I was at my work-study when a woman came to my window asking for her refund check. While I was looking over her photo ID she exclaimed “you have such beautiful skin! You’re glowing.” It’d be a huge lie to say this was news to me, as people have been commenting on my skin since high school (including the sports trainer, a woman who didn’t know the word tweezers, who couldn’t stop stroking my torn hamstring and exclaiming how soft my skin was.) Call me hot chocolate! But really, part if it is because I was blessed with good genetics, but the other half is due to vigilant skincare. I have some lotions and potions, but I try to keep it simple and (most importantly) au natural.
For starters I wash my face with ground up oatmeal. It may sound crazy, but it’s really gentle, mildly exfoliating, and chemical free. When you go off your regular cleanser your face might freak out a month, but then you’ll come out on the other side more radiant than before. I follow up washing by using coconut oil to moisturize. While it might not be ideal for truly oily skin, it’s something to look into, especially during the dry winter.
I’ve been doing this skincare regiment for a little over a year, sometimes using a toner made of water, vegetable glycerin, and raw apple cider vinegar. I’ve decided to start taking preventative measures for the delicate skin under my eyes and in the corners to keep the crows feet at bay. I whipped together a combination of coconut and vitamin-e oil and stored it in a mini mason jar. Each morning I apply it under my eye and up to the corners. It’s been a few weeks, but I think I’m seeing a reduction in “puff.” I’m not afraid to grow old, even with all the trappings like sagging and wrinkling, but I’m definitely not against aging gracefully and slowly so I can let my natural beauty show throw and not have to fall back on caking on makeup.