My natural skincare routine

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Like many others, I feel like I’ve tried it all. From dermatologist prescriptions, Proactiv, drugstore spot treatments and overly expensive moisturizers and cleansers. At one point, I had enough.

Last year, my sister began transitioning into a more natural skincare routine. We shared products for about a month until I was ready to buy my own and completely change my routine. Before, I had been using African Black Soap as my facial cleanser, and let me tell you… it strips your face. I felt like I had botox due to how tight my skin would get after washing it. I also already had naturally dry skin, so using black soap made it even worse. Just after a couple weeks of using a different product, I noticed my skin improving as it slowly recovered from drying out. However, black soap is the only product I’ll use to shave.

No matter how lazy I am, I will never, ever skip my skincare routine. Luckily, it’s simple.

Cleanser

I use Young Living’s Orange Blossom Facial Wash morning and night. It’s the perfect daily cleanser as it’s gentle and made for sensitive skin. The difference between this cleanser versus black soap is night and day. It left my skin feeling clean without tightening or drying it out.  It doesn’t strip away my natural oils, which is vital because of my sensitive and dry skin. Using black soap would leave my skin literally squeaky clean. I kid you not, I would rub my fingers on my face and I’d hear squeaking sounds as if I were drying a plate with a towel. I’m pretty sure that isn’t a good thing.

The cleanser is made completely out of naturally derived ingredients including orange, copaiba, andiroba and acai essential oil. As scents like lavender are relaxing, citrus scents help energize. Smelling orange essential oil in the morning helps freshen my skin and boost my mood.

Scrub

I’ve steered away from scrubs for many years as I was avoiding irritation and harshness on my skin. However, Young Living’s Mint Satin Facial Scrub is the opposite of that. I exfoliate about three days a week. While you’re usually not supposed to use a scrub too often, this product is gentle enough where it allows me to use it whenever I want — without overdoing it. It’s made with peppermint essential oil which leaves my skin tingly and fresh. Apricot seed powder, sunflower seed oil and coconut oil are some of the other main ingredients in the product. “Satin” is a fitting word in its name considering my skin feels as smooth as satin.

Moisturizer

As I’ve mentioned before, I have very dry skin, and moisturizing is vital in my routine. There’s nothing more I look forward to than lathering lotion all over my face in the morning and before bed. It’s sort of a slow face massage. It’s lovely. Dirty Girl Farm’s Rosehip and Hibiscus Facial Lotion is lightweight but highly moisturizing.

The mix of vitamin C-rich rosehip oil and antioxidant-packed hibiscus absorbs into my skin and effectively hydrates it. Vitamin C acts as a UV irradiation protection, stimulates collagen to prevent wrinkles and heals wounds such as scars, according to an article from Nutrients. Just like your crucial fruit and vegetable intake, start giving your skin its daily Vitamin C intake.

Toner

If I’m being honest, toner was a product I had dismissed for too long. I was afraid of irritating my skin and it was just another product that I didn’t feel like spending money on to add to my routine. But once I found out I had been using toners with alcohol, I was eager to try one that was alcohol-free to finally see the benefits.

I use Thayers Witch Hazel Original Facial Toner in Original. The first time I poured the toner on a cotton pad and rubbed it on my face, my skin was shockingly soft. I began integrating it into my routine about 4 times a week. Especially if I wear makeup, I like adding the extra step after cleanser so I no longer see foundation residue left on the pads. Key ingredients in the product include aloe vera and vitamin E. It’s supposed to soothe skin, which I’m hoping it’ll reduce the redness around my cheeks. It’s just an extra step I like making on days I wear makeup.

Spot Treatment

I used to use prescribed creams for acne spots. I stopped about a year ago as I no longer wanted to become dependent on it. I sought out for a natural alternative — essential oils. I’ve mentioned essential oils a few times in this post, but those oils are ingredients in products. This time, I’m talking about using essential oils purely out of the bottles. I use Young Living’s Tea Tree Essential Oil. Tea tree oil works similar to benzoyl peroxide when treating acne, while tea tree is less irritating as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, according to an article from the Clinical Microbiology Reviews. I apply tea tree oil only when I have blemishes or a zit. I have found over applying it will dry out my skin, so I only apply when it’s necessary.

Skincare can be overwhelming, especially in a social media world where so many products are thrown in your face to try. Amid it all, I strive to only buy natural beauty products. Though, I do cave in at times and buy makeup that’s not so good for my skin — such as fun eyeshadow or lipstick. Your skin absorbs whatever you put on it, so make sure your products are worth using.

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