Tuesday, June 26, 2012

bird bath: face care

i mentioned a while ago that i have been trying to go all natural when it comes to my skin-care routine. since then, i have gotten even more strict about what i use, and i have found some pretty amazing stuff. it's a slow-going process, but i started to think that what i put on my body is as important as what i put in my body. i am fairly conscientious about what i eat, so why not be the same way about my skin care? i am not 100% there yet, but i am getting there. i realized after i burned my eyebrows that maybe retinol isn't the best thing to be putting on my face, and i decided to research some other anti-aging natural face regimens. (and by research, i mean i read what other bloggers use on their skin and then i bought it all. you will see soon that i am not kidding.)

so here is my face-care routine. it's fairly regular, but i do switch up what oils i use when i am feeling like i need a change. there is nothing scientific about what i am doing, but i do love it nonetheless.

here's me straight out of the shower. no makeup, no lotions, no nothing. it's like the US Weekly "stars without makeup", except i'm not a star, and i really don't have any makeup on! (so nothing like it at all.)

about two months ago, i never would have showed you a picture of me with absolutely no makeup on. i had a lot of red, rosacea-like patches on my skin and many wrinkles. i still have the wrinkles, but they look better. happier, if you will. they love the all-natural tastiness that is my routine.

and here is what i do.

morning routine
 while the shower is heating up, i rub honey all over my face. i use raw honey, which to me smells disgusting. it's actually sometimes gag-worthy to me, but i use it...i figure it's better than an acid peel, right? all i know about honey is that it's antibacterial, drying and moisturizing at the same time, it's good for all skin types, and bears love it. maybe that's why bears have such nice skin. i've never seen a bear with acne, have you? i love the effect that it has on my skin. it makes it glow. and it makes me feel like i've just used a biore strip on my whole face. i let it sit on my face while i shower, and only wash it off right before i wash my face, which is the last thing i do in the shower.


i then use the "yes to" brand of face wash. i love this stuff. you can buy it at target and it's at least 95% natural and paraben free. the yes to carrots exfoliating cleanser is amazing. it has finely ground bamboo that gently exfoliates the skin, and it smells like a dream. the yes to blueberries smoothing cleanser also smells delicious and is a very gentle and creamy milk-based cleanser. i don't feel that my skin gets as clean with the blueberries one, so i only use this one maybe twice a week.

sometimes i then will rub a lemon slice on my face. i do this in lieu of using a toner, and i don't do it every day ~ mainly because i'm lazy and i don't feel like walking downstairs to my kitchen. maybe i need a mini-fridge in my bathroom. anyways, the lemon is nice. it is meant to be an exfoliant, like a very mild vitamin c acid peel. i can't use it every day because i do have fairly sensitive skin, but since i do not use any chemicals to get rid of my wrinkles, i do like to use a lemon slice when i am feeling motivated enough to walk the stairs!

and now for the moisturizer! this is my favorite part. it's new to me, and i was an instant convert. i use coconut oil. seriously, have you guys ever read up on this stuff? it's a miracle oil. the best thing since...i don't know, olive oil? read here and here for all the magical and wondrous things you can do with coconut oil. in fact, i have now just started using it on things i'm not even sure it will fix. (mosquito bite? throw some coconut oil on it. heat rash? coconut oil! big zit? why not try coconut oil?) since i have bought my jar, i have used it on my face, as deodarant (yep, i just rub a little under my arms every day*), as dry scalp treatment, and as sunblock. i love this stuff. anyways, i began by using it as a nighttime face lotion because i assumed it would be too greasy to use during the day. the morning i woke up after first using it, my skin was glowing and i knew i had to use it in the morning, too. and lo and behold, it's not too greasy! i love this stuff...i rub it sparingly all over my face, neck and lips. the smell isn't too overpowering, as you might think. it's just like a slight breeze that made it's way from jamaica and planted itself ever so lightly on my face. isn't that poetic? but seriously, buy this stuff. it's amazing. it's also antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and goes a long way to prevent aging. ok it doesn't prevent aging, but it does help "delay" wrinkles and sagging, and even improves the look of existing wrinkles. it's the benjamin button of fruit oils.


nighttime routine
that third bottle you see up there is part of my nighttime routine. i wash my face with grapeseed oil and i love it. i know you're thinking that i must be an oily mess. but really, washing your face with oil is pretty amazing. you can google what oils will work best with your skin type. i just happen to love grapeseed and olive oil for my face. i simply rub the oil all over my face, throw a hot, wet towel over it for about 30 seconds, and gently wipe it all off...my makeup is very gently and effectively removed in the process. i then slather my face with a more generous amount of coconut oil than i use in the morning and go to sleep (dreaming of beaches and little umbrella-ed drinks).

