And my face is loving it!
Since I was about 12 I’ve been using various face washes, my acne phase properly started at 13 and didn’t really calm down until… well, until I stopped using face washes really. Going on the pill back in August helped a bit but I was still having regular breakouts.
I decided to switch to natural methods because a) I began to notice the same pattern with all the face washes I used, I would notice a reduction in my spots for the first few uses and then after that there would be no effect. I’d just be drying out my skin massively twice a day, not really a nice feeling. And b) Being south Asian and all, natural methods are the go to and it seemed like it was so obvious for me to give them a go!
For the most part of these past few months, I’ve been using rose water as my “face wash” I would spray a bit on my face and also onto a cotton pad and then just wipe it all off, along with all the dirt on my face. I’d of course then moisturise afterwards. The bonus was that I could get a bottle of rose water for as little as 70p! I have noticed a reduction in my spots but something that I’ve never had before is a reduction in oil, my skin has been considered oily for years. I couldn’t get through a school day without my skin turning into a grease ball. Now, I can get through the whole day and just be a tiny bit oily on my nose and that be it! Which makes sense as my skin is no longer being stripped of all its necessary oils on a daily basis.
I’ve now started experimenting with using honey as a face wash (literally just some honey from my kitchen!) and now using my rose water as a toner. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and I’ve had friends and family commenting on my lack of spots, and the spots that do pop up usually don’t last long and aren’t as inflamed as they used it be. I do really hate the smell and taste of honey but if it’s helping my skin clear up I’m sure I can tolerate it. Honey (the more raw the honey, the better it is btw) has the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities necessary without the excessive drying tendencies of your standard foaming face wash. Usually cheaper too, so an all-round win!
Along with exfoliating about twice a week, that’s all I do to my face and it has improved massively!
Until next time 🙂