I fought oily skin for decades, all the way back to my teenage years when I battled acne. I learned later in life that all that scrubbing just promotes oil production and I was stuck in a vicious circle of never ending skin problems.
I finally found the right combination, beginning with gentle cleansing and following up with plenty of moisturizer, twice daily. I use a facial scrub once a week to clean my pores well, but aside from that it’s gently does it with the cleansing.
I no longer have a problem with oily skin but my hair is another thing altogether and I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m washing my hair too much. I’ve changed shampoo over the years and I’ve settled on a product I get from Young Living that is gentler on my hair and scalp than anything else I’ve used, but I still battle oily hair. It never fails, when I decide to use a hair conditioner I end up with plastered down, oily hair a day or two later. My hair is very fine and I gave up wearing it long years ago.
Well, I had a flashback to my teenage years in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when long, straight hair was the ‘thing’ and using a lemon juice rinse not only lightened my hair color and gave it a shine, it also conditioned my hair and cut down on oil production. So, off to the kitchen I went. I juiced a fresh lemon, strained the juice well to get rid of all the pulp, and added some warm water to make a full cup of lemon water.
I grabbed my favorite shampoo and washed my hair at the kitchen sink, rinsing well, then poured the lemon water rinse over my hair and scalp, massaging it in well and rinsing with cool water. My hair is short and I simply towel it mostly dry and then let it finish drying by itself. Wow. I can’t believe the difference. I’m going to do the lemon juice rinse weekly from now on and I hope that it will improve the pH of my scalp and maybe, just maybe, it will stimulate hair growth as I’ve read online. We shall see. In any case, my hair is incredibly soft and clean now and it smells really nice!
I love lemon. I love lavender. My favorite body moisturizer has both. My favorite facial moisturizer has frankincense, lavender and geranium. Both are from Simplfied Soap, right here in Texas.
I’m all about keeping things simple these days and it’s paid off with better skin, hopefully the lemon juice rinse weekly will pay off with healthier hair. Simple solution, not expensive. I like that.