Organic Beauty Series: Part Four – Tips & Treatments

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Organic Beauty Series
Part One – Cleansers
Part Two – Toners & Astringents
Part Three – Moisturizers

In the previous three series posts, we’ve covered some of the basic organic home-made skin care options for cleansers, toners, and moisturizers. Part four focuses on tips on how to take care of your skin as well as interesting ingredients that can be used to further treat your skin and enhance your overall beauty regimen.

Tip #1
If you use a washcloth for your facial cleansing regimen, it is preferable to use one made of unbleached organic cotton, bamboo, or eucalyptus fibres. These natural fibres are free of harmful and harsh chemicals, pesticides, and toxins that are present in conventional fabrics and do transfer into human cells. You should also use a new washcloth every couple days to avoid bacteria build-up. I find this creates far too much laundry so I’ve come to prefer splashing my face with water instead.

Tip #2
Wash your face with warm-hot water; it should be hot enough to steam your pores open but not so hot that it scalds the skin. Whatever feels pleasantly hot for your skin is what’s right for you. The hot water will open your pores, allowing your cleanser to get deep inside and clear out dirt and oil.

Tip #3
Always follow your cleanser with a cool toner or astringent. These are best applied with organic cotton cosmetic balls or pads. This helps with further cleansing but also encourages the pores to close tightly again, locking in moisture and helping to prevent acne and other skin conditions.

Tip #4
Apply any treatments and let your skin dry completely before applying your moisturizer.

Tip #5
Be confident in your own judgement and intuition. Listen your how your body feels about the ingredients you use on your skin and make changes accordingly. For example, using baking soda daily worked for me for quite a long time. But once my skin stopped over-producing oils, I started to feel like I was using too much baking soda and it was drying my skin out. So I began using baking soda only once or twice a week – when it felt like my face needed it – and now my skin is clearer and more balanced than I’ve seen it since probably before puberty!

Tip #6
Remember that it takes 3-4 weeks of consistent use of a routine for you to truly see the benefits of it; during those 3-4 weeks, you may notice undesirable changes like excess oil/dryness or acne as your skin detoxifies and rebalances. Give it time; if after 6-8 weeks your skin is still unbalanced and giving you issues, it is time to readjust your routine and see how that works.

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WITCH HAZEL
Witch hazel is more than just the perfect option for a toner base; it has countless beauty and remedy uses. It’s tightening properties make it great to reduce puffiness or bags under the eyes and to treat hemorrhoids. It helps soothe irritation and can be used to treat acne, diaper rash, poison ivy reactions, bug bites, dry skin, sun burns, and various cuts and scrapes. It also helps prevent razor burn and itchy bumps after shaving. It can be used instead of alcohol to help heal bruises faster by dabbing it straight on the bruise three times a day.

Safe to use on:

OILY SKIN

COMBINATION   SKIN

SENSITIVE   SKIN

DRY SKIN

AGING   SKIN

X

X

X

X

X

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar contains both acetic and malic acid – always choose a high-quality organic version for both consumption and cosmetic purposes. Vinegar can be used to treat acne and oil imbalances and can be added to toner or astringent recipes to enhance the oil- and acne-control properties. It can also be used to treat skin conditions like warts, skin tags, or other benign growths – especially when used in combination with baking soda.

Safe to use on:

OILY SKIN

COMBINATION   SKIN

SENSITIVE   SKIN

DRY SKIN

AGING   SKIN

X

X

X *

X *

ALOE VERA
Like witch hazel, aloe vera is much more than just a good toner or moisturizer; it has very powerful healing properties and other characteristics that make it an indispensable beauty product to have on hand. Aloe vera treats burns, sun burns, eczema, irritation, rashes, dry skin, and stretch marks. It helps skins elasticity and fights aging and acne. It can be used orally to soothe oral diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis and can reduce inflammation of the gums. It helps reduce scarring and speed up the healing process of wounds.

Safe to use on:

OILY SKIN

COMBINATION   SKIN

SENSITIVE   SKIN

DRY SKIN

AGING   SKIN

X

X

X

X

X

BAKING SODA
Baking soda is great for cleansing, exfoliating, softening, and deodorizing. It can be added to toothpaste to whiten teeth and deep clean the mouth; it can be added to laundry to soften and deodorize and is great for hand-washing; a baking soda mask can deep clean pores, removing oil and blackheads; it can be used on your hair to soften it as well as remove heavily built-up product or chlorine; it can be added into baths to soften the skin and help detoxify the body (I mix with Epsom salts and essential oils for a therapeutic experience); it can also make a great pre-shaving treatment as the exfoliation opens pores and helps raise the hair for more effective shaving. When it comes to skin tags and other growths, it is beneficial to make a paste with baking soda and water and thoroughly exfoliate the growth with hot water before making a small compress with hot water and apple cider vinegar or white vinegar to hold over the growth for 60-120 seconds, 1-2x a day.

Safe to use on:

OILY SKIN

COMBINATION   SKIN

SENSITIVE   SKIN

DRY SKIN

AGING   SKIN

X

X

X *

X *

CASTOR OIL
Castor oil is a remarkable product. Not only can it be used externally for cleansing and moisturizing, but it can also be used internally to remove periodic constipation naturally. Castor oil’s most amazing use, however, I stumbled across in my research concerning endometriosis: used externally, it can help lessen internal inflammation and dissolve cystic tissue! Especially when combined with heat. Now it has become my go-to ingredient for sprains, strains, injuries that lead to inflammation, and to manage ovarian cysts and endometriosis-related internal inflammation. Simply rub into the skin, cover with a cloth made of natural and organic fibres, and apply heat for 15-20 minutes at a time.

Safe to use on:

OILY SKIN

COMBINATION   SKIN

SENSITIVE   SKIN

DRY SKIN

AGING   SKIN

X

X

X

X

X

*Note: X’s followed by a * indicate that extra caution should be taken with this skin care type. Test a small patch first and wait 24 hours to see how you react.

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One thought on “Organic Beauty Series: Part Four – Tips & Treatments

  1. Hi ! Thank you so much for your post ! Acne and scars are too stressful ! I think your tips work we must try it as you said they are effective and must follow the instruction :)

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