Hello, my dears! So today I thought I’d go over my very basic skincare routine which typically allows me to control my acne, and stay moisturized!
To start off, I wear makeup. I wear a lot of makeup on a day to day basis because of previous acne scarring I have dealt with throughout the years and I generally just love makeup. My acne is not typically a problem these days due to my routine but sometimes I still struggle due to my time of the month, and also due to being on the medication lithium which dries out the skin and is known to cause acne or skin conditions.
So now that I’ve prefaced that, I would like to get into my skincare routine. For a long time, I used a lot of products and many chemical ridden products which actually made me break out even more. These days I use mild, more natural products which I know work.
To take off my makeup I actually use grapeseed oil with a washcloth. Grapeseed oil is basically the oil from the seed of grapes, so it’s very natural. It is typically used for cooking but it takes makeup off without irritating my eyes or skin. It leaves skin soft and hydrated as well. I highly recommend this for stubborn eye makeup or those days when you wear concealer or a high coverage foundation. I would say grapeseed oil takes off 85% of my makeup alone.
The next thing I do is wash my face. For washing my face I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Almond soap. It’s a soap which is natural and full of healthy ingredients you can use for many purposes. Here are a list of ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Natural Almond Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tocopherol. These are many of the oils I would use on their own, so it is great to have them combined!
After washing my face, I use a toner on a cotton round. I’ve been using a witch hazel toner, sometimes it is just the pure witch hazel, sometimes witch hazel with rose water. Sometimes I just use rose water as well. I think toning is an essential skincare step because it allows you to see if any dirt is left over after cleansing, it also aids in balancing your skin.
So, on a regular basis, I will just apply a moisturizer. So, either I’ll apply almond oil for a moisturizer and give myself a massage or I will apply PONDS deep moisturizing cream for dry skin. The reason I chose PONDS is that it is one of the brands that have been around for so long that I trust it will not break me out, and it hasn’t.
If I’m having a particularly bad skin day or I want to relax and enjoy a face mask I will apply one of the Freeman masks, or sometimes the Aztec Clay mask. I also really enjoy using raw honey as a facemask for moisture.
I also do exfoliate with a little olive oil and sea salt. I’ve found that sea salt and olive oil will scrub the dead skin off but leave your skin so moisturized that it is literally like heaven! It also works on hands and on the body.
Every day I try to dry brush and moisturize with Palmer’s Coconut Oil cream.
Try to keep your hands clean, and off your face. Also, try to use new hand towels every day and don’t ever use them to pat dry your face, use a washcloth instead.
Hope this helped or was at least fun to read!
Have a good night!