If you’re a mom I’m pretty sure you don’t get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Did you know there is a way to fake it like you got a good night sleep with an at home facial? Better yet all of the ingredients for this skin rejuvenator all can be found in your pantry.
I’ve forgotten what it’s like to go to bed each night trusting I won’t get woken up by somebody since 2010. From day one my oldest threw us into the trenches of sleepless nights with waking up every 2 hours and only napping in 20 minute stretches. This pretty much went on for the first 2 years of his life. By the way if you’re ever told your baby looks alert, that’s not a compliment. Then another pregnancy and another baby, who was a better sleeper than her big brother, added to the years of sleepless nights. I’m now on child number 3 and although she’s almost 2 she still goes in streaks of getting up at night. Between her and the “I’m scared,” “I’m thirsty,” and “I can’t sleep,” wake-up calls, my skin takes a beating. I use a night-time moisturizer, but if I don’t get 8 solid hours of sleep I’m not getting the proper cell turnover, replenishing skin renewal, or whatever it is that the cream is supposed to do.
Getting tired of seeing under eye bags hanging down to my chin and dull skin I thought there was something I could do to refresh and brighten up my face since my kids were brightening up my night. I have sensitive skin and wanted to find ways to keep things natural. I also didn’t have tons of money to spend on expensive products. Through some research I discovered I could use things on my face from my pantry to look like I’ve been sleeping well every night since 2010.
At Home Facial
Here is my routine I follow after a few rough nights. For this you’ll need make-up free skin, baking soda, raw apple cider vinegar, distilled water and olive oil.
Baking Soda Exfoliator
It has been found that baking soda has exfoliating and cleansing properties and can remove impurities and dead skin cells from pores. I want to slough that stuff off my face so I make a paste with baking soda and water with about 1 tb of baking soda and 1 tsp of water. You can play around with your own ratios. I basically like it thick enough to easily apply to my skin, but not too runny or goopy. Rub the paste on your face in a circular motion. Gently dab off with a warm wash cloth.
Olive Oil Soother
After exfoliating my skin feels great, yet a little raw (in a good way.) To help soothe my pores and and add a little moisture I dab my face with extra virgin olive oil. Not only does EVOO moisturize it has a lot of anti-aging properties, is rich in vitamins, and fights bacteria. I pour some oil on a cotton ball and apply to my face. I let it sit on my skin for about 5 minutes. Then I take a warm washcloth and place over my face for a minute and then rub the oil off. My face is left feeling smooth and soft. My skin tone looks brighter too.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
I finish up my regimen with a toner made up of apple cider vinegar and distilled water. (Raw apple cider vinegar is recommended as it is more pure.) I mix 1 table spoon of vinegar to 2 tablespoons of water in a small bottle and mist it on my face. Apple cider vinegar helps even out skin tone and balances out the ph of skin. I like to use a toner because it helps keep my skin tight. The cool mist seems to wake me up more too. After the toner I then finish with my regular daily moisturizer.
After following these 3 steps my skin feels and looks much better than it did before. I also like a little pampering in the morning after a rough night and it perks me up knowing I don’t look like a zombie. Sometimes I like to use this regimen if I’ve gone several days of wearing make-up and need to just rejuvenate my skin. Okay I’ll also admit I do this on mornings if I didn’t wash my face the night before. Oh the horrors if you sleep in your make-up!! Give this regimen a try and let me know what you think!