Friday, April 6, 2012

crush of the week // natural skincare.

i've been using apple cider vinegar as a facial toner and drinking it as a "tea" (see recipes below) for over a year now, and am such a firm believer in the stuff. it is probably one of the most awful smelling and tasting things ever, but when a girl wants clear skin...a girl wants clear skin! (am i right??) i've found that it works really well on my skin, so you can imagine my delight and excitement when my sister-in-law's sister-in-law (ha) told me this past weekend about another "natural skincare" secret that she uses...baking soda! (used as a gentle exfoliator to improve the texture of your facial skin!)

i've only been using the "baking soda exfoliator" since sunday, but am already converted. i use it at night after i remove my makeup, and i loooove it. i've actually been thinking of doing a post about my love for apple cider vinegar tea & toner for a while now, and this baking soda discovery just put me over the edge with excitement for natural skincare. (thanks shauna!) definitely my crush of the week. if you know of any other "natural skincare" secrets i would love to hear about them!

p.s. i am not an expert on anything skin-related, and my skin isn't even anything that amazing, but these are just some things i've found that have really worked for me....

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER
mix 3 parts water to 1-2 parts (depending on the sensitivity of your skin) apple cider vinegar. mix well in a spray bottle, spray on a cotton ball or cotton round and apply to face.
*the smell goes away once it evaporates off your skin (takes a few minutes).

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TEA
stir 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar into 8oz/mug-full of hot water. (drink morning & night, if you can...)
*warning: this tea tastes sooo bad! i don't drink it every day, but on the days that i do drink it i wake up the next morning with glowing skin. my skin looks it's very best on the mornings after i drink the tea.

BAKING SODA EXFOLIANT
apply about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with wet hands to wet face. rub gently, rinse with water.
*i've been using it every night, but that may be too often. i've been guilty of over-exfoliating in the past (which, come to find out, is actually not good for your skin), so maybe just use 3-4 times a week like you would any other exfoliator. :)

46 comments:

  1. I looooove using baking soda for an exfoliant. I am really scared to try this apple cider vinegar tea, but I will do it. Because, yah.

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  2. i've been wanting to try a "natural" way to clean my skin. thank you for sharing! i am going to try the toner and exfoliant.

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  3. i have been battling terrible skin since i went off the pill and i am just desperate enough to want to drink that tea to get rid of the breakouts.

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  4. Thank you! Trying this immediately! I've had bad luck with exfoliators in the past because they end up being more oily than I'd like. This sounds very, very promising.

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  5. excited to try all of this!
    i think i'm also going to implement the evoo cleansing method.

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  6. I can't wait to try it! I'm always looking for natural beauty secrets. So glad you shared!

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  7. Ohh gosh, the Bragg's tea is SO BAD! How do you handle it?! It literally makes me CRINGE when I drink it! I have never been able to find a decent chaser for after drinking it, either. You?

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    1. P.S. I tried prosciutto! I have been fully converted. Can't believe I was missing out for so long...

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    2. instead of drinking it as tea just down a shot of it. it's awful tasting yes, but the taste is gone in a few minutes, and if you can handle vodka, you can totally handle this. This is so much better than having to suffer through an entire cup of tea of it. just one tip: dont smell it, especially when drinking it.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! I've used honey + sugar, it works great and makes your skin soft, and recently I tried orange juice + baking soda, that one I found on Pinterest and it was great too! Can't wait to try yours!

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. Ah, the good ol' Bragg's remedies! Coming from a family that has run a health food store for 40+ years, it makes me happy to see you recommend that! You can also 'wash' your hair with apple cider vinegar to balance ph levels of your scalp as well as to wash built up gunk in your hair. Especially good if you (like me!) have curly hair and have to use a bit of product every day to make it look halfway decent! :)

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  10. I will need to try this baking soda exfoliater.. Baking soda seems to be the magic Ingredient for several things! I have no doubt it will work on skin :)

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  11. oooo! so excited to try this baking soda exfoliater! i have used honey (your favorite!) on little breakouts before at night and by morning, the redness and swelling has gone down so much that it is barely noticeable.

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  12. my grandfather drank a mug of apple cider vinegar heated with a little bit of honey every single morning of his life, he lived to be 95. My grandmother says it was definitely the vinegar.

