Natural Skin Care Routine

Natural Skincare: Routine 101

If you’re not happy with your current skin care products, or are searching for that “one” to make your skin smoother and clearer. Stop.

We are going to share with you the best skin care tips that will help transform your skin for good. Let’s get radiant.


Cleansers

As I mentioned in Natural Skincare what you need to know,
your skin is designed to hydrate itself. It needs its natural oils in order to look moist
and supple. Many commercial cleansers have harsh chemicals that dry your skin. Look for cleansers that will remove dirt, make up and only a small amount of natural oils. Factor in your skin type and lifestyle. Your skin will thank you.

Start here:

  • Determine what type of skin you have (dry, normal, oily)
  • If you wear make up on a regular basis, you will want to find a cleanser for your skin type that removes makeup
  • If you are outdoors a lot, look for cleansers that will clean your pores of dirt, sweat and sunscreen

I am 50+ and have mixed dry and normal skin. I recently started to use my own natural ingredients. In the morning, I just use water, followed by a toner. But if my skin should feel particularly dry in the morning, I’ll wash it with Raw honey. You can get this in any health food store.

At night I’ll either use Raw honey or a mix of olive oil and jojoba oil. Rub into my face, let sit for a minute and wash off. My skin feels great after.
Consider following up your cleansing routine with a good toner.
If you have normal to dry skin, I suggest looking for ones that are water-based. Also highly recommended if you are in the sun a lot.

Brand names I personally like:

If you’re outdoors a lot:
Wear some sunscreen with a SPF of atleast 30. Stick with sunscreens that have zinc oxide as their main ingredient. Avoid sunscreens with propellants. Any good healthstore will have good nontoxic sunscreens. I personally use the brand, Badger.
Avoid these petroleum-derived ingredients:
(Many cosmetic companies love to use petroleum-derived ingredients because they are cheap.)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate 
DEA (diethanolamine)
MEA (momoethnanolamine)
TEA (triethanolamine)
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

Parabens (also petroleum-derived) are among the most widely used group of preservatives in cosmetics. Look out for these:

  • Butylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Methylparaben
  • Ethylparaben

Also avoid these hydro carbons as they can weaken protein and cellular structure.

  • Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol:

Be careful with antibacterial soap. It’s ok for isolated incidents but very drying on the skin if used on a regular basis.

  • Triclosan (an antibacterial agent added to many liquid soaps)

Look for these ingredients:

  • Products that are Ph balanced (ideal 5.4-5.9 slightly acidic)
  • glycerin

Fragrance-free Creams
Fragrances are often added to a product to make it more appealing, but the chemicals
used to mask the real scent can cause problems. They can often cause inflammation.
Many have not  been thoroughly tested for safety. Look for fragrance-free skin care products.
Or as I mentioned earlier, create your own!

Topicals with Vitamins
Our skin absorbs as much as it repels. It is not completely watertight. So why not
maximize the benefits of a skin product? Nourish it. Most commercial products do not offer
many benefits. Seek out alternative products that introduce vitamins, minerals,
and antioxidants to the skin.

Skin Brushing
When we brush our hair it stimulates the oil production in our scalp. Why not brush the
rest of your skin? It improves the blood circulation, and stimulates your natural oil production.
You can do this fairly inexpensively.

  • Get a brush with soft, natural bristles.
  • Pass the bristles across your skin and repeat.
  • This is dry exfoliation. You can do this on a daily basis.

You can also get a do this with a cleanser and wet skin.

I use Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System mini brush. Its battery operated and rotates in circular motion.

If you’re interested in creating your own natural skin care recipes or just want to educate yourself on the ingredients to look out for in skin products, check this is out:

Source: Natural Skin Care Routine

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