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I've never had problems in the past but now at age 32 I am continually having blemish issues. I am suspect that it relates to the iud I had put in after my youngest was born. Anyway....I'm spending so much $$ on natural based products with no luck and I'm ready to cry whenever I look in the mirror(not to sound vain). The only thing I am having semi-luck with is some TTO mixed with Witch Hazel to target a blemish. But I need some effective natural cleansing suggestions. What good ideas do you ladies have?<br>
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This is the skincare routine that I started about four months ago, and my skin has never looked better.<br><br>
Facewash: 50% Raw Organic Unpastuerized Local Honey, 50% STRONG Green Tea<br><br>
Every once in a while, I put a little baking soda in my hand with the face wash for extra scrubnicity.<br><br>
Toner: 25% Witch Hazel, 25% Apple Cider Vinegar, 50% Filtered Water, with about 3 dissolved aspirin in the bottle. (For the BHA's- good for wrinkles!)<br><br>
Sunblock: (I only use this in the morning.)<br><br>
I got some Kiss My Face Oil Free Moisturizer from drugstore.com- $8 for 16 ounces.<br><br>
(This was developed to be used all over the body like lotion, but it is soooo gentle- my face likes it better than anything by Oil of Olay, sensitive formula or not. To save a little money, I only use it on my face, and use cheaper lotion on my legs, etc.)<br><br>
Then, I got on eBay and bought 1 pound each zinc oxide powder and some titanium dioxide powder. This was kind of expensive, (about $28 after shipping and all) but it will last so long that it is cost effective.<br><br>
I put the Kiss My Face moisturizer in a little container similar to a yogurt cup, so about 6 ounces, and then added a teaspoon of each powder. It works really well, and is gentle enough for babies, but you have to rub it really well or you get white streaks. And when your mixing the powders in, take your time and do it well. The Kiss My Face is thick, like Pond's cold cream, so it takes a while.<br><br>
After Toner, Before Bed: Retin A Micro. If you have insurance, go get a rx. It is much gentler than old school Retin A, and it works like a dream.<br><br>
I also do not dry my face with a towel after cleansing, or after toning. I use less toner, sunblock, and Retin A M this way.<br><br>
HTH
 

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Oh, and by the way... this routine costs a little less than the drugstore products I was using, and A LOT less than the department store products that I have used.
 

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Leta -<br><br>
do you pre-mix the face wash and toner so that they're ready to go. How do they store (and how long?) Or do you do it right as you use it?
 

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If you don't want to go the retin-A route, try a stronger apple cider vinegar solution on a cotton ball on your face before bed, and take vitamin A, B Complex, vitamin E, and a combo pill of Calcium-magnesium-zinc. Those minerals help with hormonal issues and help clear up acne.<br><br>
Vitamin A can be found in carrots, you can do a mashed carrot facial too.<br><br>
Honey works pretty darn good, I have hormonal issues. The trick is to do the Pro-Activ steps: Wash/Scrub, Tone, Moisturize (preferrably with sunscreen).<br><br>
I skip the toning step at night since honey already is pH acidic to a degree. Toning just means that when you wash your face (which is usually soap based and pH basic, you restore the skin's mantle back to acidic).<br><br>
Green tea is great because it's antibacterial and has a bit of an acidic pH. It's acne fighting like honey is. The scrubbing (either with baking soda, some other mild exfoliant, or getting a facial scrub brush from the beauty aisle or Sally's beauty supply) makes sure that old dirt, oils, and skin buildup doesn't trap bacteria.<br><br>
A lot of hair/skin issues are attributed to pH issues.
 

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I'm another honey, baking soda, acv-toning gal and very happy with the results.I use aubrey organics green tea and gingko moisturizer with spf in the a.m. and jojoba in the evening, which also really helped me.
 

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These are good suggestions and I am going to try to find a local source for honey. Fortunately the Farmer's Market is going to start up maybe I'll find some there. But I am wondering outside of that where you ladies are purchasing unpasturized honey? Do you find that this routine will lessen the redness left behind from past blemishes?
 

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I alternate between honey & Kiss My Face Olive Oil soap.<br><br>
I've just been using plain pasteurized honey, so I have no advice about where to get it.
 

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I pre mix everything. The honeytea facewash lasts forever, seriously. Honey has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs still edible.<br><br>
I keep the facewash in a pump top soap bottle.<br><br>
I imagine the toner lasts indefinately, too, since I've never heard of witch hazel or ACV going bad.<br><br>
I keep the toner in a little glass bottle with a cork top.<br><br>
The sunscreen is based largely on a commercial product, so I imagine it will last quite a while, years I should think.<br><br>
I keep the sunscreen in a tiny (maybe 1/2 cup) Gladware style container.<br><br>
I keep all this stuff in the bathroom, at room temperature.
 

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Oh, yeah, one other thing...<br><br>
Make sure you're using a gentle, natural laundry soap, and don't use commercial fabric softener.
 

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I just got some at whole foods. They had a bunch and they're not all expensive. Every other store just had regular honey (which might work too, for all I know). I'd say try any natural foods store.
 

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Funny question: my body has a hard time digesting fructose (I've read that honey is at least 50% fructose). Would using honey on my face cause me any problems do you think? Since our skin absorbs stuff? I suppose I could just try it and find out the hard way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Funny question: my body has a hard time digesting fructose (I've read that honey is at least 50% fructose). Would using honey on my face cause me any problems do you think? Since our skin absorbs stuff? I suppose I could just try it and find out the hard way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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What is the benefit of the Green Tea...antioxidant?<br><br>
Sometimes I wonder if my shampoo/conditioner contributes to my skin problems but I do use 100% organic products so it shouldn't right?<br><br>
So what is the exact amounts of honey and tea you use? How much water to tea do you use and how long do you steep?
 

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I do an equal amount of green tea to honey. 50%-50%. I make it a half gallon at a time, so I make a quart of green tea, using about 5 teabags, steeping about 20 minutes.<br><br>
This keeps the honey thin enough to flow easily thru a pump top style soap dispenser, making for easy application and portion control.<br><br>
Green tea is good for your skin in several different ways, antioxidents, caffeine, antibacterial.
 

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Green tea is supposed to be anti-aging too (I think the vitamin C in it). I've been using it on my face for 2 days (I mix it into my toner), and my skin already looks amazing! I also took the brewed tea bag and patted it on my face.
 

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The following vitamins/supplements might help:<br><br>
Fish oil<br>
Vitamin E<br>
Grapefruit Seed Extract
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Green tea is supposed to be anti-aging too (I think the vitamin C in it). I've been using it on my face for 2 days (I mix it into my toner), and my skin already looks amazing! I also took the brewed tea bag and patted it on my face.</div>
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What else do you use in your toner besides the Green Tea? Can I use decaf (that's what I have on hand)? Right now I am using ACV and water but the Green Tea sounds great!<br><br>
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I actually use a drugstore toner (wasn't too impressed w/ ACV toner and haven't found a cheap, natural alternative). I normally just add TTO in it, but I also added lavender and eucalyptus EOs in it too (I had lavender and eucalyptus already mixed in a vial in the bathroom, and I didn't feel like running downstairs to get just lavendar - it's supposed to be good for acne too).<br><br>
I had about 1/4 of the toner left when I heard about the green tea. I also use decaf since I don't drink caffeine. I boiled 1/2 c or so of distilled water and put 2 tea bags in it and let it steep for 5-10 min. I let it cool off, then put it in my toner.<br><br>
BTW, I use Nivea Visage moisturizing toner. I really like it except for the chemicals. It does have chamomille, aloe, and castor oil.
 
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