For a couple of years, on and off, I’ve been in the process of switching to a more simplified, all-natural regimen. There have been some ups and downs (and a whole lot of breaking out), but I feel like I’m finally starting to get somewhere.
There are a few reasons I prefer to go simple and natural(ish):
- less chemicals applied to my skin = a health win.
- using mother earth’s bounty = environmental win.
- not spending $40 on a product = wallet win.
So, for those of you considering the switch, here are a few starter suggestions/steps:
photo by vibrant spirit
1. The simplest thing to switch out today is your exfoliator.
Ferreal. I once bought a $42 exfoliator from Murad that promised to clear up pimples and give me baby-bottom smooth skin. Yeah, ’bout that. My budget and I were not friends as I tried to use up the damn thing over the next year. I then read about and tried the aspirin mask and haven’t looked back. Seriously, friends, crush up an aspirin or two, mix it with a teaspoon of plain yogurt and slap it on your money-maker. Strangers will want to touch your amazingly soft face.
2. Stay away from cleansers that contain sodium laureth sulfate.
This is the stuff that causes cleansers to foam. It’s also bad news bears for your skin. It’s an irritant – although still approved for cosmetic use. Go figure.
I’ll be the first to admit that finding a cleanser that doesn’t contain this is no easy task, but I did find something which I can no longer live without: Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Tea Tree Soap.
- Kissed – gentle foaming cleanser (found here)
- Good things – fresh start creamy cleaser (found here)
- Andalou Naturals – meyer lemon creamy cleanser (found here)
- Garden of wisdom also has a couple sls-free options (found here and here).
photo via fireislandsoap on etsy
3. make friends with the scent of tea tree oil
This is for those of us with skin that wields its own light-saber it’s so badass. Tea tree oil stings when applied neat. If you go all red at the touch of a raindrop, this isn’t for you. If you can handle it (or are willing to try it out), pour a few drops of organic tea tree oil onto a cotton pad and gently rub it all over your face – steering clear of your eye area. you will need to use a moisturizer afterwards.
photo via lauren conrad
4. Make your face masks at home – using baking ingredients
- Honey: applied straight, or mixed in with yoghurt. it’s antiseptic, antibacterial, and surprisingly soothing.
- Baking soda: a teeny amount is great as an exfoliator. be gentle.
- Milk: a mild, mild exfoliant. will also make you feel so totally 50s, in a good way.
- Rolled oats: ground down and mixed with yoghurt and honey is soothing and smells pretty good.
Do you have a favorite all-natural skincare trick? I’d love to hear about it!