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!

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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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My Favorite Natural Products of 2011!

Hello!  I hope the sun is shining in your area of the world today!

So, I decided to do another video~ this time showcasing my favorite products of 2011 that are all natural products!  I try very hard to find and use products that are good for my health as well as good overall products.  These are all of my favs and I wanted to share them with you!  I love all of these products that I just keep buying more of them when I run out. 🙂

And yes, as I mention in the video, many of these products are the only product in their category that I use!  I didn’t realize how true this was until I watched this video 🙂

I’m probably not going to post all of my youtube videos on my blog since some ideas I’m thinking about doing are maybe more youtubeland than my blog.  However, if any of you would like to see them, you can either go to my youtube channel www.youtube.com/sunnymothernature, or if you would prefer me just posting them on this blog too, let me know!  🙂

The products I mentioned in this video are:

1) Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot (Available at Sephora.com, QVC.com, and Josiemarancosmetics.com typically for $35 each)

2) Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (Available at websites mentioned above; 1.7 oz for $48; 0.5 oz for $14; or 4oz for $96)

3) ArganUSA Argan Oil 32 oz (Available at zamourispices.com for $100 in plastic, or $110 in glass)

4) Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in Lavender and Unscented Baby-Mild (Available at Target and drbronner.com for about $4.49 each)

5) Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizing Spray USDA certified organic (Available at drbronner.com for $3.99; it was available at Target, but I don’t believe it is anymore)

6) Josie Maran Argan Lip Gloss (These are only available at josiemarancosmetics.com for $18.  QVC and Sephora only have her Natural Volume Lip Glosses which I have not tried)

7) And lastly- Local Pure Honey!  or USDA Certified Organic Honey

I hope you enjoyed this video~ If you have any questions, or want to request a video, please leave them in the comment section below! 🙂

Also, check out my blog at http://www.sunnymothernature.wordpress.com

(I’m still using my laptop to record, so I know the quality isn’t the best.)

FTC: I bought all of the products mentioned in this video myself, except for this round of honey which was a Christmas present from my sister and brother-in-law, and this round of the Dr. Bronner products were Christmas presents from my parents 🙂  I do typically buy my products either in kits, or when there are sales, to save money though.  Also, I am not affiliated with any of these companies, nor was I contacted by any of them.  I just love all of these products and wanted to share them with you!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Yes! I Conquered a Sunburn Naturally~ And You Can Too!

A random goal of mine this summer was that I did not want to get a tan… or a sunburn for that matter.  I’m extremely fair (aka pale) and just decided that I wanted to embrace my fair-skinned complexion instead of attempting to get that summer-glow (this is what normally happens~I burn, then I tan.)

This goal was halted about a week ago though, when I ended up in the sun during peak sunlight hours, for several hours.  Of course that was one of the only days this summer that I did not wear sunscreen.  Oh well.

This landed me with a sunburn on my chest, shoulders, back, as well as on my nose and forehead.  At first it didn’t seem really bad, especially compared to some sunburns I have had.  However, as it turned into that night, I began to really feel the radiating heat.  I knew I had only a little time to decide what to use before I possibly ended up peeling.

I wasn’t at home, so I had limited options~ try a “normal” sunburn lotion~ full of harmful chemicals as ingredients, or try something that I’ve never tried on my sunburn before~ but that would be a natural, organic way to heal my sunburn.

I picked the latter option:

I tried Argan oil. 

I normally use organic Argan oil as my overall body moisturizer anyway, and I had heard that it could be used to heal sunburns.  So, I was curious to try it.

This stuff works!  I’ve rarely had a sunburn (even minor ones) that did not peel.  Since I used Argan oil on my sunburn though, I did not peel~  Even a little!  And it healed in two days~ unheard of for my fair skin.

What I did was simple:

1) Slightly dampen the skin (where you’re planning to put the Argan oil)

2) Lightly rub about 3-5 drops of Argan oil into the skin

3) Repeat until all sunburned areas are covered

4) Wait about 3-5 minutes for the oil to soak into the skin

5) Repeat Steps 1-4 at least once in the morning and once before going to sleep until sunburn is gone; or, as many times as needed throughout the day

That’s it!  You really don’t need a lot of Argan oil on your skin either, a little bit goes a long way.  You don’t want your skin to be extremely oily~ just feeling moisturized.

