Is your skin freaking out? Is the change is the seasons throwing you for a loop? Yes, I know I live in Miami, but the weather does change here too; it goes from unbelievably hot and sticky to not so hot and really windy. I’ve noticed that my face has been extra dry lately, even though I haven’t changed my skin care routine. What that basically means, for me, is that my skin is out of balance. As someone who is a DIY freak, when I think balance my brain automatically turns to lavender.
That may sound a bit strange to you because so many people associate lavender with a calming affect and it’s true, a good quality lavender can be very calming. But, one of lavender’s best kept secret is its ability to bring things into balance. It’s one of the reason’s why I love it so much. It amps up whatever you mix it with and just makes everything better.
So since my skin has been acting up lately, I’ve tweaked my skin care routine to compensate. I’m usually prone to breakouts, so all those blog posts that tell you to put oil directly on your face don’t apply to me; or so I thought! The idea of adding coconut, or baobab oil (my favorite!) directly to my face would be absolutely unthinkable, unless I added a few drops of lavender essential oil to the mix. So this is what I do:
I start with a toner. And when I say “toner”, I’m talking about hydrosols AKA flower water. They are the only toner I use and frankly they blow everything else out of the water (pun intended). Since my skin is out of balance I use a lavender flower water. I spritz in on right after I wash my face. Then, I make a mixture of baobab carrier oil and lavender essential oil (about 6-8 drops per ounce). Just before the lavender water dries on my face, I put a few drops of the baobab/lavender mixture on my fingertips and glide it all over my face and neck. It’s amazing how quickly it works. My pores instantly shrink and my face is absolutely glowing.
Since I’ve started this new, fall regimen my skin is looking better than ever! Do you have a fall skin care secrete you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.