As a teenager, I used Clean & Clear on my face and it hurt my skin. My skin was always a weird combo of greasy and flaky and it didn’t do much for my acne.
When I was in my early 20s, I tried the Rodan & Fields skincare products. They worked. I had stunning skin, BUT after long-term use, it seemed like the products changed the texture of my skin. It always felt thick and plastic to me.
After getting them to cancel my subscription (which is a feat), I tried some products from Bath & Body Works. I worked in a local mall at the time and I walked past everyday, so I thought I’d give it a shot. After much trial and error, I realized it wasn’t for me.
Then, I tried Clinique. I had a friend at the time who swore by it. It completely cured her acne and her skin looked healthy, so I thought, “Why not?” Well, I fell in love with their products and used them for several years. They were a little pricey for our budget, but they worked, so I found the money to pay for it.
After I had my son, I started to question the ingredients in my daily body care products. I had been using Dr. Bronner’s lavender liquid castile soap for the last few years. It seemed to work pretty well, but it made my skin very dry at times. I wanted something without harmful ingredients, but something that would clean my skin and heal it at the same time.
I’ve been trying a new regimen for the last month and I have fallen in love with it.
It’s a two step process: Bentonite clay mask and witch hazel.
A few years back, I saw that a local gal posted about what she had in her natural first aid kit. It got me thinking about how I could do more at-home remedies, so I joined several Facebook groups and did some searching on what some of those different items were. Bentonite clay was one of them. When I saw this clay mask at Natural Grocers, I thought it was worth trying out. Bentonite clay works by binding to impurities. They wash away when you rinse the mask off. It also helps close pores, makes skin soft, and improves appearance of skin.
I first was introduced to witch hazel after I had my son. Without sharing the gory details, I will just let you know that it heals wounds. Well, so does lavender. I’ve been using lavender oil for mild skin injuries for years now and it works consistently. Paired with witch hazel, I knew I couldn’t go wrong. Once I used it on my face, I noticed that it also brings white heads to the surface so you can treat acne without damaging your skin or leaving scars. It just takes a gentle nudge and the center oozes out (I hope I didn’t just ruin your meal).
The first time I used this combo, I was impressed with the results. I had a spot on my face that hadn’t healed for at least a year (probably more). It was almost completely healed after using the mask once and applying witch hazel as toner afterward. We have also learned that this combo heals other skin issues. My husband’s eczema was much improved after the use of the Bentonite clay and witch hazel. It is almost completely gone and he has not had that kind of luck after several visits to the dermatologist.
As far as moisturizers go, I just use coconut oil. A tiny bit goes a long way and I don’t even use it unless I have extremely dry skin.
What kinds of natural products do you use to clean your skin? I’d love to hear about your success in the comments!