benefits. First- infuse 3oz of filtered water with a few pieces of chopped cucumber. After 12 hours remove the cucumber and add a teaspoon of himalayan sea salt. Mix up into a bottle and keep refrigerated. Replenish after 7 days.
- Rose Water with Aloe Vera– A little bit more complicated to make but definitely worth the sacrifice if you’re up for it. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness, acne, dermatitis and eczema. It removes excess oil and impurities while maintaining the skin’s pH balance. Plus- it’s antiseptic properties help heal scars. By adding Aloe Vera into the mix, you’re adding an extra layer of scar healing properties. Aloe Vera also lightens and moisturizes, adding an abundance of vitamins C, E and beta carotene. It can be used to treat psoriasis and eczema. Make rose water here. Make Aloe Vera juice here. Mix 2/3 part rose water and 1/3 part aloe vera juice into a 3oz bottle. Refrigerate for up to a week.
- Lemon Juice with Rosemary Oil– This is a great clarifying toner as lemon juice is most recognized for its lightening properties. The vitamin C it contains is also great for slowing down the aging process. But, because lemon juice can dry out your skin, it’s best to add a moisturizing essential oil such as Rosemary oil. Rosemary oil can assist with protecting your skin from damage caused by free radicals (counteracting the ability lemon has to make your skin more sensitive to the sun) while also disinfecting your skin. Simply squeeze the juice of half a lemon into equal parts of filtered water. Add 5 drops of Rosemary oil. This should make near a 2oz bottle. Refrigerate for 7 days. Apply every other day in the evening time as lemon can cause sunlight sensitivity.
Step 3- Moisturizer
And now onto the final step- moisturizer! Now, you don’t want to use a moisturizer that strips your skin from it’s natural ability to create moisture- because then you would be relying on your moisturizer for the rest of your life. Rather- you want something that assists your skin and if need be- you can go without for a few days.
- Argan Oil– By now you’ve probably seen it floating around in every skincare article I’ve written thus far. . And… you’ll be hearing a LOT more of it. It’s simply my next best discovery after Raw Honey. So I’ll cut to the chase and give you just a few highlights on this amazing oil. As mentioned above, it’s non-comedogenic so oil and acne sufferers, worry not! With that said, it’s GREAT for all skin types and actually helps REDUCE acne. Who thought oil could do that? Plus, it contains fatty acids and antioxidants so not only is it bringing moisture into your skin, but it’s also nourishing it as well. My favorite part- it actually seeps into your skin (so no oily reside) and leaves you with an absolutely gorgeous glow (all jokes aside). If you go with this option, I promise you will not be disappointed. Use 2 pumps and massage onto your face until it all has been soaked in.
- Jojoba Oil– Like Argan Oil, Jojobal Oil also contains fatty acids and antioxidants. Some of the vitamins it contains are Vitamin E and B-Complex– meaning it combats acne, scars, wrinkles, and pretty much all negative skin issues. And if you opted to also use it as a cleanser, you’re killing TWO BIRDS with ONE stone. Again if you’re an oil sufferer, worry not gal because these one actually removes excess oil buildup. 1 pump of this is sufficient and will need extra massaging onto the skin as it is thicker than Argan Oil.
- Castor Oil- Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Amazing because not only does it moisturize but it also reduces pigmentation, acne, and the signs of aging. Plus- it contains fatty acids like the two oils stated above. Because it is a bit heavier than the other oils, I do recommend mixing it with another preferred essential oil, in particular those that are scented like lavender or orange. I chose this one because it’s particularly easy on your wallet (a 16oz is only $5.00!), and great for hair growth as well. This is the thickest oil so a little bit goes a long way. Make sure to massage well into your skin.
I really hope you gals love these recommendations and cannot wait to hear about your progress with using them. Honestly you may already have everything at home (except maybe the oils) to get started. Please share any tips you have on any of the above, and if you’re already familiar with some of them, please share your stories in the comments section below!