How many of you are like me?
Does anyone else struggle with both acne and gradually aging skin?
I know I can’t be alone in this………… It’s crazy, I occasionally feel like an old lady going through puberty! Okay – not quite that bad, but you get the idea.
So in my need, I sought out to find a convenient all natural facial cleanser that will help with my skin concerns while not adding a ton of time to my nightly regimen. I searched and searched and eventually decided that it would be easier, safer, and less expensive to make it myself.
My biggest concern is that I really don’t want to put nasty chemicals on my face. I’m trying to wash my face, not cover it with potentially toxic chemicals.
Below, I have listed 3 chemicals found in common beauty products that I would like to avoid. This list is not all-inclusive, but simply serves as an example of ingredients found in many of the common over the counter facial care products. —— Scary isn’t it?!?!
These chemicals are usually easy to identify by their names, such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben. They are very common and used as a preservative to prevent bacterial growth and extend the shelf life of the product. Some studies have linked Parabens to breast cancer due to their estrogenic effects and that parabens have been found in breast tumors.
These are chemicals that are used to help increase the softness of skin care products. It has been linked to hormonal changes and possible male infertility. When used in infants, it has been found in their urine after being slathered with lotion using this chemical as an ingredient.
It is known that this chemical is absorbed and can be found in the blood stream of users which causes quite a bit of concern. Avoid products whose label lists – Dibutylphthalate (DBP, DEP, DEHP, also butyl ester). DEHP has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the EPA. The Department of Health and Human Services has also classified DEHP as a potential carcinogen.
Used to prevent microbes from growing in water-based products. It has been proven to be absorbed into the skin and can lead to skin reactions, wheezing, and cancer. Look for: Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal. These items have been banned in Japan and Sweden and have limited use in Europe.
For more information about these potentially toxic ingredients, check out www.safecosmetics.org
To avoid chemicals in my skincare, I have chosen to control the ingredients and make my own All Natural beauty products. Now…for the recipe!!!
DIY Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Acne Facial Wipes
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1) Witch Hazel
2) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
3) Vitamin E oil
4) Cotton rounds
5) Distilled water
6) Mason Jar with lid
7) Frankincense Essential Oil
8) Tea Tree Essential Oil
9) Lavender Essential Oil
10) Castile Soap – Unscented
Steps to Make Facial Wipes
1) Melt 1 Tbs of Coconut Oil.
I like to use the mason jar as a double broiler. The coconut oil does not take long to melt – just a few moments. I use Extra Virgin coconut oil and try to get organic when able. Coconut oil softens skin and naturally blocks around 20% of the sun’s UV rays. It also has fatty acids within that can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Who wouldn’t want that?!?!
2) Add 1/2 tsp of Witch Hazel.
This is an astringent and an anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce swelling and fight bacteria. This is a great ingredient if you have acne issues.
3) Add 1 Tbs of Castile Soap.
I use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby-mild Castile liquid soap. This soap is fragrance-free and good for those with sensitive skin. It is also certified organic.
4) Add 1/4 tsp of Vitamin E oil.
Vitamin E oil helps to protect the skin by preventing cellular damage from free radicals. Free radicals in your skin can destroy collagen and interfere with the formation of healthy skin cells. Using Vitamin E oil in your cleanser will also prevent the coconut oil from oxidizing and acts as a preservative for your cleanser.
5) Add distilled water until 3/4 full.
I use distilled water because I don’t want to add any impurities that can be found in tap water to my cleanser.
6) 5 drops of Frankincense oil.
Frankincense oil is a gift to your face. Historically, it was used for preserving the dead. I use it to preserve my FACE!! No need to wait until it’s too late. Research has shown that this oil can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin aging. It is also an anti-inflammatory and reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes.
7) 5 drops of Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca).
This oil has been shown to be antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. It also reduces the appearance of blemishes and protects against radiation damage. Research has found that Tea Tree oil reduces the severity of acne and has broad antimicrobial activity.
8) 5 drops of Lavender oil.
This oil is frequently known as the “Swiss army knife” of essential oils and has so many wonderful therapeutic properties. For the purposes of this cleanser, I used this oil for its ability to promote skin healing and reduce scars and blemishes. Also, it has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The calming benefit is welcomed too!
9) Stir gently.
I used a wooden spoon in the video, but stainless steel is probably the best choice. You want to avoid plastic as it can absorb the oils. You don’t want to use a plastic spoon and then later use it while cooking and add an un-welcomed flavor to your meal.
10) Add the cotton rounds.
Now you have your facial cleanser made and it’s time to add the cotton rounds. You want to do this gradually to avoid overflow and allow the cotton to absorb the liquid. I add rounds by a small handful at a time. See the video for the example. The cotton rounds act some as an exfoliate and aid in removal of dead skin cells. At this step, if you desire to add more distilled water you can.
Shake it up a little, add a pretty label if desired, and there you have it!! You have just made your own facial cleansing wipes. I use this cleanser at night as a makeup remover before bed. It’s up to you if you want to rinse it off, but I don’t. I simply pat dry with a clean soft towel.
Here is a video demo!!!
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Song of Songs 4:7
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.