If you can EAT it you can WEAR it!
I would never have imagined that at 36 years of age women of different ages and ethnicities would stop me to ask what I use on my skin. But over the last few years it happens more and more – heck, once while standing next to the Proactiv acne booth! You see, most of my life I didn’t have the skin I have today. I mean I’m getting older, which typically equals wrinkled skin, right? Well, I thought so… until recently.
About 15 months ago I changed my eating habits not intending to improve my complexion just my general health. Turns out diet improvements worked out many of my bad skin issues that had plagued me most of my life. My skin problems mirror those of most people who eat a typical American diet. I wouldn’t say I had bad acne, but when is acne really good? The embarrassing issue with my skin was the constant redness, aka rosacea. On top of that my skin is very fair and sensitive. Mix that with years of high salt, fat and sugar intake and you end up in a dermatologist office being prescribed drugs riddled with side effects to “take care of the problem.” Well I’m tired of bandages that deal only with the symptoms of bad skin. I’m ready for a safer, healthier, less expensive option that makes more sense. Aren’t you?
So yes, eating habits will be reflected through the skin. I haven’t had a pimple in over a year now and the rosacea is completely gone. I do, however, still like to do extra treatments on myself because I love how my skin feels after a facial, I believe in pampering myself (how you define that is your prerogative), and lastly even if we eat healthy our skin is exposed to environmental factors every day and can benefit from a little pampering.
I devised my own skin regiment and am excited to share it with you now. I only use simple, yet powerful, products found in most kitchens that are healthier and cheaper than store bought products – and who knows where they come from! I encourage you to use my formula, but if you’d rather use store bought products to cleanse, moisturize and treat your skin use this website to research the products and their ingredients so you have the nitty gritty on what you’re using.
My Homemade Facial
You will need:
- 1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 part olive oil (find organic, unrefined olive oil here)
- 1 part honey (find raw, unfiltered honey here)
I rub it all over my face, unless I want to do a full body rub which usually consists of rubbing over my face, throat, shoulders, arms, hands, elbows, legs, knees and tops of my feet. I let it sit for 10 minutes. I know it can be difficult to stand this long in the bathroom so I have magazines and my cell phone to keep me busy. After 10 minutes I step into the shower and rinse it all off. It usually takes a little scrubbing with a washcloth to remove everything but once gone your skin will feel amazing. I like to imagine it’s similar to how a snake feels after shedding his skin.
Just three applications per week will totally transform your skin’s appearance and elasticity. Some of my prior wrinkles have disappeared and we all know losing wrinkles rather than gaining them helps defy signs of aging we thought we had no control over.
Why it works
The lemons are high in Vitamin C – the most widely used ingredient in skin care products – which is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that helps reduce skin damage caused by free radicals. Lemon also works as a toner which is great for oily skin, reduces blackheads, and promotes skin elasticity.
Honey, another widely used ingredient in skin care is another antioxidant and also an anti-irritant. If you are prone to oily skin honey will attract and retain moisture without oiliness. If your skin is dry it will hydrate and promote elasticity for a smoother softer skin. Honey’s antibacterial nature cleanses the skins surface and tightens the outer skin. It is said Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey to keep her skin looking younger. Honey jars have been found in Egyptian tombs and are said to still taste great.
Olive oil isn’t just great for the kitchen, it has been used for skin care since biblical times. It’s high in antioxidants, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene. It contains at least 9 different categories of polyphenols – which have anti-inflammatory properties. Your body’s cells incorporate the fatty acids from the oil making the skin more lustrous. I use it so much in cooking and topically on my skin that I laugh and say to people, I think olive oil flows through my body in place of blood these days.
When asked by other women what I do to make my skin glow I often tell them… I live a very healthy lifestyle. When they want more details I usually indulge them with the same story I’ve just shared with you. Many women even get out pen and paper to record my advice in the grocery aisle. Of course I’m extremely flattered by their interest and it reassures me that what I’m doing is working.
Never forget that nature provides us with everything we need in its most pure form and that’s how it was intended for use. It seems very simple and basic but it works and is a fraction of the cost of “professional” products… and who doesn’t want to save money these days, right?