Let’s chat about my favorite topic – natural skincare!
Skincare is such a tricky thing, and finding good, natural skincare products that work takes a lot of time. That’s why I love when people share what they’re using – getting recommendations from others is key to getting past the noise of marketing campaigns.
I’ve been hesitant to share this post because my skin is not perfect. In fact, at the time of writing this, I have a bump on my cheek and a mountain on my chin. I suffer from blackheads on my nose, frequent hormonal breakouts on my chin and other not-so-pretty things. Its definitely a work in progress, especially since my skin has changed a lot in the last year. Part of the reason, I think, that my skin has changed is because I’ve switched to natural skincare products which aren’t as harsh on my skin as standard products.
My skin used to be very oily in the T-zone, and normal elsewhere, but now is pretty consistently normal all over. I do still get oily on my forehead (particularly between my brows) and my chin, but I think part of that has to do with my makeup. So, now that you know my skin type and all my ailments, here’s what I’m using right now! My skin truly has never been better.
Morning Skincare Routine
My morning is pretty simple – I don’t even wash my face. Frankly, I don’t really see the point. If I shower in the morning, it gets rinsed off and that’s about it. Then, I use a moisturizer with SPF. I’ve been using the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Daily Shade lotion for a couple months now and love it. It feels so creamy, sinks into my skin and smells amazing. It does what it needs to do, and that’s it! My makeup sits so much nicer on top of a moisturized face. Once the sun starts making more of a regular appearance, I’ll top it with a stronger sunscreen.
Evening Skincare Routine
In the evenings is when I do all the work. I first remove my makeup with jojoba or coconut oil. I smear it all over my face, really rubbing it in with my fingers, then wipe it away with a damp cotton round. I usually do my eyes first, then the rest of my face, as it takes two pads to remove all the makeup.
After that, I use a gentle cleanser to clean my skin and remove any other lingering makeup. Right now I’m using Andalou Naturals Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel. It smells like a straight up real orange which is so refreshing. There’s nothing groundbreaking about it, but it cleans my face and doesn’t seem to be causing any issues. I’ll probably try something different or go back to an old stand by when its empty. When I first switched to an all-natural skincare routine I used Dr. Bronner’s bar soap in Tea Tree and really liked it – it’s simple and cheap, and works!
On a typical night, I follow up cleansing with my go-to, holy grail S.W. Basics Oil Serum. I’ve raved about this product before, and I stand by everything I’ve said. This is the one product that has most drastically changed my skin. My skin feels softer, plumper and nourished even the next morning. Love it.
If I need extra moisture, I’ll add another cream on top. I was using one from First Aid Beauty, but I won’t be repurchasing because of some of the ingredients, so I’m not sure what I’ll use next. Since we’re heading into spring, I don’t need one right now, since my skin isn’t as dry as the winter time.
Finally, I apply 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream to my undereyes and rub in the excess all around the rest of my eye area. I never used eye cream before this, and I really should have been. I never realized how dry and sensitive that area really was, likely due to wearing contacts & getting saline solution all over my face. I have very very dark undereye circles (hereditary, mostly) plus thin skin and deep hollows under my eyes. Between this eye cream and sleeping with an extra pillow recently, my undereyes are seeing slow and steady improvement. It’s not a total fix, but it’s helping! Plus this cream smells like coffee ice cream! I don’t like the taste of coffee, but I do love the smell!
I love face masks. Do they really do anything? Heck, I don’t know, but I fell better after using them, and it’s a special treat. Recently I splurged on the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. I feel like its made my skin better, but I really haven’t paid close enough attention. I’m testing out a few samples of clay & charcoal masks from The Detox Market right now, so maybe I’ll find a new one. I’m really looking for one that will suck the gunk out of my pores (am I totally grossing you out yet?). I use diluted tea tree essential oil to zap zits. I have a cream scrub that I sometimes use in the shower, but I think it might be a little too intense for my skin, although it does make it awfully soft. I’m considering buying a brush to help clean my pores a little deeper. Has anyone tried this?
I’d love to hear what you’re using! Lately, when I’m not waist-deep in wedding planning, I’m thinking about natural skincare products, haha. Tell me what works for you in the comments!