If I had to say that I had one vice (other than wine, and chocolate, and plants, and wanting to bring home every visible stray cat..), it would have to be skincare. I am a hoardy, splurgy, product obsessive skank.. which is amusing because I also find it hard to stick to a routine. These are things I long to change as they bring me much stress.. both in self care and in cost of living. I am working towards better.
Recently(ish), I started slowly switching over to cleaner ingredients in the products I use most often and simplifying my routine to a manageable level. Your skin is your biggest organ yadda yadda, and since I am trying to do better with what I put in my body.. I figured it couldn’t hurt to devote some time to what I put on my body. It’s a controversial subject, and there are varying degrees of what is considered clean but I think such things do have an impact on health and choose to err on the side of smart choices as best I can.. so I’ve been slowly switching over.
As a bonus, because skincare often gets pushed to the side as well, my usual everyday routine consists of two products (of which you can get at all price points, I just wanted to treat myself in hopes the siren song of the pretty vanity would lure me into regular use).. coconut oil and my PAI cloth. Okay three – I do have some Thayers rose petal toner for the really lazy/flare times.. where I just swipe and go.
Most days, I honestly can get away with just coconut oil. I massage a tiny bit in my skin in the morning and evening and take off with a warm washcloth.. usually this is enough for my skin to stay soft. I use a bit more in evening to take off makeup on the rare occasion I wear it these days and any excess of grunge.
On my dry days, I do supplement with Acure’s rosehip oil that I sometimes put on my body during an eczema flare. I always have it on hand because I get terrible eczema on my feet of all things. I am also currently trying out the Detox Box in hopes to find some other workable things (skin care hoarder – some things never change), but generally I stick to those three things most days.
I also make my own oil when I am feeling frisky (recipe below, play with it- it’s all about what works for you personally). It’s quick, and even on my most tired days I enjoy the few seconds it takes to feel a bit pampered.. amazing how relaxing a warm washcloth and coconut oil can be.
Patchouli Argan Facial Oil:
fill a 2 oz bottle 2/3 of the way with argan or jojoba oil (or a mix/one tailored to your skin needs. Add three to five drops of carrot seed oil (opt). Put in 1-2 small drops of Patchouli essential oil (you can also use lavender, sometimes I mix.. or none at all, or you can use what makes your skin happy so long as you research and pick a skin friendly one). Top off with rosehip seed oil and shake before use.