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Natural Face Wash

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Created July 21, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Rinsing with just water? Salt water? Baking soda? Coconut oil? Wiping sweat off with just a towel?

I'm afraid to give up a commercial cleanser. Please convince me. I get pimples around my chin. I want them gone. Is my face wash holding me back?

Any suggestions for a natural face wash?

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on October 20, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Not a fan of the witch hazel smell myself, it smells just like a science project I did in school where we distilled wood, kinda stinky. I like the effects though, so I put it on and then rinse it off. Burt's Bees made a cucumber toner years ago, don't know if they still have it, but it smelled lovely.

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on October 20, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I like the Dr. Bronners baby soap in the bar form too. I can't use just plain witch hazel as the smell just annoys me.

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on July 24, 2011
at 04:39 AM

I get a good price on a large container at my local Co-op.

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on July 22, 2011
at 08:48 PM

I use the Braggs Raw cider vinegar, it smells more like fresh apples. While the smell is strong, the results are terrific.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 22, 2011
at 04:20 PM

@AKD - Its not acne but these small zit-like bumps. So I need to get some rosehip. I'll google it to learn more about medicinal properties. Its just on my cheek - a few small bumps that keep returning.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:25 PM

i'm just saying...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:25 PM

so you only use the cleanser on your chin?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 22, 2011
at 02:05 PM

I want herbal muscle rub...

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:34 PM

@bridge, are you sure that its acne? have you tried something more moisturizing like rosehip seed, meadowfoam or borage oil in the carrier oil? maybe use rose, frankincense, helichrysum or geranium EO?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:47 PM

I am loving this! Where do you get yours from?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:46 PM

Just what I needed to hear. THANK YOU!

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:42 PM

DDDDamn auto correction. Still some pimples on chin. I think it's my reaction to commercial cleansers.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:41 PM

I eat very paleo. No grains or sugar or dairy. It helps but still some pic? Plea around chin only.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:34 PM

Cleanse with baking soda water then rub some coconut oil on? I can't get over people saying oil cleans. Going against conventional wisdom all over again.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:21 AM

Yup - I do the same. I use it for my teeth too. ACV is what I use once per week. The soda exfoliates. I'm sure AKD can elaborate. Oh - my 13 year old uses it daily and totally cleared up her face in a week. She won't use anything else. Her friends started doing it too.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:17 AM

I've been doing OCM for months. However there is a little patch of bumps on my cheek. They've been there for a long time - pre OCM. I'm great everywhere else. What oil would you recommend? I've tried both camphor and tea tree. Yes, I do the baking soda too. I'm lost, AKD!

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on July 22, 2011
at 05:45 AM

I know it is counter-intuitive, but many people find that coconut oil reduces their acne because it kills the bacteria that might find its way into your pores. The key is to cleanse lightly and making sure your pores are clean before applying it. There's nothing wrong with using oil on your face, it has just gotten a bad rap from those trying to sell pricey facial moisturizers. I also like the other answer here, of just using cool water and a washcloth. The less you mess with your skin PH and natural oils the happier it'll be.

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Try diluting the ACV and putting in a few drops of lavender EO. Will mask the smell if that bothers you and give a boost to the toning effects. Lemon juice straight up is pretty harsh for a lot of faces.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on July 22, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Coconut oil makes the perfect makeup remover!

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:41 AM

Wuwu! I can't wait, thank you! =)

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:30 AM

I just tried that, even being diluted, and good lord my face smells! Even after rinsing it off with water. I used witch hazel afterwards which seemed to kill the pungent ACV smell. Wouldn't diluted lemon juice work just as well as ACV? They're both acidic, yet are alkaline base-forming.

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:05 AM

just remember that like-removes-like. oil dissolves oil. oil removes makeup better than soap, and leaves your skin soft, not striped. your skin needs oil like your body needs fat.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:43 AM

thanks, heather! will be mailed tomorrow.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:43 AM

i wear concealer sometimes, but just minimal. sometimes a tinted moisturizer if im going out all fancy like. you dont NEED soap. i dont think soap is good for you. or in paleo-speak, soap is not optimal.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:40 AM

Baking soda on my face. Can anyone elaborate?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Coconut oil as a moisturizer.. Really? Can water remove concealer?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:34 AM

What about concealer makeup? I don't need soap?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Oil on my face? Really? Won't it clog my pores?

