My Natural Skincare Routine
A few years ago I was looking into a natural skincare routine that was affordable. I was right in the thick of toddler and babyhood, and could not spend oodles on expensive skincare. The skincare I had gotten seemed to be fine, but when I ran out and just started using bath soap to cleanse my face as my “routine”(I know I know), and I really didn’t see a whole big difference. That being said, I was not happy with my skin. It was oily, prone to breakouts and uneven in tone. I always chalked it up to be hormones, genetics or even just bad luck.
Through my research for natural solutions, however, my whole skepticism of the beauty industry surfaced. I was naive to think that a product they were selling would do what it was supposed to do and not make issues worse so I would have to use more product. It was silly of me to think that these products were well-regulated by organizations that have the health and well being of the consumer at the forefront. Could they be putting toxic chemicals in something that is absorbed by the largest organ in my body? That seems like such a sick thing to have to consider, but it was a valid one unfortunately. So by going to natural skincare, I was not only going to be saving money, but I was going to be doing something good for my overall health. Done deal!
Skin health starts from the inside. To begin, I had to step up my diet with clean, organic foods. I made an effort to drink plenty of water with lemon to flush out the bad stuff. “Get plenty of rest” was a recommendation I saw often, but let’s get real, with two kids, who were not great sleepers, this mommy was up multiple time throughout the night. Now, what to put on my skin. I tried a lot of natural products, and I now feel I have a skincare routine that gives me a clear, smooth, youthful and healthy skin.
Cleanser– For daily cleansing, I take an exfoliating cloth and wash my face with Activated Charcoal Soap. Easy to spot, it’s the black soap when you are looking. It’s hard to believe that a soap that creates such a dirty looking lather, could have so many detox benefits to it. Activated Charcoal Soap is oil absorbent, moisturizing, antibacterial, can tighten the skin, and improve skin tone and elasticity. I get mine from a booth at our local Farmer’s Market, called Country Junction. They have an online store as well. Beauty Counter also has a Charcoal Cleansing Bar that’s on their best seller list. It’s no wonder with everything Activated Charcoal Soap can do!
At nightime, I do oil cleansing. I take a quarter size of coconut oil and rub it in all over my face. I run a washcloth under hot water, and when the temperature is comfortable to the touch, I hold the hot towel on my face to melt off the oil as well as all the makeup and dirt on my face. Any extra eye makeup I remove with witch hazel, which I will bring up next.
Toner– Thayers Witch Hazel with Rose Petal is one of my favorite products. I use it after the cleanser to tone and prep my skin for the moisturizer. By definition, that’s what a toner does, but this product does so much more. This Alcohol, Paraben, Phthalate and Gluten Free formula is great for all skin types, even the sensitive ones. Witch Hazel contains anti-inflammatory properties that lessen swelling or puffiness and smoothes the skin. Have you ever heard of people putting hemorrhoid cream under their eyes to reduce puffiness? That’s the Witch Hazel in it! Now that I’m telling you about this, you can ditch the butt cream people, it’s gross. The rose water can reduce redness and uneven skin tone, calms the skin and naturally hydrates. It is also known to stimulate circulation in the skin, giving you a nice glow. I also use this as an eye makeup remover, that doubles the work and reduces puffiness. Good stuff!
Moisturizer– When I was under the impression my skin was oily, the last thing I thought about adding to my skincare was more oil. In fact, I was doing everything to dry my skin out! Little did I know I was making the problem worse. By drying it out, my skin wanted to make more oil to make up for what I was taking away, causing oil overdrive. The solution was actually using the right product that would balance and calm the skin. I now make a serum with Grapeseed Oil , which is rich in vitamins C,D and E, all of which can aid in fighting signs of aging and reducing the appearance of dark spots or scars. As someone who is sensitive to things feeling heavy on their face, I appreciate the lightweight feel and the quick absorption. This oil packs in the antioxidants. balances dry and oily skin, and won’t clog pores. To the Grapeseed Oil, I add in my magic ingredient, Frankincense. Frankincense is an essential oil that can be used to slow down the signs of aging and prevent future wrinkles. As I’m in my late 30’s, that alone sold me on this oil. But the other skin benefits can’t be overlooked. It can act as an astringent to kill bacteria that causes acne or blemishes. It also can help fade scars, settle inflammation and balance oily skin. The combo of these two powerful oils has changed my skin dramatically.
Eye Serum– Almond Oil helps with fine lines as well as dark circles and bags under the eye. To add to this, I go to my essential oils once again. I use a trio of the anti-agers (Can you tell I’m trying not to age much?! lol). Copaiba to strengthen and tighten the skin, Lavender to boost cell renewal, and Frankincense for all of the benefits listed above. For the essential oils, I personally use Young Living. I got this amazing starter set that included all of these oils as well as other needed oils. Such a great value. If you are interested in one of these starter sets, click HERE.
Face Mask– About once a week, I do a deep pore cleaning mask. I use Aztec Secret- Indian Healing Clay mask. It is a Bentonite Clay mask that helps reduce pores, controls sebum production, makes skin softer and draws out toxins in the skin. I mix it in a glass cup with some Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, instead of water for a extra boost of nutrients and antioxidants. My kids love to play the game “make mommy laugh” when I’m doing the mask and trying not to crack. I’m always a big loser at that game!
So that’s it! That’s my whole skincare regime and it is so simple and affordable!! I really wish that I had known about taking care of my skin naturally earlier! I would have saved myself a lot of time, money and grief! I would love to hear about some natural products that have changed your skin for the good! Comment below or catch up with my on Facebook or Instagram to chat!
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