That time of the month? Have oily skin? Just found out your moisturizer is full of parabens? Looking for a fun weeknight project? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you NEED to read this piece by Bustle contributor Kristin Collins Jackson. Enjoy!!
Each month I'm blind-sided when my hormones go completely bat shit.Mild inconveniences, like "Sorry, we're experiencing train congestion ahead" coming from the train dispatcher, will send me into an internal rage. The sight of a puppy waiting patiently for his owner outside the grocery will have me shamefully swallowing my sobs. A lame attempt to hold onto my last shred of dignity is all that keeps me from sitting next to the dog and whining in unison until his owner returns.Only until the first cluster of hormonal acne appears, does it dawn on me: I'm not losing my mind at all, I'm just getting my period.
My monthly visitor has kept me from openly discussing my moisturizer of choice. My skin is already genetically prone to an overproduction of oil. Stress and hormones can easily leave me in the throes of an acne outbreak if I don't keep up with my daily skin regimen. It has taken me years to get my DIY moisturizer down without further irritating those hormonal outbreaks.
Before my natural routine, I was told by dermatologists, Neutrogena advertisements, and numerous sites that people with oily skin should stick with an oil-free moisturizer. This proved to be total #beautybullshit when it came to my skin. After all, oil dissolves oil and most carrier oils have the ability to restore and control your oil production to a normal level. A popular site for those of us plagued with acne states that home remedies are not only disappointing, but ineffective and the best option is to research a proven acne medication. No shit. Man-made chemicals are designed to be better than natural alternatives; the research spent to develop spot treatments, cleansers, and moisturizers is EXPENSIVE (it's no wonder that the Economist states that Americans spend more money on beauty products than education). While the research takes into consideration how many levels of each toxin is safe for usage in one particular product, it certainly doesn't take into account all the other products you are using at the same time that have the same toxins in them. A perfect example of this is sunscreen, when you combine it with an over the counter bug spray you are now dipped in toxins. In my opinion? That shit ain't sexy OR safe.
Nature does not have the money to spend on research to educate consumers on its products. Large beauty companies can't patent a natural ingredient, such as lavender, because they clearly didn't discover it. Therefore, us natural babes are experiencing a lack of research on natural home remedies that aren't 'scientifically proven'. Oh well, I guess it's up to us to get scientific and do the research!
It can be time-consuming to turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab and begin the daunting task of experimenting with oils to determine how they mix together and what other natural ingredients are needed to mirror the results of a chemically based moisturizer. Fortunately, the masses are hungry for homemade recipes and information on how they too can ditch harmful chemicals in their beauty routine.
That being said, let's get this DIY Moisturizer poppin'!
DIY Face Moisturizer
This moisturizer is based on my own facial needs. Got Oily Skin? Do your hormones hate you? Does your skin dry out quickly? If you answered yes to any of the following questions: This is going to keep your skin game while restoring a youthful glow. Let's be real, those oil-free moisturizers are certainly not allowing your skin to produce oil naturally, and dryness is skin's favorite excuse to dole out signs of premature aging.
2 Parts Coconut Oil
My base oil for my moisturizer is extra virgin coconut oil;it's definitely one of the heavier oils. I prefer to use the same carrier oil for my hair and skin and it's one of the only carrier oils my hair and skin and agree on. My cleanser and toner tend to be drying, which is great because they are keeping my hormonal acne at bay; that's why I stand by coconut oil for oily skin. It's going to restore the moisture that even natural cleansers for oily skin can strip.
1 Part Apricot Seed Oil
Apricot seed oil is seriously nourishing and can provide balance to hormone reactive skin. Obviously, I'm not leaving this carrier oil out of my moisturizer. It's rich in vitamins A, C and E, which is key to restoring damaged skin and reverse signs of premature aging. Those anti-inflammatory properties that apricot seed oil naturally contains that are high enough for us acne-prone folk to use daily.
2 Drops of Lemongrass
Lemongrass has joined my list of essential oils I'll never do without; it's a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties are going to help your pores stayclean. Since lemongrass is a natural astringent it can decrease the likelihood of future breakouts. BONUS: Lemongrass has natural skin lightening properties that can heal acne scars and sun damage.
1-2 Drops of Rosemary Oil
I love rosemary oil for my skin, it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and moisturizing properties that are known to fight free radicals and protect your skin from natural pollutants that we encounter on a daily basis. A truly effective moisturizer that is going to protect new skin, defend existing skin, and repair dead skin; adding rosemary essential oil into your moisturizer is going to turn a 'decent' face lotion into a powerful one that keep your skin happy and irresistible.
The natural SPF of this moisturizer is about 15; if your skin is sensitive to sun, play around with your base oil and get one with a higher SPF level if you have ditched sunscreen altogether.