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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Yep, that’s fine. Though plastic does leech chemicals so you may want to invest in some glass bottles. Amazon has a great selection.
Is it ok for me to store this mixture in a plastic bottle with a foaming pump? I’m struggling to find glass bottles with foaming lids and don’t have the time to make one. I also want to make the toner and exfoliator but was also wodnering if they can be stored in plastic aswell?
Have you ever tried or researched sulfur for acne treatment?
Hi, Maria! Thank you so much 🙂 Yes, castile soap is great at removing makeup so any recipe that includes it does a good job.
Such a great post! I am wondering if either or both of your face washes are effective in removing make up, and if they aren’t what you use to get your make up off. I love the idea of raw honey with tea tree oil, and think that would work really well for me, but I don’t know that it would take off the make up all the way. 🙂 Thanks for your tips! Your skin is lovely.
Hi, Nancy! I really love Mountain Rose Herbs, which I link to throughout the site. They’re a great 1-stop-shop for all natural beauty DIY ingredients. Most importantly, I trust their QUALITY, which is actually something you have to be very cautious about with EOs since some can contain unhealthy fillers or be extracted using toxic solvents (since there is unfortunately no industry standard).
Tea tree and peppermint are great basics, and I’d really suggest you pick up lavender as another staple — it’s great and has so many uses!
Is there any other brand of oils u recommend for beginners? I am an essential oil beginner. I currently use tea tre oil for everything and peppermint oil for certain days when I’m congested, have tired feet, headaches and eat a little too much onion during the day and want to freshen up my breath. I have only purchased from Amazon and a local organic store near home.
I am excited to try the moisturizing oils and am making a trip to the store when i finish this email!
My question is about the area around your eyes. I tend to get a bit dry there even though I have very oily and sensitive skin. Have you ever had that challenge and how did you address it? Thank you!
Nope! As I wrote, I do not wash my face in the morning.
Hi Nadia! I was wondering, do you wash your face every morning and then put toner and oil on it? And then do the same thing at night?? I have all the right products I need for my face routine but I’m not sure on how or when to apply them.
I just found your site and just kept reading! You made me smile!. I too am obsessed with eo’s and good oils. I just haven’t put them together like you. My poor 21 yr old has terrible skin so I will be sharing your site. Thank you so much for taking the time. I admire you for having this site and working outside the home! By the way, you still look 20!!
It’s my pleasure that I came across you page and felling good after reading all your tips.Thank you for sharing.
Yes, rose is wonderful!
Rose everything super easy smells great but wont overwhelm you rose water as toner is light and works fantastic also rose hip seed oil for face is great for oily skin belive it or not then there is rose wood oil. Im obsessed with essential oils and rose has been used forever by women all around the world.
I want a little more about skin oils and how I can do and do my own oils
So glad to have you as a new reader 🙂
I just apply my CC cream over whatever oil may still be left on my face from the night before. Usually most has absorbed or rubbed off on my pillow and my face is pretty matte. I’ve noticed I don’t struggle with dryness as much this way – washing it in the morning was stripping my skin of the natural oils.
I just found your blog and LOVE it!! Quick question….what do you do to your face in the morning if you don’t wash it?
Oh really? Maybe it’s time to change that one out… and it’s from 2 years ago LOL!
Wow – you look so much younger in this picture than the front one of your blog! Great tips!! =D