Honey Slow Down

by Lexie langan

Quarantine left me refreshed, renewed & filled with major realizations!?

My life before locked down was incredibly fast-paced. I was always on the go and spread thin. I tried to keep up with my work obligations, social life, and the latest cosmetic trends. At the beginning of the stay-at-home order, I was resentful of the societal changes, but I came to many healing realizations as time went on. I was caught up in the daily grind, suffering from the fear of missing out and wrapped up in our consumeristic culture. This mandatory pause allowed me time to destress, spend quality time with my family, and re-evaluate my priorities.

The slower pace of life gave birth to a newfound selective nature within me. It guided me to see where I should invest my energy, time, and money. I evaluated my expenses and saw how much I was spending on cosmetics and skincare. I had developed a habit of blindly buying based on advertisements and trends…. a never-ending feat. Therefore, I decided to be a more intentional consumer with what I purchase, what I eat, who I spend time with, and what I put on my face!

I began to research skincare and cosmetics on a much deeper level than ever before. Yes, I loved the products I was using. Yes, my skincare and cosmetics were all high performance and achieved excellent results, but at what cost to my wallet or even more importantly, my health?! I learned I cannot trust a product because of its reputation, or attractive label. Statuses and tags can often be misleading.

Here is what helped me!

Think Dirty.

This app is a Godsend! This is the tool I used to investigate the ingredients of my most coveted products. How many times have you read the ingredients listed on products, and it looks like a jumble of complicated and impossible-to-pronounce scientific names? This app breaks down the ingredient deck in such a simple way. It rates each product in its database from 1-10 on the ‘dirty’ scale. Products that scored 7-10 indicates known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and allergens. Products that score 0-2 means they are not harmful.

This information not only led to a major cleanout of my cosmetic bag and skincare drawer, but it also inspired a need to avoid the scary synthetic products and their price tags. Quarantine was the perfect time to experiment with plant-based beauty recipes. Believe it or it or not – you don’t need to be a scientist or a formulator; if you can follow a cupcake recipe, you can also create fabulous skincare
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Now that I have scared you and your skin cells, let’s start by replacing your facial cleanser. Facial cleanser is a standard daily product used by both men and women. Here is the recipe for my new favorite morning ritual, the Honey Foam Cleanser. This recipe is suitable for all skin types and will stay fresh for three weeks. This is not an original recipe!!! This recipe has been extracted from one of my new favorite books Plant-Powered Beauty. I have been referring to that read often. Its filled with so much knowledge and great recipes.

Honey Foam Cleanser

Tools you need

  • Measuring cup Wooden stirrer
  • 1 (2-ounce) non-BPA plastic bottle with a foaming pump (There is something luxurious about using a special foaming pump for this cleanser recipe.)

Ingredients you need

  • 1 tablespoon honey (antibacterial, antioxidant, improves circulation brightens skin)
  • 1 tablespoon castile soap (lifts and rinses dirt away from the skin, offers a foaming action to the product. Do not ingest)
  • 1 drop vitamin E (antioxidant, good for fine lines and good for fine lines and hyperpigmentation. This recipe also prevents rancidity of vegetable oils.)
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
  • 26 drops Foaming Honey Essential Oil Synergy

The synergy is made up of:
— 49 drops sweet orange
— 21 drops rosemary
— 21 drops fennel seed (Combine all essential oils together in a synergy bottle)

Instructions

  1. Pour the honey and castile soap into a glass bowl/measuring cup and stir until well combined.
  2. Continue stirring as you add the vitamin E and synergy.
  3. Slowly add the distilled water into the honey and soup mixture and continue stirring until the ingredients are fully incorporated. The color should be a very pale yellow.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the bottle and twist the foam pumping into place the cleanser is ready to use.

How to Use the Honey Foam Cleanser

  1. Place one or two full pumps of cleanser in the palm of your hand.
  2. Rub your hands together and add water to build up the foam.
  3. Generously apply the foam to your face, gently making circular motions.
  4. After 30 seconds to one-minute, use warm water to rinse off the cleanser.
  5. Pat your face dry with a towel

As life speeds back up, I hope you can carve out time for self-reflection, family, and good skincare choices!