Hey y’all, Kristin here! It’s been a few months since I posted about my 30 day challenge to use only homemade, all natural skincare. I finished the challenge a while back, but am currently still using a few of the products I made because they really held up against the competition.
All said and done, my product line included: face wash, cleansing balm (two formulations just for fun), toner, night serum, day moisturizer, an eye stick, and facial scrub. I’ve also been doing a face mask a few days a week, which I’ll get to in a second.
My skincare routine varies from day to day, but generally looks like this:
Morning- I wash my face with face wash, spritz on toner, roll on the eye treatment, and smooth on some day moisterizer. If I’m feeling lazy (which, lets be honest, happens a lot) I’ll just spritz with toner, run over my face with a cotton round, and do the moisturizer. There’s a lot of debate as to whether or not you should wash your face in the morning. Some say it’s too drying or too harsh on delicate facial skin. But at the risk of divulging too much information, I am a sweaty gal, and feel like I need to wash my face again in the a.m. Plus, your skin cells turn over at night and pores work to detox and get rid of bacteria and other gunk, so to me, washing in the morning is necessary.
Evening- I rub cleansing balm on my dry face, then wipe clean with a hot, wet wash cloth. I sometimes follow with face wash if I wore a lot of makeup or got really sweaty that day. If you don’t wear much makeup, you could skip the double wash, but I like to make sure I get all traces of dirt and makeup off! I follow with a spritz of toner, eye treatment and then night serum (and moisturizer if I’m feeling extra dry).
A couple nights a week I use my sugar scrub, and alternate that with a mask of honey, fresh lemon juice and cinnamon to reduce inflammation and fight pimples.
It took some trial and error to really figure out the right oils for my skin. My skin is tricky; oily and dry, both sensitive and acne prone. I did a lot of reading and compiled a list of essential oils you could try depending on your skin issues (or you could mix and match to address a number of skin complaints):
Dry/Sensitive: favender, geranium, chamomile, rose, frankincense
Oily: frankincense, patchouli, tea tree, ylang ylang, clary sage, rosemary
Acne Prone: tea tree, lemongrass, tea tree, rosemary, frankincense, patchouli, cedar wood
Mature: Rose, helichrysum, jasmine, ylang ylang, cypress, myrrh, rose, frankincense
Frankincense is a home run hit for natural skin care and aids in reducing acne, wrinkles, and the appearance of pores. It is one of those “investment oils” (doTerra’s 30ml bottle runs $98) but I choose to save a little and purchased the Mountain Rose Herbs version for $38. Essential oil quality is a HOTLY debated topic, but I love the quality of Mountain Rose and DoTerra equally, and both are available in our boutique in the office. I also really loved the scent of ylang ylang in my night serum, and found it’s balancing properties great for my combination skin.
My favorite homemade products were my night serum and the eye treatment. They both felt (and smelled!) like high end products you’d pay a lot of money for. The serum wasn’t too sticky or oily and gave me really great, balanced moisture. I also loved the eye treatment I made. I used a lip balm tube and made a recipe that would be solid at room temperature, but easily melted into my skin upon contact. It was so easy to roll a little under my eyes at night.
Because my favorite recipe was the night serum, I’ve decided to share the recipe with you all!
Balancing Night Serum
2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
1 Tablespoon Rosehip Seed Oil
1 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
10 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
I used a 2 ounce amber glass bottle with a dropper to store my oil, and worked 3-5 generous sized drops onto my face and neck each night. I focused the essential oils on anti-aging and skin balancing, but you could tweak the formula for acne fighting, or skin soothing as well.
Currently, my routine consists of a mixture of my homemade products and products from BeautyCounter and First Aid Beauty. I was introduced to BeautyCounter by a local rep, Chelsea, and really love their stuff! They have a great mix of products including a baby line, and boast a “never list” of 1500 harmful and questionable ingredients that they refuse to put in their products. My favorite product of theirs is the cleansing balm, which I tried in vain to replicate a number of times during my challenge because of the price tag on the BeautyCounter version. I must say though, that the product is 100% worth the price, and a little goes a long way so it will last you a while! First Aid Beauty is a brand that can be found in makeup stores like Sephora and Ulta. While they don’t claim to be a natural brand, they’re products rate fairly low on the EWG.org’s SkinDeep Database (most of their products range between a 1-3 score). My favorite product of theirs is their Ultra Repair Cream, a super hydrating lotion for body and face without any scent that is made with colloidal oatmeal to soothe skin.
I’d say this challenge was a win. While I didn’t see any crazy improvements in my skin, it also didn’t get worse, and the products I made were definitely safer for my skin and my body than the things I’d been using previously. I’d love to hear from those of you who make your own skincare (or makeup!) or who’ve discovered clean or organic beauty brands you love! I’d also love to know what you think of the night serum formula if you decide to try it! Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments!