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Amazing face wash routine!

I have always suffered from moderate acne. And not just whiteheads, I had blackheads and the cystic pimples that hurt, always worse during my "time of the month". To add to that I suffer from eczema and it is on my cheeks. I have tried EVERYTHING. Proactive, Murad, Neutrogena, Clearasil, Aveeno, prescription medication, everything ever advertised, and NOTHING made a difference. I just kind of made peace with my bad skin.

A few months ago my mom started raving about this all-natural skin care routine that her and her friends were using. It was supposed to firm up your skin and even it out. It was taken from a book called "Beauty Secrets from the Bible". Her skin was looking great and, even though I figured I didn't need the same stuff for my 20's acne-prone skin as her 50's skin, I asked her what she was using. When she mentioned honey and olive oil I immediately dismissed it for myself. I looked at her and said "You want me to put honey and EVOO on my oily, acne prone face? Ya right." I thought for sure it would make me break out.

Right after New Year's I ran out of my $30 a bottle face wash and after using honey and olive oil in my hair with great results (thanks to all you on these boards) I decided it couldn't hurt. So my mom showed me what she used and how to do it. I started and by the first week I saw a HUGE difference in my skin. My eczema was getting better and I hadn't gotten even one new pimple. The ones I already had went away so fast and easy. I was shocked but still skeptical. I was waiting for the true test...my period. When it finally came I got 1 pimple. Not the typical 6 or more but 1. I can't believe what this has done for me. I wish I had before and after pics to show. The pimples I am getting now go away in a day and never get irritated but best of all I haven't gotten ANY cystic pimples. Amazing. Now that I am done rambling here is the recipe and routine. It is a bit modified from the book.

Blend equal parts dry oatmeal,dried goat's milk (I got mine at the local health foods store as my TJ didn't carry it), and flax seeds. Put in a jar with a lid.

Put a small amount of raw honey (regular honey was called for in the book but all my mom's friends had better experience with the raw) in a small container ex: an empty lip gloss pot w/lid.

Put VitaminE oil (the recipe calls for EVOO but I hate the smell and I needed the healing of the VitaminE) in an oil container with a stopper. I found mine for cheap at Ross.

Buy Rosewater in a spray bottle. They have it at TJ and Whole Foods.

Now you are ready...

Put on a headband so you don't get food in your hair.

Put a scoop of the dry mixture in your palm. Add a little water to make a wet paste. Apply all over your face and let it sit for about 5 minutes or until it feels like it has tightened up. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

Spritz face with rosewater.

Put a tiny amount of honey (about a fingertip) in your palm, spray it with rosewater and rub in your palms to "melt" it. Apply all over your face.

Spritz again with rosewater.

Put tiny dabs of oil on your face (about 3 or 4) and rub in all over to moisturize.

After that I spritz again but you don't have to. It does feel oily for a few minutes but it "sinks" in. I do the whole routine once a day and do a quick wash with the dry mix if I feel like I need to wash my face again. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it goes so fast and considering all the scrunching, plopping, etc. we do to our hair, it's easy to work the face routine in. Just try it. You probably have most of the ingredients at home already. It has changed my life. I'll try to update with a pic of the stuff in jars on my counter. Hopefully some of you will love this as much as I do. Oh and sorry this post was so long. I have debated on wether to post this because of the length but It's official...I HAD to share my new love.
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

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  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    This looks interesting, Jess. Thanks for sharing. The honey part-it looks like you leave it on the skin and just spritz-no rinsing? I'm thinking of trying the dry part with buttermilk powder instead of goat's milk since I have it on hand along with flax seeds. Are the flax seeds ground or whole? I think camellia oil will work for me rather than evoo-proven to break me out already, lol...so glad it's working for you and your mom :)
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I used the same flax seeds I make FSG from. You just put the flax seeds, oatmeal, and powdered milk in a food processor (I used the Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth. The honey stays on, no rinsing just spritzed, so start with a teeny amount until you find how much you can use without getting sticky. It all feels very weird the first few times but stick it out. It is so worth it. Let me know how it works out for you.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • CurlyFireHorseCurlyFireHorse Posts: 350Registered Users
    I have got to try this. I currently use the oil cleansing method and this sounds like an extension of that. Thank you for the great post.
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    Co-Kra gel (this stuff is fantastic)

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    Day 4: IAGirl's PT, KBB DT, FSG

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  • MelandieMelandie Posts: 12Registered Users
    Sounds good and i'd love to try it..Only difficult to find the products though.. I have a few questions:

    - WIth dried goat milk.. do you mean babymilkpowder (nanny goat milk) ,only one i could find online?