The reason why you want your skin to be slightly damp when you apply the Argan oil is because this allows your skin to soak in the oil easier and quicker.  If your skin is dry, then not only will you need to use more oil, but your skin won’t soak it in as much.

I hope your remaining summer days are sunny and sunburn-free!  And if a sunburn sneaks in, use some organic Argan oil to conquer it!

~Kim

Sunny Mother Nature Loves Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters

Sunny Mother Nature loves Josie Maran’s new Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and in Vanilla & Apricot!

I have, since I was at least 11 years old, always had trouble with my hands cracking and bleeding in the winter.  My mom, my sister and I have all searched for lotions, body butters, etc. to try to help my hands.  Every now and then I would find something that worked to help keep my hands from bleeding, but I would still have trouble with them cracking.  In this journey, I have tried so many different lotions, body butters and shea butters that I lost count years ago.

But then I wanted to go more natural too.  So, the search was even more difficult.  Until I found Josie Maran Cosmetics.

The new Josie Maran Cosmetics’ Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters in Sweet Citrus and Vanilla & Apricot are amazing!  I have been using these for a little over a month.  Every time that I rub these into my hands, my hands instantly begin to feel at a normal moisture level, instead of dry and preparing to crack.

They are also not oily.  I just place a little on my hands throughout the day, rub it in, and my hands feel wonderful for hours, without greasiness.

And the scents are divine.  I love them both.   They are not like normal “fruity scents” either.  They smell like actual citrus fruits and an actual apricot!  It’s simply amazing.

My hands have NEVER looked this good during the winter (since maybe I was a little kid) as they do now.  My hands look like how they do during the summer!  No cracking or bleeding- and no sign that they will either!!

These are truly miracle producing products for my hands.  I’ve never said any other product, not just for my hands but any product, was a miracle product either.  But, no other product has given me these kind of drastic results either.  Ever.

On Josie Maran Cosmetics’ website, www.josiemarancosmetics.com, it states “This velvety, lightweight and hydrating body butter is whipped to perfection, so you can spread the love with Josie Maran’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil. This precious, rare oil is spun into a unique creamy butter to easily revitalize skin and restore softness while improving skin’s texture. Powerful anti-oxidants enrich and nourish your skin as you indulge your senses with your choice of two subtle all-natural aromas, invigorating sweet citrus and soothing vanilla apricot. 8 fl oz./240 mL.”  The body butters are $35 each. 

Another thing that I love is that the ingredients are all good for you.  Many of the ingredients are organic and most of the rest are plant derived.  Even better is what they leave out- there are no petrochemicals (like mineral oil or petrolatum), no parabens and no artifical colors in these body butters!

Also, there is no ingredient listing of “fragrance,” or “parfum”-so, you truly know what all the ingredients in these wonderful body butters are!  They even placed the ingredients on their website-so you know what the ingredients are before you buy. 

The ingredients for Vanilla & Apricot are-

Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sclerotium Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernal (ORGANIC Argan) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Beta Carotene, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruite Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Matcha Tea Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract

The ingredients for Sweet Citrus are-

Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sclerotium Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernal (ORGANIC Argan) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Oil, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Beta Carotene, Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruite Extract, Citrus Grandis (Pink Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Matcha Tea Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract

The little symbols they use for these body butters are (to show what they do and don’t have in them):

Argan Oil Fragrance Free Made with Love! Natural No Animal Testing Organic Paraben Free Petrochemical Free Recyclable Recycled Toxin Free Vegan

Will I be buying these again?  YES!!  I will continue buying Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil Body Butters as long as they are made because of how natural they are as well as the results I have had with my hands.

So, give either one a try-I personally love both of the scents (although my Sweet Citrus is going down quicker than my Vanilla & Apricot).  And these are body butters, so try them all over your body.  I just need the extra moisture specifically on my hands.  Hopefully if you try these, they will work as good for you as they have been working for me. 

Mother Nature won’t mind you trying them either-after all, they’re way more natural and good for you, and for her, than a majority of body butters and lotions on the market.

If you want to learn more about Josie Maran Cosmetics, or their Mother Nature friendly philosophy behind the brand, please visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

Please Note-I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics, nor did they give me these products to try, or compensate me for my review.  I received these body butters as early Christmas presents from my mother, in hopes that they would help my hands.