My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare And Beauty Routine
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Looking to make the switch to an all-natural skincare and beauty routine? Wondering where to start and which products actually perform!? Take a peek inside my super simple routine, targeted to prevent blemishes and fight the signs of aging… naturally of course!
A lot of readers ask me for all the details on all the things I put on my face.
If you’ve been around these parts before, you’ll know this is because I struggled with 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, of course!) finally helped me achieve the clear skin of my dreams.
Nowadays, my skincare routine is also geared towards anti-aging.
And 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 inspire you to go natural or simply try something new!
Now you may still be wondering…
Do natural skincare and beauty products actually work?
Yes, once upon a time it was pretty hard to find a natural mascara that lasted more than an hour without flaking under your eyes.
But as demand for safer products and the natural beauty market has grown, we know have a ton of safe, natural, high-performing options to choose from.
So no, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in the name of health or vice versa!
And many natural, non-toxic skincare ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10, charcoal, and niacinamide are so effective that they’ve even snuck into mainstream beauty lines. And skincare practices like exfoliation help prevent blemishes and increase collagen production — whether you’re using a natural exfoliant or nasty-filled exfoliant! So why not choose the nasty-free version, I say!
OK so let’s get to it!
My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare And Beauty Routine: Skincare
I wash my face just once a day, every evening. Yes, just once a day!
Over-washing your face can easily throw off the pH and microbiome of your skin, both of which are key for keeping skin healthy and clear.
I alternate between InstaNatural’s Vitamin C Cleanser which is a very gentle gel cleanser, and InstaNatural’s Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser so as not to over-exfoliate my skin. That being said, glycolic acid is a wonderful exfoliant that helps to both keep blemishes and signs of aging away. Win win!
Exfoliation is an absolute MUST. So if you’re not doing it yet, you need to start ASAP, my friend. Because it helps to keep pores clear and stimulates collagen production. Plus, it improves skin texture and helps makeup go on much more smoothly.
But when it comes to exfoliation, it’s so important not to overdo it! Those with oily skin should exfoliate 1-2 times a week while those with more sensitive or dry skin should exfoliate no more than once a week. And since I do use an exfoliating face wash every other day, I exfoliate just once a week.
I prefer and recommend chemical exfoliants (acids and enzymes) over granular exfoliants (scrubs). Currently loving: Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask and my own Body Unburdened Pink Perfect & Protect Customizable Mud Mask mixed with yogurt (which contains exfoliating lactic acid)!
I have a small hydrosol obsession! They smell amazing and provide skin with the benefits of these pure botanical extracts. I’ve honestly tried nearly all of them (embarrassing to admit!)… but love lavender and neroli most.
VITAMIN C SERUM
Vitamin C does it all. As a powerful antioxidant it helps to reduce blemishes by preventing sebum oxidation, increases the production of collagen, and helps lighten dark spots.
Now I’ve tried A LOT of different vitamin C serums and my favorite is definitely Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum. Rather than l-ascorbic acid (which can be very irritating and oxidizes easily), it contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate, which is very gentle, much more stable, and studies have found to be beneficial for fighting breakouts and acne. It also contains a bunch of other skin-loving goodies like hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidant ferulic acid, and konjac root (which helps fade hyperpigmentation). So much to love!
It’s all about the face oils, baby. Whenever anyone compliments my skin (it still blows my mind when that happens!), I immediately blurt out “FACE 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.
I’ve tried dozens of different face oils over the years — I’m fascinated by the different fatty acid compositions and the impact this has on different skin types. Their unique vitamin and mineral contents, scents, and textures. And I’ve recently taken this years of
obsessing research and bottled up my very best blends for you too — Body Unburdened Beauty Blends!
At night after cleansing, exfoliating, and toning, I very generously apply Beauty Blend No.1. 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 — an exfoliating mask like mentioned above once a week and either a clay-based or hydrating mask depending on my skin’s needs.
If my skin is dry/irritated, I’ll just slather on some organic raw honey — honey is a natural humectant that draws and holds water to the skin.
Most typically though, I mix the honey along with some water into one of my Body Unburdened Customizable Mud Masks for the added benefit of pore-perfecting clays, hydrating marshmallow and aloe, and powerful fruit and herbal extracts! (Yes, I had a lot of fun formulating and testing these!)
The cult classic DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask is also still occasionally on rotation 🙂
My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare And Beauty Routine: Beauty
NATURAL SPF + COLOR
I’m obsessed with
On days when I need a little extra coverage or to prevent shine, I apply 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Powder Foundation on top.
I also use 100% Pure’s Long Last Concealer with Super Fruits under my eyes. Thanks to genetics, I have pretty bad dark circles AND eyes that scrunch way way up when I smile. So a lot of concealers look cakey and accentuate my expression lines around my eyes — not a good look. This is the only concealer I’ve found so far that doesn’t!
100% Pure’s Black Tea Mascara. Hands down. The best. Enough said.
