My Skincare Routine for Clear Skin Naturally

Hi!

Today, I wanted to share with all of you what I use on my face~ everything I use is all natural, and help keep my skin acne free. None of my skin secrets have any chemicals, detergents, artifical fragrances, etc. and, along with cutting out processed foods and sugar, are the reasons why my skin is clear!  The fact that my skin is clear now, and never was when I was using Proactiv, Biore, Clean & Clear, etc. just goes to show that going back to nature is overall better for your health, and your skin!

So let’s begin!

My All Natural Skincare Routine for Acne Prone Skin

My Cleanser is: Honey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who viewed My Favorite Natural Products of 2o11 video/post, this will come as no surprise.

Honey is the most wonderful “cleanser” I have used for a long, long time.  It is antibacterial.  Therefore, it helps to heal your acne, and also does not contribute to your acne.  Those are two things that are very hard for me to find from a cleanser.

Honey also does not dry out my skin.  It is actually quite moisturizing!  Another wonderful thing about honey is that it is water soluble.  This means that once water touches the honey, it starts to dissolve.  Honey leaves no residue on my face, which is another plus.

How to: Just take about half a spoonful of honey and wet your face.  Then, take small amounts of the honey and start rubbing the honey all over your face.  Finally, rinse away!  It’s easy, and takes the same amount of time as a regular cleanser, without all of the harsh chemicals, detergents, etc.

If you would like to see a small explanation of how to use honey as a cleanser, please watch My Favorite Natural Products of 2o11 video 🙂

The Requirements: Please use either local pure honey (support local beekeepers!) or USDA certified organic honey.  A study was done within the past few months that confirmed that a significant amount of regular honey from grocery stores and stores like Wal-mart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. are ultra filtered honey~bottom line this means that it is either not honey at all, or honey from China (which can be diluted~with high fructose corn syrup, rice syrup, etc.~, or it can be contaminated~with antibiotics, lead, etc.~, or it can be not honey at all).  There is no reason to ultra filter honey other than to hide where that “honey” is coming from.  So please use local pure honey or USDA certified organic honey!  This way it is definitely honey 🙂

Precaution: Please do not try using honey if you are allergic!

My Acne and Acne Scar Treatment: Limes!

Limes are a wonderful little fruit, and are just as wonderful as a night treatment for healing acne and fading acne scars.  I found using limes to not dry out my skin, and definitely helped lessen the appearance of my scars on my face over a few months.  Lemons could also be used instead of limes, but I found lemons to dry out my skin, and also irritated my skin (which limes did not).

How to: After you have cleansed your skin, cut a lime until you have one small slice (I typically would cut a lime in half, and then cut one of those halves into 4 pieces.  I would then place all of the lime except for one slice into the fridge to use later).  Take one of those slices and squeeze the juice into a small bowl.  Then, dab a clean finger into the bowl and gently pat onto any acne and acne scars on your face.  Repeat until lime juice is on all of your acne and acne scars.  Let dry.

The Requirements: Preferably use an organic lime, but conventional limes work as well.  Also, please use fresh lime juice.  It is unknown how long presqueezed lime and lemon juices have been in those plastic containers.

Precaution: Only use this acne and acne scar treatment at night.  Lime juice and lemon juice both photosensitize your skin (make your skin more sensitive to sunlight).

My Moisturizer: Argan Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, an oil is my moisturizer, and yes, I do have acne prone skin.  I know this sounds ridiculous, but it does help.  Argan oil has helped to balance my skin, moisturizes wonderfully, and does not cause acne!

How to: After cleansing your face and applying the lime juice, simply dampen your fingers and your face (where you are going to apply the argan oil).  Take one or two drops (not dropper-fulls, but drops) of oil onto your fingers.  Rub gently between your fingers and then dab onto the skin where it is needed.  You can apply one or two more drops onto your face if needed.

Requirements: Preferably use organic argan oil.  If it is cold pressed, and better yet, the first cold pressing, it has even higher amounts of essential fatty acids than compared to just refined and pure argan oil (which would be cheaper).

Also, there is a difference in quality~ the Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil which is what I use on my face (and is the first cold pressing) feels much lighter on my skin and soaks into my skin quicker than the ArganUSA Argan Oil (which I use on the rest of my body because it is less expensive, but it is not the first cold pressing) feels just a little bit heavier and takes a little bit longer to soak in.

I personally recommend Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Oil for the face, or any USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil.

Precautions: With argan oil, more is not better~Less is more in this situation.  Use only a few drops at first, then see if you need more.  Also, either your fingers or your skin needs to be damp for the oil to penetrate into the skin.  Otherwise, you will feel you need more argan oil, and it will take much longer to be absorbed by the skin.

And that’s it!  I hope these skincare ideas help you achieve clear skin!  I love these, and have been using them for many months.

Are you going to try any of my suggestions, or do you have any questions about my tips?  Leave a comment below!

And don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoy my posts~ it makes me happy ❤

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please note: I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics, they did not send any products to me for review, and I am not being compensated by them.  I have bought so many of their argan oil bottles by now, that I lost count 🙂  (I’ve been using their argan oil as my sole moisturizer for over a year now)

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lynette
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 17:30:54

    First tym to hear sumthin unique not artificial products alwayz.eish u know am relieved to appreciate ur advice wl definately try it and mostly interestin the products are affordable now waz goin to buy cell tone yoooh thank u,u are a life saver

    • sunnymothernature
      Sep 16, 2012 @ 20:26:12

      Hi Lynette!

