Once you have a baby, your beauty routine pretty much flies out the window. Who has time for all of the exfoliating, toning, washing, applying of makeup, plucking, moisturizing, etc. that women are "supposed" to do? As a mom of two busy (busy, busy) children, I have had to tailor my morning and evening routines immensely. In doing my research and trying to use more natural products, I have actually found a wonderful, easy, routine that creates glowing, healthy skin in all weather conditions.
You want to know the secret don't you?
Yes, this wonderful oil has been used to centuries (even millennia) for skin care. At first I was wary of using an oil on my skin, wouldn't that make it an oily mess?
To the contrary, I found that it has made my skin remarkably soft, smooth, and acne free. I have better skin now than I ever did in high school or college. SO if you want to try out a simple all-natural (only one ingredient) wash and moisturizer, read on!
FACIAL WASH: Combine one tsp of coconut oil with a small pinch of baking soda. Rub this gently all over your DRY face. Make sure to rub over your closed eyes, as this is a wonderful makeup remover! After a minute or two of massaging, rinse with water that is as hot as you can stand. Rinse you face about three or four times, then gently pat dry (do not rub). You skin will appear and feel slightly oily for a few minutes as your skin absorbs the coconut oil. No worries, once it is absorbed you will maintain a beautiful sheen and your skin will look and feel very healthy! I do this wash both in the morning and afternoon. If the baking soda feels like too much, just save it for once a day washing and use just plain coconut oil. If you are allergic to coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil can be substituted!
MOISTURIZER: I do wash my face once every few days with Dr. Bronner's Castille Peppermint Soap. Afterwards, I use coconut oil as a moisturizer. This can also be a great moisturizer for your skin all over your body. It can be used as a carrier oil for any essential oils that you would like to use as well!
MAKEUP REMOVER: Use coconut oil to gently remove makeup. Use the same instructions as with the facial wash, but omit the baking soda.
I hope this helps you to green your routine and make it super simple. By nourishing your skin with a simple but effective beauty routine, you will set yourself up for a lifetime of beautiful skin!
Hi, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Rose and I am a yoga teacher, postpartum doula and mother of three residing just north of Chicago. Be sure to check out my site and email me with any questions or insights. I would love to hear from you!