Don’t ever forget how to take care of your skin !

For best results, cleanse your skin at least twice a day. First thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. When you first wake up and just before you go to bed for the night.

In the Morning

While you sleep, your pores open up and expel toxins and excess sebum (oil). About 10 minutes after you’re up and moving around, your pores will close up and shut down. If you don’t cleanse your skin adequately and quickly enough, your pores will reabsorb those toxins when they shut down, trapping and clogging them with dirty oil. This is a recipe for acne disaster!

At Night

Your skin is a living, breathing organ. It’s like a sponge; very porous and full of your environment. It will really absorb the smog, smoke, sweat, grease, sneezes, kisses, germs and bacteria you expose it to. The LAST thing you want to do is go to sleep in that nasty germy cesspool!

Again, your pores will relax overnight. If your face is covered with toxic soup, your pores will drink it up and deliver it to the deepest layers of your skin (dermis and subcutaneous layers), while you sleep! Then your pores will be sick in the morning! Keep your pores healthy by removing the day’s environment from the surface of your skin and adding healthy night serums or moisturizing skin cocktails, before bedtime.

My 1# Favorite Cleanser

My favorite facial cleanser is HONEY! Yep….HONEY! Regular honey that you would eat! Just plain ole honey.

Just squirt about the same amount into your wet hand that you would your regular cleanser, emulsify and apply to your skin in small circular motions. NOTE: Honey looses it’s stickiness when it gets wet.

Gently massage. Rinse clear with lukewarm to cool water.

Re-apply and repeat, as cleansing twice is most ideal. Gently massage into damp skin. Rinse clear with cool to cold water.Get ready to tone.

NOTE: A general rule of thumb is to cleanse with warm water initially and do your final rinsing with cool or cold water. The warm water will open your pores and the cool water will close them down.

Plain honey makes a perfect natural cleanser for ALL skin types. Whether your skin is normal, oily, dry, acneic, aging or anything in between, honey can literally heal your skin and most skin conditions.

Honey is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. It’s a natural humectant, which will gently hydrate your skin without any extra oiliness. It dissolves excess sebum (oil) and feeds your pores rich natural nutrients. It will naturally regulate the pH level of your skin and keep it balanced and happy.

You will see results after the first uses, but will really reap the benefits benefits with continued regular usage. The cumulative effect of consistent honey usage on your skin is healthy, clear, glowing skin.

Using honey won’t guarantee that you’ll never get another break-out, but it will minimize the frequency of future break-outs and reduce the duration of any existing inflammation.

Before I started using honey about 7 years ago, I had what most would consider ‘problem skin’. It was overly oily, acne prone and very temperamental. Since honey has been a regular staple in my skincare program, I rarely have any skin issues at all. My skin is not just clear, but balanced and healthy. Much of this is due to my consistent usage of the nectar of the gods, which I regularly use in cleansing, exfoliating and masking.

Next We Tone

Toning is an integral component in your healthy skin regiment. A good toner is a multi-purpose tool for skin health and beauty. Not only will a toner remove any trace elements of cleanser you may have left behind, but a good one will also restore the optimal pH balance to your skin. Toning primes your skin nicely for a moisturizing sealer.

Toning is a very important step that many often overlook. Most skin issues arise from an imbalance in your skin’s physiology. They can also be caused by an imbalance in your body’s physiology. So either outside or inside, if you have chronic skin issues, you are out of balance Dear Heart.

Very good, stand alone, toner options are:

  • aloe juice
  • rose water
  • witch hazel
  • diluted apple cider vinegar
  • a little diluted vodka
  • even fresh juiced ginger or cucumber

All of these are great options for healing, soothing, hydrating and imparting a dewy glow to your skin. These “stand-alone” ingredients are also great to add to your more complex recipes.

Toning with natural, products will help to restore and or maintain optimal balance for your skin. I make my own toning solution and just keep it in a small 12 oz. bottle in my medicine cabinet. Usually my toners are Aloe Vera juice based; again, chosen because of its natural healing and pH balancing properties.

Very often, I mix in a little booster of Tea Tree Oil with my Aloe Vera juice based toner.

Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil is great for your skin! If you have particularly oily or acne prone skin, I would strongly suggest you start incorporating Tea Tree Oil into your skin care regiment slowly.

It will help to combat the growth of any bacteria that may be brewing on the surface or even at deeper layers of your skin. Tea Tree Oil will not only treat and minimize existing acne issues, but can stop future outbreaks before they even get started, or at least decrease the length of time and severity that they present.

It’s very strong, so you only need to mix a few drops in with your aloe juice, witch hazel, green tea, or diluted vodka to create a fantastic and budget friendly toner. Play around with your ideal proportions. You will only need a couple, few drops for about 24oz. of toner.

Bamboo Extract

Bamboo Extract is another fantastic toning booster, I love to include in my skincare program.

Yep, I’m talking bamboo, like from the tree! The silica in Bamboo will help stimulate cell turnover in the epidermis (top few layers) of your skin. Increased cell turnover means that your skin is creating more new healthy cells and shedding the older, duller, lack luster cells faster. The results are the appearance of clearer, healthier skin. I order my Bamboo extract from Amazon.

Bamboo Extract is tremendous for stimulating and accelerating hair growth as well!

Just shake your mixtures well, before each use. Lightly moisten a cotton round or cotton square and gently dab your toner all over face and neck after cleansing. I don’t even dry my face after the cleanse, I just grab a cotton round, saturate it and wipe my face and neck down.