At this point, I hope we are all on the same page- I’m a #minimalist ?
Also, I am a lady, which means I may put more effort into my skin and appearance than my male counterpart.
Don’t debate me on this.
If you are a lady I will bet 99.999999999% of the time you spend more time looking at your face than your boyfriend or husband does! ?♀
Anyway, back to minimalism– whatever that means to you, it means to you. But when I think minimalism, I think simple, pure, uncluttered, intentional, natural, EASY. So, I was inspired to share with you all the ingredients I use for my own skin that make a HUGE difference. There really is no need to make 100 trips to your local drugstore or special order some magic elixir cream that will “keep you young.”
The stuff you need is in your kitchen!
…and maybe 1 or 2 things from your health food store, but that’s it.
Seriously, that’s it.
Keep reading if you want to save BIG BUCKS on your skincare, but look like you regularly do botox! ?♀
Apple Cider Vinegar ?
If you have heard bloggers, beauty gurus, and wellness freaks rave about apple cider vinegar there is definitely a reason why! This beautiful bottle you see here has SO MANY different uses that it really saves a pretty penny if you know how to apply this stuff to your everyday life.
Aside from being an excellent household cleaner, weight loss aide, and deodorant, apple cider vinegar acts as a powerful astringent. Alpha hydroxy acid helps to exfoliate the skin and helps in smoothing and improving skin texture, and also helps to absorb excess oils of the skin. In addition, ACV can help balance your skin’s pH levels. By reducing pH levels of the skin it can help dry up acne spots and remove dead skin cells.
Next time you go to the store, pick up a bottle of this stuff instead of some expensive toner. The bonus to getting ACV is that it runs for about $4-$5 bucks in some places and the bottles can be as big as 16-32oz! ?
Coffee Grounds ☕
God bless you if you don’t drink excessive amounts of coffee, but I do. Therefore, coffee is a staple in my household. Aside from getting my behind into gear in the morning, coffee helps perk up my skin too. Ever since I tried a great product from Lush called Cup O’ Coffee, I have been using coffee grounds as an exfoliant on my face and body. Aside from the rough texture of the grounds scrubbing the dead skin away, the caffeine actually seeps into your pores and makes your skin brighter and fills you up with energy, much like a cup of coffee! To make your own mixture at home you can go super simple and just scrub with fresh coffee grounds mixed water, or you can do a mask with coconut oil and coffee grounds. If you haven’t tried this, you simply must!
Coconut Oil ?
Coconut oil is seriously my go-to for pretty much everything. I haven’t bought lotion in the longest time because I simply don’t see the point. Much like all of the ingredients I have on this list, coconut oil is SUPER multi-purpose. I use it to cook, make bulletproof coffee, and most importantly, keep my skin hydrated. Coconut oil has helped me get rid of stretch marks and even my skin tone all over my body. The oil really nourishes my skin so that I only need this one product to get all the food my skin craves. Coconut oil is also a great make-up remover! And it’s tasty! Love, Love LOVE! ?
French Green Clay ??
This one you will probably have to go to the health food store to get but it is WAY CHEAPER to get a few ounces of green clay powder to mix yourself than buying it pre-made. Like crazy-cheap. Green clay is something I use as a base for most of the masks I do because it adds that mud-like texture that I want from a good face mask and it is adaptable to several different ingredients. Think of making a face mask like making a sandwich, in that metaphor green clay would be the bread. It does its part but doesn’t steal the show. It can be lovely by itself or enhance any meal. (By the way, since I am keto right now I think I subconsciously want to talk about carbs since I don’t eat them!)
The skin benefits of green clay are…
1. Removes Impurities from Pores
2. Detoxifies Skin
3. Calms Irritated Skin
4. Oil Control Action
5. Reduces Large Pores
6. Natural Face Cleanser
7. Deeply Nourishes Skin Cells
8. Tones & Firms Skin
9. Clears Blemishes
There is so much more, but I need to move on!
Activated Charcoal ?
Ok, you might have to go to the health food store for this one too, but don’t you trust me by now? It’s worth the trip!
Again, this big black beast is not as scary as it looks! It helps with much of what the other ingredients I mentioned help with; clears pores, detoxifies skin, fights acne and heals cuts/bites. I absolutely love activated charcoal because, much like coconut oil and ACV, you can get a big amount of product for a very reasonable price. Another crazy unexpected use for activated charcoal is to brush your teeth with it! I know it seems crazy, but it’s effective!
More benefits here.
I. LOVE. TURMERIC. It is so good for you and has such a pretty color. You have to be careful though when using because it can stain. Tumeric gives your face an instant glow after using it as a mask, which I am addicted to. Also, turmeric can help get rid of blackheads and even has been said to help eczema!
Please check this out to see if using this Indian spice would be helpful or harmful for you because everyone is different. But I’m a fan!
Baking Soda ?
This was a Godsend for me because I had discoloration on my skin in certain areas that made me very insecure. I have make-up but I just don’t really turn to it and I am a strong believer in solving the problem instead of covering it up. Baking soda is amazing at drying out the skin and lightening your skin tone. No, I don’t mean bleaching your face so you are a different color, I mean lightening dark areas to match the rest of your skin.
Be careful when using this though because it REALLY dries out your skin so maybe once a week tops. After I make my baking soda & water paste I usually put coconut oil on my skin to re-hydrate and it works like a charm every time!
Good old fashioned lemons people! As far as tightening my pores go, this is it! I’m telling you, all you need to do is exfoliate your skin and after, cut a lemon in half and rub it all over your face. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. It feels like you just had a facelift! But it will sting… I have to warn you. I’m one of those weirdos that like a little pain when it comes to my beauty because to me, that’s how I know it’s working! A HIGHLY effective ingredient so be sure to get a few extra lemons next time you head out to the farmer’s market!
So that’s that my friends! You need not break the bank for beauty despite what all these big companies and influencers may tell you. Invest in a few key components when you go shopping next time and stick to your skincare routine. It’s practical and good for the environment because these products are not using harsh chemicals or are tested on precious animals, plus it makes you LITERALLY glow!
Trust me, you will never go back.