I went to my first Mary Kay party the other day. My sister and I partnered with a woman named Karen as fellow direct salesmen and did a combo make-up & chocolate party. So, before we dished out brownies to the hungry masses we got to try out putting on our Mary Kay faces. I never thought I’d ever be involved in anything Mary Kay. I was under the impression that anyone associated was well-off and pretentious, but I’m happy this time to report that at least in Karen’s case this is not so. She’s actually a really fantastic lady who’s in the business to because she (paraphrasing) enjoys the feeling she gets from making people feel beautiful and self-confident.
Unfortunately, I didn’t walk away with any products that night but I did walk away with the knowledge that my skin care routine needs work. When I created this resolution I was thinking face mask? Sugar scrub? But what I was in real dire need of was a face cleanser. Don’t gawk at me, but… (confession time) I never remove my make-up. Not officially at least, it just happens to come off in the shower.
Well, unbeknownst to me, I’m basically damning myself to early aging and blemished skin. So for this resolution I decided to take a page out of the Mary Kay book and create an ‘exfoliating cleanser.’
I did a bit of searching and found this great blog, “It’s Not Easy to Be Green” that had this recipe for a homemade facial cleanser.
It’s a pretty easy concoction to make. In the article it called for:
- Baking Soda
- Jojoba Oil
- Essential oil of your choice and
- Honey (optional)
I went ahead and got the honey; local honey from the bulk section so I apologize for the ugly bottle. I’ve heard it actually has really impressive qualities when used topically. And then chose lavender oil since not only does it smell good but it’s also good for boosting psychic abilities. Two-fer.
If you want to find out more about essential oils and the properties and uses of each one, you can check out this list that has a ton of information to help find an oil you could benefit from. I also won’t blame you if you go by what smells good. 🙂
So, to keep portions small and prevent caking, the article suggested putting the baking soda in a spice jar with a shaker lid (with the holes in it). It’s a lot easier to store that way since you can’t seal those damn boxes. Then, fill a dropper bottle with jojoba oil and a few drops of essential oil. I just used three and it was plenty fragrant.
When you’re ready to use it, dampen your face with warm water. Shake the baking soda once into your hand, add 3-5 drops of the oil mixture, then a dollop of honey. Mix gently with your fingers and apply to your face.
I instantly loved this cleanser. The baking soda is fine but still gritty so you can feel it exfoliating as your rub it in. The honey doesn’t end up being sticky when mixed with the water already on your face. Then, when I rinsed it off my skin was so smooth! Not dry or tight like with other cleansers I’ve tried. I suspect it has something to do with the oil. It’s in a small enough quantity to moisturize without leaving your face oily.
The oils are a bit of an investment at first, but a little goes a LONG way. I guarantee you’ll save loads using this stuff instead of that expensive chemical stuff at the drug store.
Thanks again to It’s Not Easy to Be Green for the idea. If you’re at all interested in other ways of living green, this blog is a great resource. I plan to poke around more later. 🙂 Maybe there are some other habits I should look at changing.