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I looked at your stuff, it all looks great! I'm gonna order some stuff =)

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Verbose!?!?! Try comprehensive. These are the tips I need DESPERATELY!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:48 AM

aww, thanks heather. im small and brand new, doing limited batch stuff and only have one facial serum right now with more coming. i LOVE doing it and have a lot more stuff coming soon. INCLUDING HERBAL MUSCLE RUB! woot!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:47 AM

shit. didnt realize that would be so long. im nothing if not verbose...

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Why did I not know this about akd! I would much rather support a small business than give so many of my dollars to Origins!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:28 AM

thank you for the shout out, pretty lady!

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:27 AM

@meredith always gives good advice so definitely check her recommendation out. Additional options are honey and baking soda, 1tb to 1tb in your hand to a paste, scrub, rinse. I've heard of oil cleansing and apparently it's quite nice. For a salt water wash it's just equal parts salt to water. It's going to take some experimenting if you choose the "homegrown" method to find what's best for your skin :) Good luck!

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:08 AM

AKD is a member here and she makes artisan skin care serums and scrubs. I have a serum and it is LOVELY! Hopefully she will answer, otherwise, look her up!

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:46 AM

the oil cleansing method (OCM) is fantastic, but you have to play with it a bit to find what works best for you. what type of skin do you have? in general, i think less is always more. after much rial and error, ive found what works for me, but i get really easily bored and like to play so i switch it up, there is a ton of info on the interwebs about it, so definitely google and read. also, liz wolfe @ cave girl eats blogs quite a bit about OCM and "paleo beauty" and shes so much fun to read.

i have really dry skin and live in humidity in summer, super-dry climate in winter. im 36 and have some sun damage and discoloration from pregnancy. small pores, occasional break outs along my chin but rarely anywhere else. i rarely wear makeup, usually some mascara and eyeliner, sometimes cheek stain, rarely concealer. i really only cleanse once a day MAX. i rinse in the shower with cool water and if im particularly sweaty and gross ill use some african black soap in summer. never in dry winter.

i do OCM in the evenings with 100% olive oil, sometimes ill spike it with rosehip seed oil, and i add essential oils (EO) as needed. if im breaking out ill use lavender and tea tree and sweet orange, for example. normally i like rose, carrot seed, and vetiver EO in the carrier oil. massage in for two minutes, lay a hot-as-you-can-stand-it wet washcloth over your face to steam it a couple of times, then use the wet cloth to wipe the excess oil off. thats it. STOP THERE. just wipe it off and go to bed. dont worry.

a few times a week ill scrub my face BEFORE i use the oil with a mix of 50/50 buttermilk powder and baking soda. baking soda is the mechanical exfoliant, and buttermilk contains lactic acid which is a great chemical exfoliator.

last night i mashed up a big strawberry with some raw, unfiltered honey and slathered it on my face. i rinsed it off after about 15 minutes. it was so muggy and hot and sweaty that i didnt want to use the oil, but felt i had to do something to get the uck off my face. it was beautiful. felt great and woke up smooth as ever, clean and hydrated. and i didnt mind when it dripped into my mouth.

for moisturizing, i use a similar mixture as my OCM oil that im selling now through my site at great marsh artisan skincare. (i make things in small batches and when they sell out, they are gone. each season ill introduce three or four new items, but facial serums and oils are my baby, so im going to try and keep them around as i come up with new recipes. the testing on them takes a while, so this is the only one available right now.) its jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, vitamin e and a long list of EOs i made specifically for sun damage, discoloration, fine lines, hormonal skin. i love it. which is why i sell it. i massage a bit into my face, neck and chest after OCM (in winter) or just after exfoliating (in summer).

also, drink lots of water and take your fish oil.

i think if you play around with it, you will find something you like. i think there is an intellectual leap in moving from soap to oil on your face just like starting to eat a lot of saturated fat. you have to just trust that nothing bad is going to happen, and it just might make you feel better. cave girl eats has some before and after jaw-line acne pics on her site that are pretty dramatic. if you tell me more about your skin i might be able to recommend some more specific EOs and carrier oils for you to try.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:47 AM

shit. didnt realize that would be so long. im nothing if not verbose...

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:05 AM

just remember that like-removes-like. oil dissolves oil. oil removes makeup better than soap, and leaves your skin soft, not striped. your skin needs oil like your body needs fat.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on July 22, 2011
at 01:34 AM

What about concealer makeup? I don't need soap?

