My All Natural Summer Skincare Routine for Clear Skin in Hot Weather

My all natural summer skincare routine

Today, I thought I’d talk about my daily skincare routine for the summer months. It’s been requested so much by you, guys, but I wanted to wait until I had something a bit more stable to show you. I’ve been experimenting with lots of different things, and, as every month brought something new to my routine, I just didn’t feel like I was in the position to tell you exactly what I was using.

But this particular routine has stuck around for a while now, and I think it will continue doing so. It simply works, and it’s wonderful for the summer months because it’s so light and doesn’t weigh your skin down with excess oils.

So take whatever you need from it, I hope you you’ll enjoy it!

The Aleppo soap is a star addition to my evening skincare routine for summer

In the evenings, I just wash my face with tap water. I have a shower filter installed – it removes chlorine and all the unnecessary minerals from the water, which makes it much softer and less irritating or drying.

A couple of times a week, I use something called the Aleppo soap, and it’s also called Syrian soap or Laurel soap.

It’s made of olive oil and laurel oil (mine is 20% laurel oil), and is considered to be the most ancient soap in the human history. It’s still extensively used in Middle Eastern countries, such as Lebanon or Syria. Have you noticed that women from those countries have the most beautiful skin ever? I definitely have, and I bet they know something about skincare that we don’t. Knowing that Aleppo soap is a corner stone of their routine, I had to give it a try!

The Aleppo soap looks really strange – it’s kind of golden on the outside and bright green on the inside. It doesn’t smell too good either. Some say it smells of cheese gone bad. To me, it just smells like olive oil. I guess that’s because I’m totally used to purely natural scents by now.

Aleppo soap - my all natural summer skincare routine

The Aleppo soap has blown my mind. Literally.

This soap is the most nourishing thing ever. Seriously! I’m not a big fan of soaps, but this one is from a completely different league. It’s amazing! It leaves my skin so incredibly soft and flake-free.

I use the Aleppo soap a couple of times a week, usually whenever I use makeup: it removes it perfectly.

Oil Cleansing Method Still Has A Firm Place in My Skincare Routine

Around once a week or once in two weeks, I also do the Oil Cleansing Method before washing with the Aleppo soap. For the OCM, I’ve been using either pure coconut oil or my DIY oil cleansing mixture with 80% olive oil and 20% castor oil with a few drops of lavender oil.

I usually massage the oil into my skin for around 5 minutes and then remove it using my wonderful super soft microfibre cloth. It’s also called suede microfibre cloth – it’s the one used for polishing furniture (or cars). I talked about it in a separate blogpost – you can read it here. It’s so much better than a muslin cloth or a regular washcloth because it’s much more gentle and is really pleasant to use.

After the Oil Cleansing Method, I’ve been really enjoying washing my face with the Aleppo soap because now that it’s hot, I kind of like removing all that oily residue.

Rosewater Is Still My Favourite Toner In My Skincare Routine

After the Oil Cleansing Method, Aleppo soap or even just rinsing with water, I always tone with rosewater. I simply take a cotton pad and wipe my face gently with it.

Rosewater is so hydrating that I don’t need any moisturizing afterwards at all. So I haven’t really been using any oil to moisturize at all during the day or in the evening.

My 1-Step All Natural Morning Routine

In the morning, my routine is even more simple. I just grab a cotton pad and rosewater, and wipe my face with it. That’s it!

I don’t use any oil for moisturizing or nourishment at all because rosewater is really hydrating. It’s hot outside, so I really don’t need any more nourishment than that.

However, on days or evenings when my face is feeling extremely dry (for example, if I’ve been in the sun all day), I will use just a tiny bit of coconut oil, and that sorts everything out super quickly.

If you’d like to know more about the miracle of coconut oil, here’s a great article about all of the great health and beauty benefits of coconut oil.

So here you go, my super simple skincare routine for hot summer weather. It’s keeping my skin happy, soft and clear. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this, and I really hope that you’ll be able to reuse some of these wonderful things in your own skincare routine.

What do you think of my routine? I would love to know what you use in your own skincare routine, too. So tell me down in the comments if you don’t mind sharing, and we can all get ideas from each other.

I’m also planning to show you my shower and hygiene routine, my daily makeup routine, and my haircare routine in the near future – all of them have been requested so much as well. So stay tuned, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Read about my summer shower and hygiene routine here.

Check out my daily makeup routine (on days when I actually wear makeup because I usually don’t).

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  1. I just recently (about a month now) started the OCM- I have really enjoyed it, I originally started with 0ne third castor oil and two thirds sweet almond with a little lavender essential oil. I was scared to go with olive oil thinking it might not respond well to my skin. I usually moisturizer with a tiny bit of coconut oil after my OCM. I only cleanse about 2-3 times per week. I’m still playing around and can’t wait to try rosewater. I haven’t found any pure rosewater locally so will order online. I use coconut oil in the shower to shave and as a general moisturizer on my body! Love reading your blog and that you continue to experiment and try new things!! I love the clarity and brightness OCM brings to my skin, I always have a bit more breakouts with PMS, any suggestions?

