A lot of readers ask me for all the deets on all the things I put on my face.
If you’ve been around these parts before, you’ll know this is because I suffered from some serious adult acne in my early 20s. During this time, I spent a small fortune on dermo appointments and skincare products, wasted countless hours orchestrating the daily battle between my concealer and blemishes, cried a lot (true story), and put a ton of unhealthy chemicals on my face — harsh, kill-all-the-acne-causing-bacteria-there-ever-was chemicals.
As I learned more about health and body burden, I knew I needed to get these chemicals out of my life but was scared. What about my skin!? Didn’t I need these chemicals? Ironically, doing a full 180 and adopting a very gentle, totally natural skincare and beauty routine (along with a nutrient-dense diet, no doubt) eliminated my acne.
Since I geek out on natural skincare and beauty more than anything else in this whole wide world, it seemed only appropriate to finally put a post together about my natural skincare and beauty routine. My routine is actually very simple and I hope will be helpful to others who are either suffering from acne or simply want to go natural and ditch the nasties.
My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare & Beauty Routine
I wash my face just once a day, every evening. I either use my DIY All-Natural Clarifying & Toning Foaming Facewash or a simpler wash I make with 50% tea tree castile soap and 50% manuka honey. I’ve also recently started using Beautycounter’s Charcoal Cleansing bar which is great for purifying pores.
To clear dead skin cells and keep pores clear, I exfoliate every 2 days with my electronic Clarisonic brush (such a handy little gadget!) and some face wash. I also use baking soda intermittently which acts like a DIY microdermabrasion.
While organic witch hazel makes for a wonderful natural astringent, I like to amp things up by infusing witch hazel with the wonderful healing properties of roses with my DIY All-Natural Pore-Perfecting Rose Facial Toner. Works like a dream and smells even better.
It’s all about the face oils, baby (see The Best Face Oils by Skin Type). Whenever anyone compliments my skin (it still blows my mind when that happens!), I immediately blurt out “JOJOBA OIL!” and start gushing all about it the way a young child gushes about a day at the beach/their favorite movie/mermaids/anything remotely exciting — you know, very quickly and with an intense enthusiasm. While I have experimented with a number of face oils, jojoba is by far my personal favorite. At night after cleansing, exfoliating, and toning, I very generously apply my favorite face oil blend — DIY All-Natural Face Oil For Acne-Prone and Oily Skin — which is made of a base of jojoba oil + some other skin-loving goodies. While I used to apply oils both day and night, I now often use a natural CC cream during the day (see below) for some SPF coverage and sheer color.
Oh goodness, do I love a good face mask. I apply a mask about twice a week, always after washing and exfoliating. When I’m lazy or if my skin is dry/irritated, I’ll just slather on some manuka honey, but I try to apply either the DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask or DIY All-Natural Deep Clean Green Face Mask once a week as they are really good at actually pulling the gunk out of pores. If you’re not into DIY, Beautycounter’s charcoal Purifying Mask is absolutely amazing.
When I see something starting to rear its ugly head, I stand strong and bravely scream “GO AWAY, MONSTER!” Just kidding; that’s what I tell my niece to do when we encounter “monsters” while playing. I dab a little lavender essential oil on the blemish as a spot treatment before applying my face oil. Most EOs need to be diluted but lavender can be applied to the skin neat.
Daily SPF + color
I have recently discovered CC creams and am OBSESSED. Like, face oils obsessed. As in I feel the need to try all of the natural CC creams that have ever existed. That being said, I’ve stopped myself at 2. Because they were both awesome. So is there really any need to try any more? (Fighting all urges to say YES!) The ones I’ve been using are Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream and Andalou Natural’s 1000 Roses CC Cream. They’re both fantastic and have a 1 Skin Deep rating. While these have both helped to further even out my skin tone, I would advise anyone going through skin troubles to avoid products like these until you have your skin under control with a more minimalistic approach.
100% Pure’s Black Tea Mascara. Hands down. The best. Enough said.
Beautycounter’s Color Sweep Blush Duo in Tawny/Wisper is so subtle and flattering (they also a couple other colors). I prefer a powder blush over cream because it is easier to use if applying it over face oils or a CC cream, and I’m all about ease when it comes to beauty.
I’m a huge fan of a colored lip. Even when I’m a total mess, it makes me feel pulled together and lady-like. For a night out or more bold look, Jane Iredale’s Forever Pink Lip Stain is where it’s at — as the name suggests 🙂 it’s a bright pink that lasts forever. For more buildable color, I always carry around Beautycounter’s Lip Sheers — I have (and love) both the Rose and Scarlet colors. Don’t let the word “sheer” fool you — they’re pretty pigmented, so a light swipe layered on top of plain lip balm will give you a sheer tint. Since I usually just use a little for subtle color, they last a really long time (I’ve had my one tube for well over a year at this point). I’ve also made my own tinted lip balm by slicing off a chunk and adding it to my DIY All-Natural Super-Moisturizing Lip Balm recipe.
This is a pic I snapped of my face before heading out the door for work this morning (and did not alter in any way) in case ya want to see how this all comes together. Hey hey, selfie action!! My morning beauty routine only takes about 2-3 minutes using the above products and THAT is a beautiful thing. Honestly, I spend more time staring at the fridge deciding what to eat for breakfast.
That’s it! Pretty simple, huh?
Like I said, it’s ironic that adopting a very simple, natural skincare routine was able to totally change my complexion — I used to think that I really needed all of those harsh chemicals in the products I was using, and the more the merrier. Now I know better (heck, I even only wash my face once a day!) and my tears are spent on much more important things, like the movie Up (seriously, I had no idea it would be such a tear-jerker!!).