What do you recommend? Where do you buy it?
Their stuff is pricey but I really love it. Usually they run some promo that makes it a bit less expensive.
In addition to using their face lotions, I love their body lotions and body washes. My daughter LOVES the lotions and I use their bubble bath for her. Gotta buy on sale though.
Check out www.kaylala.com Skin Deep just evaluated all their products and they average a 2 (and the ones that are higher are because of lavender and lanolin).
I've always had adult acne, so I thought I HAD to have some kind of face wash. A while after going no poo, I decided to just wash my face with a cloth and water and see what happened. Well, my face didn't get any better, but it got no worse. It is just the same! So, now I just use water and scrub a little with a small round loofah. Saves me time and money. I would have never have thought it would work for me until I tried it.
This is something
so simple, and it's really helped my face become bright and clear. I cut up a lemon and rub it on my face, let it sit through the one minute 'sting' and then for about 10 more minutes, then rinse with water. Nothing could be cheaper- you can use one lemon and just cut off another slice for about four nights. I also like using a gelcap of Vitamin E, just breaking it open and rubbing the oil into my skin at night- it's absorbed and moisturized by the next morning.
Anything Aubrey Organics is amazing. Around for so many years and really dependable. I know I can always buy any product and love the ingredients without having to analyze everytime!
I buy my moisturizers and shampoos from www.bestorganicdeals.com. They have some of the best organic skin care products and they list the ingredients of the products which is great because from my years of buying organic products, some claim they are pure and organic when in fact they use preservatives and other chemicals. Good luck!!
Are you opposed to making your own? If not here is a fabulous recipe
3 parts honey
4 parts finely ground almonds (gentle exfoliant)
1 part apple cider vinegar (toner)
1 part water
few drops lavender essential oil (anti-aging and anti-acne)
Vitacost.com has great deals on natural and organic products. I like Earth Science brand for face wash and Burt's Bees carrot creme for moisturizer, although the carrot creme is fairly oily so probably not good for acne-prone, but great for those with winter-dry skin like me up here in Minnesota :)
THE OCM is really very simple to make. The reason it works is because oil cuts oil. Just use jojoba (about 60-70%), which is very much like our own sebum and helps dissolve excess, and then either castor or hazelnut (30-40%), which are both astringent oils. Then add just a bit of essential oil, whatever your preference. 1/2% is good for the face.
Apply to moist skin and massage in. Wait a few minutes, then removed with warm water.
Thank you all for your responses!! I am going to try the OCM so thank you to the ones who provided a recipe!
I also need a moisturizer for my legs and arms but again do not want something commercial. Would the OCM work for my arms and legs too? If not, I will look on some of the sites that were provided here.
I've been using the OCM method for 1-2 years now. LOVE it! I've had acne since I was 8, so that's 30 years of experience of battling my own skin. OCM had done great things for me. I still wash with an exfloaint maybe 1x's a week, but use OCM or just water most days.
I've also rubbed the said oil into my whole body for a great mouisturizing treatment, so feel free to use on your body as well.
50% castor oil - goes deep into your skin
25% jojoba - close to natural sebum
20% olive oil - good anti-axoidants
5% apricot oil - good for fine lines
I don't measure when I make a new batch, but above is the guideline I try to follow when I pour the various oils into my oil bottle.
I keep it in the shower, shmear it all over face in the shower, rub it in, do the rest of my shower routine, and then rinse off. I normally just do water and a wash cloth at night in the sink if I didn't take a bath or shower that night.
Wow, 2 great recipes to try! Thanks so much! I do need to make a run to Whole foods soon so I will be looking for those oils. I take it I can get all of them there?
Yes, you could use the OCM all over your body, but you might try a simple combo of sunflower, apricot and jojoba oils (equal parts). It works great by applying just before getting into the shower/bath or you can put it on moist skin after your shower/bath.
I'm not sure if WF has the ingredients, but I would imagine they do.
I am sure you can find them at Whole Foods. I buy mine in a "like" natural foods type store that is cheaper than Whole Foods, but same type of a store basically.
I made my first batch of oils this evening. I found jojoba oil and Almond oil at Whole Foods but didn't find castor oil but then again, I didn't look too hard for that one. I had the olive oil on hand.
It was nice to massage the oils into my face and lay a warm moist washcloth over my face for a few minutes too. Kinda like a mini facial!! I rubbed the oil into my hands too since they were dry.
Thanks to all who helped me!! I am excited to see how this helps my face.
It does feel like a mini facial, doesn't it?
The purpose of the castor oil is for its astringent properties, which jojoba and olive oils do not have. You might look for hazelnut, which is another oil with astringent properties.
Another good oil to use with castor or hazelnut is sunflower in place of olive oil.
Most grocery stores and Walmart carry castor oil in the pharmacy department. I believe Walgreens does as well.
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This is very appealing to me - never thought of adding almond... I always thought honey wasn't enough to scrub and I'm not a fan of sugary scrubs.
Do you moisturize after?
Also- and I'm sure this has been answered elsewhere - I'm assuming this won't remove makeup? I don't wear much but a tinted moisturizer and "natural" mascara now and then.
I do a face scrub with sea salt, which really exfoliates and is fantastic if you're prone to those tiny blackheads on your nose.
Then I rinse with warm water and follow with a honey mask. I try to leave it on for 10 minutes but even 1 minute is great. I rinse with cool water and my whole face is smooth, moisturized and glowy!
PPs have given lots of great suggestions too!
Not sure what skin type you have but a Baking soda/water paste once a week really helps my skin, along with an apple cider vineger wipedown after. Im 24 and have always had issues with acne until I found this, for my combination oily/dry skin.
I also use the oil cleansing method. My mixture is simply 80% EVOO and 20% castor oil. At night, I massage it on my skin for at least 1 minute and then I use a hot towel to cover my face and let the heat open my pores. Then I just wipe and done! If my skin feels dry, I rub a little of the oil mixture on after washing.
1-2 times a week, I exfoliate in the shower with Burt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub.
My skin has never glowed the way it does now. It just looks supple and healthy. And I LOVE saving money on cleansers and lotions.
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