Closing the Blog

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As many of you have probably noticed, my blog posts have been nonexistent for the past few months. Due to personal endeavors, and a lack of time, I have been unable to write about skincare as much as seems necessary. Thus, I have decided to close this blog, and focus only on the @fairestofthemallsite Instagram account. Please, continue to follow me there, and through Facebook page as well. I still have MANY new DIY skincare recipes to share with you and am looking forward to the Summer months ahead!

Take care + Best wishes!

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My Entire DIY Skincare Routine

My Entire DIY Skincare Routine | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

My Entire DIY Skincare Routine | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

Sometimes life gets hard and budgets get tight, or other things in life take priority. Thus, the little luxuries in life–like beauty and skincare–fall on the back burner. However, this doesn’t mean our skin, or our health, should suffer. I look at these moments as a chance to get creative and make the most of Pinterest or skincare books like The Complete Book of Essential Oils, Skin Cleanse, and Homemade Beauty.

Most of these are my own creation, with these books as a reference or a guide. Many may think that making things yourself could end up costing you more than if you just bought conventional cosmetic products. Therefore, I decided to do a price point and timeframe for this skincare routine.

Conventional Products Routine: 1 month for $150-200 worth of products

(depending on whether I choose high-end or drugstore brands)

This DIY Routine: 2-3 months for $63-81 worth of ingredients

(this is keeping in mind that some of these ingredients I already owned, but if I were to have bought them all, it would have cost me $81 total)

Cleansers & Exfoliant

My Entire DIY Skincare Routine | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

My Entire DIY Skincare Routine | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

I was once told by a doctor that, although an over-excessive amount of fat and sugar is not good for you, if you are going to eat fat/cream/sugar, than eat the real stuff. None of that chemical, artificial, “low-calorie” stuff because it’s actually harder for your body to “read” and digest it. I think it’s similar with your skincare.

I feel like my skin can recognize and absorb these simple, homemade products more efficiently than any chemical, artificial cleansers or oils that “emulsify” and foam up. The simpler, the better, right? I feel like that’s the best theory behind this routine: Simple. Clean. Nourishing.

  1. Oil Cleanser:

2 cups (16 ounces) Coconut Oil, cold-pressed, extra virgin
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Scoop out with a small spoon and apply to dry face to “melt”/breakdown makeup and dirt. Rinse off with warm water.

2. Water-based Cleanser: Shea Butter Bar Soap + Chickpea Goat’s Milk Cleanser/Exfoliant

1/3 cup (2.5 ounces) Chickpea / Garbanzo Bean flour
2/3 cup (5 ounces) Powdered Goat’s Milk
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Mix the powder, flour, and oils together in a bowl. Then, place mixture in a jar/container. After applying lathered Shea Butter soap to face, pour a small amount of the powdered cleanser into your hand, then toss in a cupped handful of water, press hands together, and rub into a thick “cream” and apply to your face with the bar soap, then rinse off.

Boosters & Moisturizers

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My Entire DIY Skincare Routine | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

3. Toner: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

4. Face Mist: Rose-Orange Face Mist

Amber spray bottle
8 ounces Rosewater
15 drops Rose hip Seed Oil
15 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

5. Exfoliating Serum

2 0unce glass Dropper bottle
1.5 ounces Avocado oil
10 drops Sweet Orange Essential oil
10 drops Rose Hip Seed Oil

6. Relaxing Face Oil

1 ounce glass dropper bottle
1 ounce Olive Oil
15 drops Lavender essential oil

7. SPF: Protective Moisturizer SPF 30

8. Spot Treatment

2 tsp. Raw Honey
6 drops Tea Tree Oil
Spot band-aids

Mix honey and oil in a small jar. Apply to pimple/blemish with a q-tip and cover with band-aid overnight.

Face Masks

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3 DIY Masks | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

9. Detox Mask

10. Hydrating Mask

11. Exfoliating Mask

So far, I’ve been doing this routine for a month now, and it’s worked just as effectively as any other traditional routine I’ve done in the past (if not, better sometimes). I feel more comfortable without any foundation on my face, and my skin feels like it’s enjoying these natural, simple ingredients and some time to really breathe.

 

 

 

3 DIY Masks

I love facial masks! I love how they stimulate my skin. I love how my skin feels afterwards. Above all, I love that I can create my own mask for my personal skin issues, and alter the ingredients if I feel that my skin needs more moisture, antibacterials, or exfoliants. I have recently resurrected my enthusiasm for homemade face masks with these three different recipes, and my husband is loving them as well because they don’t steal from our savings.

(Average face mask= $20 per 8oz. | Homemade face mask= $1-3 per 8-32oz.)

Along with providing ingredients and measurements, as always, I would like to add a short description of what each ingredient’s “super power” is, and what skin condition it will target. These are unlike any homemade mask I’ve ever done before. Typically, I just did a detox mask with Bentonite clay or a hydrating mask with raw honey. This time, however, I really wanted to experience something new and symbolic towards the Fall season as well. I hope you enjoy these masks as much as I have!

3 DIY Masks | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

3 DIY Masks | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

Detox Mask

Mix 5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil into every 4oz. of flour (8oz. of flour=10 drops of tea tree oil etc.) and store aside in a jar / container. When going to use, mix 2 Tbsp. flour with 1 Tbsp. milk and 1/2 Tbsp. water in a small bowl and apply to your face. Leave for 5 min. and wash off with a warm wash cloth.

Hydrating Mask

Wisk ingredients in a bowl. Place in a jar and store in the fridge. Apply with fingertips or a foundation brush. Leave on for 20-30 min. Rinse off with water.

