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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Hi, Barbara. No, I don’t but my DIY lip balm is without a doubt the most moisturizing I have EVER tried (and I’m not just saying that cause it’s “mine” LOL). You can also simply mix shea butter with a little coconut oil — shea is very thick and so you’d have a balm from this even though it doesn’t include wax.
Hi, Lyndsey! Well first of all thank you very much (*blushing*). And secondly I just found this eyebrow pencil that has a “1” EWG Skin Deep ranking (which is GREAT!!): http://amzn.to/1T0OLBx
first off, you are outrageously beautiful, one quick question…do you do anything to your brows, or have any suggestions? I’m a brunette,lacking in the brow department. Any product suggestions? Thanks!
I have very dry lips, but most lipsticks taste like soap to me and I don’t like the waxy feel of lip balms. Do you hve a recipe for lip moisturizer without the wax.
Hi, Khadijah! Ohh thank you so much 🙂 I’m very happy to have you as a new reader!
I get them from Amazon and Mountain Rose Herbs (which I believe ships abroad…)
Just came across your blog and I’m already in love! I was just wondering where you get your containers for your moisturisers and toners. I’ve been looking for bottles similar to the ones you have in the picture above, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere. It’d be a great help if you let me know where they are from, and if it’s from somewhere I that can deliver in the UK. Thank you x
Yes I exfoliate. I use my clarisonic a few times a week. I also user he other exfoliating tips you suggested. I have had a lot of breakouts on my chin since started all the great things you do……wonder if it’s just my skin adjusting to it…..
Hey, Jill. Do you exfoliate? Not only can this keep pores from getting clogged, but it sloughs away the dead, dry skin, allowing the oils to penetrate and moisturize more deeply. And if you’re looking for some extra all-natural moisture, I suggest shea butter or vegetable glycerin.
I started your wonderful regimen as i have hormonal acne on my chin. However my skin is really dry. Its a weird combination I know. Any advice on how to increase my moisture? Also should i avoid the castile soap since I am so dry? What would you recommend in place as a facewash? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Hey, Marie. Oh no! Closed comedones… blackheads? Do you exfoliate? Is your skin super irritated or would you be comfortable exfoliating a little bit? Whiteheads and blackheads are just oil and dead skin cells trapped in the pore. Exfoliating can help keep dead skin cells from clogging the pore, and oil helps because of the whole like-disolves-like principle. Especially if your skin is dry – and castile soap may be drying it further – that may be the issue. I wouldn’t give up on the oil! It sounds like your skin may just be dry, and that’s clogging the pores. If it were me, I’d exfoliate, give the toner a rest for a little while, and just apply the oil. But you know your skin best!
Hi Nadia! I love your website! I feel as well you can help me 🙂 I’m new with all the natural skin care routine and I think I’m doing something wrong. I started with OCM, did it for only 2 weeks because castor oil made my skin dry and dull. I also started to have closed comedones on my jawline at that time. Now I’m using tea tree castile soap, witch hazel & lemon toner, jojoba oil as moisturizer, and an organic BB cream to cover up my dark acne marks. I’ve been on this routine for 2 weeks now and I think the comedones have gone worse, it’s now covering my cheeks. I’m getting really frustrated and desperate. Sometimes I feel like resorting back to the nasties. Any suggestions please? Why am I having a bad case of closed comedones?
Thank you for your reply. To answer your question, it has been going well. I went onto Amazon like a crazy person and purchased every single item from your beauty routine and started making face washes, masks and oil blends. I followed your recipes to start, but am finding they need to be slightly altered to suit my personal skin type. I also have to be careful because my husband has bad allergies and the lavendar oil throws him into sneezing fits. Oops! So far the Rosehip, Tamanu and Jojoba combo seem to be the winners. My daughter is 13 and your face oil recipe is working beautifully for her. I have no doubt I will find the perfect blend for myself. Thank you so much for giving me a starting point. I greatly appreciate it.
P.S. I do work for a pretty cool company. My sister and I actually own it. Please get in touch with me once you start selling. I would like to discuss the possibility of featuring your blend in our box. Since it’s geared towards teens, I believe it is something that they would greatly benefit from!
