My husband and I are in the midst of a bathroom remodel at our home. There is a lot of chaos and distraction as we try to get it done. He recently asked me in passing if I had given our 3-year-old daughter eye shadow to play with. Moments later I discovered both my daughter and 6-year-old son with both eyes covered in dark navy eye-shadow.
Not only was it dark navy eye-shadow, but it was apparently made to last and stay in its place. They had covered their eyes well, and I knew there would be much drama and screaming when I would try to clean up their eyes.
Thankfully, I remembered my own personal skin care regimen that I had been trialing. I have been using coconut oil for the last month to clean and moisturize my face. Over the last month, I had noticed that one of the things that I loved most about using coconut oil was how easily it removed my eye makeup without scrubbing or any harm to my eyes.
Both kiddos got a good lather of coconut oil around their eyes to remove the makeup. Within about 10 minutes I had both kids cleaned up without screaming or drama from either one.
Here is my regimen that I trialed after a recommendation by one of my favorite bloggers:
Apple cider vinegar: I first mixed some unfiltered apple cider vinegar with some water in a small container and left it in my bathroom. The solution mixture was approximately a one to one solution of the apple cider vinegar and water. I then use cotton swabs with the solution to clean my face.
Coconut oil: Next, I lather my face with a little bit of coconut oil. Yes, it is the oil you will find in the grocery store or in your pantry cabinet. I leave it in the bathroom and scoop about a nickel size amount and smooth it on my face. Any excess is used on my hands. If my face feels too oily after application, I wipe it down with a towel.
There are obvious advantages to a simple skin care regimen. It is easy to find and purchase. I do not have to make special trips to any specific store or purchase through any individual selling the products. It is budget friendly because for a few dollars, both items last a long time. Having used them for a month, I have not experienced any major break outs, and the skin on my face has not felt dry with the winter dry air.
The only disadvantage I have experienced so far is that after the apple cider application, there is sometimes a sour odor that lingers. The apple cider vinegar smell is not my husband’s favorite smell as we are trying to go to sleep, but my skin is looking good.
Writer Bio: Summer Bolte
I spend most of my time and days with my three kids, husband and dog. My kids frequently play near me as I garden, cook, DIY and volunteer. My most unusual paying job has to be feeding fruit flies in a research lab, and my most fulfilling job was being an oncology nurse for seven years.