Friday, April 11, 2014

Photo Journal: My Evening Skincare Routine

The battle against acne is real!  Check out my evening routine, and see how I work to keep blemishes at bay.  It takes awhile, so it helps to start earlier in the evening...

Step 1.  Remove Makeup 

 I  use Viva Paper Towels because they are strong, but still feel nice and soft on my skin. (Buy them in bulk if you want to save a little money.) I fold the paper towel twice and saturate it with warm water before adding the coconut oil.

I use Dr. Adorable's  Organic Pure Coconut OIL (76 Degree).
This oil turns solid at 76 degrees so each night I sit it in hot water for a few minutes for it to melt. ( I tried using the microwave a few times, but as you can see from my warped bottle, that was a bad idea, so I went back to the hot water method.)

Step 2: Rinse off and remnants of makeup 
and coconut oil with a gentle cleanser.

Lately, I've been using Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser for this step.

Step 3: Time to kill bacterial and exfoliate!
I start out by applying Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Antibacterial Bar to damp skin.

I add baking soda before exfoliating 
*I wouldn't recommend this step for those with very sensitive skin.  You can exfoliate with baking soda once a week without using a brush or use a brush several times a week to allow your skin to adjust to this method.

Step 4:  Now I apply a honey and aloe mask to fight blemishes, soothe, and moisturize the skin.  
I'm a HUGE fan of Wedderspoon Gold Raw Organic Manuka Honey Active 16+  (click here to see how it helped to clear my skin.) 
Manuka honey is expensive, so I also  use a lower cost alternative; Wedderspoon Gold 100% Raw Organic Dandelion Honey.  Research has shown dandelions are effective in fighting pimples, so this is another great choice for those battling acne.  

I mix the honey with Aloe life Skin Gel  and apply the mixture to my face.

The longer the honey and aloe mask stays on the better, so if you start this process earlier in the evening, you can wear the mask until you are ready for bed.  If you are short on time, try to keep the mask on at least twenty minutes.

Step 5: Moisturize
I'm using a 50/50 mix of Triple Refined Australian Emu Oil by Dr. Adorable  and Tamanu / Foraha Organic Oil . I combine the two oils in a Amber Boston Round Glass Bottle w/dropper.

Evening skincare routine complete.
Don't forget to check out the links included for 
information about the products used. 
(I paid for all products with my own money, and I am not affiliated in anyway with any of the brands or companies mentioned.)

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