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  13. i'm definitely going to be trying these, thanks for sharing!

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  14. oooh, did i ever need this!
    i can't wait to give them a try...

    xoxo

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  15. This is a well-timed post. I've been using baking soda on my face for about a year, once every week or so, but I just picked up a bottle of apple cider vinegar a few days ago. I've been diluting as you did and using it as a toner and already my face is super smooth. Love it.

    About once a week, I also put a little (1 teaspoon) baking soda with my shampoo, and it makes my hair radiant. Instead of baking soda, I tried rinsing my hair with diluted apple cider vinegar after shampooing and it did the same thing! Lovely.

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  16. Great post! I also loooove jojoba oil as a moisturizer. It's an oil that is most like our skin's natural sebum and it is amazing. I have normal/oily skin and since I've used jojoba my skin has been producing less oil and becoming more "normal" all over. I use it in the morning and at night. In the morning I put it on and give it a few minutes before I apply my make up. It's a great eye moisturizer too! Keep us posted if you try it! :O)

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  17. I've used Honey before as a natural face wash, and I loved it, it made my skin really soft. So I'd recommend that as well. Never tried the Apple Vinegar though...but I'd like to try that out. I have tried the Baking Soda once before, but I didn't notice a huge difference. Maybe because I was worried it is mainly used for kitchen use?

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  18. you should try, oatmeal, honey, and yogurt (plain) as a mask. Just mix them until you get a gooey consistency. It is so wonderful and soothing and great for acne or oily skin! You can also use apple cider vinegar in your hair to help with dry scalp!

    Just be careful with anything that is an exfoliator because you do not want to use it everyday! Also, if you have color treated hair baking soda in your hair is not a good idea. It's a cheap and efficient way for us colorists to get your color out :) it is also very clarifying for your hair so you do not need to use it often at all, especially depending upon what kind of shampoo you are mixing it with!

    I love tea tree for acne, or any skin problems! I also take chlorophyll to help with acne problems! Love them both.

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  19. There's something to be said about apple cider vinegar. Dave's grandma (93!) drinks it with honey (another of your faves!) daily. And she's a specimen of amazing health at her age. Dave says it embalms you from the inside out. Hey, whatever works :)

    And I plan to try these. Thanks!

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  20. I'm all about the natural skincare so absolutely love and appreciate this post - thanks for sharing. :)

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  21. I'm so happy to be reading this today! As of about six months ago, apple cider vinegar and baking soda are the only two products that are ever in my hair. And it's made an incredible difference!

    I'm totally going to try this today.

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    1. that's amazing! i think i'd be willing to try apple cider vinegar in my hair too, although my hair is super fine and very easily tangled, so i'd have to have some good conditioner on hand. :)

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  22. Hmmm this is interesting. I'd be interested in the toner as I've never really used toner much, but this seems like a cheap, natural version. And p.s. all your photos are always gorgeous!

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  23. I have been using braggs as a toner recently as well. Also trying out the oil cleansing method with castor oil, jojoba, and tea tree. I have been dealing with unusual breakouts with weaning my breastfeeding son and wanted to try something different and natural. Will have to try baking soda now too. And I swear by honey on those big bad pimples too!

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  24. i am equally obsessed with natural skincare... also i only use baking soda water and apple cider vinegar on my hair and it's so fantastic. i love how simple!

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  25. love this! and love the blog so much! i'm having a giveaway for brand new hair extensions, if you are interested make sure to check them out, girl! have a great easter!

    love, rach.
    www.so--hi.blogspot.com

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  26. I just started trying the cider vinegar! I add a bit of honey to the tea at night and I have it cold in the morning. I'm tempted to add a little mint extract to the tea, though I don't have too much trouble with the taste. I've taken to drinking a can of seltzer afterwards. Something about the bubbles makes it a refreshing after taste compared to the straight tea.

    I also do an olive/castor oil face cleanse every few nights and I love, love, love it. Can't wait to see how the vinegar does! Thanks for sharing.

    Megan

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  27. Absolutely going to try these!

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  28. aaaamen to ACV!! i absolutely swear by it! i love it as a toner, it helps my skin so much. and i take a teaspoon of it once or twice every day. it is a nasty thing to swallow down, but i just go for it! it's amazing for digestion, too, so it's always my lifesaver after a bloaty meal!

