I’m a better person when I’m moisturized.

Skincare can seem like rocket science. From exfoliators to cleansers to face masks; many see these items as nonsense and dollar signs. There is lots to unpack when it comes to the relationship you have with your skin.

This week, I set off to my local grocery store in search of skincare. For the last year, I’ve used natural-based products from brands such as Lush and Saje on my skin. Recently, I’ve been curious about going back to the basics with raw and organic ingredients to not only offset the cost of skincare but reduce my overall waste.

Will tomato juice and honey solve my skin concerns? Let’s find out!

Ratatouille, Remi getting tomatoes all over him


What are my skin concerns? 

This week, I’m hoping to conquer these problems:

1. Dry skin

Being from Alberta, dry skin is in my nature. Typically, I use both an elixir rich in rosehip oil and a moisturizer to maintain this. This week, I’ll be using the notorious (and most controversial skincare itemcoconut oil. 

2. Blackheads 

The pollution lingering in this urban air is real. To clean out my pores, I use a toner that includes tea tree. Tea tree is a natural astringent, a.k.a it’ll get all the gunk outta’ those poor pores.

To switch it up, I’ll be utilizing the power of tomatoes and honey to act as my toner. It’s said that tomatoes help to reduce the size of pores. Smaller pores equal less chance of dirt getting lodged inside them!

3. Redness 

Whether I’m speed-walking to class or itching at my skin,  it seems redness and my complexion go hand in hand. Currently, my products include lavender to help calm the skin. I’ll be stripping this down by using pure lavender and mixing this with the coconut oil. I’m ready to smell like a garden.

Lethal Weapon character saying "ok, no killer smells like lavender."


Recipes and routine:

Skincare can come at a hefty cost, but it doesn’t have too! This entire routine cost under $40. Here are the four all-natural recipes I’ll be trying this week:


  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Once a day, rub this mixture into the skin. Take a hot towel and drape over the face for a minute. Wash off any excess oil left on the face.

For extra exfoliation, mix in some baking soda into the cleanser!


  • 1 tablespoon of tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

On a cotton pad, take the toner onto the t-zone (chin, nose, and forehead), let that hang out for about 10 minutes, then wash off!


  • A quarter-sized dollop of coconut oil
  • 3 drop of lavender

No major recipe for this one; simply mix the coconut oil and lavender in hands until melted, then slather that on! I like to take this down my neck and onto my shoulders as well.

Bonus face mask

  • Half an avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Face masks are my favourite thing to do on a Sunday while binge-watching any Netflix show. Let this face mask sit on the face for 20 minutes to reveal a glowing complexion.

The Situation from The Jersey Shore

Did it work?

Yes! But it came with some challenges.

During the week, I attempted to make these ingredients as convenient as my original products by using travel-sized bottles. However, I still found the overall routine tedious and hard to motivate myself to do; the smell of castor oil and tomato juice didn’t help

Upon doing some more research, I found out castor oil can also cause allergic reactions to many types of skin . If attempting this cleanser, test a patch of skin for a week prior to starting this on your face!

Those few con’s aside, the simplicity and price of the ingredients was enough to win me over. I was taken aback by the idea of cleansing my face with oils but after doing it, I am so surprised by how clean my face felt after.

The tomato-and-honey toner is one recipe I will be using from now on. While using it, you feel a stimulating feeling on your skin and by the morning, my pores had shrunk significantly.

All in all, this week reminded me of the importance of making time for some much-needed self care. Regardless of the products, the act of taking 20 minutes a night to take care of me was so refreshing. That my friends, is my recommendation; whether self-care is working out, reading or washing your face every night, take the time to do something purely for you. 

Unsure about how to kickstart your skincare journey? Check out the Humber Spa for facials, skin treatments and more!

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