  2. Just ordered my rosewater, Aleppo soap and coconut oil. I will also try the chicken salad. I am also all about being light and airy for summer, especially in my meals as in the summer I can eat like fish and chicken, but lose my taste for any other kinds of meats cause they seem heavy. Still have not got the Lily Lolo, but plan on trying it. I enjoyed reading your new posts. Will have to send you a note to catch up.

    • Hi Debs, I can’t wait to find out how you like those products. Let me know! I totally agree about not wanting red meat during the summer, I’m also all about seafood and chicken or turkey. I’ve been wondering how your new job is doing, do send me a note! xx

      • Ok, so the Aleppo soap definitely takes some getting used to, but my spouse and I were sitting on the couch the other night and I had this huge pimple on my jawline I had been trying to get rid of it would not go away. I washed with the Aleppo, used the rosewater as a toner and during the day no Coconut Oil, but I would use the oil at night for moisturizer. Last night my husband looks and the zit was gone. He said “what did you do it’s gone?” I said “I’ve just been washing with the Aleppo soap I got and using the rosewater.” He couldn’t believe it! haha…I LOVE the rosewater. It really calms my skin as well as my emotions when I use it. Thank You!

        • Hahaha it’s always so pleasant when our husbands notice a difference in our skin. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying rose water and the Aleppo soap. Why did you say it was hard to get used to? Was it the smell? Or the texture? 🙂 Rose water calms my emotions as well, it’s such a beautiful soothing ritual every morning and night. xx

      • Vita,
        Yes, the smell takes some getting used to is all. Otherwise, it does a really good job on my skin. I do wish they made one that smelled like roses as good as this. I think I am becoming addicted to anything that smells like roses as well!

  3. I got inspired by your original post on OCM after searching the web on more information and have been practicing it for about a month now.. Overall I have seen great improvement in skin brightness and reduced pores- also my skin does seem to be clearer from acne.. It is still worse around my menstrual cycle. I am still in the tweaking process of the right combo. Currently I am using 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 sweet almond with a few drops lavender.. When I’m done I occasionally feel like I need a tad more moisture in areas so just use straight coconut oil as a moisturizer. I’m a lover of coconut oil so may try including it in the OCM. I use it to shave and as a general moisturizer for my body. Have been wanting to try rosewater but haven’t found pure varieties locally. I’m definitely going to order some for my in between days- I live in Texas and it is super hot in the summer here, I think that it will be quite refreshing!! Any tricks for combatting breakouts around menstruation? Love your blog and helpful videos!!

    • Hi Emily, I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the OCM: Thanks for your kind words! I find that it’s very important to keep your pores very clean and not to overload your skin with oils when you’re about to have and are having your period. Skin tends to get much oilier and more sensitive at that time. So I like doing the OCM and washing with the Aleppo soap just before and a couple days into my period just to keep things really clean and clear. I find that helps a lot. Another thing you could try is a honey and cinnamon mask. Just mix 1 tbsp. of raw honey with 1.5 tsp. of cinnamon, and apply it to a clean dry face in the evening. I usually just rinse it with water before. Leave it on for 15 mins and rinse off with water. Do it every other day for the first 3 months, then twice a week the following month and once a week the month after. This mask is pretty much a miracle. xx

  4. Thanks so much for the suggestions – I ordered the rose water and Aleppo so can’t wait to give those a shot! Will be trying the honey mask tonight- sounds lovely! I will let you know how it all goes.. And sorry about the double post- we lost electricity several times while I was typing and couldn’t tell if my original posted! Cheers!

    • Oh that’s why! 🙂 I was wondering about the double post. Good luck with the honey mask tonight. I did mine last night. 🙂 I’ll be waiting for your updates! xx

  5. Hi again! I commented on one of your troubleshooting posts about how my skin looked great for a couple of days after doing the OCM, then got worse, especially around the chin area. I got the Aleppo soap as well as some rosewater, like you suggested. I also adjusted my mixture to have less castor oil as well as added olive oil. Sadly, the same thing happened. My skin really started to show improvements after adding less castor and using the Aleppo soap. It looked really good for a few days, and my redness and dermatitis went away. But now my dermatitis and general redness are back, as well as some tiny random zits on my cheeks, which I have never really had a problem with before.

