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 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, of course!) finally helped me achieve the clear skin of my dreams.
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.
Now you may still be wondering…
Do natural skincare and beauty products actually work?
Now once upon a time, yes 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 a few natural, non-toxic skincare ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, 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
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 either use my DIY All-Natural Clarifying & Toning Foaming Facewash or Beautycounter’s Charcoal Cleansing bar, which is great for purifying pores.
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. Win win, right? Plus, it makes your skin glow and look flawless. Just don’t 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.
I love Acure’s Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub — really reasonable and performs perfectly. I’ve more recently been using Sanitas Skincare GlycoSolution 10% which provides an amazing chemical exfoliation and you apply like a toner — I was looking for a product with glycolic acid since it helps lighten dark spots (and I’ve got some of those thanks to past bad skin habits… and age… sigh).
Honestly, I don’t tone regularly. For my clients who need to rebalance their skin’s pH (this is an incredibly important aspect of skin health!) I recommend organic witch hazel. Simple. Classic. Natural. Does the job.
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 vitamin C serums and my favorite so far is Mychelle’s Perfect C Serum (17%). It contains 17% l-ascorbic acid, which is literally smack dab in the middle between the recommended 15-20%. It also contains a lot of other skin-loving goodies (which give it a slightly darker hue — so don’t worry, this isn’t from oxidation).
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 the day after 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 my DIY All-Natural Bentonite Clay Face Mask for Acne & Blemish-Prone Skin once a week as they are really good at actually pulling the gunk out of pores. If you’re not into DIY, Beautycounter’s No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask is a cult-classic and works wonders.
More recently, I’ve become a die-hard fan of Beautycounter’s No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask. I’m totally hooked and don’t ever want to go without it! Seriously, the thought of this discontinuing it gives me anxiety. It gives immediate results by tightening pores and toning skin while also delivering a dose of vitamin C. Just perfect 🙂
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’m obsessed with both Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream and Beautycounter’s Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. Juice Beauty’s formula is a little thicker, so I use it on days when I need some more coverage. They’re both fantastic, have a 1 Skin Deep rating, and good SPF coverage.
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. A lot of concealers would look cakes and accentuate my expression lines around my eyes and age me. 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 you look like a 13 year-old from 1998 (in other words, really glittery) — they somehow make your whole face seem brighter and all glowy. Ahhh little miracle workers!
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.
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. 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!!).
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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