How do natural face care and a flooded metropolis go together? I’m so glad you asked :)
I didn’t sleep a wink last night because it sounded as if the world was coming to an end. There was an awful thunderstorm (or several storms?) that came through Houston over night. Ryan and I turned on the news this morning to see images of the interstate and main roads completely under water.
Clearly, school was cancelled. Our students come in from all over the city. I live 0.5 miles away, and even I would have had a hard time going to work. So, today I caught up on dishes and laundry, tweaked lesson plans, and practiced my new natural face care methods and gathered some information for today’s post :)
HOUSTON UNDER WATER
The above picture is my local park. The park is shaped like a giant bowl, and as you can see, Buffalo Bayou flooded and made a bowl of bayou soup.
You can’t tell, but this is a major street. In the distance, you can see a little bit of the exit ramp for Memorial Drive. I’m standing on top of a hill.
The same street (Memorial Drive) under water. This is at least 10-11 feet of water.
Our jogging path completely under water :(
This was a very eerie experience. Having experienced several hurricanes while growing up in New Orleans, this situation felt very familiar…almost comfortable. (Is that weird? Sorry!) Because businesses and schools are closed, my three day weekend was just extended to a four day weekend. And this brings me to my next topic:
NATURAL FACE CARE
Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard that coconut oil is going to save the world…or something like that. It’s good for your metabolism, hair, nails, teeth, gums, and skin.
I found a website the other day called Skin Deep. This website lists chemicals commonly found in your everyday beauty products, and it also rates (on a 1-10 scale) the “cleanness” of your products.
Above you see Burt’s Bees facial cleanser, which I use twice a day. It scored a 3/10, which is pretty great.
The above image is the liquid foundation I use daily. It also scored a 3/10. Yay! So far so good :)
Then I checked on some of my Clean & Clear brand products. Both the toner and dual action moisturizer scored a 5/10. So did my Garnier leave-in conditioner and Nioxin hair products. Then I checked on my Garnier anti-humidity hairspray…8/10. Hmm…getting worse.
It’s hard to ignore the results others are getting from natural skin care product. I’m notready to clean out my bathroom closet and throw everything in the garbage. That would be a bit rash. What I can do is look into more natural alternatives to my current products. Skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and I’ll use natural alternatives if they work :)
- Coconut oil as face wash
- Apple cider vinegar as toner
- Oil pulling
COCONUT OIL: The idea behind using coconut oil is “like dissolves like.” By stripping your face of oils, you’re only making matters worse. Coconut oil adds the moisture back to your face and it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Here’s the method for using coconut oil on your face:
- Rub 1 teaspoon of coconut oil between your palms and then massage oil onto your face. This should take up to a minute.
- Run a wash cloth under hot water. Rest it on your face until cloth cools to room temperature.
- Use the cloth to wipe away coconut oil. (This may take a few rinses.)
- If you’ve given this method a solid two-week trial and it’s just not working, try cutting the coconut oil with some castor oil. (Haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve read nothing but wonderful things!)
- Don’t do this more than once a day. If you need to freshen up your face, you can use the apple cider vinegar toner:
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER: I found this idea on Coconuts and Kettlebells, a fabulous blog for all things primal. This natural toner restores the pH balance in your skin. Our skin’s pH levels become unbalanced when we use traditional facial cleansers, experience stress,or eat poorly. This toner is also great for freshening up your face after a workout or at the end of a long day.
Because I work out and sweat like a pig, I can’t rely on the once-a-day oil cleansing method to keep my face clear. So I use coconut oil in the morning, and in the evenings I’ll use water followed by the toner. I’ve only done this for a couple of days, so I have no real results to share just yet. So far, my face hasn’t broken out or gotten too oily. It’s actually really soft and smooth! Here’s the concoction for the apple cider vinegar toner, found on Coconuts and Kettlebells:
- Two parts herbal tea
- one part apple cider vinegar.
This morning I brewed one cup of Trader’s Joe’s Harvest Blend herbal tea. I poured 1/2 cup of organic apple cider vinegar into the tea and mixed well. I poured the mixture into a leftover bottle, and it’s stored in the refrigerator.
Why tea? You could just use distilled water, but I don’t want my face to smell like vinegar. I opted for a tea that would compliment the smell of the vinegar, and my face smelled like a Fall-scented candle this morning :)
CONSIDERING FOR THE NEAR FUTURE
- No Shampoo Method
- Apple cider vinegar and essential oils as conditioner
QUESTION: Do you use any natural face care remedies or other natural products? How do they work for you?