Kathryn Yateman June 11th 2016
Acne is an issue that plagues many people. This has led to countless specialized products being developed to combat the acne dilemma, many of which are more harmful than helpful. Since everyone’s skin reacts differently to so many different things, finding just the right product that is both healthy and helpful can get pricey and frustrating very quickly.
Instead of wasting time and money searching for a product to purchase without harsh chemicals that works for you skin, make your own DIY facial using safe ingredients. Making your own specialized products with high quality ingredients is easier, safer for your health, far more cost effective and can work just as well, if not better, than the products on drugstore shelves.
Problems with Popular Acne Products
Most acne-fighting products on the market today use far too many questionable ingredients that are better off being avoided. Skin is your largest organ; what you put on it gets absorbed into the rest of your body. If you don’t want to be eating a particular ingredient, you probably shouldn’t let your largest organ (skin!) ingest it either.
Two main ingredients used in popular skin care products to fight acne are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid is a product derived from willow bark, whereas benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound in the peroxide family, And sometimes plan rubbing Alcohol which all are extremely drying and very irrigating. Acne products even have to put on the label warning about the dryness from using these products to long!!! What???
Your skin produces a lot of its own moisturizer in the form of natural oils, and the amount of oil produced varies greatly depending on many different factors such as weather, internal and external health, and what you’re putting on your skin. Normal production of these natural oils is absolutely essential to keeping your skin healthy skin .If not enough oils are being produced, your skin will become dehydrated and need extra amounts of additional moisturizer. If too much oil is being produced, there is the issue of clogged pores which will lead to more blemishes. If you are already fighting acne to begin with, stripping out all of your skin’s natural healing oils with alcohol and sending your skin into oil overproduction mode to compensate is not going to be a very good thing. So you may actually be creating what your fighting!In addition, most skincare products (not just those targeting acne) have a serious amount of alcohol, another very skin-drying agent. On top of that, there is the issue of parabens, a preservative found in way too many cosmetics that has shown links to breast cancer in women. Not fun. Just stay away from that stuff.
****http://www.ijpsi.org/VOl%282%291/Version_1/H212734.pdf Please go to this link in Google Scholar to learn more about the benefits of Cinnamon and Acne!******
DIY Cinnamon and Honey Coconut Facial
with essential oils!!
A very effective yet calming and safe treatment you can do for acne at home is a two-step process using only three ingredients: raw honey, cinnamon, and coconut oil. This is your base. I have also included a couple of great skin loving essential oils added into this great acne treatment facial. At the very bottom of the article I will list the oils and usage for skin issues! All these ingredients are safe, moisturizing, antibacterial and great for healing problem skin. The cinnamon to honey ratio can be adjusted to what your skin can handle. The more cinnamon you add, the stronger the treatment. Be careful if you have very sensitive skin, and go easy on the cinnamon! Don’t think more is better! You can always add more the next time! But One mask isn’t a miracle treatment and you never have issues again (That”s how companies get your money)
Directions for Facial:
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons raw honey
Coconut oil, as needed mixed with 2 drops of Young Living essential oils
Mix cinnamon and raw honey together and apply to freshly washed, clean skin. Leave on for 10 – 60 minutes. Wash the mask off in warm water using gentle circular motions to exfoliate.
Pat skin mostly dry and taking a small amount of coconut oil mixed with about 2 drops your essential oils pat onto damp skin. Use just enough to lightly moisturize. Note! When I am referring to essential oils I am only recommending Young Living. Superior grade, 100% pure therapeutic grade, and properly distilled! Never trust a lower quality essential oil because it may contain ingredients that can actually have a adverse effect!
honey and cinnamon mix is an exfoliating mask, so it is best to only use it one to three times a week at most to avoid over exfoliation. Be careful using this mask if you have open sores and raw spots on your skin. Either cut way back on the cinnamon amount or wait until the problem areas begin the natural healing process before giving this a try.
Don’t bother wasting time and money on an endless product search before trying your hand at making some of your own healthy skin treatments. Skipping out on the harsh ingredients and sticking to ingredients you know are safe to eat will be safer for your health, and easier on the budget!
Young Living essential oils to try
- Tea Tree Melaleuca Alternifolia Im sure we all know about this one
- Manuka Leptospermum scoparium Similar to tea tree oil but warmer,richer, and milder. Manuka oil has long been used in the treatment of skin, foot, and hair problems. Some research suggests that Manuka may be more potent in fighting bacteria. Medical properties include anti-acne,antifungal, and beneficial for people who suffer from stress and anxiety. (Doesn’t stress help aggravate acne? Its skin healing properties are said to be reported “exceptional”
- Lavender Lavandula angustifolia The French scientist Rene’ Gattefosse’ was the first to discover lavender’s ability to promote tissue regeneration and speed wound healing. Medical properties include antiseptic,antifungal, and combats excess sebum on skin (Hum! without stripping)
- Geranium Pelargonium graveolens This is one amazing essential oil!!! Antioxidant,antibacterial,helps cleanse oilyskin: revitalizes skin cells! This particular oil is found in many of Young Livings skin care products! Including our ART creme Masque, ART Renewal Serum and KidScents Lotion to name a couple
Please look around my website under the top tabs to learn about essential oils and some of our products! Contact me or use my “sign up now” button if you would like to start your own wholesale account with Young Living! Trust me I think you will be happy you did! I would love to get your feedback! Again go to the contact me page! http://katscorneressentiallysimple.com