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  29. I've heard of using ACV as a toner but I've never heard of drinking it to make your skin look great. That's awesome! I use rose water for a toner which is supposed to be great for dry skin. I wash my face with olive oil and I exfoliate once a week with a sugar, honey, and olive oil mixture. My skin feels so soft afterward. I'll have to try the baking soda. Thanks for your post!

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  30. you should read this post!

    http://www.lifeofcharmings.com/2012/04/obsessed-mother-natures-beauty-secrets.html

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  31. I wonder if you could add an extract to tea and have it still beneficial?

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  32. i have the same obsession with natural skin care products! I love apples cider vinegar, its so so healthy for you. when i was younger my father would make me take shots of it. haha. i can't wait to try the baking soda idea as well. thank you for posting this.
    oh and if you want another natural skin car product, i use coconut oil as my face wash dints been working pretty well. it actually has a lot of nutritional benefits. its also great for cooking with.

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  33. I am not a tea drinker, but I finally got around to trying the baking soda face scrub last night and love the clean feeling it provided after a long work day. Thanks for sharing!!

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  34. i LOVE drinking apple cider vinegar, haha!
    I don't know if that makes me weird, but I add
    a tablespoon of apple cider to my water all the time,
    and I love the way it makes me feel- i'm kind of a geek!

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  35. Whitney! It's been awhile since I've read your blog. But your skin care thing made me think of something. Have you made your own laundry soap? Kinda skin care related as it is good for sensitive skin. Anyways, I was looking up some recipes recently and it seems super easy and definitely cost saving. Maybe you can try it?
    Also, do you make your own pancake syrup? That is also on my to-do list...if you do, send me the recipe :) please.
    I miss you, you look beautiful and well as always in your pictures and your food just drives me nuts- I want to eat the computer screen!

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  36. I drink a mug of warm water with a fresh squeezed lemon every morning and it's great for skin and digestion! Also creat my own lip/face scrub that is edible! Brown sugar, olive oil, green tea, and a little honey.

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  37. Here's a tip for the apple cider vinegar "tea." I put grated fresh ginger and honey/stevia to sweeten the vinegar. It still works great and it's even better iced. That way you don't get the vinegar vapor going straight up your nose. Let me know if this helps. I'm all about elixirs for health. Maybe I'll post about my iced version.

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  38. I have been learning more and more that baking soda and vinegar are a girls best friend. You can really clean just about anything with them!

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  39. i stopped using face washes completely and started cleansing with honey and warm water - sounds messy but it's really not. honey does wonders for the skin. afterwards i moisturize with 2 drops of almond oil and a small amount of aloe vera gel. my skin has never been this great!

    for a facial mask, i use aspirin (yes, THE aspirin). i crush two-three tablets, mix it with a very, very small amount of water and a tsp or so pf yoghurt. leave in on for as long as i can, then gently wash it off with warm water while at the same time carefully exfoiliating.

    last tip: castor oil: use it as a hair mask for quicker growth (or to grow your eyelashes longer and thicker) - very, very messy but works like a charm. great to use in facial masks for some serious moisture.

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  40. Whitney, I'm presenting your blog with an award today. Come check it out!

    http://www.ourhomemadehappiness.com/2012/05/my-first-blog-award.html

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  41. I used to only buy Burt's Bees skincare products, but that got too expensive so I began looking into making my own. One thing that I've been using for about a year now is brown sugar mixed with olive oil for my facial scrub. It's just the right amount of oil and roughness for my combination skin type, and it tastes good if you accidentally get any in your mouth!

    Thanks for the tip on apple cider vinegar!

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  42. I've recently started an all natural beauty product line. Our website is in the works, but check out my Facebook page. www. Facebook.com/HoneykissedBeautyProducts

    Great post BTW!

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  43. I have been using a baking soda exfoliater and its great! After that I put on a homemade mask -
    Seabuckthorn berries (Apparently very good for your skin), unpasteurized honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice all blended together. It is pretty runny so I hold a towel under my face and leave that on until it dries. It burns but my face has been clearing up so quickly from it! it is amazing!

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