It seems like chemicals are in everything these days right!? Well, it’s no different for skincare. They say you absorb almost 5 lbs of chemicals from skin care and makeup daily. I know that some people aren’t bothered by that, but for me personally, when I started out doing makeup full time, I all of a sudden started breaking out more and more. I noticed I was sweating more from running around, so my pores were just soaking in all the bad stuff from both my skincare and my makeup. I have normal to dry skin type as well, so along with the breakouts, my skin would get very flaky too. Lovely, huh?
In an effort to cut down on my own chemical intake and to help clear up my skin, I started slowly swapping out my products with cleaner more chemical free alternatives. This can be a little bit of a challenge because a lot of chemical free products can be more expensive than their dirty chemical laden counterparts. When I would run out of a product I would simply replace it with a chemical free alternative to minimize the impact on my wallet. Which ended up being worth it in the end because not only did my skin stop breaking out so much, it also helped actually hydrate and balance my skin. So let’s get to the routine already!
Let me start by saying I LOVE skincare, more than I love makeup. Which you would think means I have an elaborate routine, but in fact, it’s the exact opposite. I stick to a more minimal routine, partly because my skin handles that the best, partly because I can also be a little lazy about it.
Having normal to dry skin, I tend to just cleanse my skin at night. Because if I do it am and pm, it can sometimes be too much for my skin. Cleansing at night is almost more important than doing it in the morning too because you’re washing away all the bacteria and pore-clogging germs from the day. I use this facial cleanser from Sally B’s skin yummies. It’s EWG verified, 95% certified organic ingredients, it’s gentle but still removes makeup and dirt like a pro.
Serums and Moisturizer
I have freckles and other spots of hyper-pigmentation on my face, so after cleansing, I’ll apply this papaya geranium serum to help with that. The papaya enzymes dissolve dead skin cells, bringing out a fresh and more even-toned glow. The geranium and lemon oils combine to encourage a more evened-out skin tone and provide wrinkle reduction. After applying the serum, I’ll moisturize with Rachel’s Plan Bee facial oil (their bee cream is also amazing for the rest of the body). They don’t test on animals, their products are free of parabens, petrochemicals, artificial colors, artificial fragrances, phthalates, and gluten. She also originally developed the line for her son, who is special needs, with very dry skin. What’s not to love? I know some of you oily skin people out there are thinking I can’t do face oil. But! Oils can actually help in reducing oil production in the skin. Just make sure it’s a clean product.
I only exfoliate two to three times per week. If you exfoliate too often, you can actually force your cells to regenerate too quickly. A while back, for Christmas, I was lucky enough to get a Clarisonic brush as a gift. This was so long ago, it was when they were the only ones on the market making facial brushes. Now they come in all shapes sizes and price ranges. Ever since I received mine, I was obsessed! It’s my absolute favorite way to exfoliate. They say it cleanses 6 times better than hands, and you can definitely feel the results immediately after using.
Occasionally, I’ll dabble with toners, eye creams, and masks, but this my every day (or weekly for the exfoliating) routine. Nothing fancy, just clean and simple. What kind of products are you into? What’s your routine like?