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I can’t do it all.
*Deep breath* …and repeat.
“I. Can’t. Do. It. All.”
In this busy stage of raising tiny humans, part time homeschooling, and blogging, I’ve realized I can either do a million things with mediocrity or a handful of things with excellence.
Specifically, I can run myself ragged making everything we put into and onto our bodies myself, but come up short on time and energy to build relationships with the family I’m working so hard to serve.
But the fact that I can’t – and probably shouldn’t – do it all doesn’t change that I really do want to eliminate as many harmful toxins from our cleaning, clothing, and personal care routines as I can.
Ditching the DIYs
Since preparing and serving healthy food is my greatest passion, I’m freeing up more time and energy for that by buying “clean” and affordable household and personal care products that require little to no DIY effort on my part.
But almost everything else – at least for the time being – has moved from my “To Do” list to my “To Buy” list.
No-fuss Natural Skin Care for All Skin Types (for around $0.20/day!)
Too often, a “natural skin care routine” means high priced products with lengthy ingredient lists. But this daily facial routine is a perfect example of simple, affordable, and completely natural products that really work!
I have oily skin, but these products are gentle enough to be used for all skin types – just adjust the frequency as needed. The items shown last me about 4 months, with the exception of the argan oil which I use mostly in the winter time and only buy once or twice a year. That brings the cost of this amazing regimen to around $0.20/day!
1. Coconut Oil (to remove makeup)
Coconut oil works as well as any over the counter eye makeup remover, but it’s completely natural and much more affordable! I apply it to my eyelids with clean fingers, then use a Q-tip to remove any remaining eyeliner or mascara. I usually don’t rinse my face before moving onto Step 2.
2. Natural Soap (to wash)
I wash my face once a day with an all natural bar soap. The one shown was made by a friend, but there are plenty of good options in stores, online, and at farmer’s markets.
3. Witch Hazel (to tone, optional)
If you have dry or sensitive skin, you may not need a toner at all; but, for those of us with oily skin, applying witch hazel can help remove excess oil buildup without overdrying.
4. Redmond Facial Mud (to spot treat acne, as needed)
I cannot say enough about this fantastic product – I’m completely amazed that a simple mixture of water and clay can literally stop pimples in their tracks!
It can be used as a mud mask applied to the whole face, then washed off. But I typically use it as a spot treatment. I cover an emerging pimple with the mud and keep it on overnight. By the next morning, redness and swelling in the area are down and, within just a few days, it’s completely or almost completely gone!
5. Argan Oil (to spot moisturize, as needed)
This natural oil is extracted from kernals of the argan tree, native to Morocco, and is rich in vitamin E. It moisturizes beautifully without leaving an oily residue, and comes in very handy during the drier winter months!
How to you handle the DIY dilemma and not being able to do it all?
Leave a comment below to share your tips!