    Even if I have this dermatitis and some other issues, my skin seems to be doing better than before, and my skin feels much better in general. I just wanted to get your opinion. Does your dermatitis that you’ve mentioned come and go like this? Or could this just be my skin getting used to everything?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Caitlin, sorry for a late reply. I tried to have a computer-free weekend! 🙂 My dermatitis used to come and go, based on what I ate really. Or if I didn’t sleep enough, I woke up with a dermatitis flare. My skin used to react to anything. It does seem like your skin enjoyed oils in general, but it possibly got clogged after a few days. I’ve recently discovered the difference between oils with a high linoleic acid content and those high in oleic acid. In order to prevent clogs, you need those high in linoleic acid, such as sunflower oil, pumpkin seed oil, safflower oil or hempseed oil. Apparently, all the oils I ever used were high in oleic acid, so I’m now trying pumpkin seed oil, and I love it. It’s definitely food for thought. This article is where I found out about it: http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/oils-specifically-for-acne-prone-skin/. You might find it interesting and useful. Good luck, and let’s keep in touch! xx

      • No problem! Okay, I guess I’ll just try to see when I notice my dermatitis flaring up the most then. Do you know what foods triggered yours?

        My skin seems to be doing better now, although it does feel sort of tight when I smile or yawn; could that be because of the Aleppo soap or rosewater? I’ve been using the Aleppo soap every day as it’s hot here and I’ve been sweating and feel I need to clean my face. I’ve also been moisturizing with a few drops of EVOO.

        I’ve read about oleic acid versus linoleic acid as well, but buying all these oils can get a bit expensive (especially as someone paying for college), so I think I might stick with the grape seed, castor, and olive oil mixture for a bit, unless I notice it really messing with my skin. I think my skin is getting more used to the OCM, and the zits I do get haven’t been getting as bad as they used to before they start to go away, if that makes sense.

        Thank you so much for all your help and advice!

        • For me it was definitely sugars (all kinds, including fruit and honey) and grains. I can eat 1-2 pieces of fruit a day, but any more than that and I get into trouble. A very interesting book about that is I Quit Sugar. It explains everything so well. What kind of rosewater did you get? If it’s the real pure distilled rose water, it shouldn’t make your skin dry, it’s super hydrating. The Aleppo soap is amazing if you use it 2-3 times a week, but probably too drying for every day use (at least for me it would be). My skin does best with just cool water rinses on most days (eventhough it’s really hot here). Remember that the more you cleanse, the more oils your skin is going to produce to compensate. If your current mixture seems to be working reasonably well, just stick to it for a bit longer. Perhaps your skin just needs a little bit of time to cleanse itself out. As long as it’s not getting worse, there’s no reason to change up the oils yet. xx

          • Okay, I think I’ve been eating more fruit than usual, so I’ll have to limit that and see how it goes. I’m using the Elma & Sana one you recommended in one of your other posts. I think it’s probably the Aleppo soap because I have been using that every day. My skin hasn’t been oily, just tight, which I’m guessing is because of the soap. Thank you!

          • Hi Caitlin! Yes, Elma & Sana rosewater is great, it definitely shouldn’t cause any dryness. Try to not use the soap every day, it should definitely help. It’s gentler than any cleansers, but it’s still a soap. Keep me posted! xx

          • Okay so I have been sticking to doing the OCM around once a week, usually on the last day of work for the week (I work in a restaurant with grease filled air, and I notice my skin looking worse after). I wash with the Aleppo soap after that, but then only wash with the Aleppo soap 1 to 2 more times that week. I tone with the rosewater usually once a day as it seems to have been irritating my skin. It burns slightly when I use it, which I don’t really understand as it’s supposed to be soothing. I have to use a few drops of EVOO after I use the rosewater as well because my skin feels tight. I also have been rinsing with cool filtered water to try to avoid the tap water. I have also been trying to limit my sugar intake.

            My skin still seems to be acting up, although I haven’t been getting those painful zits, which I think is due to washing with the Aleppo soap after the OCM. I just get these tiny red bumps on my chin, which I assumed was dermatitis. I’ve also been having more redness, mainly around my nose and mouth. I’m not really sure what I should do, because I’ve been being consistent and sticking with the same regimen, but my skin keeps fluctuating.

            I appreciate any help and advice you can give me!

          • Hi Caitlin! I soooo understand what you’re going through. I also used to use in a pub with grease filled air many years ago, and it was totally freaking out my skin, too. In that kind of environment, it’s very important not to have any excess grease on your skin as there is already enough floating around. It’s also strangely drying. Pity that rosewater is drying you out. Just a thought but could it be that it’s the sweat drying your skin out and not rosewater? For me, it helps me a lot if I wipe my face with rosewater in the middle of the day, just to get rid of the sweat. For some reason, if I leave it on my skin for too long, it can get dry and itchy. You could also try a honey and cinnamon mask every other day – it exfoliates very gently and clears pores. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with around 1/2 teaspoon of organic cinnamon. Apply a thin layer on clean face, leave on for 15 mins and wash off with cool water. This quantity should last for around a month or more. It’s amazing for hot and greasy summer days, sorts out dryness so well, too. As always, keep me posted! By the way, what’s your diet like? xx

          • Yeah, more clogs always seem to come out on days that I work. And I’m not sure that it’s drying me out so much as it seems to be irritating my skin and burning a little bit. I’m going to stop using it for a few days and see how that goes. My face does not sweat that much, unless I go for a run or work out, and I clean my face after that with a cool water rinse and sometimes the Aleppo soap, followed by the rose water.

