Women all over the world use products to achieve glowing, flawless skin. Most times when I try using a new product it leaves my skin extremely dry or I break out in a rash due to the added chemicals, even if the packaging claims it is all natural. I’ve spent many years trying to perfect my skincare regimen. Now in my mid-twenties, I’ve come to the conclusion that my skin is happiest when I use very little products. Whatever I put on my skin I make it myself, I keep it simple yet I find it very effective at cleaning the skin without removing the important oils the epidermis needs.
I nourish my skin inside-out with fresh spring water and mineral rich, natural foods that keep my blood sugar levels stable. I nourish from the outside in with high quality, cold pressed oils that leave my skin feeling moisturized and balanced. Every couple days I exfoliate with a raw sugar scrub or indulge in a mineral rich clay mask.
Before beginning this treatment I add a few drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil to my hands and massage it into my scalp and hair. Not only is it relaxing, but the essential oils help strengthen the hair follicle to promote healthy growth. A rosemary tea hair rinse is equally as wonderful and highly recommended!
DIY Cleansing Oil Recipe
½ Tsp. Castor Oil (Hexane Free)
½ Tsp. Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil
↠ activated charcoal
↠ green tea matcha powder
The amount of castor oil used is dependent on the oiliness of your skin. Drier skin = less castor oil needed. The more you do this method the easier it is for you to find your own perfect ratio.
There are many benefits to adding activated charcoal or matcha to the face oil. Activated charcoal draws out toxins and impurities from the skin, and helps relieve inflammation; and Matcha powder is high in antioxidants and minerals, and helps relieve inflammation, as well. (There are also a number of benefits to ingesting activated charcoal and matcha, such as lowering cholesterol & blood sugar levels, mood stabilization, and increased focus.)
You may need to use a gentle soap to remove the black or green pigments; I use a lavender castile soap that is divine.
Step 1: I begin cleansing my face by mixing the oil blend together and massaging it into dry skin. I do a deep facial massage for about 20 minutes or longer, focusing on troubled areas. Occasionally, I massage my face with porcelain Chinese spoons, which helps to remove toxins and puffiness through the lymphatic system. It keeps skin firm, improves circulation, and the tone of facial muscles.
**Materials for Extended Facial Massage**
Porcelain Chinese spoons
Rosehip Seed Oil
Shea Butter (unrefined)
Step 2: After the massage, I steam my face with a hot cloth + wipe away the oil (rinsing the cloth between wipes).
Step 3: Once my skin is dry, I tone with rice water and apply rose hip seed oil + unrefined shea butter to my face and neck. I really adore everything about rose hips and the oil from the seeds works magic on my skin. In combination with shea butter, my skin is protected and moisturized.
Pro Tip: Always do a test patch on your skin when you’re trying something new, and use high quality organic products for best results. Never put cheap, chemical-ridden makeup on your skin. Mineral powders provide light coverage without clogging pores or doing damage.
Trust me, your skin will thank you.
Andy Skye is a naturalist at heart. She finds inspiration by surrounding herself in the energy of Mother Nature. Her designs, photography, art, and lifestyle are reflective of the lessons she's learnt through meditation and living consciously. Andy is currently exploring the boreal forest of northern Canada. Find her on instagram @andyskye