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Food For Your Face! 
 
May 3, 2009 6:58 pm 
Updated: May 20, 2009 5:38 am
I stopped using most commercial products within the last couple of years. I try to avoid putting chemicals on my skin that my body will absorb. Here are some of the foods that I use for my face and I must say that I my skin have never been healthier:
 
~Avalon Organics cleansing milk and toner: I use this to cleanse my face and I use the toner once I am done and I apply the toner with a cotton square.
 
~Lemons: I sometimes will slice lemons and rub them into my face. The help to bleach out any age spots if done over a period of a couple of weeks or more. This is great because of the vitamin C and it works as an antioxidant and a natural toner. If if get a cut or scrape, I also use lemon juice from a fresh lemon in place of a neosporin as lemons are naturally antibacterial, antiviral. Sure it stings for a minute but I know that I am not rubbing petroleum and chemicals directly into a wound. I also drink a lot of lemon juice from fresh lemons.
 
~Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: I take a cotton square and apply apple cider vinegar much like a toner and rub it into my face all over. Be advised that it may burn the first time you do it, or you may need to dilute this the first few times until your skin is able to handle it. In my experience, I apply it straight the first time and it turned my skin red for about an hour and I never had any other issues since that time. I was surprised how soft my skin was afterwards. ACV promotes blood circulation, is PH balanced and provides the skin with nutrients like vitamins, mineral, fiber, and enzymes. The internal benefits of ACV are even better. You can do a search on that sometime if you are interested. When I use this on my skin, I tend to use it in the evenings before bed because of the strong ACV smell.
 
~Organic Coconut Oil: I use this as a whole body moisturizer in place of lotion. I also threw away my Skintimate shave gels and this is all you need to shave your legs and it is a great facial moisturizer. This is my favorite product which is found in the baking aisle. At first, I began use organic extra virgin olive oil and while I like it, it left me feeling too oily. Coconut oil leaves the perfect amount of moisture on your skin without being oily. I apply a very small amount around my eyes and work it outward to the rest of my face in the morning and I try to do the same thing some evenings before bed.
 
~Vitamin E Oil, 24,000 IU: This is also another moisturizer I use. I only need one drop for my face and sometimes that is more than enough. This is wonderful for scars or sunburns because it provides the skin with nutirents it needs for healing. Some days I use this, while other days I may use coconut oil.
 
~Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal and I mostly reserve this for on the spot treatment of anything that comes up. Mostly, I gargle with this, only adding 1-2 drops to water. Before I had my widsom teeth taken out, I developed my first infection in my mouth because of the incoming teeth. I swished this around my mouth several times a day for two days and the infection was gone. My dentist was very upset with me when I mentioned I wanted to try this before I tried the antibiotics he prescribed. For the sake of argument, when I went back into my mext appointment I told him I took the antibiotics, but really the tea tree oil cured the infection.
 
Basically I am trying to go straight to the source and provide my skin with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and some of these things are naturally antiviral and antibacterial as well. I am gradually making changes and I am by no means an expert. I enjoy learning as much as I can about natural health and I have found in my experiences that it works and it makes sense.
 
I hope that answers some of your questions, feel free to add anything that you think is great! I don't use a specific makeup remover. I will look more into Burts Bees. I love using their lip balm.
 
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Princess J 
May 3, 2009 9:16 pm
Hi! I hope you do elaborate on this post. I am very eager to hear more about how you use everything. I currently use Tea Tree oil and love it better than my old product for clear skin. I would love to use exclusively natural products. Also, what do you use on your hair? I have been looking at some natural shampoos in the grocery store---just trying to use my usual one up first.
 
May 4, 2009 5:57 am
Great post! What do you do with the lemon? Is it a natural astrigent? I saw a post on Pioneer Woman about a vinegar rinse for your hair. I'm trying that today with a drop of olive oil. I'd also like to see more.
 
May 4, 2009 6:23 am
Yes, please write more! :) I'm very interested in doing the same thing. I've switched over to mostly natural and organic products myself just recently.
 
May 4, 2009 7:23 am
I really would like to know more about your natural products. Thanks for the post!
 
May 4, 2009 8:14 am
I will write more soon, but today, I have a paper to write for a class. Thank you for the interest!
 
May 4, 2009 8:29 am
Hi My SweetCreations!! I am very interested in what you use for a facial moisturizer,night cream. Also, do you use makeup and if so what do you use as a natural makeup remover? I have been using some Burt's Bee's products such as the natural facial scrub which I like very much. I was using olive oil on my face but had a slight allergic reaction to it. Thanks again!
 
Dianne 
May 4, 2009 7:33 pm
Thanks for the tips! We sell all of this at the store I work at! While I haven't made the switch with my skin care products, I have started using organic, sulfate-free shampoo. I really like Desert Essence's shampoo and conditioners. I have very oil skin, so I'm worried that natural oils will make my skin even oilier and cause break-outs. I think I will put the Avalon Cleansing Milk on my list of things to try though!
 
May 4, 2009 8:57 pm
Hey Dianne, I just noticed you are from Iowa City. I am originally from Dubuque! :)
 
May 5, 2009 2:16 pm
a girl on this website told me of using coffee grounds mixed w/ olive oil for a scrub....I LOVE it! I keep a lil container in the fridge of it. I use on face and hands
 
Dianne 
May 6, 2009 9:57 am
Small world! I see you ended up farther away than I did! I would love the warmth and sun year-round, but somehow we decided to put up with the blustery winters of the midwest! :)
 
May 8, 2009 10:47 pm
Kelly - very cool. I'm into natural medicine as well. Moved from FL in 07 here to TN to earn my RN here at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - really a great place to learn. Would love to know of any skin tips for moisturizer ... take care! Lara
 
May 9, 2009 8:40 am
Hi Lara, Vitamin E and coconut oil are fantastic for moisture. The coconut is really best for all over the body and rub it into your body while in the shower and rinse off. It leaves the perfect amount of moisture in your skin without leaving you oily or greasy. I sometimes use a tiny amount around my eyes and then rub it into face from there.
 
May 11, 2009 6:29 am
I am so happy you posted this Kelly. I've been making the switch to organics and my goal this year is to incorporate organic or home made cleaning supplies. These tips sounds simple and easy so I will definately try them. Thanks!
 
May 11, 2009 8:58 am
I also use vinegar, warm water, and essential oil for a lot of my cleaning. The best home air freshner is to get a spray bottle and put about 10 drops of lavendar essential oil and fill with water. Maybe I will post a blog about home cleaning sometime soon. I don't know much, but I am also interested in it and I am learning as I go.
 
May 18, 2009 5:35 pm
For dry hair mix one egg, 3/4 c. olive oil and 1/2 c. honey together. Slather into your hair right before you go to bed at night and put a shower cap on. Make sure you put a towel over your pillowcase in case any seeps out since it's super sticky. Rinse with warm warm in the morning. Leaves hair super soft and shiny. Depending on your length of hair you can adjust the amounts...Just use more olive oil than honey! I use this once a week.
 
May 18, 2009 5:37 pm
OK..That is supposed to say rinse with warm water in the morning..Sorry, I didn't proof read!!! MySweetCreations, Thanks for the wonderful tips!! I am looking forward to trying out your suggestions! :)
 
May 20, 2009 5:38 am
I cannot be this scatterbrained! I use 1/3 c. honey. Sorry.
 
 
 
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