It has been almost a year since I’ve purchased any special facial products for myself. I used to have a very particular beauty regimen. With most things I buy, I am not a brand snob, but when it comes to cosmetics I definitely have my favorites! My daily facial routine looked like this: Liquid Neutrogena Facial Wash, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and Estee Lauder Day Wear Moisturizer (though with a $40 price tag this was always given to me as a Christmas gift).
But as I began to pull our purse strings tighter, I simply couldn’t justify spending so much money on my own vanity. If I couldn’t get it for close to free with coupons, I wouldn’t buy it. And when I ran out, I ran out. Eventually, my stash was gone and I was determined to learn to improvise.
Since my bathroom cabinets were still stocked with tons of baby wash I’d snagged for pennies with coupons, I’ve been using that to wash my face. I’ve actually been really pleased using Johnson’s as a full facial soap. I can even use it to safely remove my eye makeup since it’s “tear free”. Everything continued along just fine, until I ran out of my favorite exfoliating scrub.
I could really tell a difference in my skin as month after month went by without my Apricot scrub. Oh how I longed for that extra polish! I did my best to scrub deeply with a wash cloth, but it just wasn’t the same, and you could see the difference. My poor face wasn’t so clear anymore.
And then, last week, I got a gift card to Target. Woo-hoo! Straight to the cosmetic department I went. I snatched up my Neutrogena, some Apricot Scrub, and some eye liner. But as my total rang up I was astonished at the price, over $17!! For just these three things!
Forget that! I said to myself. Back to the store they went. I’ll save that gift card balance to use with coupons for better deals on other things. I just can’t blow that kinda dough on this face.
When I got home I was determined to find a better alternative. Come to think of it, I was pretty turned off at all of the chemical ingredients my favorite things had in them as well. Do I really want to be absorbing that junk into my body? Surely there was a natural way to cleanse my skin.
As expected, a simple search quickly led me to tons and tons of homemade beauty recipes, some more extravagant than others. I still have a year’s worth of baby wash for general cleansing, but I really needed a good recipe for face scrub and moisturizer. After combing through several, and picking the ones that sounded good to me, I gathered my ingredients from the kitchen and headed to the sink.
Here’s what I’ve tried…
Face Scrub: Brown Sugar & Honey
- 1/4 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp honey
I found this amount to be exactly enough to cover my face and part of my neck, without any leftovers to be wasted. I expected the mixture to be very sticky, but I’d washed my face with very warm water before getting started, so the moisture remaining on my face watered down the honey and made it glide nicely over my skin. It wasn’t sticky at all. The scrub was nice going on, and did a great job exfoliating! I rubbed it all over my face, and massaged it in well. (There may have even been a couple of times when I just couldn’t resist licking the sweetness from the corners of my mouth!) It washed off easily when I was done. End result: nice, smooth skin. As soon as my face dried, though, I really needed to moisturize.
Natural Moisturizer: Olive Oil
You are supposed to use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but I only had Pure Olive Oil. To use this as a moisturizer, I wet my face again and left it slightly damp, then dipped my finger into the olive oil and rubbed it all over my face, massaging it in. If you have oily skin you might want to avoid your “T” zone.
It felt a little thick and greasy even though I only used a tiny amount, and I fully expected to break out in horrible acne by the end of the day. But actually my face was nice and smooth, and felt very hydrated. Next time, I’ll try to use even less oil though.
I’ve been very happy with the results of this new facial care combination. I’ve also been using Witchhazel as a toner. One thing caught my attention in particular after using these natural alternatives. Not long after washing my face I was holding baby Xia, and pressed my cheek against hers in an embrace. Immediately I realized that I didn’t have to worry about what chemicals might rub off of my face onto hers. That was a comforting feeling.
I’m gonna keep using these recipes, but here are a few other recipes I’m keeping in mind as well:
Recessions Proof Beauty: 10 Homemade Facial Scrubs– just a forewarning, I read elsewhere that the baking soda scrub can really dry out your skin.
What about you? Have you been using the same products for years? Do you have a favorite beauty recipe that you can share with us? Or maybe you have a beauty recipe flop to warn us about! I’d love to know what you do to keep your skin looking its best.