As an everyday female consumer, there is an overwhelming amount of products on the shelf that claim to make the process of aging reverse in a matter of days or weeks. To make you radiant in just one sitting.
They are in magazines, commercials, in your face as if they're trying to prove something. With their high-technology secrets and proven by testing on animals.
How did we suddenly have all the answers?
Certainly our ancestors managed without spending countless dollars on cosmetic products?
I remember hearing a story of a woman who sailed a thousand ships. Goddess Queens who were adorned for their flawless beauty. It couldn't be solely genetics.
You hear of the Goddess Aphrodite, she was worshiped for her beauty and well-known to have bathed herself in olive oil. Bathing as in applying to the skin and scraping the remaining off only for adequate absorption. This creates the smoothest skin which heals and protects from the damage of sun rays. Sun damage is known to be one of the leading causes to aging skin. To date, Coconut oil is known to give the best results. I personally use coconut oil after a shower while my pours are still open. The skin adjusts very easily to the oils and quickly heals cuts, scars and stretch marks.
The Egyptians greatly valued the use of lemon. As it was an antidote to poison in their eyes. With it's antioxidant properties, it assists in toning and brightening the skin. In my day to day use, I have gravitated towards apple cider vinegar which gives the same results and then some. It has the ability to reduce the appearance of age spots. The acidity balances PH levels and contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E.
As for Essential oils, India has a 3000 year history incorporating these oils within medicine. They called this the "Ayur Veda". Each oil has its own list of physical and emotional healing properties. A major draw of these oils are their amazing ability to remove blemishes.
For all of these remedies discussed, they all work as an anti-inflammatory. If you have not already noticed, makeup irritates the skin to a greater or lesser scale. The chemicals are absorbed into the pours and ages the skin over time. As my own personal guinea pig, I have seen amazing results using as natural as possible. After all, our skin in a organ and it does not need to be expensive to keep it healthy and strong.
I would like to share with you one of my favorite recipes that you can enjoy making yourself at home.
DIY Toning Makeup Removal Wipes
- Small Jam Jar
- 30 to 40 Flat Cotton Circles
- 1/2 cup of Warm Water
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 5 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 10 Drops Essential Oil (I enjoy Tea tree or Lavender. For quality essential oils, you can purchase them online through: http://www.hennaart.ca/Essential-Oils/)
Directions: Start by warming up the water in your kettle. You just need to warm it enough to melt the coconut oil. Once the water and coconut oil are mixed in the jar, add the apple cider vinegar and essential oils. Once you see them all mixed evenly, add the cotton circles and see that the liquid has absorbed evenly.
After that, you can enjoy!