    Oh and do you use makeup (foundation)?
    Hair: 3c.. i think
    Using: All Jessicurl's Products..
    Lanza Urban Elements Bodyfying Foam and Lanza Art Elements Taffy

    Still looking for the perfect Match..
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    Melandie wrote: »
    Sounds good and i'd love to try it..Only difficult to find the products though.. I have a few questions:

    - WIth dried goat milk.. do you mean babymilkpowder (nanny goat milk) ,only one i could find online?

    Oh and do you use makeup (foundation)?

    I found the powdered goat's milk at Whole Foods but hopefully this link to the Vitamin Shoppe works as this is the kind I bought. I just searched powdered goat's milk and it popped up.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vitaminshoppe.com%2Fstore%2Fen%2Fbrowse%2Fsku_detail.jsp%3Bjsessionid%3D0WE32YMGXLDVMCQUC4WVAFQKCQL1AUNE%3Fid%3DMY-1001" class="Popup

    I use Bare Minerals foundation as it's the only thing that doesn't break me out. I do have to wait about 10 min after I put the oil on before I can apply my foundation or it gets a little "cakey" but otherwise I haven't had a problem.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I'll try to update with a pic of the stuff in jars on my counter.
    Here is a link to the pick of how I keep my products.
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2FJessCurls%2Fgoing-cg%2F1000841.html" class="Popup
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • lacunaCoilslacunaCoils Posts: 489Registered Users
    Your skin - and hair looks great! I might have to try this - my skin is really bad right now. I was doing OCM but it made me break out after a few weeks. I went back to proactiv, but it dries out my skin. I just ordered Avalon Organics Vitamin C cleanser & moisturizer, so I am hoping that will work too. The vit-E, goat milk and rosewater in your ingredients sound really good though.
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  • curlymaybecurlymaybe Posts: 354Registered Users
    Is the dry mixture a scrub or a mask?
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    Your skin - and hair looks great! I might have to try this - my skin is really bad right now. I was doing OCM but it made me break out after a few weeks. I went back to proactiv, but it dries out my skin. I just ordered Avalon Organics Vitamin C cleanser & moisturizer, so I am hoping that will work too. The vit-E, goat milk and rosewater in your ingredients sound really good though.
    Thank you! I finally figured out I have some protein sensitivities and it's helping tame my mane. I had the same problem with proactive and murad...always dried my skin out. If the AO doesn't work you should definitely give this a try.
    Is the dry mixture a scrub or a mask?
    It's kind of both. When you add a little water to it in your hand it becomes like a gentle scrub that you just rub all over your face. Then when it sits on your face for a few minutes it will start to tighten up like a mask. And when you rinse it off it becomes like a scrub again. I kind of feel like I'm giving myself a mini facial every day. Oh I forgot to add that you'll want to put a headband and/or tie your hair back so you don't get the mixture in it. I usually wash when I'm plopping so my hair is back.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • MelandieMelandie Posts: 12Registered Users
    Thanks for the pictures and the information.. now i have to look for the products in holland..but at least now i know what to look for :)

    isn't it bad to scrub your face everyday?
    Hair: 3c.. i think
    Using: All Jessicurl's Products..
    Lanza Urban Elements Bodyfying Foam and Lanza Art Elements Taffy

    Still looking for the perfect Match..
  • MelandieMelandie Posts: 12Registered Users
    ..oops posted it twice
    Hair: 3c.. i think
    Using: All Jessicurl's Products..
    Lanza Urban Elements Bodyfying Foam and Lanza Art Elements Taffy