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 22, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Verbose!?!?! Try comprehensive. These are the tips I need DESPERATELY!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 22, 2011
at 01:43 AM

i wear concealer sometimes, but just minimal. sometimes a tinted moisturizer if im going out all fancy like. you dont NEED soap. i dont think soap is good for you. or in paleo-speak, soap is not optimal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:17 AM

I've been doing OCM for months. However there is a little patch of bumps on my cheek. They've been there for a long time - pre OCM. I'm great everywhere else. What oil would you recommend? I've tried both camphor and tea tree. Yes, I do the baking soda too. I'm lost, AKD!

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on July 22, 2011
at 12:34 PM

Cleanse with baking soda water then rub some coconut oil on? I can't get over people saying oil cleans. Going against conventional wisdom all over again.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 22, 2011
at 01:34 PM

@bridge, are you sure that its acne? have you tried something more moisturizing like rosehip seed, meadowfoam or borage oil in the carrier oil? maybe use rose, frankincense, helichrysum or geranium EO?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 22, 2011
at 04:20 PM

@AKD - Its not acne but these small zit-like bumps. So I need to get some rosehip. I'll google it to learn more about medicinal properties. Its just on my cheek - a few small bumps that keep returning.

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:07 AM

I usually wear a little concealer, some blush and powder and only wash with cool water and a wash cloth, which works really well for me. I have pretty oily skin and I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, just a little bit that I rub between my hands and smooth onto my face. If it makes my face too shiny, I rub a hand towel over my face to remove the excess. I used to always get breakouts on my chin, but since starting this routine I've only had 1 zit and it was gone within a day. I've been really happy with this routine!

ETA: I wore waterproof mascara to a wedding last night and used coconut oil to remove it. worked like a charm!

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:46 PM

Just what I needed to hear. THANK YOU!

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I used to have the same concerns, but I think going absolutely cleanser-free is worth a shot. I just scrub in the shower with cool water and a washcloth. For me personally, it has helped my skin a lot. My hypothesis is that when you stop stripping the natural oils from your face (and scalp and other bodily places) with soap, your skin down-regulates how much it oil it produces, which makes your skin clearer.

I do still get a spot or two sometimes (usually it's because I splurged on something with dairy or sugar), but overall, things have gotten way better since I stopped using soap.

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Water and a teeny tiny bit of real soap like Dr. Bronner's baby soap is all you need for a really clean face.

If you feel like you need a toner witch hazel works well. I usually do a cold water rinse after the witch hazel just because I feel like it is a bit drying if I keep it on.

A little bit of coconut oil to top it all off is both anti-bacterial and moisturizing.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on July 22, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Oil on my face? Really? Won't it clog my pores?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 22, 2011
at 05:45 AM

I know it is counter-intuitive, but many people find that coconut oil reduces their acne because it kills the bacteria that might find its way into your pores. The key is to cleanse lightly and making sure your pores are clean before applying it. There's nothing wrong with using oil on your face, it has just gotten a bad rap from those trying to sell pricey facial moisturizers. I also like the other answer here, of just using cool water and a washcloth. The less you mess with your skin PH and natural oils the happier it'll be.

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on October 20, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I like the Dr. Bronners baby soap in the bar form too. I can't use just plain witch hazel as the smell just annoys me.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 20, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Not a fan of the witch hazel smell myself, it smells just like a science project I did in school where we distilled wood, kinda stinky. I like the effects though, so I put it on and then rinse it off. Burt's Bees made a cucumber toner years ago, don't know if they still have it, but it smelled lovely.

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on July 22, 2011
at 09:50 AM

I'll echo -- 2 months now with only water everywhere (face, hair, body) except hands (1-2x a day with soap). My skin never looked better. I tend to be dry and live in a desert climate, but I've never needed to put anything on my face. I do use a bit of coconut oil on my arms & legs, particularly my hands and feet which get quite dry. I don't, however, wear any makeup so I don't know what that would be like.

I got a blemish the day I decided to start this experiment. It took a month to totally clear up on its own, but that was probably because I could not keep my hands off of it. Since then, nothing. But since going Paleo, I've had virtually no blemishes anyway. Mine were surely caused by food intolerances.

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:02 AM

In most cases acne starts inside your body, so it's my feeling that anything you do to your skin is just damage control and has little bearing on the cause or resolution of pimples.

Any gentle, natural, face-wash you like and doesn't leave you too dry or oily is fine.. definitely avoid commercial anti-bacterial stuff. It might be useful to wash your face less often, or just use water for awhile to help your skin find it's natural balance as far as sebum production (like washing your hair less often does).

