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(You can read Part One here and Part Two here.)

 

I've always loved the idea of pampering days.

 

I remember going to the drugstore and picking out a tube of fluorescent green face mask. I'd put some Top 40 on my boombox, pull my hair back with a scrunchy and spread the green goop all over my face. In 15 minutes, the mask would be hard and my face would feel like it had every. single. drop of moisture sucked out of it.

 

I would spend the rest of the day intermittently filling my cheeks with air to stretch out my skin and get rid of that annoying tight feeling. Yet I was still somehow convinced this was the price for long term beauty.

 

Fast forward a dozen years. I can now afford more than a $4 tube of glowing goop, but still can't justify $100 bucks for a spa treatment. My current version of a mini pampering session is bathtub + book + chocolate + candle + Hosie Clay Mask + no little fingers wiggling under the bathroom door. It works for me.

What I love about the Hosie mask is that I kind of forget about it while it's doing its thing. I don't cringe as it hardens because my skin feels so tight and itchy that I can't stand it. After I rinse it off, my face looks noticeably improved.

Pores tighter, skin smoother.

Gosh, is it smoother.

 

The Hosie clay mask has three simple, balanced ingredients that work together to unblock pores, improve skin's elasticity and balance oil production without drying. It's gentle enough for sensitive or acne-prone skin.

 

For a truly skin pampering experience, put a thin layer of face serum on underneath the mask. This will draw impurities out while driving the repairing face serum deeper into the skin.

If you haven't already, enter our Mother's Day giveaway to win a basketful of stuff for your own mini pampering day! Includes Hosie Naturals Clay Mask, the rest of our skin care line and a few other goodies.

 

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(You can read Part One of the Rethink Your Skin Care Routine series and about our on going Mother's Day giveaway here.)

 

As a teenager, I was easy prey for any product that marketed beautiful, radiant skin. I'd beg my mom for any new skin care product that promised to make my acne vanish, my skin glow and my confidence soar. Not all of those were cheap either (sorry, Mom). I wound up with a cabinet full of half empty bottles and the same old face staring back at me in the mirror. 

 

When I discovered real food and started ditching my chemical-laden facial products, my major cystic acne problem did disappear. Alleluia. 

 

When I started oil cleansing, I saw a great improvement in my skin. Those occasional breakouts almost completely ceased. My skin stopped oscillating between overly oily and dry and tight and finally just relaxed in a beautiful place in between. I started wearing makeup only occasionally to enhance and not to cover up.

 

I thought when the acne cleared, my skin would look flawless. But I found myself feeling dissatisfied  Now that I no longer had to focus on my blemishes, I got to see the up close and personal damage a few decades can do to one's skin.

 

Sun damage.

Toxins from all of my skin care experiments.

Acne scarring.

Dry patches.

 

As thrilled as I was that the acne was gone, I was less than satisfied with the dull, pock-marked face I was left with. I overheard talk about fine lines and wrinkles from ladies just a mere generation ahead of me and thought I should just enjoy this semi-happy middle stage without acne or wrinkles. 

 

But I can feel that fine-lined future creeping up on my face. I'm getting a wicked little pair of lines forming between my brows that DON'T GO AWAY when I stop furrowing my brows in concentration. I suspect their formation began during college statistics class.

  

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Switching to chemical-free products didn't happen for me overnight.

 

Or even in a month.

 

Or a year.

 

Let's just say it's been a journey.

 

Of course I cringed using my typical lineup of lotions and potions after I fully understood the ingredient list. My initial instinct was to throw my whole medicine cabinet away and start all over with simple, clean, perfect products.

 

However, I'm frugal and practical (which is code for cheap and easily overwhelmed). I tackle one product at a time, replacing each as it runs out. When a bottle starts to make that comical pbbbbt sound when I squeeze it, I start my hunt. If I don't find a non-toxic option that is affordable and works just as well, if not better than my original, than I put the switch on the back burner and keep my eye out for feasible options.

 

I wasn't super happy with the standard drug store fare that comprised my daily skin care routine, yet I felt baffled at how to replace it. I think my problem was I didn't even know what an ideal daily skin regimen should be like.

 

Everything made my face too tight or dry or oily. Is toner supposed to burn? What do I buy for combination skin with an oily t-zone except when I'm pregnant then it's a dry t-zone but sometimes I have acne and a little bit of redness?

 

I'd like to see that description on a face wash label. Or simply "Suitable for skin that goes through weird changes."

 

Then I discovered the Oil Cleansing Method. I took a moment to roll my eyes at how crunchy I had become, and then dove in.

 

My skin sang in sweet. relief.

 

I'd been stripping my poor face of moisture and burning it with chemicals just to have so-so skin that, frankly, was probably just angry at me for treating it so badly.

 

I've tried this method with both olive oil and coconut oil and achieved good (not great) results. Bloggers who are advocates of the oil cleansing method say that each person has to play around with the proportion of oils to find a balance.

 

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*currently the internet's most popular meme based off of a news report that went viral.

 

This is where Hosie Naturals Makeup Remover is a lifesaver.

 

Makeup remover? you say. Weren't we talking about oil cleansing?

 

This product is labeled as a makeup remover, but really functions perfectly as 2 products in 1.

 

I promise.

 

My husband uses it.

 

He definitely doesn't wear makeup.

 

As a makeup remover, this product does as promised: it easily and completely removes makeup. A few drops of makeup remover on a cotton round. Wipe. Hello, bare face.

 

How to Use As an Oil Cleanser:

1) Rub a small amount of Hosie Naturals Makeup Remover on dry skin. I like to spend about 30 seconds massaging it into my face and neck.

2) Run a wash cloth under hot (not too hot) water. Squeeze out excess water. Spread washcloth over face and neck and let the oils steam into your skin for a minute or two, until the rag starts to cool.

Ahh. It's like a spa, isn't it?

 

3) Wipe off extra oils with washcloth. Your face should be soft, clean and not greasy.

 

Once I discovered this, I completely ditched conventional cleansers. My skin has balanced out and finally stopped overproducing oil. My skin is smoother, my tone more even and dry patches are improved. I rarely ever get acne. It removes blackheads that seemed at one time to be permanent facial features (this last one happened specifically when using the Hosie product to oil cleanse.)

 

Haven't we been told for years that oil is bad for the skin? Cosmetics that tote the "oil-free" label on the front of the bottle mean that they are free of pore-clogging petroleum based oils that are unfriendly to skin. The oil cleansing method is based on the idea that "like dissolves like". Botanical-based oils gently break down the skin's excess oils, condition skin and wash away clean.

 

It's non-toxic and is safe for pregnant mamas. Like all Hosie products, the makeup remover also contains essential oils that are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and smell amazing!

 

Stay tuned for Part 2!

 

 

One lucky winner will get to MAKEOVER their entire skin care routine with this great GIVEAWAY!

 

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This is one of our biggest giveaways, which also convenietly falls right around Mother's Day, so we threw in the earrings. Enter for your mom. Or yourself. We're not judging.

 

 

Prize includes: Hosie Naturals Makeup Remover/Oil Cleanser and 2 organic cotton velour reusable face rounds, Hosie Naturals Clay Face Mask, Hosie Naturals Deeply Norishing Face Serum, Sisal Pad w/hand strap, Hosie Naturals Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub, Handmade Earrings ($85 VALUE)

 

This giveaway will be ongoing throughout the three part Rethink Your Skin Care Routine Series and ends on Sunday, May 12th (That's Mother's Day for all of you who still need to get her a card.)

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Baby wipes. In my head, it makes sense that they should contain the gentlest ingredients on the planet since I’m rubbing them all over my baby’s perfect bottom.

And sometimes her hands and face if peanut butter was involved.

When I first switched to cloth diapers, I held onto my beloved disposable wipes. Those pre-moistened little rectangles are a mother’s personal assistant. I’ve been known to give my kids a wipe “bath” when in a pinch (You know you’ve done it too.)

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Whenever I talk to people about Hosie Naturals, I generally get the question:

What makes yours different from all of the other natural skincare products?

I’d like to expand upon the label on our little unassuming brown jars.

7 Things To Know About Hosie Naturals:

1)     We’re natural… No, really, we’re natural! The word “natural” is thrown around so loosely in labeling these days that it’s become meaningless. If we’re talking about the truest meaning of the word being “existing in nature”, then that bottle of natural shampoo with sodium benzoate on the label doesn’t meet the criteria. Hosie Naturals products are made with real, minimally processed ingredients. When avocado oil or geranium is on the label, it hasn’t been so altered that it’s just an essence of its original form. We prefer our ingredients straight from the earth without the chemical-altering middle man.

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