I've been asked a handful of times what I do for my face and how I haven't worn makeup in over three years.
And let me tell you, it took some work and experimentation! I believe that good skin starts in the gut, so along with actual topical care I've worked on hydration and gastrointestinal health. I'm only a year postpartum and breastfeeding, so my skin still fluctuates due to hormones, as well. But I have a tips to share on how you can get smooth skin, long lashes, and a gorgeous complexion without lots of expensive bottles!
My daily routine was inspired by a Korean skin care method that has ten steps. As a busy mom, I wasn't about to attempt ten steps, as even washing my face daily was sometimes a challenge. I usually only wash my face in the morning despite my best efforts - at night I'm usually too tired or forget, plus it's a great way to wake up in the morning.
Ultimately, I narrowed it down to four steps: exfoliation, rose water, vitamin C serum, and castor oil.
Exfoliation: This can be any gentle scrub, the one I use has manuka honey and walnut shells for a great natural clean slate. Manuka honey is naturally anti-bacterial, and walnut shells are a fantastic alternative to those plastic scrubby beads (that never actually degrade!). Try not to use too harsh of a scrub every day, as this is just to get the dirt and surface debris off.
Rose Water: You can make your own or purchase one! Either way, make sure the rose petals are organic and not sprayed with pesticides. Rose water helps tone and soften the skin, plus it smells amazing!
Vitamin C Serum: I've experimented with a couple like these here and here, I think I'm still on the lookout for a better one, but I have really liked the effects of the Vitamin C combined with the Hyaluronic Acid. Vitamic C helps with collagen production (which reduces with age), and the Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin retain moisture.
Castor Oil: I LOVE castor oil for lips, brows, flyaways, cuticles, dry skin, crusty elbows, and bruises and scrapes. My recommendation is to get a bottle with a pump top, because it makes it SO easy to gloss and go. Just put a little drop on your index finger (a little goes a long way!), and smooth in an upward direction on your lashes, and an outward direction on your brows. I've even noticed that the extra moisture on my undereye skin seems to reduce the dark appearance and wrinkles.
I've been doing this routine almost daily since May! Changes in your skin will take time, and I've noticed that my eyelashes just continue to grow longer the more I use castor oil, and I even have a hard time keeping up with plucked brows since they pop up so speedily.
Notice how I don't actually use any soap! I've found that soap tends to dry out the skin by removing too many oils in the cleansing process. Depending on your skin type, you may find different areas of your skin (t-zone, chin) might need an alternative treatment to the rest of your face. Don't get too discouraged if there aren't noticeable changes right away - these natural treatments can take up to six weeks while your skin is adapting.
For the pictures, the collage is ONE COAT of homemade mascara (I'm still working on the perfect combination, but I'll post the recipe when it's done!). The other two are MAKEUP FREE, and just have my "gloss-and-go" of brows and lips with castor oil.