If you’ve known me for any length of time, then you know that I have battled with acne off and on since I was a teenager. I would go through phases where I would get horrible cystic acne all over my face. My mom took me to a dermatologist as a teenager and this doctor tried her best to get me to see that it had a lot to do with what I put into my body. Oh, how I wish I had listened to her instead of calling her a quack as soon as I left her office. I ended up taking antibiotics to deal with the problem for way too long. If you know anything about candida yeast overgrowth , then you know this was a bad thing. It wasn’t until I started having chronic migraines that I cleaned up my diet and noticed that my skin was getting better as well. I went for about 3 years while doing a strict Paleo diet with clear skin. Then one day it just came back with a vengeance. I know that both my migraines and acne are related to hormones and I’m pretty sure that this new breakout had a lot to do with stress (i.e. finishing grad school, starting a whole new profession). It wasn’t until this point that I looked into not only keeping my diet clean, but also cleaning up how many other toxic things I surrounded myself with. This is when I found out about essential oils and discovered that I could use them to make many of my own products without harsh chemicals. I also saw an esthetician at the time (who is absolutely fabulous) and she did some much needed exfoliation and also recommended blue light therapy. This little wand is by no means inexpensive, but it was something that I could do from home and in the long run it was actually saving me money (I wish I had kept up with all the money I have spend on new products and prescriptions for acne over the years). The blue light and exfoliation treatments worked to kill all the bacteria hiding under my skin. As my skin cleared up, I knew that I wanted to start a face-care routine that did not include harsh products/chemicals. I researched how to use essential oils for my face and found a routine that I absolutely love.
Below you will find the recipes and steps for this routine. I am also working to make these products available on my Etsy shop if you would like me to do the work for you.
Step 1: Oil Cleansing Method
For so long I was convinced that I couldn’t put anything oil based onto my skin because it would break me out. As I did more research, I found this not to be true and that nourishing skin oils actually work to dissolve the oil on your skin. Here is how you make it.
According to your skin type, mix ingredients together and store in a container.
Note: I also like to add a few drops of vitamin e oil and 5 drops of both lavender and melaleuca essential oils.
Step 2: Face Serum for Moisture
In the summer months, I apply a few drops of this serum and that’s all I need for a moisturizer. During the winter, if my skin is extra dry, I add a tiny bit of shea butter to the serum to add a little extra moisture (just mix the shea and serum in your hand before each application).
Note: The recipes about are not the exact recipes I use for my facial care line, but they are a simpler version that you can make at home.
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