and that's it. oh, except for the natural oil apothecary that is my nightstand. i have all of these on hand, just to switch it up a little every once in a while. i am a firm believer that your skin likes a little change up every few weeks. so some days i will wash with these oils, and some days i will moisturize with them. i also use them on my feet, body (because feet aren't part of your body???) and cuticles. the possibilities are endless! the tea tree oil is used for cuts and bruises and mosquito bites on the kids. although now maybe i will just start using coconut oil for all of that!

read more about jojoba oil here, vitamin e oil here, apricot oil here and tea tree oil here.

so there you have it...a very long, and not so comprehensive essay on how i nourish my skin. i truly do love this regimen, and have decided that my new philosophy is that if i can't feel safe rubbing it on my lips, i don't want to rub it on my face. i told you, very scientific!

what do you use on your face? would you every try an all-natural approach?

xo,
megan bird

*the main reason i bought coconut oil was because of mary's recipe for deodorant. i have yet to make it, but can't wait to give it a try.

40 comments:

  1. As you know, I am now obsessed with coconut oil, too. It's like crack for my face. LOVE IT. I also have every intention of doing the raw honey-in-the-shower thing.

    Your skin looks amazing, btw!

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  2. wow! you definitely have nice skin!

    you really cracked me up with bears not having acne. you got a point. haha! :)

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  3. I love coconut oil for all things culinary, but I admit I've never rubbed it on my skin. The way you describe it sounds like the father's obsession with Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding - and that alone makes me want to try it.

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  4. want to just come take care of my face every morning and night? : ) I want to rub a lemon on my face! and your title made me laugh!

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  5. Your skin looks AMAZING! I use the oil cleansing method and its a miracle worker! Natural is the way to go :)

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  6. Great posting. I am going to try out some of that. I have noticed that my skin isn't as nice as it used to be and I have been leaning towards going this route.
    Heathersthriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  7. Your skin is amazing. Honestly. I am having face skin jealousy over here (?). I have been working on my skin care for awhile after having some serious acne issues this winter/early spring. I switched to an all organic/natural soothing gel in lieu of a moisturizer. I don't use a cleanser because everything makes me break out. And I actually use tea tree oil on my acne. It's antibacterial so it helps kill my acne causing bacteria.
    I am really intrigued by the honey method. Maybe I will try?

    Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

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  8. Great post Megan!I've been trying really hard to cut back on the chemicals. I usually just buy stuff from St. Ives or Burts Bees, but I know that even those "natural" products have tons of additives. I never would of thought to use honey or coconut oil.

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  9. megan, your skin looks fantastic! so it's working, but then again, i guess i didn't see what it looked like without make-up before. did i? ;)

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  10. Yes! I make my own deodorant with a mix of coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder and essential oils. And I wash my face with castor oil and olive oil. Good stuff! I will have to try the honey on my face soon.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this! I'm still trying to figure out what works for my face, I like the natural approach and have used natural items from LUSH skincare before, specifically I love their toner, the Tea Tree helps me a lot. But I'm still trying to find the right face wash/moisturizer type thing. I have heard things about oils, so I might have to give it a try!

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  12. This is a great post...Using oil on my face scares me as I have very oily skin...I may have to try the honey idea though!!

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  13. Wow, thanks for sharing this! You have great skin!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  14. This is an awesome post, megan. Your skin looks gorgeous! A few months ago I converted to using more natural products on my skin after reading blogs too. I use raw apple cidar vinegar as a toner and apricot kernel oil or grape seed oil as lotion. I use coconut oil on my body and feet, I've used it on my face but it got too greasy for my liking. Both my husband and I really noticed a difference after only a few weeks of using the natural products. I might try the honey, where do you get yours? I buy most of my products at the co-op.

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  15. Your skin looks so gorgeous in its natural state without makeup! The only thing I use on my face before/after makeup is Pond's cleansing cloths. Seriously, that's it.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  16. Oooh, Megan you know I loved this post! Let me know if you try the deodorant recipe!

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  17. Fabulous post. I'm a cosmetic product developer and created a few all natural and even a USDA Certified Organic skincare range and all natural products can definitely work. There have been many advances made in natural raw materials and these days you can find formulas that not only work but that are aesthetically pleasing as well. :)

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  18. this is an amazing post! thank you for sharing! my skin has been flaring up lately. 24 years old with acne - not fair! i am afraid part of it is due to stress, but i also use harsh facewashes on my skin. i think i need to try a more natural approach. i am going to try some of these products!

