As promised, here’s a not-so-long post on my 100% natural skincare regimen before I go to bed. I’ve followed some of these steps for a long time, but have only incorporated these oils into my routine about a month ago. Technically, I use everything here for both day and night, but for night I’ve now excluded all commercial products1 and go all natural to reduce the chances of getting any adverse skin reactions while I sleep.
Step 1: Remove makeup/Cleanse
I use a 1:1 combo of EVOO and cold-pressed avocado oil. That’s right – I no longer cleanse my face with regular cleansers at night. This is mostly because I’ve gotten too lazy to use multiple products, as in, first to wipe off my makeup and then another step to remove the remaining dirt. Besides, oil actually works better than liquid to erase every last paint and ink – it’s non-irritating, non-abrasive, and removes everything from foundation, blush, bronzers, highlights, liners, brow fillers to waterproof mascaras.
It’s extremely gentle as well, so you won’t have to sweep through your delicate areas as you do with water-based solutions. The formal oil cleansing method guidelines suggest castor oil as a base for all types of skin, but I encourage you experiment with other oils to see what your skin loves. I wanted dewier skin, so my own concoction have that extra fatty acids from avocado.
Step 2: Tone + Exfoliate
A while ago, I posted this post on why ACV is awesome for achieving a firmer skin, minimize pores, and prevent breakouts, so I suggest going ahead and read it to understand why. All this time I’ve been using thin layers of it undiluted (HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED!), and, you guessed it – the acids just became too strong for me. Now I’m pretty comfortable with a 1:1 diluted ACV with filtered water. I fill it in a spritzer and mist my face after wiping the oil with a warm washcloth.
The Bragg’s brand is wonderful, but regular filtered ACVs work just as fine for me.
Now you can basically combine the rest of the steps into a single step by blending the 4 oils together (here‘s a good guide for diluting essential oils), but I prefer layering them manually. I want to allow some time for each oil to absorb completely and do their work through the skin.
To find out more about how they work, take your time to read this super long post.
Step 3: Moisturize
Jojoba oil is UH-MAZE-ZZING! Now that I’m close to a month of going with it, I noticed that even the times I didn’t apply it during the day, my skin naturally produces just enough oils that give that fresh, plump, dewy glow as it does after I apply it at night. It really works to re-balance your natural sebum levels as well as controlling shine.
Step 4: Anti-age
What I love most about rosehip oil: Some of the most persistent acne scars that I’ve had for years are fading. The tiny lines around my eyes are now completely gone too. What’s more, my usual paleness is getting an overall boost in tone and glow as well. According to my boyfriend, it just looks “healthier”. I don’t have a mature skin yet, nor do I love the sun as much, so I can’t tell firsthand whether rosehip’s really that effective for treating wrinkles and brown spots, but my mom have always said it’s good to start early.
Step 5: Heal
I’m not sure if it’s the jojoba and the rosehip or the sandalwood oil itself, but in terms of texture, my skin is looking significantly tauter. I didn’t expect sandalwood oil, or any other skincare products of all sort, to heal the indented areas from previous acne are still there, but the overall surface feels much more even and refined. The bumpy pores are still around, but the tinier ones have vanished, while others are beginning to reduce in size and soften up. I think it’s all the oils working together though, not just the sandalwood (’cause oil dissolves oil).
Step 6: Treat
Tea tree oil must be the reason why I breakout only about twice this month (usually about once or twice every week). It feels fresh and super cooling as soon as it touches your skin, so it can be sensitive for some people. While you can always use a diluted solution to spot-treat instead, I use just one drop of it (always after the previous steps, of course) and smear it all over the face. Yeap, it’s that strong. I could feel the sting seeping deep so quickly in the skin with so little, even after all the oils I’ve applied before it.
So, you ready to try going 100% all natural?