30 January 2009

Happy New Year

Belated for Westerners, early for China.
Either way. :)

I've committed to using fewer chemicals, plastics, etc. this year. I already had last year, but this year even more so.

My latest-- which I've been using for about 2 months now-- is a great homemade micro-exfoliates that you can use on any skin type, every day. Yes, every day. Especially adult acne prone skin like mine. It's not exact, but tweak it to your liking. And it's relatively inexpensive and the ingredients will last a long time.

1 cup baking soda
1-2 tsp sweet almond oil (or olive or avocado)
1-2 tsp tea tree oil and or witch hazel (not the drug store kind. that has alcohol. go to the health food store)
2 Vitamin E caps or if you have Vitamin E oil use about a tsp
3 drops, essential oil of your choice. I use Lavender or Rose.
Mix it all into a paste, add a little water or baking soda until it's thick enough that it doesn't run but isn't crumbly either.

I keep mine in a small jar in the shower and use it just after washing away makeup. It moisturizes, gets rid of dry flaky skin and doesn't leave any residue. My husband even uses it sometimes before he shaves because he says it helps him get a closer shave. And, my skin almost never breaks out any more.

Let me know if you try it.