      You’re welcome~I’m so glad that you’re excited to have found this blog post. I hope my skincare routine works great for you, too!

      Have a sunny day!
      ~Kim

  2. Kendra
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 17:51:57

    I’m so glad I found this post. I have been struggling with my skin for a while now and have been looking for a natural cleanser, so excited to try the honey! Thank u!!

    • sunnymothernature
      Jun 15, 2012 @ 20:01:06

      Hi Kendra!

      You’re welcome. 🙂 I hope honey works just as great as a facial cleanser for you as it does for me! I absolutely love it. Let me know how it works for you! 🙂

      Have a sunny day!
      ~Kim

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  4. NaturaliiZ
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 15:51:34

    Hello! First time in your blog and already loved your tips. I have to try honey as a cleanser. I’ve done a mask with honey and oatmeal, fantastic with results!

    • sunnymothernature
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 18:00:00

      Hi NaturaliiZ!

      I’m so happy to hear that you love my tips! I hope you enjoy using honey as a cleanser, but I’m thinking since you like using honey and oatmeal as a face mask that you will! Feel free to come back and say how honey works for your skin 🙂

      Have a sunny day!
      ~Kim

  5. Peyton
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 22:57:09

    How do you feel about emu oil or tamanu oil as a facial moisturizer?

    • sunnymothernature
      Feb 10, 2012 @ 14:13:34

      Hi Peyton!

      I haven’t tried emu oil or tamanu oil, but I did a little research on them. From that, between the two I would probably try the tamanu oil over the emu oil. I personally would not use emu oil because it is from the body fat of a bird, while tamanu oil is from a nut of a tree, like argan oil is. The tamanu oil seems very similar to argan oil. However, both tamanu oil and emu oil are supposed to be good for helping acne and acne scars, and are both supposed to be good for skin. So, either would probably be good face moisturizers. 🙂

      At some point in the future, I’m going to try tamanu oil to see how that works for my skin. So thank you for the suggestion!

      Just make sure that with any oils that you use on your face for a moisturizer that you do not use too much. 🙂

      ~Kim

  6. Romi Madia
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 15:41:59

    Do you change your regimen in summer versus winter? I find my skin needs more moisturizing in winter than summer.

    • sunnymothernature
      Feb 06, 2012 @ 21:09:50

      Hi Romi Madia!

      Thank you for this thoughtful question!

      I do change my skincare regime a little, but it’s not too significant. I don’t change what I use on my face at all. I do find though, like you do, that my skin needs more moisture during the winter. 🙂

      In the summer I cleanse my face twice a day with honey, use lime more regularly for my acne scars, and only use 1 drop (2 on very rare occasions) of argan oil for my face.

      Yet, during the winter I cleanse my face only once a day at night, use lime a little less frequently, and use 2-3 drops of argan oil on my face.

      That 1-2 extra drops of argan oil really does give my skin the extra moisture that it craves during the winter.

      The other way that I make sure my skin stays moisturized is by only cleansing my face at night. My skin needs its natural oils even more during this time of year. Therefore, I wash my face at night because this is after my skin has been exposed to the elements, pollution, etc. throughout the day. This way I make sure to wash all of this, along with any makeup I’m wearing, off. Whereas during the night, my skin is just renewing itself. So, I’ve found that if I try to cleanse my skin during the winter in the morning as well, that my skin becomes extremely dry and starts to flake (especially on my forehead). If I cleanse only at night, however, my skin stays moisturized and happy during the winter months.

      I know that cleansing the face only once a day will not work for everyone so I recommend that each individual person notices how their own skin reacts to see whether twice a day, or once a day, is better for their own skin. 🙂

      I do use Bareminerals Mineral Veil with SPF on my face during the summer and winter for SPF protection too.

      Have a sunny day! 🙂

      ~Kim

  7. Dana
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 08:09:59

    Excellent! As you can probably tell by now I love my honey lol. Have used lemon before but never lime, so will may be give that a go for a change. I used argan oil when I was pregnant, not on my face though, but on my belly! 🙂

    • sunnymothernature
      Feb 06, 2012 @ 09:10:35

      Hi again Dana!

      Yes, I can, and you can probably tell with me too! 😉

      Lemon is really nice too, but for some reason it really dried out my skin and irritated it. I don’t have that problem with limes though. That’s why I prefer lime over lemon~ definitely try it! 🙂

      That’s fun too!~ so many women do use argan oil on their bellies during pregnancy. I just use argan oil all over (although I haven’t been pregnant I do use it on my belly too) 🙂 Argan oil is just amazing!

      ~Kim

      • Dana
        Feb 06, 2012 @ 09:41:01

        Ah it’s probably ok on my skin as I’ve oily combination skin so actually helped me. Winter is different though, that’s when my skin goes to the opposite extreme and starts peeling and cracking. That’s probably what I get for living in the middle of the north sea though! So I usually use apple in the winter but really interested in giving lime a go now 🙂 Also into my oils, but on a tight budget at the moment following the festive season, so I’m getting more into my olive oil 🙂

      • sunnymothernature
        Feb 06, 2012 @ 10:33:05

        I have the same problem- my skin was more oily combination skin, but now it has been a lot drier~ that’s why I am loving the argan oil. Lol~living in the North Sea for you could be part of that 😉

        But apple? Oh, that sounds intriguing! I’ll have to try that. 🙂

        And I do love my oils too! I did try olive oil once, but it didn’t work out for me :/ I’m glad it’s working for you though! 🙂

        ~Kim

  8. TheForeverRemember
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 21:17:07

    Love it.

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