            My dermatitis has been coming back again as well, and I’m not really sure why. I got new toothpaste yesterday, which is SLS and fluoride free, as I’ve read that sulfates, especially in toothpaste can make dermatitis worse.

            I’ve actually tried a honey cinnamon face mask before, and I think the cinnamon irritated my skin. Everything was organic and the honey was raw, I just think I have a sensitivity to cinnamon. For most of this past year I put honey on my face everyday after I washed my face, and that seemed to help for a while but then my face started to feel itchy whenever I put honey on it. I might start doing it again though and just see how my skin reacts.

            I eat a decent amount of raw veggies, like carrots, a piece or two of fruit a day, peanut butter on toast and tea for breakfast, yogurt with granola, etc. That’s generally what I eat during the day, and then for supper I usually have something with meat or beans, veggies, and a starch like rice or potatoes. I was thinking of trying an anti-inflammatory diet for a few weeks to see if that helps with my skin redness. Is there anything you would recommend?

          • Hi Caitlin! I also used to have similar experiences with honey, but this time it worked. I guess you just have to try a few times until it works (or doesn’t). I often think that it’s something else causing the itching or irritation, but often we blame the things we used on the skin because it’s easier. It’s just a thought that used to cross my mind often. An anti-inflammatory diet sounds good. Have you ever checked your blood glucose levels? Acne and other skin problems are often caused by blood sugar fluctuations. If you eat toast made of refined white flour, yogurt with sugar granola with sugar, etc. it might contribute to the problem. At least for me, reducing the carbs and eliminating sugar has made the greatest difference. xx

          • I might give the honey-cinnamon mask another go; what kind of honey do you use? Yes, I can see where you’re coming from, although the times I used the honey and cinnamon it was kind of a burning on contact thing, and my skin got really red and itchy for an hour or so after.

            I never have checked my blood glucose levels, but my dad is diabetic and has a tester, so I might do that. I looked on the bread and it doesn’t have refined white flour in it, but I’m almost certain the yogurt and granola does. That said, with me personally, I haven’t noticed the sugar really being a trigger for my bumpy skin; it seems that when my allergies (sinuses, itchy eyes, etc) are bad, that’s when my skin gets non-acneic redness and bumps.

            My actual acne though has been bugging me lately, because one day it will look sort of okay, and the next day I’ll have more pimples and pimples where I never had gotten them before I started the OCM. For the first couple of days the OCM seemed to be doing my skin wonders, but now my acne is sometimes worse and also a different type.

          • I use local raw honey. It’s very important for it to be raw or it won’t have therapeutic properties. My skin did burn a little during and after the mask when there were active pimples or broken out areas. But it diminished with every application. I know what you mean about skin randomly changing. It also took me forever to work out what was affecting it. It wasn’t hormonal, it seemed like it wasn’t food either, but now I know it was. Often, skin reacts only 2, 3 or even 4 days later, so it’s difficult to connect with what we’ve eaten. Often, we don’t even remember. A food diary helps a lot. Analyzing everything is the only way to get clear, and it’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

          • Oops, one more question: Do you still do the steaming thing after the OCM? I know in this post you said you removed it with your microfiber cloth, but wanted to know if you were using hot water. Thanks!

          • No, not anymore. I feel that the hot water part was too irritating, too drying and totally unnecessary. It took me a while to work it out though. xx

          • My skin is being really annoying right now, it’s irritated, the dermatitis is back, and I’m getting what feels like a huge zit. I figured tonight would be a good time to try the honey-cinnamon mask again. I used local raw honey and organic cinnamon, and it felt a bit burn-y while it was on my face, and now that I’ve rinsed it off my face is red, blotchy, and a little irritated. I don’t know if I should stick with this mask as this was only my first time in a while trying it, or if I should just not use it. One of the things I could think of changing is only applying the mask where my breakouts are, around my chin.

            My dermatitis or whatever irritation I have came back a few days ago (it’s that time of the month, and I’m going to make a note so I can see if it comes back again next month.) The cinnamon mask seemed to irritate it, but then again, my whole face is sort of red now.

            Any suggestions?