1) YAYYY! I’m so happy to hear you’ve been inspired to make some more natural choices at home and with your self-care! 🙂
2) A few people have expressed surprise at this not washing my face in the morning thing and really… it’s just a matter of preference! That being said, I do think everyone should wash their face at night since our faces face (for lack of a better word!) so much during the day – from makeup to air pollution (wrinkle-causing free radicals right there!) to the face oil of our partners when we kiss them LOL – and we need to wash this off. But the way I see it, the only thing my skin is contacting while I sleep is air and my pillow. When I wake up, my face oil has really settled in well and my skin is pretty matte, so I just go ahead and apply my CC cream (or more face oil some days) just right over top. Sometimes I’ll splash my face with water. But it’s definitely helped *me personally* with some stubborn dry patches I’ve always struggled with.
3) There is definitely a thing as too much exfoliation which can irritate your skin. But washing… hmmm I mean if you washed every hour you’d probably really dry your skin out by stripping it of its natural oils, which would irritate it, but twice a day is by no means excessive. It’s all about what works for you!
I just came across this site in the last week and it’s completely changed the way I look at caring for my home and for my body! At seeing this skin-care routine I was astonished to read that you only wash your face once a day, and at night. I’ve struggled with oily and acne-prone skin for as long as I can remember and I’m still struggling with the idea that putting oil on my skin might actually help instead of hurt it. I’ve been using the rose hip oil I read about earlier and it’s done me some good, so I just mixed up a batch of the oil suggested here.
My question is: what do you do with your skin in the morning? Since you don’t wash it, do you just put your makeup on? Do you rinse at all? And is there such a thing as TOO MUCH washing? I can’t imagine not washing the night from my face, though I’ve often gone to bed without a wash. Please advise!
Hi, Maria! Aww yay that makes me so happy! And how is everything going — are you seeing results?
I am currently perfecting 3 face oil blends I want to start selling through the site and will hopefully be launching that by the end of the year! I’m also working on an eBook that will discuss healthy skin from the inside and out — often times, skin issues are deeply rooted in internal imbalances and need to be addresses through nutrition and wellness as much as through external skincare.
P.S. Looks like you work for a cool company! How fun!!
I just came across your site when doing a search to see if I could combine Argan oil and Tamanu oil to combat my adult acne. Boy, I am so glad I did! I am 38 years old and have battled oily, acne prone skin since my teens. Like you, I have tried EVERYTHING to rid my face (and upper back) of these unsightly red monsters. Nothing has worked! In August, my skin became worse than it has ever been. I started to breakout horribly with little red bumps on my forehead and above my eyebrows. It is now moving down my onto my temples, cheeks and chin. As a last ditch effort, I turned to organic oils and you just gave me the perfect “oil cocktail” for my face. Along with recipes for a cleanser, toner and mask! I just wanted to tell you that I greatly appreciate you sharing your knowledge. It saved me a lot of time and research. The only thing that would have been better is if you bottled these and sold them on your site. But, believe me when I say that I am not complaining. If this works, I will be forever grateful!
P.S. Your photo is breathtaking. You now have the skin that every woman wants! #skingoals
YAY! Thanks so much for sharing, Kelsey! That makes me so happy to hear 🙂
Hey, Raquel! I would only make the scrub on an as-need basis and not store it. The wash should last for a month or two since the EOs have some antibacterial properties, but be sure to use a sterile jar and keep an eye on it (discard if you notice any changes in color or scent). Oil blends last a very long time as long as you don’t get water in the container.
I personally just use my face wash and oils to remove makeup.
How long will the face wash, toner, moisturiser and scrub last for in a bottle mixed together? And what is the best mixture to remove make up including eye make up?
Thanks heaps 🙂
I just want to say thanks for your site 🙂 I stumbled upon it and have been using your cleansing method toning and jojoba oil as a moisturizer and love it ! I have just been using jojoba oil on its own as a moisturizer and am looking to add rose hip soon . My skin is much clearer after about two weeks now and I’m looking forward to having it continue. Thanks again I have struggled with acne since 15 harsh benzoyl peroxide was my go too but I still broke out once in a while and my skin was so dry. Now it’s healthy and soft ! Thanks