Soooo.... my skin has kind of been amazing lately. And yes, I can say that about myself ;) I dealt with years and years... and years of nasty breakouts. I'm talking, like, Acutane through my teenage years bad. And yes, I got the miserable depression with it. Screw that man. So now, years later when my skin has gone from AWFUL to good to meh to good to amazing, I am a happy, happy lady. After a nasty little rash that spread to my face (thanks Marlowe, thanks obsessive picking)... I decided to try out a few home remedies. Well, not only did my home-treatment work, but it also made my skin wonderful, glow-y, and clear. My secret ingredient? Butt cream. Yep, I am completely and totally guilty of using Marlowe's diaper rash cream on my face (and loving it). Between the diaper balm and the two oils (or just one: the coconut oil) my skin has been looking fresh and dewy, but not oily ---> and that's key, because no one wants oily skin.
Coconut oil- there are a ton of different brands out there. You can buy them in the oil section and in the beauty care section of health food stores. I find the spectrum brand at my neighborhood grocer and whole foods... or there is the whole foods brand. I just look for whats on sale. Just be sure you buy the refined coconut oil
Almond oil- optional. I've heard really great things about almond oil for your face, so I decided it was worth a shot and wouldn't hurt. This stuff can be pricey so it's great to put into this mixture, diluted, instead of using it up by itself.
Avalon Organics Protective Zinc Diaper Balm- oh yes, butt cream. It goes on white, and stays white... so adding it to these oils, is the perfect way to use it, without having a white, creamy face. I've bought this at Whole Foods, but I'm 95% sure they also sell it at Publix (my neighborhood supermarket).
I haven't measured the exact amount of ingredients, but the ratios go somewhat like this:
two parts coconut oil. one part diaper cream. a few drops of almond oil.
You want the "lotion" to be thinned out and runny, but still a bit white from the cream. A little goes a LONG way. Just dip one or two fingers in and blend into skin. Wipe off any excess or wait a few minutes before applying any powdered makeup, or else your brush (or sponge) will get oily. Speaking of oily, please know: I have combination skin, bordering on oily. I'm not sure how this would work on dryer skin types, but I imagine: pretty well (but of course, I'm not an expert).
I don't know how many (if any) of you tried the homemade deodorant I posted... but I'm still using it, and loving it... buttt, my friend Laura: hated it, and gave it back to me. I had people inquire about the oil ruining clothing, I do wear sleeves about half the time, and haven't had a problem whatsoever. Coconut oil dries pretty quickly. Once it dries, there is a bit of white residue leftover from the powders, but thats easily brushed off.
You know, I never ever thought I would get to this point with homemade and natural products... at all. I was certain natural deodorants WOULD NOT and COULD NOT work. I am beyond pleased with all the products previously mentioned and the fact that everything new (and natural) I've tried, is working. Especially since: it's the middle of summer, in south florida, and I spend a few hours a day on a hot, greasy food truck. Three cheers for (FINALLY) clear, glowy skin (and fresh underarms)! Yay! Yay! Yay!
Happy cleansing ;)
Happy cleansing ;)