          • Hi Caitlin, I’m sorry I missed your comment. I’ve just found it now! How is your face doing now? And how was it the day after the honey and cinnamon mask? I’m asking because my face also looked a little red and irritated at the beginning, but the next morning it was much better than before. That time of the month definitely wreaks havoc on our skin, but I find what helps a lot is using that honey and cinnamon mask, not applying any additional oil on my face around that time, and making sure I wash off all the oil very well with a natural Aleppo soap. I find that during that time my skin produces much more oil, but is also more sensitive, which is a difficult mix to manage. Keeping skin breathing and clean really helps. xx

        • I only actually did the mask the one time, because it really seemed to irritate my skin; even the next morning my skin was red, and it seemed to make my dermatitis that was flaring up worse. Throughout this past week or so my skin has really been freaking out…Dermatitis flare-up, a few pretty noticeable zits, and just an overall uncomfortable feeling in my skin. I’ve read that cinnamon can actually make perioral dermatitis worse, and I had been drinking this cinnamon-vanilla tea, so I’ve stopped drinking that.

          Also, the past two nights I’ve actually just rinsed with cold water, toned with rose water, and used a few drops of olive oil as moisturizer in the places where I needed it. My skin does seem to be calming down now, fingers crossed I haven’t jinxed it.

          I saw on this one blog that olive oil can actually make dermatitis worse for people that have it, so I was thinking of trying some Pumpkin Seed Oil. Do you buy yours from Amazon or somewhere else online? If so, which kind do you use? I can’t find it anywhere where I live.

          • Hi Caitlin, I’m so sorry to hear your skin is refusing to cooperate. I wish I could help you in any way. Pumpkin seed oil would probably be a safe choice for your skin. I bought mine from a local health shop, but I’ve seen them in Amazon, too. Just make sure it’s cold-pressed and unrefined. Have you considered trying a natural olive oil based soap, such as Aleppo soap or Sabon de Marseilles instead of the OCM? If you’re not willing to use anything with olive oil, there are lots of Indian Ayurveda-based soaps with neem or tulsi that are supposed to be very good for problematic skins, and they’re usually coconut oil based. Maybe your skin simply doesn’t like the residue of oil and a soap that washes off better would be a better choice? xx

          • It’s okay, I get upset about it sometimes but then realize that I have it much better than a lot of people. Okay, I guess I will just look on Amazon then. What is your current OCM mixture?

            I actually have been using Aleppo soap for a couple months…I think I need to find out how often I should use it…When I don’t use it and just use water for too many days in a row, my skin freaks out, and then when I use it again it calms down after one or two days, but then over use seems to make my skin go crazy. I guess I just need to find the balance that is right for me.

            That could be. I’ll give it another week or two, just because I don’t want to change it if it’s not necessary.

          • I use pumpkin seed oil alone right now instead of my usual OCM mixture, and I like it a lot. I feel the same about Aleppo soap. It makes my skin really smooth and helps a lot with any itching or dermatitis, but if I use it too often, it backfires. It’s important to find how often your skin would like it. Using once or twice a week is perfect for me right now. You’re totally right, don’t change things around too much, only when it’s totally necessary. Experiment a little more with what you have, you can always get new things later if you really need them. xx

          • I got some pumpkin seed oil today, and although it wasn’t a day that I felt I needed to do the OCM, I took off my eye makeup with it (I don’t wear any other makeup), used a microfiber cloth and cold water to rinse my face, toned with rosewater, and then used a few drops of the pumpkin seed oil to moisturize. My skin has been feeling kind of burn-y (I guess that’s the best way to describe it) the past few days, and I wanted to ask you if you had any ideas as to what might be causing it. It’s mainly on my chin and around my mouth and nose, and addition to the burning my skin also gets red in that same area when I smile or laugh or yawn. I just got the microfiber cloths a few days ago, and have been using them on my face every night since. Could that be too much exfoliation and scrubbing?

          • I know that burn-y feeling, I used to get it a lot. In my case, it was always due to food, something I shouldn’t have eaten. Perhaps some pizza or other things with white flour or sugar. More than 2 pieces of fruit would give me that feeling. Also alcohol, even a glass of wine. It’s just my own experience, I’m not saying it could be the case for you. But remember that acne is usually caused by hormones or lack of intestinal health – they both depend on what we eat. Especially acne and irritated skin in the areas that you mentioned. I remember it used to be painful for me to laugh as well. The skin around the mouth and jaw was always so dry and tight. But now it’s normal, so all it takes is perseverance. Maybe use the washcloth less. Every night might be too much. What do you use it with every night? xx

          • Oh, and I’ve also started taking an Evening Primrose Oil supplement because I’ve read a lot about how beneficial it can be for your skin.

          • Evening Primrose Oil is great for hormonal balancing, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it helps acne as well. I’d like to try it, too. I’m intrigued by it. Yesterday I read that American Indians used to consume it – that’s where it came from apparently. Whatever they used to consume, like quinoa, spirulina, chia seeds, etc. is always awesome, so I’m all ears about evening primrose oil, too. If you try it, let me know how it goes! xx

          • I think certain foods might be the case for me as well, and also maybe allergies. I notice that when my hay fever is bad, my skin feels a little drier, tighter, and more irritated. I’ve been keeping a food journal to try to figure out what the cause could be. And yes, I definitely am not going to be using a washcloth every night, it’s definitely too harsh.

