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All-Natural “Green” Skin Care Products from Your Pantry

All-Natural "Green" Skin Care Products from Your Pantry

A few months ago, a friend wrote a blog post warning about the unknown dangers of the synthetic chemical substances we use every day to clean ourselves. At the time, I was using ProActiv Solution’s four-step system to treat my acne. It had helped, but did not cure my acne. Also, I suffered from Rosacea, a condition where facial skin becomes easily irritated, flaky, and red. ProActiv did not help this condition.

My friend shared several suggestions for natural alternatives to chemical cleansing products–substances that were simple and easy to obtain. In addition to being safer for our bodies, she said, rinsing these substances into the sewer system was less harmful than washing down chemicals.

For face washing, she recommended honey mixed with baking soda. The honey has antibacterial and moisturizing properties, and the baking soda provides a gentle exfoliation. I later learned that honey helps keep the skin’s acid mantle in balance, an idea which I will discuss later in this article.

To tone the skin after washing, she suggested diluted apple cider vinegar. It also has antibacterial properties and alpha hydroxy acid, which exfoliates the skin. After this, you apply a natural oil for moisture, such as coconut, olive, or jojoba oil.

I was somewhat skeptical that these simple pantry ingredients could do as much for me as a scientifically prepared chemical formula, but I figured, why not give it a try?

Using the honey the first time was a strange experience. It was so sticky and goopy, but I am not one to give up easily, so I carried on with the washing. When I dried my face and looked in the mirror, I noticed something very surprising. Usually, after washing with the ProActiv cleanser, the skin around my nose would be very red and irritated due to my rosacea. After using the honey and baking soda, my skin was calm and at its usual non-irritated level of paleness. I was amazed. I was also amazed that my skin felt soft and clean, like I had really done something good for myself.

After that, I applied the diluted apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball. As a child, my grandmother had used an ACV rinse on my hair after shampooing, so this step was not as exotic to me. The vinegar stung a little bit, but overall it made my skin feel refreshed. Last was the moisturizer. I was really skeptical about putting oil on my already oily, acne-prone skin. One of the mantras of dealing with acne is don’t use products containing oil. The idea is that since excess oil production contributes to acne, you want to do whatever you can to decrease the amount of oil on your skin. But my friend’s blog had insisted that natural oil was the best moisturizer, and my skin did feel awfully dry after the apple cider vinegar application. I used extra virgin olive oil, since I had it on hand, applying it with a cotton ball.

The oil, as you might expect, was a rather heavy addition to my skin, and made it very shiny. I decided to give it time to soak in. Later that day, when I wanted to apply makeup to go out, I saw that the oil had stopped looking shiny, but it was still very much there, keeping my skin moisturized. This was great, because it made applying foundation very easy. When using the ProActiv system, their water-based moisturizer only kept my skin moist for a short amount of time, after which I would get patches of dry, flaky skin. Because of that, I always had to apply makeup right after moisturizing. But the olive oil kept the dry, flaky skin at bay for hours after applying it, giving me a lot more flexibility about when I wanted to apply makeup. I also discovered that loose powder would adhere to my skin without foundation, which reduced the amount of product I had to put on my face.

After using these natural products for a little while, I realized that my skin was no longer getting shiny and oily between washings. Nor was it dried out and flaky. It just felt like all my other skin-hydrated and smooth. I had started using the apple cider vinegar rinse on my hair, as well, and noticed that it was no longer oily before my shower in the morning. In fact, I could skip washing it for a day and it would look fine until the evening of the second day. About this time, I read a little bit of information about the skin’s acid mantle. Apparently, human skin has a natural pH balance of about 5.5, which is slightly acidic. This layer of acidity helps the skin kill bacteria on its surface. Most soaps and cleansers are alkaline, the opposite of acid, which helps them cut grease or oil and wash it away. The forum post I read speculated that when the skin’s acid mantle is disrupted (i.e. washed away), the skin will produce more oil in its effort to replenish the bacteria-fighting acid mantle.

I’m no doctor, and I can’t verify if this information is true, but if it is, that can explain the decrease in oiliness on my face and hair. Using the honey wash and apple cider vinegar keeps my skin’s pH balance on the acidic side, so my skin doesn’t have to generate excess oil to replace the acid mantle.

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I’ve now been using these natural products for face cleansing for about two months. I have continued to use a mild benzoyl peroxide cream on blemishes, since it seems to help. My acne hasn’t completely cleared up, but the condition is as good as it was while I used ProActiv. Also, my rosacea is much less active (i.e. less redness), and my facial skin feels stronger and healthier. I have been experimenting with healthier eating to further improve my skin condition.

Using the natural products from the pantry is not only good for my health and the environment-it’s also great for my wallet! I will think twice and research before buying any new chemical preparations for cleansing, and I plan to look into green alternatives to other products, like shampoo and toothpaste. I encourage you, also, to give natural cleansing a try!

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