IF update: Kind of bummed lately. This cycle also doesn't seem to be working. Like usual. Some nice goat brie and wine cheered me up last night. ;)
So I've been thinking for a while it would be fun to post about random beauty products during the TWW. It is after all my blog. And I'm a bit of a crazy makeup girl. But we'll save that for a future post. So sorry, this isn't much about IF - you can tune out if you like! :)
So it is no secret, I have bad skin. It's been getting better slowly but surely (GF/dairy free seems to help a ton), but I am still prone to breakouts/bit of rosacea (interesting I just looked it up - linked to intestinal bacteria...hrmm....). When I washed my face with Pro.A.ctive before my wedding, my skin did look great. BUT, this has far too many chemicals for TTC, so I stopped right after the wedding (when we started TTC).
I am sort of demanding my skin get better from the inside out, using it as a reflection of my general health and well-being.
So I use soap. Regular old soap. Same soap for body and face. Right now I'm using Dr Bronner's Tea Tree Oil, but I like his unscented best. I love rich lather-y bar soaps. I have a tie between The Soap Work's Pine Tar soap, and Dr B's Unscented as my all-time favourite soaps. I think the Pine Tar edges out slightly - it is way cheaper, and it is made locally which is pretty cool. If you've never tried a Dr B's bar soap - spoil yourself one day and try them out. They are super luxurious. :)
I also use the brush pictured. It really does help. I use it once a day, for about a minute. This is my concession to trying a little bit to improve things from the outside instead of just the inside. I've been using this type of brush (very soft bristles) for over a year now. In fact, I've already broken one of these and bought a second one. (You can get them at the drug store, nothing fancy).
I splash a bit of Witch Hazel for toner, then I'm done. I find if I don't tone my skin gets very dry. I don't use moisturizer at all. My skin is so oily naturally, it doesn't feel nice. And usually they are chock full of chemicals. I know I'm playing a dangerous game with wrinkles...but such is life. :)
I was a little worried Witch Hazel was no good for fertility, but I did a little Dr Google-ing just now, and it seems fine. Also pictured is my red clay, which I use to make very occasional masks. I do really find masks improve my skin, but I find it a bit of a bother.
Do you have a favourite soap? What is your toner solution?