            Also, as soon as I started using the pumpkin seed oil my skin got worse…Was there a time when you first switched over to it that your skin got worse than it was?

            I’ve been taking the Evening Primrose oil 3 times a day for the past few days, and it usually takes about 2 weeks or so to see a difference, but I’ll definitely let you know if I notice anything improving.

          • Hi Caitlin, recognizing that bad skin happens at the same time as hay fever is a huge step forward. That’s just another proof that it all comes from within, and skincare will be powerless unless you find the root cause. You need to focus on strengthening your immune system and getting rid of all that excess histamine in your body. A food journal is a great tool, you’ll start seeing patters after a while. Another good way is elimination diet: eliminating a food or a food group for a couple of weeks, then reintroducing it. If you can’t tolerate it well, you’ll usually feel it straight away. Another route is just strengthening your enzymes and bacteria in your digestion system by eating fermented foods, having raw food with each meal (50% raw, 50% cooked works best for me), sprouting or fermenting grains, lentils, and beans, consuming raw dairy products, etc. I really can’t recommend Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. That book has truly changed my life and the way I prepare food. xx

          • By the way, I forgot to answer the question regarding pumpkin seed oil. My skin loved it right from the start. If my skin gets worse, it’s usually because of food related or hormone related reasons, not really because of what I put on my skin. xx

          • Here’s even more proof that everything comes from within: I just went for my yearly GYN/general checkup appointment at the doctor’s, and turns out I have candida overgrowth, probably from the Pill, which I am now not taking. This imbalance is probably the reason that my skin got gradually worse on the Pill. Do you have any cleanse/diets that you would recommend to starve the yeast? I know there’s a bunch of stuff online, but it is mostly an extremely limited and strict diet (no carbs, nothing sweet at all, even honey and natural sweeteners, etc.). You basically can’t eat anything that feeds the yeast, which is most foods. I cannot go on one of these diets for other health reasons and probably would not be able to abide by it once I go back to university in less than a week.

            I also am going to pick up the Nourishing Traditions book from the library, so thank you for that recommendation.

          • Hi Caitlin, I can soooo relate to you! I also got candida overgrowth thanks to the Pill (and tons of antibiotics). If I had known then what I know now, I would have never started taking that devilish pill. It’s definitely the reason why your skin has been getting worse. The same thing happened to me. Candida is so persistent, and it’s really not easy to get rid of. But I’ve been doing quite well with mine, so I’ll share with you what has been working for me.

            I’m extremely sensitive to any kind of sugar (white sugar, brown sugar, molasses – anything). Even honey or fruit will feed my candida, so I have to be really careful. I try not to have more than a teaspoon of honey a day and no more than one fruit a day. For me personally, fruit is the worst culprit. I had quite a bit of grapes the other day (don’t ask me why – they were about to rot, so I decided to finish them all), and I felt so bad the same evening and the next couple of days. I felt so low, no energy, and felt extremely irritable. My skin got itchy and dry. That’s how my candida manifests itself. Luckily, I know myself by now, and know how to rebalance myself. It happens every time with excessive fruit, and it just reminds me how important it is to be disciplined. Fruit is healthy, but not so for those with candida. It gets super excited whenever we give it fruit. It’s like a gourmet meal for it.

            A lot of recommendations say not to eat grains, beans, lentils, bread, etc. but I find that if they are properly prepared, i.e. soaked, fermented or sprouted, they don’t create any problems. Sourdough bread is perfectly fine for me, too. Coconut oil helps a lot. Butter does, too. Fermented raw dairy products, such as kefir or raw goat cheese, help a lot to rebalance your gut flora. Fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut, fermented peppers, beetroots, etc. are also great for that. I find the best way for me is eating around 50% raw food and 50% cooked food. If I eat an all-cooked meal, I will add some fermented foods, just to provide enzymes that are so essential for proper digestion. If you get Nourishing Traditions, all of those things will be explained in it. Kombucha is a great thing, too. I don’t have it yet, but I’ve read a lot about it, and it sounds amazing. It’s really all about rediscovering how our grandmothers and their grandmothers prepared food. It’s not complicated and not expensive, just takes a little bit of planning. No need to be super restrictive with the diet either. For me, it’s been mainly staying away from processed foods, sugar in all forms, and limiting fruit and honey. It’s not a huge price to pay for a healthier, happier and stronger you. Let me know how you like the book when you get it. I’m obsessed with it. 🙂

            As I said at the beginning, this is just what worked for me. Oh, by the way, also google Hulda Clark’s parasite cleanse and liver cleanse. They seem to be very helpful for those with candida overgrowth and acne. I’m almost at the end of the parasite cleanse, and will do the liver cleanse afterwards. I’ve seen great improvement. So I guess that’s just another idea for you to try.

