Guidance

Essential Oil Suggestions for Skincare

Liz Cardwell

Deciding to use essential oils in your homemade skincare can seem overwhelming, confusing, and expensive. When you are deciding which oils to invest in, it’s important to think about how much you’ll need and which brand(s) you’ll trust to use on your body. I don’t want to push you toward any brands in this post, but I did price several companies I believe to be ethical and sustainable to get the price ranges. I chose easily accessible brands like Aura Cacia, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Eden’s Garden but you should shop wherever you feel best. My one request is please...


Basic Use Instructions

Liz Cardwell

Step 1: Steam Pamper you skin with a steam treatment only once a week. Using steam to open and cleanse your pores before masking is a wonderfully relaxing treat. Detailed instructions on how to steam can be found here. Step 2: Mask Masking can be done as often as you like. Mix your mask using 1-2 tsp of dry ingredients with 1-2 tsp of liquid. Detailed instructions on how to use and apply face masks can be found here. Step 3: Face Oil Face oil is a nourishing experience for skin. Apply a few drops after masking, while your face is still...


Using Facial Steams

Liz Cardwell

Facial steams might be something you think are reserved for a professional facial. That beautiful steam spewing machine they have is fantastic, but it’s not necessary for the modern DIY skincare expert like yourself. While an at home steam won’t be as ‘steamy’ as the pro’s, you will reap benefits – including the mental benefit of doing something fancy for yourself and relaxing to enjoy it. Just breathe for a minute. Your skin will benefit from a facial steam (even if it’s only a little warm – don’t overdo it) in several ways. It’s wonderful to open your pores and release dirt...


Using Face Masks

Liz Cardwell

When it comes to keeping skin in top shape naturally, drinking enough water and sticking to a regular face mask routine can be key. No, you don’t have to do the same mask over and over – give your skin a variety of nutrients and keep your inner alchemist growing and experimenting. Why should you have a regular face mask routine? A face mask that is properly executed can remove excess oil, feed your skin vitamins and minerals, and improve the appearance of your pores. If you are one of the many maskers still slathering on Queen Helene’s Mint Julep...


Using Face Oils

Liz Cardwell

Long thought of as the root of all problems face related, oil is becoming skin’s hero of the day. A pure, unadulterated oil can do so much – and so many things – for your skin. Let’s start with the basics of why. Face oils offer hydration and are a wonderful source of fatty acids and anti-oxidants. That’s probably reason enough to use them, right? Well, they can also balance oil production, meaning using oil properly can keep you from getting oily. I know. Face oils also have the ability to cleanse skin without disturbing the acid mantle (you want that...