My Natural Skin Care Routine

 

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Years ago I dumped all my toxic skincare products for more natural, chemical-free versions. I used to love the scented lotions and face creams with ingredient lists a mile long that promised youthful eternity. Many of these products irritated my sensitive skin, but I just assumed that was all part of the anti-aging process. So I purged and simplified, often just using coconut oil alone for a moisturizer. My clients  inquire about natural skin care, so I’d like to share my pared down routine with you. My skin has never looked better! BONUS: I’m saving tons of money since I no longer drop $50 on an ounce of moisturizer.

I’m prone to dry skin, and my skin is pretty sensitive, so this routine is best for dry, sensitive, combination, or normal skin.

Natural Skin Care Routine

Here’s the first kicker: I don’t wash my face with cleansers or soap. Cleansers (even the gentle ones) strip the skin of natural oils needed for elasticity and a dewy glow. There, I just saved you $30.

First thing in the morning, I splash my face with cool water and spritz with rose water, ($10) which acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing irritated skin. It can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue, and it’s moisturizing. If you’re prone to redness or rosacea, try refrigerating it and spritz to soothe irritated skin as needed. I’ll then have some green tea, which is great for skin because of the antioxidants it provides (and, incidentally, makes an excellent toner for acne prone skin), do some work, then exercise with the dogs.

Then it’s time to shower. I use Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub, ($11) a gentle exfoliator that contains Sweet Orange Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract, and Ground Almonds, Oats and Pecans for exfoliation. It also has Almond Oil and Glycerin to help soften skin. It really leaves you with a nice glow. I also like Avalon organics lavender luminosity enzyme scrub ($11). Both of these exfoliators are super inexpensive, gentle, and don’t strip your skin.

Post shower, I apply my homemade whipped coconut oil body butter with frankincense and myrrh to my face, neck, arms, and chest. Click here to learn how to make it. Again, super inexpensive to make; a batch lasts forever; and it’s moisturizing, soothing, prevents wrinkles, and provides some sun protection (coconut oil has a natural SPF of about 2). I have also used Benedetta products in the past. Their products are biodynamic, great quality, and there’s something for all skin types.

At night before bed, I’ll splash with cool water again. I don’t wear much makeup, but if I have makeup on, I’ll use coconut oil or the Burt’s Bees scrub to get rid of it. Then I apply Egyptian Magic, an awesome all-purpose skin cream which contains healing propolis and olive oil, or I also love Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil beauty balm. Over that I apply a few drops of frankincense to prevent wrinkles and nourish skin, then it’s off to bed.

I love a good face mask. Often I’ll just mix up zeolite clay with a little water and olive oil. It helps detox the skin and clear any blemishes. You can also add it to a detox bath. I use the Purification essential oil blend from Young Living for spot treating zits. Works great! It contains tea tree oil, which works great for zits and oily skin. I also make face masks from honey, egg yolks, and/or avocado. There are tons of quick and easy homemade face mask recipes out there. I’ll also just make a simple yogurt face mask. The fats and acids in yogurt make your skin super smooth.

Obviously, diet plays a roll in healthy skin, too. Certain foods, like dairy, for example, contribute to acne or problem skin. Eating plenty of antioxidants (think berries, brightly colored fruits & veggies, and green tea) and good fats are keys to healthy skin. Kick the sugar, dairy, and gluten. I always get a zit after I eat dairy or gluten, boo. A liver detox program twice yearly is great for skin. Toxins that have accumulated in the body contribute to poor health and poor skin health. Click here for my recommended detox program.

So there you have it. Here’s a makeup free picture I took today as a testimonial for healthy, glowing, natural skin!

Photo on 7-25-14 at 10.57 AM #2

Resources

Click here for more tips on how to get healthy, glowing skin

How to get healthy skin from within

Natural beauty recipes

Skintervention Guide

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Mary,
    Nice blog, and your natural look is very pleasing on two levels — it’s not fake, and it’s going to be around awhile, since there is nothing toxic involved in your skincare routine.
    =^)
    T.

  2. Lee says

    Your skin is gorgeous! I’m going to try your routine. When you do wear make up, what brand do you use? Do you have any suggestions for eye wrinkles? Can’t. Wait to try it!

  3. says

    I am really impresses with your natural skin care routine. I do agree maintaining a healthy diet is the key to healthy and glowing skin.I prefer to use some natural elements for my skin.

  4. says

    I am really impressed with your natural skin care routine. I do agree maintaining a healthy diet is the key to healthy and glowing skin.I prefer to use some natural elements for my skin like olive oil is on the top of list.

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