            Good luck with everything! I’m sure you can beat it. xx

  6. Hello Vita. I am a 29 year old woman. I have been reading your website and trying the OCM for about a week now, and I was wondering if you could give me some advice about skin care while traveling in less than ideal situations. So far my persistent acne and blackheads have worsened, but I am not super concerned about that because I think my skin is probably just adjusting to me using oil rather than all the strong glycolic acid and benzoyl peroxide products and prescription pills/creams that I am normally using on my face. Here is my problem– In a little under a month, I am going to be living in a barracks-type structure on a military base for about 20 days for my job. We are flying there. I do not know what our schedule, laundry situation, bathing facilities, or personal property storage is going to be like while working there, but I’m sure it will be busy. Trying to manage OCM with a bunch of washcloths might be difficult in that situation, but I don’t want to go back to a conventional cleanser (such as Neutrogena) and confuse my poor skin even more! What do you suggest? Is there a natural (or mostly natural) cleanser that I could use for a little while that wouldn’t be too messy or time consuming and wouldn’t require hauling a bunch of products around but wouldn’t put me completely back to square one on the OCM/natural beauty? Thank you!

    • Hi Roxanne! You could try my routine that I explained in this blogpost. I use the OCM without the washcloth and simply wash the oil off with the Aleppo soap and cool water. Other days or mornings you can simply rinse with cool water. The Aleppo soap is an excellent cleanser for the face, body and hair, so you would surely save space in your travel bag. As I said in the blogpost, I also feel like cleansing with the Aleppo soap afterwards really makes a difference in the summer for those who are acne prone, because it leaves minimal oil residue. It’s perfect for the warm summer weather. xx

  7. Vita,
    Found a Health Food store in my local area, but I think Amazon is cheaper and one gets more for one’s money, but got my Shea butter and wanting to try the DIY deodorant you had talked about do you have a recipe for it? Also, guess what else I got! I found some Moroccan Red Clay Powder, and thought I would give it a try to detox my skin. First, if you haven’t tried it before it can be a bit messy, but made myself some tonight let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes (freaked my dog out because my face and neck was reddish brown) then got a wash cloth I would not mind getting stained before tossing it in the wash and removed it then followed with my rose water, and my face is so smooth! Love it! So using it for a mask once a week. It can be a bit drying, but the rose water after seemed to balance mine out, but one can put their coconut oil or what they use for a moisturizer if skin still feels some what dry, but something I am going to keep in my regimen. I have used rice flour and water mixed with a bit of olive oil and that makes a good mask to, but I like this a lot better. Had to share!
    Debs

    • Hi Debs! Yes, Amazon is definitely cheaper, but sometimes I love splurging in my local health shop as well. Sometimes it’s nice to get things right now rather than wait a week for delivery, isn’t it? I’ve ordered some shea butter from Amazon, and as soon as it arrives, I’ll be making a recipe video. Just bear with me! Moroccan red clay is cool, it’s probably Rassoul (I think they are the same thing). It’s a great detoxifier and clears pores so well. I used to use it in the past. I have some regular clay in my bathroom unopened now, still waiting for inspiration to use it. Maybe tonight. 🙂 So glad you’re enjoying your new natural regime! 🙂

  8. Hi Vita,
    I was just wondering if you could look into termuric masks and drinking termuric milk for health and beauty. I just started using it today and according to others, it’s a miracle herb! It fights cancer, is anti-aging, fights breakouts, wrinkles, dark circles, rosacea, scars, detoxes the blood and the liver, helps with weight loss, fights Alziemers, fights insomnia, is anti- bacterial and anti- inflammatory, fights joint pains and arthritis, great for the bones, and soooo much more!!!
    It’s Ayurvedic too! I’m sure you’ll find it interesting. Let me know how it works for you! ( if you didn’t already try it.) Most people who use termuric masks and drink termuric milk have only good things to say about it and all the YouTubers who use it have flawless skin without any makeup! Please look into it if you didn’t already! It’s a miracle that many people have to know about! You’d be able to spread the news of this miracle herb faster than I ever could! One woman waisted hundreds of dollars on cosmetics and eye creams to get rid of the horrible black circles around her eyes to no avail! She had them since she was a child and was about to give up….. Until she met termuric! It miraculous got rid of her black circles quickly and naturally! She applied the mask twice daily one hour each. ( she was desperate). Most do it once to three times a week depending on the condition of the skin.)
    There are many recipes but I just use : 1 tsp termuric powder, 1 -2 tsp chick pea flower, 1 tsp honey, and around 1 tsp milk or yogurt. Mix to form a yellow paste with a good consistency. And there are many many ways to make termuric milk. Please try it! I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!!!! God bless!

