MY 5 STEP NATURAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE

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Looking for a way to treat your face to a spa day at home? Here is my simple 5-step natural face routine!

Some people used this time to learn how to make sourdough. I learned a new way to wash my face by developing a natural skin care routine.

I have the weirdest skin. It’s nice skin, don’t get me wrong; I have been so lucky that I have never had major problems. It’s not oily but it is also not to dry, it isn’t super-red, and it looks decent without make up. It can be sensitive, however, and it doesn’t take much to upset its balance. It’s kind of like tissue paper: It’s fine if you don’t get it wet to tear it…then it just falls apart.

I live a far from an organic, all-natural life (I inhale Oreos and Cheetos like air). But I decided that if I am working from home and not wearing makeup on a regular basis, this might be a good time to experiment and see if I can develop a face routine that has fewer toxins. Parabens and phthalates are widely known to be linked to many issues, including breast cancer.

My previous routine wasn’t elaborate. I washed with a face wipe, slathered on a night cream, and then covered that with a salicylic acid-based lotion. It worked, I guess. But I know it wasn’t natural and probably not the best for me. The wipes were highly perfumed, the night cream was cheap, and the salicylic acid-based lotion was discontinued, so I figured there had to be better options.

This is the option I am currently using…this is my current five step natural skin care routine:

STEP ONE: OIL WASH

I know we freak out about putting more oil on our face, but like dissolves like (remember that from chemistry? I don’t, but people say it is true, so that’s why washing your face with an oil isn’t a terrible idea. This site explains what oils are best for your skin type…I don’t have oily skin, but I’ve been using grape seed oil…because it what I had that I liked. Coconut seems like it dries my skin and olive oil smells too funny to put on my face. I might switch it up, but for now I’m going this route. I sometimes add a little drop of tea tree oil, too, as it supposedly has anti-acne and anti-inflammatory properties. 

STEP TWO: CLEANSE WITH A FASCIAL CLEANSING MILK

I follow my oil wash with a gentle cleanse. Right now I am using OSEA Ocean Cleaning Milk. This is a nice, gentle milk cleanser that has no fragrance and is naturally hydrating. I like it for now, but I might try a different milk cleanser when this is gone (I am learning I like milk cleansers). I apply it to a damp face, massage it in, and then remove it with a warm washcloth (I don’t rub—I just let the warmed cloth do its thing).

STEP THREE: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONER

Using an 8-ounce Mason Jar, I add one part organic apple cider vinegar and two parts distilled water. I shake it until it blends, and then I use a cotton ball to apply it to my face (ideally I would use a glass spray bottle, but I am out and shipping from Amazon is not what it used to be these days). Apple cider vinegar is a natural exfoliant, so it seems to do the job the salicylic acid did. I had never used a toner before, and it’s been a nice addition.

STEP FOUR: LOTION + MARACUJA OIL

After I’ve cleansed, I apply my moisturizers. I use Claudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, which is nice and thick but melts right into my skin. I add three drops of maracuja oil by Tarte; this oil is known for its awesome properties and what it can do for skin (such as reducing dark spots, redness, and wrinkles), so it’s a nice little add-on.

STEP FIVE: FACIAL MIST

I don’t know if this step is needed, but it feels good, so I go for it. I use Claudalie’s Beauty Elixir. It is 100% natural in origin, and it seems to smooth features and reduce pours as it claims (I’ve been using this since December, and I like it). If nothing else, it’s cooling and feels great on a fresh face.

I am about a month into this new natural skin care routine, and so far so good. I am still tweaking it some, but for now, it works. No, I don’t have any before or after, but I will check back sometime and explain how I feel it’s changed my skin.

What is your routine? What is something you swear by for your face?

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Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest!

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