Natural Beauty – Simple Facial Care Routine
Howdy Ya’ll! We wanted to share our best natural beauty facial care routine with you.
There are so many products on the market today. How do you know what is right for you? How do you know which products will compliment your natural beauty without loading you up with toxic ingredients?
We can all spend quite a bit of time applying makeup and looking our best, however caring for what is underneath is just as important. Our natural beauty comes from a base of soft, smooth skin.
We have gone through blogger after blogger’s sites to see what works best for people. If you want a natural beauty facial care routine that works for all skin types, here is a routine that works for all skin types. So whether you have oily skin, dry skin, an oily t-zone, or combination skin, this routine will work for you.
MAKE UP REMOVAL:
This is a conditional step for anyone wearing make up. As far as a product that fits into the natural beauty facial care routine, we do not recommend using off the shelf “makeup remover” products as typically these contain mineral oil which is toxic. The best thing we have found for removing makeup is a witch hazel based product, like a facial toner. Simply add a small amount to a cotton ball or cotton pad and wipe makeup off. Simple, gentle, natural and completely effective.
CLEANSE & EXFOLIATE:
We all have to wash our face. Throughout the day, dirt and dust particles settle on our face and can stick quite well. These particles must be removed by cleansing our face. Contrary to popular belief, cleansing does NOT have to be done with soap. Since we are talking about natural beauty here and we prefer products that do not have chemical or toxic ingredients, if you do use a cleansing soap ensure you get one that does not contain parabens, sodium laurel (or laureth) sulfate (commonly known as SLS), chemical fragrance or coloring.
If you are not wearing makeup, or only wearing waterproof make up, you can simply use a konjac sponge to get a nice natural deep cleanse. These sponges are extremely gentle, completely natural and remove dirt, grime and blackheads.
TONE AND FRESHEN:
What we like to think of as toning is a very important step. It removes residues from cleansing as well as particles missed in cleansing. In effect you are preparing your skin for the next step so that it can absorb the goodness. We recommend a toner that does not contain alcohol. This way you are not drying your skin out. Again, always check your ingredients to ensure there is nothing toxic. A good toner will contain witch hazel, aloe vera, possible rose water, cucumber and glycerin (for moisture).
If you are not a makeup wearer, you can even carry a small bottle of toner in your pocket to refresh your face throughout the day.
FEED AND MOISTURIZE:
If you are a fan of using a serum before your moisturize, now would be the time. There are many serums on the market so again read your ingredients and pick up a good one. A good serum shouldn’t contain any harsh preservatives and should contain Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. These serums usually give your face a tight feeling after they dry, which takes a few minutes.
Eye Cream (both day and night) can be applied at this time.
Now it is time to apply a moisturizer. A nice gentle moisturizer that is full of gentle, natural ingredients for your skin. If your face cream costs less than about $10 there is a good chance it is chock full of toxic and cheap fillers. At the same time, you can find creams for $100 that contain these same ingredients. So always read your ingredients. If you can find one that is organic, that is even better. Here is one that we have tested any like: Christina Moss Naturals available HERE on Amazon. I am sure there are others on the market.
If you will be spending your day in the sun, be sure to apply a nice thin layer of sunscreen. Again, find a sunscreen that is natural and organic and uses only minerals for the SPF. The active ingredients you want are ZINC OXIDE or TITANIUM DIOXIDE only. Active ingredients used in cheap sunscreens are toxic. Here are some common toxic active ingredients: Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone and Cinnimate. Another thing to watch out for that is common in sunscreens is Retinyl Palmitate.
Now that you are complete with your daily natural beauty routine, you can now put on your day face (makeup) and have a fabulous day!
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