Peeling Mask

  • 1/2-2/3 canned Organic Pumpkin [Fruit enzyme/AHA packed • Speeds up cell turnover • Boost collagen production • Antioxidants/fights free radicals (aging) • Brightens/revives dull skin]
  • 1 giant spoonful Raw Honey (about 4 Tbsp.) [check previous mask]
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. Cinnamon (depending how much of a “burn” stimulation you want) [Dries acne • Increases blood flow to surface • Adds nutrients]

Whisk together ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a jar and place in fridge. Use 2-3 times a week to assist in cell turnover and keep skin bright and smooth.

What’s your favorite DIY mask? Let me know in the comment section below!

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DIY Acne Spot Treatment

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DIY Acne Spot Treatment | Fairest of Them All: A Skincare Blog

Most people will get acne at some point in their life. Whether it’s hormones, stress, or a poor diet, we are all bound to get a few blemishes at least once or twice a month. The biggest difference comes from eating a clean diet. You’ll find that you won’t get any blemishes for months, but even stress and hormones can cause a breakout. Thus, it is always good to have an acne spot treatment on hand.

Benefits of Main Ingredients

Tea Tree

Honey

Ingredients

1. Mix the Honey and essential oil in a small dish, then transfer to the empty jar. Before going to bed, use a Q-tip to apply a small amount to blemishes, so you don’t transfer bacteria to the entire jar. Then apply a pimple patch over the spot treatment to keep it from rubbing off on your pillow, or our fingers from touching it.

Let me know if you try this and how it works for you!

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner for ALL Skin Types

Apple Cider Vinegar

Out of all the toners that I have tried (6 in total), this one is the only one I’ve seen the most difference with, and it costs next nothing! Maybe $5 at the most. This toner makes my pores extremely smaller, I hardly ever break out, and it’s a natural chemical exfoliant so I don’t get dry, flaky skin or clogged pores. You may have heard of all the benefits and uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV); however, if you haven’t, I’ll try and keep this short-n-sweet.

The Benefits

  • Balances pH levels of skin

“Skin is naturally acidic but when vinegar is used as a toner, it helps skin find the ideal balance between dry and oily,”

–Dr. Karen Hammerman, cosmetic dermatologist at Vanguard Dermatology in New York City.

  • Antiseptic and antibacterial– It reduces the possibility of acne and can help heal eczema.
  • Breaks up the bonds of dead skin cells– It’s naturally exfoliating and keeps pores clear.
  • Lightens skin– Gradually addresses age spots, sun spots, and acne scars.

Why Raw Apple Cider Vinegar?

Raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar is also known as the “Mother” of vinegar meaning it is from the first fermentation of  apples and contains strands of protein, enzymes, and friendly bacteria (like the kind in your gut) that help fight off bad bacteria. It’s a murky substance that you will notice collecting at the bottom of the organic ACV bottle.

“With the Mother” is typically written on the front of the bottle, and you can now find it locally at Winco, Sprouts, or sometimes at a Super Walmart. Again, it can cost between $3-5, and you only need a small amount, depending on the size of the bottle you’re using.

Ingredients

Sensitive/Dry skin: 

1/4 c. Apple Cider Vinegar + 1/2 c. water + 1/2 c. Tea or water + 6 drops essential oil

Normal skin: 

1/2 c. Apple Cider Vinegar + 1/2 c. water + 1/2 c. Tea or water + 6 drops essential oil

Oily skin: 

1 c. Apple Cider Vinegar + 1/2 c. water + 1/2 c. Tea or water + 6 drops essential oil

DIY Healing Serum

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DIY Healing Serum | Fairest of them All : A Skincare Blog

A serum is a nutrient-packed oil blend that you pat into your skin as a treatment, after using a toner or an essence. Whatever serum you decide to purchase is based on the type of anti-aging treatment you would like to focus on: brightening, wrinkle reduction, collagen production, or exfoliation.

This specific DIY serum will focus on scars and collagen production. I have linked each ingredient down below. Here’s a little information about each ingredient:

Avocado Oil: This oil is rich in essential fatty acids which assist in the skins’ natural barrier function and feed the epidermis. It can help sooth sunburns (being rich in Vitamin E + C), and literally helps rebuild collagen. A study done in 2013, confirmed:

avocado oil can promote increased collagen synthesis and decreased numbers of inflammatory cells during the wound-healing process and may thus be considered a new option for treating skin wounds

Jojoba Oil: Jojoba is a shrub that grows in North America, and the seeds of the shrub are press to make an oil that is moisturizing without clogging your pores. In fact, it literally “dissolves the sebum that clogs your pores, which gives you relief from acne and allows your skin to breathe more effectively,” says Letha Hadady, author of Asian Health Secrets.

Wheat Germ Oil: Wheat Germ is the heart of wheat (the center of the wheat berry), and is literally the “bread of life” for your skin. It’s infused with Vitamin A, D, B, antioxidants, and fatty acids. It is one of the base oils highest in Vitamin E content, meaning it also will help prevent scarring and skin damage.

Lavender: There has been so much hype about lavender oil, I’m sure I would just be a broken record.

Carrot Seed Oil: This essential oil is expressed by steaming the seed of the carrot, and is an all-purpose skin reliever. Carrot Seed oil is high in Vitamin A, which is the purest form of what cosmetic companies call “retinol.” Vitamin A / retinoids help to chemically exfoliate your skin and increase the rate of wound-healing/scarring.

Ingredients

Questions or insights, please leave a comment below!!