Guess what I’m using? I’ll give you a hint: it’s the same thing I use to brush my teeth with.
Just like I did with shampoos and conditioners, I used to love to buy the newest facial cleansers and moisturizers. Olay, Neutrogena, The Body Shop… I actually used to sell Body Shop stuff when they had that program. I hated it. Doing the home parties, I mean. But, man, did I love getting those orders!
I’d get a big box on my front doorstep, open it up, and it was like Christmas. I never made any money because everything I made, I spent on products. Hey, I got an awesome discount, plus, I got free stuff all the time.
Yeah, I thought I’d try being a people person for awhile. Didn’t work out. I’ve tried it a few times, and it never works out. Body Shop consultant, neighborhood BlockWatch leader, Brownie Scout host… Once in awhile I get this bug up my ass and get these crazy thoughts that I can be sociable. Then I snap back into reality, shake those ridiculous thoughts from my head, and cozy up into my hermit blanket again.
I even tried to go to nursing school once. I lasted about a month. I did back-flips over my classmates’ math scores, but I consistently failed my bedside manner tests while everyone was acing theirs. So I quit and enrolled back into my lab hermit lifestyle: organic chemistry.
Sorry. Going way off on a tangent.
Anyway, I’m no stranger to facial products. The last product I used was Burt’s Bees. But on my quest for a simpler lifestyle, I thought, “What the hell. I’ll try water.”
Here’s my facial cleansing and moisturizing regimen:
In the shower, after I’ve been in the steam awhile, I take a washcloth and soak it in the hot water.
I gently massage my face in a circular motion with the hot washcloth.
Then I “rinse” my face in the shower spray.
After I get out of the shower, I massage a mixture of coconut oil and tea tree essential oil into my face to moisturize. I just took a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil, put it in a container, and then added about 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to it.
And I’m done!
It’s working so far. I still get a small zit once in awhile, but I was getting more than that when using store-bought stuff. And I’m washing my face only every other day to every two days.
By no means, do I have perfect skin. I used to get break-outs. I even tried that oil cleansing method. That may work for some people, but I started getting deep zits on my cheeks – of all places!
So we’ll see how this works long term. It’s only been a couple of months. I’m thinking about adding honey to my routine as I’ve been reading about people using it and some getting awesome results. Here’s a little info from one site: CrunchyBetty.com.
But cheap-ass me is thinking, “Water is free. It’s working. Wait until your face retaliates, then try it.” I may try it as a spot treatment.
I’ll keep you posted!
Note: No, I don’t wear make-up. BUT I have read that using oil, such as coconut oil, is a great make-up remover.