With thousands of people suffering daily from acne, eczema, redness, and dryness, it may seem almost impossible to bring back that youthful glow. But having gorgeous radiant skin isn’t impossible! With a few simple tweaks to your diet and skin care routine, you can have amazing skin.
Your skin is like the gatekeeper of beauty. It’s really the first thing that comes in contact with the outside world, environmental pollution, toxins and well, just about anything. In fact, the outermost layers of your skin are vital to your immune system.
Your skin has a hydro lipid barrier, which acts as a waterproof seal and also contains an acid mantle, which is a very thin film of acidic fluid that sits on top of the skin. This acidity is important and helps to neutralize bacteria and other contaminants you come in contact with.
Unfortunately, all chemical and synthetic skin care products disrupt this delicate hydro lipid barrier and acid mantle, leaving us and our skin vulnerable to disease, infection, and toxins, and increasing the risks of imbalanced skin (either oily or dry), wrinkles, acne, and other skin conditions.
Store shelves are filled with skin care products that promise flawless and radiant skin, reduced wrinkles and barely-there pores. Oh how marketing can lure us in! With photoshopped women who have not a single pore or blemish, its no wonder we spend hundreds of dollars to achieve the impossible.
Pore-less skin does not exist and many of these store bought brands contain the very ingredients that ruin and destroy our skin in the first place.
It really becomes a catch-22. We want radiant skin so we reach for chemical filled products, and in turn cause more damage which has us purchasing more chemical filled product. For years, I personally repeated this cycle over and over and finally stopped after doing my research.
It’s important to be able to decipher those chemical cosmetic ingredients. Here are 12 undesirable ingredients to watch out for:
- Sodium Benzoate
- Fragrance or Parfum
- Polyethylene Glycol
- FD&C Colors and Pigments
- Water or Distillates
- Benzoyl Peroxide
So what should we be using on our skin?
Using pure plant oils is an ancient method of cleansing and exfoliating the skin that leaves the precious outer layer of the skin intact. This means more glow, radiance and youthfulness.
The anti-microbial properties of essential oils combined with the gentle dirt dissolving fatty oils and citrus oils lift away the daily accumulation of dirt, toxins and makeup while healing, not harming, the skin’s surface.
Essential Oils for Your Skin
There are many oils that can help to repair and tonify the skin. Some essential oils can be used “neat,” meaning they do not need to be mixed with a fatty, carrier oil, but I generally like to infuse jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil with a few drops of essential oils to cleanse and moisturize my skin. Here is a list of my favorite essential oils to use and have on hand:
- Tea Tree – antibacterial and great for acne
- Frankincense – antibacterial and incredible for regenerating skin, healing scars and fighting acne.
- Lavender – great for itchy skin, scars and red inflamed skin.
- Geranium – balances sebum and brightens skin
- Cypress – reduces swelling and tightens skin
- Immortelle – anti-aging, great for regenerating skin and adding suppleness
Try mixing the above Essential oils with these rich and nourishing carrier oils, which act as super heroes for your skin! The highly concentrated fatty acids in these oils help to heal the root causes of skin imbalances by regenerating the skin from the inside out. You can combine them with your choice of essential oils to create a unique blend for you and your skin:
- Jojoba oil
- Rosehip oil
- Seabuckthorn oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Almond oil
Try the Oil Cleansing Method:
This method is an incredibly easy and effective way to clean the skin, remove makeup and heal imbalances. It may seem counter intuitive to cleanse the skin with oil, but “like dissolves like.”
We build up oil on our skin over the course of our day just from everyday simple tasks, such as eating, drinking, and exposing ourselves to air, wind, dirt, sun and the environment.
We want to wash away these impurities that have built up, but in doing so, we do NOT want to strip away the acid mantle layer and destroy our face of the good, natural oils which are protective.
The Oil Cleaning Method (OCM) does not leave your skin greasy and oily. In fact, after you finish washing, your skin will feel soft, supple and clean. It is one of the best ways to open the pores, gently exfoliate the skin and get the cleansing oils right into the skin to release any buildup.
It is important to note that in the beginning of using the OCM method, you may find your skin to be slightly oilier then usual. This will last only temporarily. I encourage you to continue with this method for at least 1 month to truly reap the benefits. Within the first week of using the OCM you will notice a significance difference in your skin, however, it is important to spot test as some people may react to certain oils.
Here’s how you do it:
What you’ll need:
- 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil, OR
- 1 teaspoon olive oil, OR
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- Clean washcloth (100% cotton is ideal or hemp cloth)
- Warm-to-hot running water
*You can mix the oils together or choose just 1
- Heat water until hot, but not scalding. You want in between warm and hot.
- Wet your washcloth in the water and gently wring out
- Apply oils to your washcloth and gently massage onto face and neck
- Rinse cloth. Rinsing your face is optional
- Apply additional moisturizer by choosing from one of the 5 oils above mixed with your favorite essential oils.
*Note: if you’re wearing waterproof eye makeup, gently apply some of the oil over your eyes to remove your makeup
The OCM is a cost effective way to cleanse your skin, prevent breakouts and restore suppleness.