I’m obsessed with creamy eye shadows that give a little bit of color and shine without making me look like a 13 year-old from 1998 (in other words, really glittery) — they somehow make my whole face seem brighter and all glowy. Little miracle workers!
My favorites: RMS Beauty Eye Polish (in just about every color!).
Ahh I love 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.
That’s it! Pretty simple, huh?
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.
And 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!!).
What are your natural skincare favorites? Anything in particular that’s really saved your skin? Or do you have any questions or comments? Share below in the comments!
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No, I just mix the 2 together!
With the simpler facial cleanser that you sometimes use, with the Tea Tree Castile Soap and Manuka Honey, how do you mix those? Do you add any water or any other ingredients and put in a dispenser as you do the DIY clarifying and toning cleanser?
I just found your website and am really excited to read and read all about what looks like amazing recipes and great information on all around non-toxic options.
I have a quick question about the 5 face oils vs. your DIY face oil for acne skin. My son is 15 and just now starting to show signs of acne, black heads, etc …
I have had great results with liquid african black soap and apple cider vinegar toner but I am still trying to figure out what to use a daily moisturizer. I would try your DIY face oil but he has sensitive skin and for now I want use mostly single ingredient products. I am going to get him one of the oils you recommended but can decide between Hemp or Tamanu oil – He is more oilier on his nose and less so on the rest of his face but if we don’t keep up with exfoliation and wash his face consistently he will start to get acne on the rest of his face. Right now we are more battling his nose! Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!
Hey nadia. …lovely piece there.. ..I’m African and I have these unsightly black spots on my legs and some irritations. ..I want to make a leg serum to help with all that.. …I was thinkin of mixing lavender, carrot oil and lemon oil together with a carrier oil, I wasn’t sure which buh after reading your article im thinking of going with jojoba oil……pls what do you think. …any advice?
Thanks for sharing your all natural skincare beauty routine. On my part, I make it a point to choose beauty solutions that contain no toxic ingredients that may cause untoward effects on the skin.
Hi Nadia, just came across your site and I’m still working through your interesting posts! Your pic is gorgeous – I am currently going through some pretty intense adult acne, and your clear complexion is an inspiration!! Just wondering if you use anything on your eyebrows? They are are very well-shaped and ‘full’ in colour, so wondered if you have a natural product you use to enhance them?
Thanks so much for your insight and experience, Brenna! Hope that helps, Masha!!
Hey, Nicole. Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. I personally did not have much of a transition time. It could be that your skin is taking time to adjust, or perhaps that some of the aspects are just not right for your skin. Everyone’s skin (and body) is different, so what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. It can be a process of trial and error.
Which oils are you using?
I tried to put natural oils twice a day after i wash my face and toning.(I am using rose oil and apple cider vinegar as a toner) After several days my skin has became really dry and sensitive. I am so worried…..Any tips can help me out…(My skin is normally dry and has some spots and acne scars)
I was wondering, when you were struggling with acne (as I am now) and you started with this routine, did it get worse first and then started working? Cause for some reason I am breaking out even more now after just a few days of following the routine. Just wondering how was your experience.
NADIA – I’m so happy to see that you use baking soda to exfoliate. I don’t use it super often but I was starting to feel like the only person in the crunchy world that still uses this. Sugar and salt are just too harsh for me, and I can’t not exfoliate. I always end up going back to the baking soda.
MASHA – I know you mentioned you started developing acne on your forehead and it has been moving down to your cheekbones. I am wondering if this started after you started cleansing with the castile soap blend.
I know a lot of people love castile soap, but for me? My skin feels tight and starts breaking out badly if I use it on my face. Pimples appear starting on my moves down progressively like you mentioned yours was. It is too stripping for my skin, no matter how much I dilute it. Washing your face with the oil cleansing method or raw honey might be a better option if it is in fact, the castile soap causing you trouble. Good luck!
Hi, Masha. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. Do you think it is because of this new skincare routine, or did it help initially and now the acne is coming on? My instinct would be so say try to get some more omega-3s but since you mention you eat a lot of salmon… Hmm.
At the moment what I thought was spots is actually skin tags forming around my forehead area and around my eye area. I’m wandering if you know of an oil or oil mixture that can help remove them. My skin is dry to normal and would appreciate some help please.
I’m so glad I came across your page! I can’t wait to make your DIY All-Natural Face Oil for Acne Prone and Oily Skin. Also, you are beautiful and, oh my, your skin is gorgeous!
I love all your tips and I follow a lot of them but for some reason all of a sudden I started to get acne for the past couple of months. Started on my forehead and above the brows and now all of a sudden extending down to my cheekbones. I eat a really healthy diet with minimal gluten, no sugar and lots of good fats like salmon and coconut oil. I also love jojoba oil at night and a natural sunscreen during the day, wash with Castile soap mix. I’m not sure what else I can do :/
I have recently been breaking out a lot along my jawline and temple area (I used to breakout all over but now it’s just in these areas), do you think this could be hormonal? I’ve been using rosehip seed oil blend with a jojoba base as a moisturizer and my acne scars have started to clear up but I still have large bumps. Should I try switching things up?