    Still looking for the perfect Match..
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    Melandie wrote: »
    isn't it bad to scrub your face everyday?
    Because of how gentle and natural the ingredients are it's not bad. And it doesn't feel rough like a typical scrub. Scrubs have always irritated my face but not this at all.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • TavymamaTavymama Posts: 10Registered Users
    Dear Jess
    How do you get your hair so shiny, I love your hair. Also How do you know if your hair is sensitive to protiens, oils, etc. Is there some sort of reaction I should be looking for?
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    Tavymama wrote: »
    Dear Jess
    How do you get your hair so shiny, I love your hair. Also How do you know if your hair is sensitive to protiens, oils, etc. Is there some sort of reaction I should be looking for?
    Awww thanks. Right now I seem to be getting the most shine by using homemade FSG but it really got better when I stopped using protein. I don't really know how to explain protein sensitivities, you could do a search of the general discussion board as there are many curlies who can. Here's what was going on with my hair when I figured it out. It was stringy, straw-like, dry even though I was condish and DT, and very dull. With all the talk of protein I figured I'd try cutting it out. I immediately saw a difference. As far as oils I haven't experimented too much...I'm loving coconut oil right now though. What products are you using?
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Interesting routine! Thanks for posting it.
    I already cleanse with oils and use a baking soda scrub so this will just add a couple ingredients, which I will pick up at the store maybe tonight.
    I love using inexpensive, natural products so it's certainly worth a try!
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    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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  • susancnwsusancnw Posts: 1,366Registered Users
    Can you also post this down in the skin care forum please ma'am? It'll be easier to find.

    I am wondering if the OCM is breaking out my skin a bit...no real eruption but not sure if I like it again.
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  • helloitsiohelloitsio Posts: 1,369Registered Users
    It actually sounds like the recipe for an oatmeal wash I read about on the skincare forum I frequent. It's great to calm and soothe irritated skin.

    Also, honey is a natural source of hydrogen peroxide so it should help kill any bacteria on the skin surface. Just an FYI, if you like raw honey, manuka honey is really great for the skin.

    The rosewater and Vit E sound great, too. I use other oils (currently a blend of pomegranate and hazelnut) for moisture.

    It's great that something so simple and natural is working for you!
  • MelandieMelandie Posts: 12Registered Users
    Finally bought everything.. except for the goat milk powder... couldn't find that anywhere.. only the nanny's stuff.. that costs like 18 euro. :S..

    So i made a oatmeal/flax seed combination, that seems ok too..

    Didn't see any big differences but it feels nice and refreshing in the morning.. and at the end of a working day *like now!* my face isn't dry as usual..

    So i like it so far!
    Hair: 3c.. i think
    Using: All Jessicurl's Products..
    Lanza Urban Elements Bodyfying Foam and Lanza Art Elements Taffy

    Still looking for the perfect Match..
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    susancnw wrote: »
    Can you also post this down in the skin care forum please ma'am? It'll be easier to find.

    I am wondering if the OCM is breaking out my skin a bit...no real eruption but not sure if I like it again.
    I sure will!

    After 8 weeks I'm still having success. Melandie let me know how it goes after a while.
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • O d d i s y~O d d i s y~ Posts: 1,042Registered Users
    I just started today..
    I'll keep you guys posted!
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  • curlygirl18curlygirl18 Posts: 355Registered Users
    Perhaps I am doing this wrong...the mix, after water was added was gloopy and not smooth and never reallly turned into a paste. Maybe I didn't blend enough? I don't know if I did something wrong...
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  • mlle_carriemlle_carrie Posts: 79Registered Users
    Thank you so much for posting this thread. I bought the book and started this routine last night and I am in love already! I am going to buy some little jars and pots and make up kits to give to my mom and sister for Mother's Day. Thanks again!

  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I am going to start this today...I will update.
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  • curlygirlymecurlygirlyme Posts: 1,340Registered Users
    I just wanted to say that I use something similar from mountain rose herbs called Cleansing Grains

    Ingredients: White Kaolin clay, organic Oat Bran, organic Almond meal, organic Corn meal, powdered Rose petals, and a blend of pure steam distilled essential oils.