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  19. wow! i just use a lemon based cleanser kind of daily (sometimes i forget, or just wash like half my face...). my husband is allergic to coconut, so all the coconut products (which its in a LOT of natural products) are out for me :(

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  20. I never realized that honey could be used on your face. I think I might give that a try.

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  22. I've heard about the benefits of coconut oil and we now have a TJ so I'll definitely need to check it out!

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  23. I agree that your skin is looking much better. I just ran out of facewash so I'm for sure going to try the yes to carrots. I will also try coconut oil. Is it good for really dry skin? That's my problem.

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  24. Wow! Your skin looks amazing. You don't even know how inspired I am to try these products now. Really, my wrinkles hardly bother me, but my sun spots are so frustrating. I have a dermatology appointment and I'm scared they're going to tell me they want to attack with a laser, but I'd love to go with an all natural route first.

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  25. Hi dear, this is such a great and inspiring post. I would prefer to use all natural products too, I find them less harmful for skin. You look fantastic without makeup, your glow on your skin is amazing.

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  26. Haha I have never seen a bear with acne...Your skin is a testament to your regimen! I just discovered the "Yes To" products, and so far I love them. Oh, and I also use coconut oil. My eyebrow follicles were damaged when I sadly let someone wax them. I heard that the coconut oil can rejuvenate the follicles, so I'm crossing my figners!

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  27. I chortled at your bear comparison. Chortled, I say!

    I buy Lush products, but this sound a helluva lot cheaper and even more natural. (But if you're ever in the mood for some delicious self-care splurge item, check out Lush!)

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  28. i tried grapeseed oil as a moisturizer and it just broke me out, maybe a cleanser would be better

    Xo Megan

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  29. I've never heard of using honey or lemon. Such great ideas!!

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  30. I've been wanting to get coconut oil for a body lotion. I may need to make a trip to Trader Joe's.

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  31. Ok, here's what I've been doing lately, and it's a little controversial, so don't think I'm gross... 1. I stopped wearing make-up 2. I stopped washing my face daily- I just splash with warm water before bed and after waking up 3. After splashing, I moisturize with Lancome visionnaire- two pumps at night and one in the am. 4. I wash my face with a little tiny bit of my shower soap every other day. That's it! I've been hearing lots of good things about coconut, though. One of my friends is an absolute devotee and her skin's gotten way better in the last few months! Way to be brave and do a close-up of your pretty bare face!
    --TS

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  32. I like reading about your little beauty routine. I have used the yes to range and found it to be quite effective and gentle on my skin.

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  33. I love the honey idea. I'll have to try it out with some manuka honey.

    xx Jenee C.
    http://camomeetscouture.blogspot.com

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  34. I 100% agree, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in. I try to stick to a natural skin care routine as well - it's amazing how much CRAP is in some products. I mean, burning your eyebrows? That can't be good for your skin.

    You look beautiful just out of the shower, so now I want to follow your routine exactly!

    And I love that you use pure coconut oil as a deodorant. I have a hard time finding aluminum free deodorants that aren't Toms, because Toms stops working on me after a while. I'm going to give Mary's recipe a try :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  35. I'm 100% "oil" person, and I need to try all those ones that you use!:)
    Thank you for your lovely comment. You have really cute blog girls!:)
    Happy Wednesday!
    Jelena

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  36. wow that sounds like a dedicated regime! i like coconut oil, i haven't used it in ages though :(

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  37. Megan, you look beautiful all natural...seriously. I want to try this post with just a towel but on my body and not show my face...lol...just kidding. Anyway, I was so intrigued by this fantastic read. I just bought, before I read this post, yes to cucumber and yes to carrots for face and lips. Love this stuff. Thank you for the great info...I am psyched. dawn suitcase vignettes xo your skin looks awesome

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  38. I'm going to try the coconut oil and grapeseed oil, because your skin looks amazing! Thank you for sharing your skin routine....very helpful :)

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  39. awesome! I've been using coconut oil for a loooong time now to the point of obsession even. I supplement with jojoba oil as well especially to keep my curly hair nice & hydrated. Glad to hear of other folks positive reviews of coconut oil as well!

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  40. Yes. You cannot go wrong when you go natural. It would also benefit your health when these natural ingredients are absorbed by your skin. To add to that, honey, apart from its sweet taste, is an active anti-aging formula for the skin. It has the ability to preserve and absorb moisture on the skin which hydrates the skin and keeps wrinkles from forming.

    Katie Hallison

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