Homemade Cosmetics for the Sensitive Face

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Do you have sensitive skin? If you do, perhaps the little tricks that have helped me might help you.

There’s something wrong with my face. 

It’s sensitive. 

Way too sensitive.

So sensitive that I haven't been able to put anything on it without my skin breaking out into civil war between pimples and rashes. 

Even products that are recommended by dermatologists for sensitive skin murder the skin on my face.

It's humiliating. Especially because people take notice, like one jerk who kindly would give my daily reminders that my face was offensive. 

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Plastic surgery was out of the question, but dermatology wasn’t, so that’s what my momma let me do. For years, we experimented with every dang pill, cream, gel, and medicated facial wash, but my skin never improved.

My face remained a mess until just over a year ago.

Do you have sensitive skin? If you do, perhaps the little tricks that have helped me, might help you.

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Facial Scrub + Moisturizer  

Coconut oil is literally the best thing that has ever happened to my skin. I’ve been using it to cleanse and moisturize my face for a little over a year, and for the first time since I was a baby, my skin is clear.

I use plain coconut oil as a face moisturizer, and I make my own cleansing bar. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Take equal parts coconut oil and baking soda.
  2. Mash them together, adding a little more oil or a little more baking soda so that the mixture becomes a thick, spreadable paste.
  3. Keep it in a container; store it.
  4. Use a dime-sized amount of the mixture; scrub your face.
  5. Rinse.
  6. Moisturize with a small amount of plain coconut oil; let it sit on your face for a bit. If it’s a little too greasy, just dab your face with a tissue.     

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It sounds gross—oil on your skin—but if you have skin problems, oil will be your skin’s best friend. Jennifer’s post on the oil cleansing method (OCM) is a testament that putting oil on your face does wondrous things.

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Eye Primer

I don’t always wear eyeshadow, but when I do, I must wear primer on my lids. Otherwise, they get all creasy and greasy.

I used to buy primer that came with a nasty guilt trip (it was a little pricy), but when I find eye makeup that doesn’t make my eyes swell and itch, then I stick with it.

However, when I came across a recipe for homemade primer, I got brave, tried it, and loved it. I think you will love it, too because it’s inexpensive, and it works well.

I found it on a makeup artist’s blog, and it requires just a few simple ingredients.

Her recipe requires just three things:

  1. all-natural lip balm 
  2. cornstarch
  3. liquid foundation

Visit maskCARA to get the details on how much of each. Then just mix them together really well, and that’s it.

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Simple, right?

Because my skin hates foundation, I swapped it out with some Hard Candy primer that I had, and it worked out great.

Try it—you’ll like it!

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Self–Tanner

I’m kind of suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.

My skin is turning white, and as stupid as this sounds, I am not sure how to handle it.

My parents used to scrub my knees and elbows when I was little because they thought I was dirty. They later realized that dark brown was actually my skin color. (I was adopted, so they didn’t know any better. We laugh about this often.)

As I’ve gotten older, my skin has gotten lighter and lighter. I don’t like it. I miss being dark.

Has anyone else experienced this? Why is this happening? Help me.

Anyway, this brings me to my next homemade cosmetic remedy: self-tanner.

Lotions work fine on my body, but not on my face. Oh my goodness! Is self-tanner ever disastrous on my face. Tea, however, is not. So that’s what I use—black tea. 

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I just boil a little water and pour just enough into a mug to cover the tea bag. I let it steep until the water is cool, and then I take the bag and dab it on my face over and over. It doesn’t turn my skin a glorious Islander brown like I’d like it to, but it does give me a little color. 

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Homemade Cosmetics for the Sensitive Face

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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