    It works wonders for me.
  • kazza186kazza186 Posts: 87Registered Users
    Bump!
    Where are everyones results to this? Im really intrigued!!
    I did an attempt last night but used my Lush angels on bare skin as the oatmeal thing, and the Lush toner spray instead of rose water. I liked it though!
    Would love to know if ppl are still using this? If so, do you do it morning/night/both?
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  • mlle_carriemlle_carrie Posts: 79Registered Users
    I have been using it for the past month or so and I love it. I am still having occasional breakouts, but I think it might have to do with the fact that I am still using up my old makeup (which contains preservatives and the like). I am planning to buy mineral makeup soon. One thing I noticed right away is that my skin is so much more hydrated. I hardly ever have to use the olive oil to moisturize. Before my skin was oily but I had dry, flaky patches. Now my dry patches are gone and it seems like the goat's milk wash and the honey are enough to keep me hydrated. I use the olive oil around my eyes to remove mascara at the end of the day and sometimes around my mouth, because I seem to get dry there. I do the goat's milk wash and the honey both morning and night and I only use the olive oil to moisturize every few days. I don't use the rose water. I tried lavender spritz a few times, but I find it's just easiest to apply the honey to my skin while it is still wet after rinsing off the oatmeal/goat's milk. I keep my little jar of powder on the sink and my brother (who is also my roommate) got curious and tried it the other day. He loved it too!!! He kept rambling on about how it made his skin so smooth and soft and tight but not dry. It kind of gave me a chuckle. Now if I can just get my boyfriend to start using...

    By the way, I did order a bunch of little bottles and jars online from this site /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.specialtybottle.com%2F" class="Popup and I made up some little gift sets to give to my mom and sister for Mother's Day. I am so curious to find out what they think of it!

    Anyone else have stories to share?

  • DominoDomino Posts: 287Registered Users
    Actually I've tried it about a month ago, but found something in the dry mix causing breakouts. I've just started doing a modified version (no flax seeds, my homemade ACV/citric acid/rose water toner and tea tree oil only on spots) two days ago, and I really really like it. My skin has become so soft and it glows :) :) I found my skin doesn't really need any moisturizer other than honey, since it's hot and humid outside. But anyway, it's been amazing for only using it for 2 days, and I'm really curious how this routine would work when my period comes :angel1:
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  • goobernutgoobernut Posts: 2,317Registered Users
    Hey Jess!

    I also recently discovered the "less is more" with regards to acne! Its why I thought CG might work for me! In about 2000, I started getting cystic acne. My skin before that been very dry with only a few blackheads on my nose. It took me a while to figure it all out, but I found a routine that worked for me (involved a gentle mechanical scrub every day).

    Just recently my skin freaked out. It made me re-evaluate everything, and I had to cut out the scrub and switch cleansers. No toner either. I use a very basic super gentle moisturizer. A super gentle cleanser as well. It has parbens in it though, so I was looking for an alternative. I'm glad you posted this because I definitely wanna give this a try!

    However, I was just reading up on Flax seeds today (cause I had some leftover from making the gel hah), and I remember hearing before that you can't digest the whole seeds. There were tons of instructions about grinding flax seeds, but that you need to refrigerate after grinding because the seeds contain a lot of oils (not that the flax meal is oily, but you know what I mean) and go rancid very fast. Do you make up a small pot and use it up quickly? in the very least, some of the good stuff oxidizes and you lose some beneficial... thingys.

    I prolly wont' need a moisturizer after using this either (I already know I do poorly with an oil on my face as a moisturizer, been there tried that). But if I use a gentle enough cleanser I dont' need much of a moisturizer.

    btw, I agree that mineral makeup is great for sensitive skin! It was one of the few things I could use and not break out with.

    thanks again for the post!
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  • Cristinabel7Cristinabel7 Posts: 74Registered Users
    I am going to try this! I was like you. I had tried nearly everything from commercial products, natural products, and dermatologist prescriptions. GiGi Organics face wash and this one gel from the derm has worked decently, but my face still has acne. Nothing has really worked, so I am so grateful that you have shared this with us!

    I have also heard that grape seed extract oil and tea tree oil are great on the skin, but I have not tried it.
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  • OperaCurlsOperaCurls Posts: 1,101Registered Users
    I recently switched from commercial cleansers to using ayurvedic herbs to wash and japanese camelia oil to moisturize, with tea trea oil as a spot treatment, and my skin has never been more clear! However, I've been needed a good all-natural exfoliator and a lighter moisturizer for summer, so I may introduce this into my routine and see how it goes. I've been following this thread since Jess started it, and am encouraged by the positive feedback. Thanks, ladies!

    BTW, anyone wanting to try tea trea oil, you can get a little bottle of it at any drugstore that carries Desert Essence brand, or at Trader Joe's, for under $10. It lasts a long time if you use it correctly - the bottle says to not use it full-strength on facial skin, but I've found that dipping one end of a Q-tip in the oil and dabbing it directly on blemishes works great.
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