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Monday, February 20, 2012

My Natural Beauty Routine

(a special thanks to my model – my daughter Pi)
I have always been interested in a natural beauty routine as long as I can remember. When I was a teen my beauty routine consisted of using Neutrogena soap with witch hazel as an astringent, later after I discovered the wonders of aloe Vera while on Spring Break in the Bahamas. I kept up with this very simple beauty routine for many years.
I was always looking for a way to simplify and reduce the toxins n my home and body.
In the last couple of years I have refined my beauty routine. I no longer use shampoo of any kind. I no longer use soap on my face. (I do use a homemade, by someone else soap on the smelly parts of my body). So what do I do?
  1. When my face needs it I wash it with honey. As someone with dry skin this has been a great find for me, but it also works for my teen daughter who tends to have that oily t-zone.
  2. At church the other day I mentioned that I do NOT use shampoo I got some interested looks and some questions. I have been using the No-Poo Method.  While it may take a little effort to wash my hair I don’t wash my hair as often. Now is I work out and get a little sweaty I simply rinse my hair and spray it with a little Apple Cider Vinegar. On days I think I can stretch my hair another day I will simply brush a little cocoa into it. Don’t laugh it smells great and gives a nice red tint to my premature grey streaks.
  3. When my hands need a little TLC I use some Coconut Oil. I just dip my hands in the jar get a little bit and massage it in. My gardener’s hands are very happy.
Do You have any Natural Beauty Secrets?


Sarah Harkins said...

Great tips! I've never heard of honey on the face, but I have heard of coconut oil.

I've been wanting to cut down on shampoo, so I will check out your link to that method.

Lisa - the Granola Catholic said...

Sarah, I have been shampoo free since June of 2011 I am absolutely loving it, be aware however that there will be an adjustment period, just like any time you switch to a more natural method. let me know how it works for you.

Dreena M. Tischler said...

I love the baking soda/ac vinegar method. I tried it on a whim and it is wonderful. The other day my friend said, "What have you done? Your hair is looking so wonderful now!

I have an allergic condition on my scalp and face and it has helped more than anything. Now . . . if I can just figure out the CAUSE of the condition. I suspect "wheat" so I am sacrificing it for Lent along with some other, less self-interested things!

I am also using OCM (oil cleansing method) on my face and love it. I use olive oil and massage it in, then hold a very warm washcloth on my face till it cools then wipe it off. It is working great.

Lisa - the Granola Catholic said...

Dreena - good luck with the giving up wheat, I have already done that. The best advice is that cut the wheat cold turkey, you will have headaches and other withdrawals but they don't last long.

Elisa said...

I found you on the Catholic Bloggers Network last week and I'm so glad! I'm looking forward to reading many of your previous posts. I'm hoping to find a natural moisturizer for my face. I don't need one every day, but do on occasion. Does the honey or coconut oil work for that?

Lisa - the Granola Catholic said...

Elisa, for a natural moisturizer honey I would use coconut oil after washing the face with honey. The honey will help your skin retain the moisture. I must be honest, I don't "wash" my face everyday, just like I don't wash my hair everyday.

Elisa said...

Thanks, Lisa. I will get some coconut oil and try it. I also plan to try washing my hair with baking soda, but probably not until the summer. I have never washed my face or hair every day, and rarely use anything but water to wash my face.

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