My skin is definitely changing. Getting older, having babies, stress...I can see them taking a toll. 

It is definitely true that you have to take care of your self on the inside for it to show on the outside, so things like exercising, sleeping well, eating well, drinking water...ALL of that is important. It's also really helpful to have some good, natural products to help, as well.

I have been making my own face scrubs and cleansers for a long time - I experiment with a lot of essential oils, different bases (coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba...), and add-in's (Himalayan salt, powders, turmeric...), but I keep coming back to this recipe because you can pretty much see improvements in your complexion right away.

Here's what you need:

1 cup Virgin Coconut Oil

2 tbsp Baking Soda

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

3 drops Lemon Essential Oil

3 drops Melaleuca (commonly known as Tea Tree)

2 drops Frankinscense

- Double boiler (I used a pyrex bowl on top of a saucepan)

- Chopstick (or wooden spoon, stirrer, etc - something you can mix with that isn't plastic, or metal)

- Small, glass jars

I love DoTerra oils because I feel like you are getting a very pure product. However, do whatever feels right for your budget.

Little background on how these ingredients are good for your skin:

Lavender: One of the main components of lavender is called “linalol.” Linalol is a natural chemical component and oils that are rich in linalol are soothing. Linalol-rich essential oils are good in a “crisis,” but are also perfect for day-to-day skin care. A great deal of research has been done on linalol’s ability to help revive, calm, ease, and even to relax. (That’s why lavender can help you have more restful sleep.) (site)

Baking Soda: I really love using baking soda as a gentle, natural exfoliant. So many store-bought exfoliators can actually make tears in your skin because they are just too harsh. Baking soda is finely milled and you can add more/use less based on your scrubbing level preference :)

Lemon: Lemon has astringent properties that reduce excess sebum on the skin by shrinking large pores. It also has a natural tightening and brightening affect.

Melaleuca/Tea Tree: This oil has a natural antiseptic action and has potent anti-inflammatory abilities. I don't know about you, but as I get older, I actually have MORE breakouts than I ever had as a teenager (thanks so much, hormones), so the antiseptic benefits actually kill the bacteria on and in your skin so that you can keep those breakouts in check - because a breakout as an adult is not awesome.

Frankinsense: Another magical oil that can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging.

What you do:

1. Fill your saucepan with jsut enough water that it hugs your pyrex bowl when placed on top. Turn your stove to medium.

2. Put the cup of coconut oil in the pyrex bowl and let it slowly melt. Keep an eye on it - because you don't want it to cook, just melt. You can use your chopstick to help distribute the oil a little to help it melt down.

3. Once your oil is melted, remove the bowl from the heatsource. 

4. Add in your backing soda and mix thoroughly.

5. Add in your oils. Keep mixing with that chopstick! 

6. Once everything is well blended, pour into your glass jars. I used two, small mason jars (4 oz).  I used two, because using one would be TOO FULL, and having two allowed me to pour the liquid back and forth a few more times to make sure they were thoroughly mixed.  

You can see from the photo below how full a single glass jar would be - and how the baking soda seems to be settling in the bottom. So being able to pour the mixture back and forth between two, really helps with that.

And that's it! When you're ready to wash your face, you can start with your skin wet, or dry, take about a tablespoon and work in a circular motion on your skin, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

In a few days, you'll notice your skin is brighter, clearer, and your fine lines are less noticeable. 

Let me know if you tried this recipe, or if you have any add-in's that you tried and loved!

xo,

~ Ana