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. :)