I have battled with acne since I was a teenager. I kept hoping I would grow out of out, but it’s still a struggle for me from time to time. Over the years I have tried various skin care brands, many of which are geared towards problem skin. Some didn’t work at all for me, while other brands worked for a time. I often thought I had finally found a brand that worked and would buy more when I ran out, only to find out that it no longer worked for my skin. So I kept searching for what worked best for me and my skin.
A few years ago, lots of people seemed to get into the “crunchy” kick. They were going all natural and had all kinds of homemade remedies, tips, and tricks. I started exploring the more natural route of skin care. I came across recommendations and rave reviews of using coconut oil, so I decided to give it a try.
Coconut oil seemed to work well for so many people, but it was an absolute disaster for my skin! It exacerbated the problem instead of resolving it. The search continued.
I finally landed on the skin care regimen that works best for me. It’s nothing fancy. It’s very inexpensive. Yet my skin has responded best.
So what’s my not-so-fancy skin care regimen?
- Wash my face with pure glycerine soap or Dove’s unscented, sensitive skin soap.
- Use apple cider vinegar as a toner. [I dilute the apple cider vinegar by mixing one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water.]
- Put some grapeseed oil on a cotton ball, and use it as both an eye makeup remover and moisturizer.
I find that the grapeseed oil works much better on my skin than coconut oil. It gets my eye makeup off well and keeps my skin moisturized. I follow the three simple steps above every night. In the mornings, I sweep some grapeseed oil across my eyelids and rinse my face.
Bonus step: Mix about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water, and drink. When I do this consistently(a glass a day), my skin responds well. The apple cider vinegar helps clear up things internally.
I buy the apple cider vinegar and grapeseed oil from my local health food store. I’ll either pick up some pure glycerine soap there or buy Dove soap when I’m doing my grocery shopping.
What are your favorite skin care tips?