Saturday, January 29, 2011

Simple Calming Skin Cleanser Recipe for Sensitive Skin

I have had some serious skin issues this winter. From severe breakouts (due to product irritation) to wind burn (Thanks Chicago hawk), my skin has suffered. I went to Whole Foods in search of something gentle, because my face literally felt like it was on fire. My skin was rare and dry. I searched in the baby asile for a gentle cleanser with absolutely no luck. The ingredients in the baby products were just as harsh and  unpronounceable, so I passed,  in fear of having another let down.  I grabbed a bottle of Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Magic Soap and headed towards the skin treatment section in hopes I'd find a magic cream. Still, no such luck.  So I asked a saleswoman. She was great, she suggested I make my own cleanser. I've made things in the past, but never a facial cleanser. So here is the what I suggest for anyone experiencing upset skin. I used aloe because it is naturally calming for scars and burns.

1 teaspoon of Dr. Bonner"s Baby Mild Magic Soap
Our unscented baby contains no fragrance so is great for people who have allergies or sensitive skin. Of course it is great for babies as well. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

2 drops of Skin Gel Ultimate Skin Treatment

The Skin Gel is made from fresh Certified Organic Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice. Thickened naturally with seaweed. The formula contains 1% skin nutrients of Vitamin E, A and C combined with herbal extracts of Azulene from Chamomile and Allantoin from Comfrey. The therapeutic value of Skin Gel is unmatched by any other topical Aloe Vera today. The golden yellow color shows the presence of the therapeutic yellow sap used traditionally for healing. Safe for putting on any scrape, wound, bite , burn, acne, stretch marks, scars, damaged hair & scalp, thinning hair, post surgical reconstruction, athletes foot, psoriasis, eczema, itching skin, sunburned and damaged skin, after shave, brushing teeth for gum support, vaginal irritation and baby rash. The Skin Gel is a natural astringent perfect to apply to clean washed skin to tighten and regenerate the cells.

3 drops of Jojoba oil

I wash twice a day with the Aloe and magic soap mixed in the palm of my hand. I wash and rinse my face. I moisturize with a drop of aloe (a little goes a long way) and seal in the moisture with the jojoba oil. I felt immediate relief and saw improvement. My skin no longer burned and the black marks from the wind burn began to leave. I will swear by this easy gentle cleanser until further notice. No, my skin is not flaky from the gel, nor oily from the jojoba oil. In fact my skin is extra soft and my dry/oily combination skin is balanced. Jojoba oil is the best oil you could ever place on your skin because it is the closest oil to your natural skin's oil therefore you are not left looking like an oily mess.

I will be trying a homemade honey mask to clear up the dark marks left from the breakout, that I will share the recipe at a later date along with before and after pictures. I must say I will no longer be trying foundation pressed powders on my face. I believe I am allergic to talc. I can not deal with another breakout like this again.

I hope this helps someone. Try this and let me know what you think.

Later Brownies...

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