DIY facial for problematic skin
Our bodies aren't the only thing that need rest. Long weekends and late nights can stress out skin fast — breakouts, dryness and a host of other issues happen when we don't clock enough zzz's or have a poor diet and lack of hydration. When my skin feels due for a reboot, this is my go-to routine. In just 3 simple steps, it helps to reduce inflammation, clarify and tone my skin.
1. Baking Soda Spot Treatment
Baking soda is a great way to tame breakouts. It dries them up quickly without being harsh like other treatments that over-dry, which can lead to more breakfast because skin then has to produce more oil. For this first step, simply cleanse skin as normal then pat dry, leaving it a little damp. Mix together a few teaspoons of baking soda with water until a paste forms. Apply the paste to trouble areas; for me, it's around my chin area. Leave the mixture on for 10-15 minutes until it starts to dry then rinse with warm water.
If you notice any unusual redness, itching or burning, remove the mixture immediately.
2. Clarifying Lemon & Egg White Mask
Now that your skin is exfoliated from the baking soda, it's time to clarify and tone. Egg whites help to tighten the skin and lemon offers great antibacterial properties for your skin. You actually may feel a little tingle when this mask comes in contact with a pimple.
In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg white with a fork or whisk until it gets foamy. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon (save the other half for later...) and mix together. I do this part in the kitchen then I take the mixture into the bathroom in a bowl and apply it to a clean face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.
If you notice any unusual redness, itching or burning, remove the mask immediately.
3. Nourish and Protect with Healthy Oils
Yes, oils are good for your skin! Ever since I've used them on a daily basis, my skin has never looked more supple and smooth — breakouts are nearly nonexistent! So once your egg white & lemon mask is washed away with lukewarm water, pat skin dry and apply one of the following oils: jojoba, rose hip or argan. My favorite combination is jojoba and rose hip oil. You only need a dab of each and should experiment to find what's right for your skin.
Finally, I love to wrap-up this at-home facial with a cleansing, de-bloating drink. Simply heat a mug of water until it's very hot, squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lemon and add a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar. Together with the nourishment you've put on your face, you're now working from the inside to nourish your skin.
I always wake up with calm skin and a calm stomach after doing this routine. Let me know if it works for you!
Why are oils good for your skin?
Most face-friendly ones like the three listed above contain high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. They help fight inflammation too and can promote healthy collagen production, which gives skin its elasticity. And as we age, skin starts to produce less and less collagen. Jojoba oil is easily absorbed because it contains a chemical structure very similar to our skin's natural oils. It's great for calming split ends and scalp massages too. Lastly, rose hip oil is my absolute top choice for calming skin and improving overall tone. After several weeks of use, you may notice a decrease in discoloration or scarring because rose hip oil works to increase cell turnover due to its high concentration of omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C.