By now you’ve all guessed I’m an all-out hippie. All that’s missing is the dreads, ponch skirts and ukelele. For the record, I would still like all of those things, just not yet. Perhaps after motherhood when all other inhibition flys to the wind. But for now I’m sharing my (almost completely hippie) super simple natural beauty routine, including my a.m. and p.m. cleansing and moisturizing routines, and my new favorite morning beverage.
As I’ve shared before, my skin started giving me problems in high school and I didn’t know the first thing about skin care. So at the first sign of trouble – be it breakouts, oiliness, redness – I would plaster on harsh products thinking it would help. Well, it didn’t. It only caused more oiliness, breakouts and tired-looking skin. So, after doing a ton of research and a little experimentation I’ve found a natural beauty routine that works for me. I still have breakouts here and there (usually related to hormones/periods) but they’re nothing like they used to be, and my overall skin texture is much improved.
In the morning here is what I do.
Cleanser >> Since I work out most days I can’t go without washing my face. I tried, it didn’t work out. So, I’ve been using Yes To Cucumbers Soothing gentle milk cleanser, and will occasionally add a dot of the Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin daily pore scrub for improved skin texture. Then, I rinse, pat dry and move on.
Toner >> Right out of the shower only every few days I dot some apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and gently run it over my face as a toner. I don’t do it every day because it can be kind of harsh and my skin is sensitive. But it does help tighten my skin and prevent breakouts, so it’s a good thing to do every few days.
Moisturizer >> Then I moisturize with unrefined coconut oil – the little white dot you see in the container above. This is important: I use THIS TRICK to remove excess oil and ensure my skin isn’t oily throughout the day before applying makeup. I’ve been doing it for a few weeks and LOVE the result. My skin has been perfectly moisturized and even stays looking great until night time. I was skeptical at first, but really love the way it moisturizes my skin.
Spot Treatment >> For trouble spots I use a dot of tea tree oil or this Clearasil spot treatment, whichever I’m in the mood for.
Lip Balm >> I love Burt’s Bees and have been using it for years. I use the lip balm stick in the morning and at night, and carry a metal disc of the balm around during the day for extra application.
Natural Face Scrub >> As an alternative to my normal “Yes To” face washes, I will occasionally use 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 TB fresh lemon juice for a face scrub. I only do this maybe once a week as it’s too harsh for me for daily use.
I learned this from a friend a while back and it’s such a great natural face wash that helps even out texture and really exfoliate your skin. Plus, it smells amazing and is super cheap. I especially love how it fizzes when you squeeze on the lemon juice.
-Scrub gently only for about 30 seconds.
-Avoid any sensitive areas (like cheeks or under eyes).
-Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
-Moisturizer with coconut oil (or other moisturizer) immediately after to avoid drying skin out.
Now, my p.m. routine.
Cleanser >> I still use the oil cleansing method and still LOVE it!
Toner >> Only on nights that I notice some breakouts, I dot some apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and gently run it over my face. In the morning I notice my skin looking more balanced, refreshed and clear. Again, because it can be kind of harsh, it’s a good thing to use only every few days.
Moisturizer >> I also moisturize with unrefined coconut oil at night, but I don’t rinse any off like I do in the mornings. I simply take about a 1/4 tsp amount, rub it in between my hands and then pat it on my skin until I’ve covered all areas. It shouldn’t look super oily, it should look moisturized. If you put on too much, simply splash with a little cold water after letting it set into your skin for 5 minutes, and then pat dry.
Spot Treatment >> Again, for trouble spots I dot on tea tree oil using my finger or a Q-tip, or this Clearasil spot treatment, whichever I’m in the mood for.
Lip Balm >> Burt’s Bees for the win.
We all know beauty starts on the inside, cliche as it sounds, and lemon water is my little secret weapon to starting off on a healthy foot every day. I learned this trick from Jo and Jules at Conscious Cleanse – a natural detox program I’m starting tomorrow, in fact. (I’ll be blogging about my 2-week experience as I go). As a former coffee addict, I love how fresh and rejuvenating hot lemon water can be in the mornings and I’ve been loving it over coffee lately. Plus, it has some pretty amazing health benefits. Check it out!
And that does it – my natural beauty routine in a nutshell. Questions, concerns, comments? Do share. This natural beauty thing is an ever-evolving experiment and I’d love to hear your experiences, too.