I have a bedtime face wash routine that I love! I even bring all of my stuff with me when I travel! Here is how it goes down…
- I start by removing my eye make-up using on old t-shirt that I cut up into small squares. I get the squares damp with warm water and then I dip them into coconut oil. I then use the coconut soaked squares to remove my makeup. Works like a charm!
- After that I wash my face using the “oil cleansing method”. I use half olive oil and half castor oil
- Then I splash my face with cold water and use another t-shirt square to wipe my face with witch hazel
…..now comes the interesting part
- I slather my face with Beauty Balm and then finish by rubbing Castor oil under my eyes
- abd…abd…abd…That’s all folks
Why the heck to I do all of this? Because I’m a crunchy Mama, that’s why! No, seriously I just don’t want to get wrinkles prematurely and I like to take care of my body as best I can. Here is a little more detail into each part of my routine:
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and it very effectively removes makeup and dirt. Coconut oil naturally clears away dirt and dead skin cells. It also softens wrinkles. It even has some antibacterial and antiviral properties. It’s excellent as an eye makeup remover because it does not sting your eyes! — where to find
Castor oil: Castor has been touted to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. It is very thick and moisturizing. Perfect to put under the eyes! — where to find
Oil cleansing method: Click HERE for a good tutorial on the method. Basically the oil cleansing method is based on the premise that like dissolves like. The oil dissolves the oils in your face and removes it along with all of the dirt. You can make your oil from a variety of oils based on your skin type. I use half castor oil and half olive oil. Here is the general rule:
- Oily skin: Use 2/3 castor oil to 1/3 carrier oil. (Or measure out 2 tsp castor oil and 1 tsp carrier oil.)
- Normal skin: Use equal parts castor oil and carrier oil. (Measuring out 1-1/2 tsp castor oil and 1-1/2 tsp carrier oil.)
- Dry skin: Use 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 carrier oil. (Again, 2 tsp carrier oil and 1 tsp castor oil.)
Beauty Balm: Made by Green Pastures, the same place that we get our Fermented Cod Liver Oil supplements. It is amazing and makes the color of your skin tone very even. — where to find (if you use coupon code: REALFOOD at checkout, you get 10% off of your entire order too!)
The old t-shirt rags: I came up with this idea all by myself. I took one of my husbands waaaaay stretched out t-shirts and cut it into roughly 4×4″ squares. I chose to use white because I can see all of the junk coming off of my face when I wash with them. I throw them into my laundry and re-use them. Very earth friendly! I store them in an old candle jar that also has a nice lid. Another great recycling opportunity.
Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is a natural skin toner and it is very pure and excellent for sensitive acne prone skin. After I oil cleanse, I use another t-shirt square to wipe my face with witch hazel before applying my beauty balm and castor oil. — where to find
So, to sum it up again, my routine goes like this: coconut oil to remove makeup, oil cleanse, witch hazel to tone, beauty balm over entire face, castor oil under eyes. That’s it!
Well now that you know all of my secrets I hope you choose to implement some of these into your own routine. It’s fun experimenting with oils and natural skin care. I am sure my routine will change and evolve with time as everything always does. I will continue to update this post at that occurs.
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