Over the past couple of months, I decided that I wanted to live my life differently, not just spiritually, but physically. Deciding to wear my hair naturally without chemicals also spurred a wave of other changes, most notably in how I take care of my skin. I used to use Clinique since high school, but honestly, my new routine is WAY easier on the budget and has kept my skin clearer and softer than any commercial product system I’ve used.
- I wash my face with a bar of black soap. For those of you have not tried it, it’s soap made from oils found in West Africa, most notably palm kernel oils and shea butter. Changed my life. Bar soaps last a lot longer than liquid ones, and are easier to travel with.
- I use a homemade spritz toner using water, aloe vera gel, pure witch hazel, and drops of lavender and peppermint essential oils.
- I use a small amount of pure sweet almond oil as a moisturizer. Almond oil is a light oil, that is non greasy, and does not clog pores. Makes my skin soft and gives it a nice sheen without looking like I dumped my face in Crisco.
And that’s it. Saves a ton of money for me. One bar of soap can last about three to four months. Three ounces of the toner last for a while too. And all it takes is a couple of drops for the almond oil, and voila! Au revoir, Clinique! And take your price tag with you! 🙂