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There are few reasons that I chose to pursue making my own face wash. First money, it’s a bunch less expensive to make your own instead of buying. Second ingredients, I was tired of putting a ton of chemicals on my skin that may or may not have been helping it. Third acne, I have had acne since I was in 5th grade this year I am turning 40 and I feel that I finally have control of my skin.
My skin is not perfect, I am turning 40 I have wrinkles, old acne scars and age spots. Now that I am using my homemade face wash my face feels better than it has ever felt in my life, I have less break outs and the acne I do get are small and short lasting. I was on topical creams/lotions/potions from dermatologists at a young age, they all worked initially but not lasting results. They tended to help me with breakouts after they occurred. I had also gone the ProActive way. I loved how my skin looked at first, but then it got more dried out and patchy, my face especially became tight and seemed to wrinkle faster.
I would say my skin type is generally oily with occasional dry patches occurring in winter months (except none this winter….could it be my own face wash?). I get blemishes quickly, if I forget to wash my face at night I will get a pimple or two the next morning, if I spend too much time with my hand on my face (watching TV or on the computer) I will get a blemish, if I don’t change my pillow case 1-2x a week I will get a pimple, and if I don’t change my PJ shirt every night I will get some lovely back-acne.
Remember I am not a dermatologist, this is what I use and works for me, it may not work for you.
I came up with the ingredients by searching the web for face washes and trying a few out. Pretty much figured the amounts based on the size of the bottle I was using and what I wanted for my own face. There is a reason behind each ingredient:
- Coconut oil: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant (slows down aging), anti-bacterial (acne treatment and prevention) and hydrating properties (and let’s face it coconut oil rocks!)
- Honey: antioxidant, anti-bacterial, moisturizing and clarifying (opens up pores therefore easier to unclog)
- Apple Cider Vinegar: reduces age spots because it contains alpha hydroxyl acids, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, removes oil, balances pH, fights wrinkles and removes toxins
- Tea Tree oil: anti-viral and anti-fungal
- Lavender: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant
- Probiotics: anti-aging and acne treatment
At first I wanted to put the face wash in a nice glass pump for my own use, something a little pretty. Then Mr. P reminded me that we share a bathroom with two boys under the age of 6 who are able to reach things they previously could not. I decided to up-cycle an empty Neutrogena face soap bottle and it has worked terrifically. I even dropped it a few times and it hasn’t shattered!
I hope you enjoyed our week long series on DIY skin care!