Yesterday evening, I felt called to share my three most powerful daily practices for keeping my skin clear. Over the past decade, I've tried just about everything under the sun. As a teen, I was obsessed with trying new product after new product, spending all my time, money, and energy to attack my skin. I would see a commercial that promised me clear skin overnight, go out and purchase the product, be depressed and anxious when it (inevitably) didn't work, and then repeat the cycle. I became depleted on every level.
When the idea for my Frankincense Beauty Balm first popped into my head, I was wary. Shea butter on my face? Slathering oils on my skin as a way to clear it? It all felt so backwards. Now, I realize, it was my programmed perspective that was backwards. Because, truly, this balm has done more for my skin than any other product I've ever created or tried. It's the only product I make and sell currently because it's the only one I use (alongside some personal hydrosol blends that will make it to the shop in 2017). I have seen that consistent, simple skincare is key. It makes sense to shift your skincare from season to season (or if traveling to different climates), but overall consistency is essential for the health of your skin. By keeping skincare consistent, our skin is able to become balanced and calm. When we shift products constantly or use a ton of different products on our skin at once, we don't allow our skin the opportunity to find balance - it's too busy reacting to the latest product.
My current skincare routine looks like this ::
AM: I don't feel the need to cleanse my skin upon waking, so after my morning meditation, I spritz my face 8 times with a personal hydrosol blend. Then, I extract a small amount of my Frankincense Beauty Balm, warming it between my (clean) fingertips before massaging gently and lovingly on my skin. Anytime I am touching my skin or looking in the mirror, I repeat (aloud or in my head), "I am bountiful. I am blissful. I am beautiful." I continue repeating this mantra, gazing into my own eyes, and smiling wide as I do my full skincare routine. After the balm has been somewhat massaged in, I grab my rose quartz Gua Sha and do a quick facial massage. Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese treatment that involves massaging the face/body with a special Gua Sha tool. It is said to decrease aging/sagging/fine lines/wrinkles, move stagnation, clear the lymph (remove toxins), brighten/even the complexion, and awaken the skin's healing abilities. My experience has been nothing short of amazing. I am absolutely in love with my Gua Sha (purchased via Poppy and Someday) and use it as often as I feel called, which is usually 2-4 times a day.
After massaging my skin, I might spritz it with hydrosol a couple more times (just for fun, because I love it!).
Post-Workout: If I exercise vigorously, I'll cleanse my face with the Frankincense Beauty Balm by extracting a small amount and massaging well into my skin. The oils in the balm act as a solvent for the oil/sebum on your skin, which is why they must be wiped away with a warm, damp washcloth (I prefer an organic hemp cloth for this). I follow up a cleanse with a quick spritz of hydrosol and a tiny bit of balm if my skin feels like it needs it.
PM: Before bed, I cleanse my skin with the Frankincense Beauty Balm using the above procedure. Then comes the hydrosol, spritzed 8 times (I love specificity!) and a small amount of balm to be massaged in with the Gua Sha tool. Again, I am constantly repeating my affirmations and smiling at myself. I make it a point to look into my eyes instead of at my skin. If I have a breakout, I bless it with a simple mixture of jojoba oil and frankincense essential oil.
As a side note - I sleep with my hair in a braid nightly and keep my pillowcase as clean as possible.
Once or twice a week, I love to get creative in the kitchen with a face mask. The lactic acid in yogurt and the alpha-hydroxy acid in certain fruits (papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple are most notable) act as a chemical exfoliant, which I personally prefer to using exfoliants like facial scrubs that can cause tiny tears on the skin. Plus, I always end up snacking on whatever I put on my face, which is fun and nourishing in it's own way!
The most important thing to remember is that what you put on your face has much less to do with the state of your skin than what you put in your body and what you feel in your heart. This is why simplicity and consistency works - it allows you to, in a sense, get out of your own way and let your skin do it's thing. As with the whole body, our skin knows how to heal and balance itself - we are simply standing in its way with our consumption of toxic skincare, toxic emotions, and toxic food products. With consistency, simplicity, and genuine love for yourself, you can heal your skin and experience your radiance from the inside out.