    Miriam

    • Hello Miriam, yes, I love turmeric a lot for so many different purposes. I’ve heard about the mask, but I haven’t tried it out yet. I will, I promise. I regularly put it in my food, pretty much eat it every single day and I also love the Golden Milk with turmeric. I make it with coconut milk because I don’t tolerate regular milk. It’s delicious and so good for health. I’ll definitely be making a video about all the different benefits and uses for turmeric. It’s awesome! Thanks for reminding me. xx

      • Thanks!!! That’s awesome! Oh! After removing the mask, there will be a yellowish stain in your skin but it comes out with a cotton ball dipped in rose water or witch hazel! Someone just recently mentioned drinking mother apple cider vinegar with water every morning and night and applying diluted mother Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to acne and quickly rinsing it off and doing this for about a week and it will get rid of all acne. ( which I am struggling with,
        Or should I say , am defeating. The turmeric really worked! I applied the mask and drank the milk every day and my acne is almost gone!) Anyways, this woman said her children struggled with acne and this treatment worked like a charm! Now people say her daughter’s skin is a clear and clean as a doll’s!!! What do you think about it? Once I applied white vinegar to my skin and I got burned but it wasn’t diluted and I didn’t rinse it off immediately! And also! Do you think I’m maybe too young for the oil cleansing method? I stopped doing that and new pimples stopped appearing! ( but now I don’t know how to deal with my blackheads!) I think the heat and the rubbing of the oil cleansing method aggravated more acne even with the turmeric treatment! Once I stopped, the acne subsided! Or maybe I don’t have the right proportions! ( I tried many different proportions, though, and they all did the same thing!) maybe I have to be older and wait for my skin and hormonal fluctuations to settle first! What do you think? ( sorry , I bombarded you with all these questions at the same time!) Thanks!
        Miriam

  9. Hi Vita,

    I came across this post because I was researching skin care routines for humid weather! I live in florida where its super humid and I struggle with acne. I normally wear makeup everyday so I was wondering how youd adjust the routine for someone who regularly wears makeup? Washing my face with just water I know won’t get the make up off!
    Thanks!
    Chelsie

    • Hi Chelsie, first of all, I would of course suggest dropping conventional makeup and switching to mineral foundation. That kind of makeup is very easy to wash off. When I need to remove makeup, I simply take a cotton disc, put it under running water, squeeze out excess water, put a little bit of oil on it (literally any oil that I’m using at that time) and wipe all of my makeup off. You might need two or three cotton discs if you use a lot of makeup. I then take a wet muslin cloth and gently my skin. I finish with a quick rinse and a wipe with rosewater. It’s an optional step, but I use it as a test to see if I removed my makeup perfectly. If it’s clean after wiping, I did a good job! 🙂 xx

  10. Hi Vita!

    Really enjoying your blog, thanks for taking the time to write down all your experiences 🙂

    I am new to OCM and using oils in general. Only experimented a little jojoba on my face and argan oil on my lips only at night time. Definitely making my skin feel a lot better! I have an oily t zone and dry cheeks with milia and many blackheads that dont want to budge. Also dark spot/scarring from previous pimples etc. Oily/dry combination I think!

    I wear quite heavy make up multiple time a week as I am a performer. Unfortunately this aint gonna change in a hurry. Its just part of my work.

    I want to ditch my “normal” routine of using a million products and would love love love a recommendation regarding the best way to get started! I’m kinda confused after reading too many different blogs!!

    Thanks and well done on creating such a fab blog!

    Carla

    • Hi Carla! You probably won’t like what I’m going to say, but blackheads and milia are all about your diet and the health of your intestines. Not much to do with what you do to your skin topically. Beautiful skin comes from within, but acne and clogs do as well. Try taking off your heavy makeup with some oil on a wet cotton pad. Then rinse your face with warm (not hot) water and a washcloth. If you aren’t wearing any makeup, just rinse with water. That would be a great start. If jojoba oil agrees with your skin already, just keep using it as a moisturiser. Take it one step at a time, don’t freak out your skin, experiment little by little, and you’ll soon have your perfect natural skincare routine. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog! xx

  11. Vita,
    Where can I purchase a true Aleppo soap in Canada?? amazon charges me a crazy amount of money for a crazy amount of product.. i just want to try using one first.
    Would you recommend using this soap to clean my face on the nights where I don’t do the OCM?
    What if my skin likes the OCM every night? can I continue it or would you recommend stopping for a few days?
    Thanks!

    • I have no idea where to purchase it in Canada. Amazon has a good choice, but I don’t know how expensive it is in the Canadian one? It’s not even necessary to use Aleppo soap. Any pure, natural soap will do the same job, so a coconut oil based soap, neem soap, or any pure olive oil soap would do the same thing. However, just rinsing with water and/or wiping with a muslin cloth is a much more superior option if you aren’t wearing any makeup on that day. xx

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