To lose the zits a) make sure you're drinking enough water. b) you might benefit from trying to eliminate some foods that could be problematic or inflammatory. Some prime suspects are dairy and nuts/nut-butters. c) hormones play a big role especially if you are a lady, but even if you are a dude.. and depending on your age and health, it just might be a matter of time.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:42 PM

DDDDamn auto correction. Still some pimples on chin. I think it's my reaction to commercial cleansers.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:41 PM

I eat very paleo. No grains or sugar or dairy. It helps but still some pic? Plea around chin only.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:25 PM

i'm just saying...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:25 PM

so you only use the cleanser on your chin?

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I wash my hair with baking soda and rub my face with the runoff. seems to work fine. my face feels clean and is clearer than when I was using a commercial face wash.

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:40 AM

Baking soda on my face. Can anyone elaborate?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 22, 2011
at 06:21 AM

Yup - I do the same. I use it for my teeth too. ACV is what I use once per week. The soda exfoliates. I'm sure AKD can elaborate. Oh - my 13 year old uses it daily and totally cleared up her face in a week. She won't use anything else. Her friends started doing it too.

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:11 AM

I haven't washed my face with anything other than water since I was a teenager and a friend with gorgeous skin told me that was her secret. Wash your hands first with a mild castille soap, and gently scrub your face with your hands. You can use warm water, but always rinse with cool. You can gently exfoliate with a washcloth or sugar once or twice a week. I put coconut oil on my face every morning. You will likely go through a withdrawal period when your skin may temporarily look worse, but coupled with a clean diet and maintaining proper hydration, your skin should be lovely and glowing soon!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on July 22, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Coconut oil makes the perfect makeup remover!

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

(418)

on July 22, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Coconut oil as a moisturizer.. Really? Can water remove concealer?

Beaafe23c50e311a8c0ea96728abf398

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:47 PM

I am loving this! Where do you get yours from?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on July 24, 2011
at 04:39 AM

I get a good price on a large container at my local Co-op.

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on July 22, 2011
at 01:05 AM

As a toner, I am using raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Started out with a 50% cider/50% water but now I just use straight vinegar. Face has never felt better.

I used to use a commercial moisturizer that gave me horrible IBS and was litterally eating up my insides because it had a gluten ingredient. Now I am using Olive Oil as a moisturizer.

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on July 22, 2011
at 02:30 AM

I just tried that, even being diluted, and good lord my face smells! Even after rinsing it off with water. I used witch hazel afterwards which seemed to kill the pungent ACV smell. Wouldn't diluted lemon juice work just as well as ACV? They're both acidic, yet are alkaline base-forming.

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on July 22, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Try diluting the ACV and putting in a few drops of lavender EO. Will mask the smell if that bothers you and give a boost to the toning effects. Lemon juice straight up is pretty harsh for a lot of faces.

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on July 22, 2011
at 08:48 PM

I use the Braggs Raw cider vinegar, it smells more like fresh apples. While the smell is strong, the results are terrific.

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on July 22, 2011
at 12:24 AM

I'll chime in and give more props to the natural stuff. My skin is insanely sensitive - come in the slightest contact with something it doesn't like - insta-zit! For me, any kind of natural soap or handmade soap works fabulously. For moisture, I use handmade lotions, or stuff with natural ingredients - lots of folks make wonderful products (thanks for the head's up about AKD Meredith!). Check local farmers markets or Etsy for sources too.

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on July 22, 2011
at 11:45 PM

I have super oily skin-- especially in the summer. I use basic dead sea mud soap and it seems to do the trick. I usually use some type of fragrance free moisturizer as well. The word "fragrance" on most commercial soaps usually just means chemicals- unless it is a pure essential oil. It seems that the more specialized the soap (i.e. anti wrinkle) the more crap they put in it.

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at 04:06 PM

My skin tends to the dry side, and is very sensitive to irritants. I never wash my face. It gets wet in the shower, or I'll run a damp washcloth over it in the morning, if I'm not showering. That's it.

Then I moisturize with a greasy, non-allergenic cream. I use almond oil for my limbs, right out of the shower while I'm still damp. I don't like oil for my face in the morning (too shiny), but in the winter I'll use it on my face after an evening shower. The key with any moisturizing is to get the skin hydrated by a good wetting, and then use an oil-based product to seal the hydration in.

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