A bit of lusting after someone does wonders for the skin. -Elizabeth Hurley
I’ve had more skin problems as an adult than as a teen. It’s been frustrating.
I’ve been to the dermatologist. The cream she prescribed made my skin 10 times worse.
I’ve purchased and tried many products – some expensive, some cheap.
At age 30, I’ve finally had a breakthrough. I have sensitive skin. This means many products won’t work for me. The chemicals and fragrances in traditional skincare lines irritate my skin. Maybe you know the feeling.
Another skin reality for me: Acne is mostly stress related. I’ve dealt with this by slowing down. I rarely get acne anymore.
My experiments with natural solutions
Some of my earliest posts on Peace & Projects were related to skincare. I wanted to go natural, but also be realistic – I wasn’t going to continue a regimen that didn’t work. I’ve tried:
- All water method. (No cleanser, no moisturizer.) This did not work for me. I know a few women with stunning skin that use this method. It must be genetics.
- Oil cleansing method. Many people – including Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom – have success with this routine, but I couldn’t get it to work for me. I tried a variety of oil blends to no avail.
- suki. This pure line from a local organic store did not work for me.
- Olive oil as eye make up remover. Did using oil to remove makeup work? Sort of. I decided it left behind more traces of make up than the (somewhat gross) method was worth. Also, a few pimples popped up around my eyes from the leftover oil.
What works for my sensitive skin
After many years of trial and error, I finally have a system that works beautifully. I use.
- Dr. Bronner’s lavender liquid soap. I am seriously in love with Dr. Bronner’s soaps. To cleanse my face, I dilute a drop in a sink of water and gently scrub with a wash cloth. The lavender is calming for my sensitive skin – another bonus. I only use the soap at night; plain water works fine in the morning.
- Aveda all-sensitive moisturizer. This product is fabulous. I’m thrilled with how soft and supple my skin is. My dry spots are disappearing and the appearance of my skin is improved after only a week of use. It isn’t cheap, but I’ve found a little bit goes a long way.
- Yes to Carrots moisturizing eye cream. Is eye cream necessary? I’m not sure. (I know it isn’t truly necessary. Maybe preferred is a better word choice.) I’ll need to experiment going without before I decide. For now, Yes to Carrots is light and lasts forever. It’s also paraben free.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. -Kahlil Gibran
Do you use natural skincare products? Have you tried and failed? Share your story in the comments below.
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Photo by Walt Stoneburner