Growing up, I never really had a problem with acne. Until I hit my 20-30s. It seemed, like I could never really completely clear my face. I wasn’t too scientific about it … I would clean my face at night and in the shower, but if I was tired (or too lazy), it kinda fell by the wayside.
Until last year – when I was getting ready for our wedding. I mean, who wants to have a face full of blemishes for all those wedding pictures? I guess I shouldn’t have worried, because my future sister in law did my makeup, and told me she could pretty much cover anything upDermalogica and the Clarisonic Mia. Honestly, I really didn’t feel like the amount of money I paid for either lived up to their separate claims. They were ok, just not life altering.
I felt really pretty for our wedding, but I have never worn so much makeup in my whole life!
Then, this January, this post on Pure 2 Raw really interested me. I was starting to be more interested in natural items to clean my face, but I really didn’t know where to start. I purchased some items from The Body Deli. I really like their products, but it was really expensive! I knew their had to be a cheaper way!
In the meantime, I was using the bottles of face cleaners that I already had, and I told myself that as soon as those bottles were gone, I would figure something else out. I started researching face scrubs and natural alternatives.
This is the face scrub recipe I have been using now for a couple months, and I love it!! It is cheap, made from ingredients I already have in my house, and I really feel it is helping my face! It has coconut oil in it, which is so moisturizing!!! I keep a jar of this in my shower, and it really lasts a long time!
Salt and Sugar Face Scrub
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
10-15 drops essential oil (tea tree or thyme)
Mash together the salt, sugar and coconut oil. Add the essential oils, and mix well.
Store in a covered glass jar.
I will say, just be careful using this if you have any cuts on your fingers. That phrase “like rubbing salt into a wound … “ SO TRUE!! It will sting really bad!
When I first made this scrub, I added tea tree essential oil, because tea tree is a natural antiseptic, and can help eliminate the bacteria that leads to acne. However, at the end of May, I came across this post from Crunchy Betty and started experimenting with thyme!
I was already using witch hazel as a toner on my face at night. I have been using this Witch Hazel with Rose Petals and Aloe. I love it! It seems great, and feels great on my face! Crunchy Betty suggested infusing Witch Hazel with thyme, which was studied to be more effective on pimples than prescription creams. So I figured – it can’t hurt to try! And what’s not to love about thyme – smells like a lasagna on your face!
So here is what I did – take about 1-2 tbsp of dried thyme, and add 1/4 cup of witch hazel.
Let this sit for a few days, and then strain out the thyme. Kinda like making a tea! You will be left a thyme infused witch hazel.
I just keep this with all my other beauty products, and use it in the morning as a toner. Has it helped my acne? I think it has! I can tell a difference from when I use it and when I don’t. I will say – don’t make too much of this at a time, because it will go bad! I think this amount is the perfect amount where you don’t have to make it every week, but you can use it up before it goes bad.
Crunchy Betty also suggests making a face mask out of the thyme infused witch hazel and Bentonite clay. I have been doing this about once a week, or whenever I feel my face needs a little extra help. I just pour some bentonite clay in my hand, and add some thyme witch hazel, to make it a spreadable consistency. Spread on your face, and leave for a few minutes. Rinse off when you can’t stand it anymore!
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I also got some thyme essential oil, and stated adding that to my face scrub, instead of tea tree oil. I figured it would better harness the power of thyme!
I feel I have really made some positive changes regarding my face routine. I feel so much better about what I am putting on my face.
Do you have any tips or tricks to pass on about cleaning up your face routine?
This is linked to Home is Where the Heart Is.