I don’t wear makeup. Do you? Not that I have anything against makeup, at least natural ones. I just like the feel of my skin as it is. And you know what else? I love my skin! Something I’ve not always been able to say. In fact as a teenager and until just recently, I downright hated my skin. If you look closely at any of the pictures I’ve posted of myself, you’ll see scars. Yup, acne scares. I had acne sumfin’ fierce! I remember it first showed up around age 10 and I thought it would never go away. How did I turn that around finally? Maybe it’s with age but I find it quite coincidental that my skin improved incredibly once I made serious changes to my diet and washing habits. Here is what I did to clear up my skin. Best part, no expensive creams and cleansers. It’s all super cheap!
First off, get off grains! I read this article by Dr. Mercola and thought why not give it a try. I already knew I had a gluten sensitivity and saw a significant improvement after removing wheat from my diet but maybe removing all grains would truly fix it. Um yeah, it did and fast. It’s the first thing I tell people who ask about acne. Get rid of the grains! Here is the article I read that convinced me http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/03/28/Simple-Ways-to-Stop-Acne-Naturally.aspx While you’re at it, get off sugar too. I find when I have a break down and eat too much sugar and huge zit follows close behind.
Secondly, stop washing your face twice a day. Would you believe I wash my face every 2-3 days and I don’t use soap? Eeek! Did I admit that on the world wide web? Stripping your face of oils just makes your body scream, “Make more oil!” And that is what it does. It’s hard and it takes a good week or two for your face to adjust but it’s worth it. I went from super, sop-my-face-with-towels, oily skin to normal skin. Love it! While washing every 2-3 days isn’t for everyone, try limiting it to just at night to get the grime/make up off (if you wear it) and use a gentle natural cleanser.
Third, I wash my face with baking soda. That’s it. I was digging through my mom’s vast collection of face cleansing potions and ran across an expensive scrub that’s first ingredient was Sodium Bicarbonate, aka baking soda. Baking soda is abrasive making it an excellent scrub so you don’t want to use it more than a couple times a week. I already use it to wash may hair (may do a post about that some day) and thought why not my face too. Simply wet your face, scoop about 1/2 tsp worth of baking soda into your hand and gently rub your face. Rinse immediately, rinse well. If you let it set too long if may irritate your skin.
Fourth, I wash my face once or twice a week with oil. Yes, oil. Like this http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ Depending on your skin type, mix your oil mixture as they recommend. I use a mixture of 1 part castor oil to 3 parts olive oil. In the shower seems the best time to do this. First I pour a generous amount in my hand and gently work the oil into my skin. I let the hot water run over my face and work the oil in. I’ll use a wash cloth to gently wipe off any excess oil.
Lastly, I moisturize with coconut oil. Though recently I found a wonderful lotion from Green Pastures that contains shea butter, coconut oil and ferment cod liver oil and I love it! Good stuff! No affiliation, I just love it. I try to use that daily or when my skin feels dry or tight.
Now I still don’t have the best skin ever (found a little zit this morning) but if you saw me at my worst, you’ll know I’ve come a loooong way. I do still get a pimple here and there but no more painful outbreaks and it’s just one not fifty and I have not had one cystic pimple since going gluten free. I truly hope that all I’ve learned about skin care will help my children. So far so good. My 11 yo has yet to have a zit and has a beautiful complexion!
Part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday