Gretchen’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!
Good morning! Here’s a very DIY routine from the lovely Gretchen. A few of you have mentioned that you’d like a routine devoted to more sensitive skin. Well, ask and you shall receive!
Current weather: Erratic, to say the least. 50’s one day, up to the 90’s two days later. Yea Chicago!
Hair: Wavy [used to be curly], fine [but a lot of it] and red [thanks to body-quality henna 2-3 times a year].
Skin: Porcelain and dry/sensitive. I don’t have acne problems generally, but I do have redness, and every once in a while I’ll get a cystic acne spot that will leave a dark scar for about a year thanks to said pastiness.
Favorite star or icon from the past: Frank Zappa. Oh, did you mean a lady? How about Nicole Kidman before she screwed her face all up? Because that’s *definitely* in the past…
In the shower…
In the winter I’ll only shower every other day, but now that’s it’s warm again and I’m exercising more, it’s a daily thing again. It takes forever for my water to heat up, so I clean my hair over the side of the tub with the removable showerhead, fully-clothed. It’s kind of like a Navy shower, in that the water is only on when I’m actually using it. If I haven’t gotten sweaty, I’ll skip the hair washing for a day or two. When I do clean it, though, I use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner [no SLS, no parabens, no silicones]. I’ll brush my teeth while the conditioner sits, with Tom’s baking soda toothpaste. For leave-in I use Giovanni’s Direct Leave-in and then plop my hair in an old t-shirt [which cuts down on frizziness compared to using a towel]. Then I actually get in and clean my most of me. I body brush when I’m not running late, and use Dr Bronner’s bar soap, unscented baby mild version, on just the smelly bits. The rest just gets a scrub with water. For hair extras, in the middle of the week I’ll do an ACV rinse, and on the weekends I’ll do a deep condition with coconut oil.
Outside the shower…
I moisturize my face with just straight up jojoba oil, twice a day. Until very recently, I’ve been using that godsend, Soapwalla deodorant cream. However, I ran out and have been using a homemade deodorant for the last few days that seems to be working almost as well, so I might hold off on another order [$16 with shipping adds up.] It’s just Shea butter, jojoba oil, vegetable glycerin, baking soda, and essential oils [tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint]. It’s my first time making it, so I have some tweaking to do still, but I’m pleased with how well it’s working! [recipe: http://www.good.is/post/strong-enough-for-a-hippie-diy-deodorant-to-handle-the-sweaty-season/] For my skin, remember the weekend coconut oil deep condition? I just drop some of that into the tub with me and soak in it. You have to clean your tub immediately afterwards, but it’s totally worth it. Hair-wise, after I’ve gotten out and dressed, I will let my hair out of the t-shirt and squish a small amount of Alba Soft Hold Style Cream into to help hold the curl, and then let it air dry, trying not to touch it until it’s dry.
I almost never wear makeup. Unless I have some sort of work event to go to, I go without it. And since I don’t wear makeup, I don’t have to wash my face! I’ve found my skin has been much better since I stopped putting crap all over it. On the rare occasions I do wear makeup, it’s mineral makeup from Alima Pure, and I was my face afterwards with a sliver of Lush’s Coalface soap that I have left from back in the day. About once a week [when I remember], I’ll do a face mask with Evan Healy Green Tea Clay.