I have always struggled with my skin since I first started secondary school. So as you can imagine, I have been through a lot of different skin care brands and their products over the years; clean and clear, neutragina, boots own brand, Nspa, Clinque and so many more. My skin got to the point where I had to go on antibiotics and the acne I was getting was big painful spots to the extent sometimes it would hurt to even sleep on a certain side if it had flared up.
The thing is, when it comes down to it, the only things that help my skin are completely natural products. For me a massive winner was Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. This is a cream cleanser you gently rub into your face and then wash off with warm water using a muslin cloth. You can also get many other products in the Liz Earle range which is what I used alongside Cleanse and Polish. I ended up changing this routine however because it did work out pricey and although it helped I was not in a position to be able to pay out for the whole range.
Just recently however, my Mum decided to make some home made skincare products with all natural ingredients and oils such as; tea tree oil, coconut oil, lavender oil and aloe vera gel and honey to name a few. What can I say, this has done WONDERS for my skin. I do have oily skin however the tea tree oil and other oils seem to balance each other out seeing as the tea tree is quite drying on my skin and the coconut oil in the moisturiser counteracts with this. I find a lot of people sway away from natural products due to them believing they don’t have enough stuff in them to have a harsh impact to combat acne. Being totally honest, I believed the same. However I have definitely found this not to be the case.
With some people, the natural products can draw out the impurities within the skin before clearing them. Which leads a lot of people to believe they are making your skin worse when in fact it’s a case of ‘they will get worse before they get better’. For me personally, Liz Earle had this effect however my Mum’s homemade items made it better from the get-go. After using the homemade products for two days, the redness of any spots I had had gone down and reduced to purely just the pimple itself, my complexion had gone from red and blotchy to clear and evening out. As I continue to use it my skin is only getting better. The products I am using are face wipes (cotton wool pads soaked in the product), gel face wash with one of my muslin cloths, toner and moisturiser.
It does feel strange using oils on oily skin and not going to the shop to pick up my skincare stuff but it’s so worth it. Don’t get me wrong it still has its moments where it flares up, but no where near as bad as it was. I urge you to be open minded and give it a go and just in case it does make your skin worse before it gets better, give it a minimum of 2-3 weeks. I will keep you updated with how I get on in the near future but overall, so far so good.
until next time…