Oil Cleansing Method: All-Natural Face Wash

Since I’ve gone Primal, many aspects of my life have changed for the better. The most notable being my digestion, my body composition, and my overall mental well-being. One aspect I have continued to struggle with, however, is my skin.

Prior to going Primal I was on antibiotic acne medication. For the year or so that I took this medication, I had near-perfect skin. Yet, things that seem too good to be true often are. While researching Primal nutrition I started to understand how much damage antibiotics can do to your body, especially when taking them daily.

Specifically, antibiotics:

  • Kill off your good bacteria in the process of killing the bad. Now I know why I used to be so infection-prone…
  • Cause antibiotic resistance. So in the future if I needed to take antibiotics for a life-threatening illness, they would be less effective since I had taken them so long for acne.

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Natural Homemade Toner

I first heard about this recipe from Food Renegade.  At the time I was spending over $25 on my Dermatologica toner… and wasn’t noticing any significant benefits.

Food Renegade’s recipe consisted of apple cider vinegar, mint, and water.  I happened to have a bottle of apple cider vinegar ($3) in my pantry and a package of fresh mint ($2) in my fridge.  This toner was going to be super simple and super affordable to make.

After looking into it I found out that apple cider vinegar is very beneficial for your skin.  It promotes blood circulation, is a natural antiseptic, can reduce peeling, and regulates pH.  Mint has many beneficial qualities as well including that it contains Vitamin A and is an anti-pruritic, meaning it can strengthen tissue and soothe infections.

I have been using this toner consistently for the past 3 months.  It feels very refreshing, without that creepy tingly feeling you get from alcohol-based toners, and has visibly calming effects when used on breakouts.

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Egg Yolk Face Mask

Yesterday when I went home to visit the family we tried out a new Sunday afternoon cocktail: Pisco Sours.  They are a Peruvian drink made from Pisco, egg whites, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters.

While the simple syrup in the recipe definitely wasn’t Primal, the process did leave us with several delicious cocktails… and a few extra egg yolks.  My mom ended up using the yolks in a homemade hollandaise sauce, but believe it or not: egg yolks are good for a lot more than just creamy condiments!  They also happen to make great face masks.

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Honey Mask

Grace & I

One of my best friends, Grace, happens to be studying entomology and more specifically: bee-keeping.  She spent the summer tending to their hives and getting stung multiple times, which would be enough to make me hate the damn things forever, but somehow still managed to smile through it and introduce me to the wonders of the honeybee.  As the pollinators of over 90 different types of fruits and vegetables, if the honeybee ever disappeared off the face of the Earth… well I think Albert Einstein said it best… “man would have no more than four years to live.”

And honeybees are not only great pollinators, but also great producers of the sweet substance many of us know and love: honey.  While many people like to eat it, the 16g of sugar and 17g of carbohydrates per tablespoon make me wary of ever consuming an excess of it. Besides sugar, however, honey contains antioxidants while also being a natural antibiotic and antiseptic.  These characteristics make it great as a cleansing and healing agent.  And thanks to mybeautyrecipes.com, I now know that when used topically honey is particularly good at reducing blackheads and acne blemishes.  So thanks for the honeybee clue-in Grace; this mask is dedicated to you!

Honey Mask: 

  • ½ Tablespoon of Honey (try to go for the real stuff, not the super-commercialized kinds that are sold in most major grocery stores)

Heat the honey slightly (5-10 seconds in the microwave should do it).  Using your fingers apply it to your face.  Since it is sticky, it will help to gently tap your face as you do so.  Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse off with a warm, wet face cloth.  Splash your face with cold water when you are done. 🙂

Garlic Hummus Face Mask

me in the hummus mask!

When my sister Sarah went Primal one of the first things she said to me was “You’re telling me I can’t eat chick peas anymore… but I love hummus!”  Well Sarah, looks like you don’t have to say goodbye to your hummus after all. 🙂  Turns out that the chickpeas in hummus are a good source of Zinc, which is an essential mineral known to help heal wounds such as acne scars. And when made into a hummus mixed with Garlic (which is a naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral food) happens to make a great face mask.

I used to use ProActiv’s “Renewing Mask” which had a list of ingredients including: water, kaolin, glycereth-26, omega-6 linoleic acid, cetearyl alcohol, magnesium aluminum silicate, zinc oxide, ceteareth-20, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, omega-3 linolenic acid, cymbopogon schoenauthus extract, geranium maculatum extract, melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil, tocopherol, tocopheryl acetate, butylenes glycol, hydrated silica, ethoxydiglycol, ethylparaben, methylparaben, fragrance, and titanium dioxide.

You may be wondering why I choose to start using garlic-hummus as a face mask instead of this popular commercial brand.  Frankly that list of ingredients scares me; I don’t know what the majority of those things are.  After adopting Primal nutrition I started to think about how the concept of using only REAL ingredients could be applied to more than my person’s diet.  It wasn’t long before I began asking myself: If I’m no longer consuming chemically processed ingredients then why am I still using chemically processed ingredients on my skin?  If I’m not going to put chemicals into my body, then why would I put chemicals ON my body?

Eventually I stumbled upon a website created by Fran Kerr called High on Health.  Once I started reading Fran’s articles I was finally motivated to actually put the concept of natural skincare into application.  Since then I began using a completely natural skincare routine, part of which includes this hummus mask.

Garlic Hummus Face Mask:

  • Garlic Hummus (Mine made by Sunneen Health Foods, INC. and purchased at MOM’s.  Its list of ingredients include: Chick Peas, Tahini, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Sea Salt, and spices… 6 real ingredients compared to Proactiv’s 26 scary ones)

Apply a generous coating of the hummus to your entire face avoiding the mouth and eyes.  Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will immediately feel and look more refreshed.