In college I had terrible skin. I was breaking out so much I had breakouts on top of my breakouts. Now that I’m in my 30’s I’ve started to notice these little lines on my face called..what’s the word again? Wrinkles. Suffice it to say, my skincare routine is very important to me and fortunately, after many years of experimentation I’ve got a natural skincare routine down that I love and think you will too.
EYE MAKEUP REMOVER: Coconut Oil
I’ll start here because unless you were blessed with flawless skin and naturally pink lips, I am guessing you wear makeup. Most days mine consists of just a powder foundation (Bare Minerals), Mascara (homemade or whatever I can get for free from Sephora that month) and lipstick (NARS lip pencil).
I use coconut oil on a cotton ball to remove my eye make-up and sometimes lipstick. It’s effective and also good for your eye lashes. Plus, whenever I buy a store-bought kind it stings my eyes. I wouldn’t recommend using it to remove your foundation, though, as it will leave your face greasy, and hard to remove with soap.
FACE CLEANSER: Microfiber Cloths & Homemade Face Wash
If you don’t have any microfiber cloths yet it is time to invest in some. They range anywhere from a couple of dollars at Wal-Mart, to around $20/$25 from Sephora or Jane Iredale. My favorite so far have been regular microfiber cloths from Amazon.
- Thoroughly wet the cloth and remove as much makeup with that alone as you can. Many of them claim they can remove 100% of your makeup with no soap and for the most part, this claim is true. They also work great at removing stubborn eye makeup.
- I then rinse the cloth and either use a Juice Beauty or Nourish organics face wash, or more likely, my own. Click here to make a Rose & Almond face wash that I absolutely love. Switch out the rose soap with tea tree if you struggle with acne.
TONER: Witch Hazel or Apple Cider Vinegar
For every day toning I use regular witch hazel. (T.N. Dickinson or Thayers only). There are cheap brands out there that are not 100% witch hazel; make sure to read the bottle. Some days I add rose essential oil to my witch hazel for even clearer skin.
For weeks my skin is causing me trouble I tone it with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. You must use Bragg’s and only Bragg’s. If you have sensitive skin, mix the ACV with a little water before rubbing on your face. I use it straight and it’s my go-to to clear up skin overnight.
MOISTURIZER: DIY Face Lotion for Sensitive skin
Store-bought moisturizers all seem to make me break out so I’ve switched to using a 100% natural moisturizer, either grape seed oil or almond oil. However, it doesn’t always provide the moisture I need so I came up with my own! It’s a DIY face lotion for sensitive skin that also attacks wrinkles and acne too.
EXFOLIATE: Baking soda
Exfoliation is necessary to remove dead skin cells, letting more youthful skin shine through. After thoroughly cleansing my face I like to mix a little baking soda with water and gently scrub. Being gentle is key as you don’t want to irritate your skin, although it is common for it to cause a slight redness. Rinse with cool water and moisturize!
You can also use sugar, salt or even ground oatmeal to scrub your face. Every now and then I will use Kate Sommerville’s Exfolikate. It works perhaps even better than a homemade one, but it is also very pricey.
MASKS: My new favorite mask is my DIY Turmeric Mask to mix turmeric powder, milk and honey. It addresses acne, wrinkles, rosacea – just about any skin issue you could have. I try to use it about once a week.
SHRINK PORES & ZAP ZITs: Last but not least, my skin care secret is an ice facial. Yes, rubbing ice on your face can shrink pores, wrinkles, reduce acne and give your skin a glow.
And that’s it. This simple and inexpensive skin care routine has cleared up my skin better than anything else as well as fights wrinkles. I’m in the process of learning to make my own face moisturizer, and if it turns out well I will be back to update this with the recipe.
What natural or DIY routine do you use for your skin? I’d love to know.