I have spent a good many years trying to find a face cleanser that I love. I tried everything on the drug store shelves throughout high school. I could usually find one that I liked, but I was always searching for something better.
The closest I could find to perfection was Burt’s Bees peach and willowbark deep pore scrub. I really liked it. It didn’t make my face break out, and it didn’t dry out my skin. Toward the end of last year, however, I ran out of it and instead of running to the store, I wondered if maybe, there is even something better than this. After a little research, and finding many references to homemade scrubs, I decided to try out a few that seemed to give other women good results.
So, today I am going to share my daily face-washing routine that I have been doing for about 6 months now. I have normal-oily skin, and this routine has only improved it. I love it, and don’t plan on looking for anything “better” any time soon. Best of all, if you
choose to try it out, you probably already have the ingredients around your house!
Step one: I remove all my makeup with coconut oil. It gets even the toughest water-proof mascara off with ease, and is so good for your skin. I just apply about one teaspoon on the tips of my fingers, and gently message it all over my face (it won’t sting your eyes!).
Step two: Leaving the coconut oil on my face (yes, your mascara will be everywhere. This isn’t the time for selfies), I take about one tablespoon of baking soda and put it in the palm of my hand. I make a fist, and run my fist under warm water for a couple of seconds. This lets in just the right amount of water to turn the baking soda into a paste. You only need a little bit of water! Next, I apply it all over my face, and rub in a gentle circular motion for a few seconds. Rinse really well with warm water. Then rinse with cool water (this will help close your pours, protecting them from dirt and oil).
Step three: This can be done every day, but I usually do this part only a few times a week. It depends on what your skin needs, so let it be the judge. Dilute one part water with one part apple cider vinegar (add more water if you have sensitive skin, and always test on a small part of your face before you use it fully). A little tip: I emptied out a half-used bottle of toner that never worked for me, and filled it with this solution.
Squeeze a little bit onto a cotton ball, and apply all over your face. Be sure to check out the cotton ball post-cleanse and pat yourself on the back for getting off all that extra dirt.
Step four: If I need it, I dab a tiny little bit of coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer.
And that’s it. I usually do this routine at night, and in the morning all I do is splash cool water on my face and sometimes add the coconut oil (important step in the winter months, but not so necessary for me in the summer).
This is my daily routine. Next time I will share a few of my weekly routines for wonderful exfoliation, etc.!
A note about healthy skin: It took me most of my life, but I am finally, officially convinced that it is what’s on the inside that counts. And by that, I mean: what you eat and drink has a direct effect on the health and appearance of your skin. This face-cleansing routine works for me, but it is not a miracle cure for bad skin if your diet is working against you! Remember that, friends. Help your body out.
Jenny Williams is an Oklahoma-native who moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to fulfill her dream of living in her favorite city and working on Capitol Hill. It took her two-and-a-half-years, however, to realize her true passion was not in writing someone else’s policies behind a desk all day, but rather, in the thing she has always loved: observing the beauty of the world, and writing about it. Leaving politics without glancing back, she entered the less glamorous private sector which allows her more time for writing, and her other favorite things: making breakfast, tearing up while reading Anne of Green Gables for the fiftieth time, and exploring the District with her husband. She can be found elsewhere on the internet at Jeneric Generation.