I’ve always had problems with my skin, whether it was some sort of hormonal imbalance or my skin never acclimating to the cold and dry weather, my skin never seemed happy. I tried every product that anyone ever suggested to help with dry skin and cystic acne, I bought high-end products because the quality was deemed better, and yet nothing ever worked. If anything, it made my skin worse. So then I had a change of attitude towards my skincare routine. Why was I spending all of this money and putting my skin through torture? My attitude went from must try everything to less is better. Well, that attitude worked. I stay away from most skin products, unless the ingredients are minimal and all natural. It’s not to say that other products don’t work for a lot of people, but I find having a minimal routine with products that have minimal ingredients work best for me and my skin.
Work Inwards Out
When I say the first step to healthy skin is your attitude towards it, I know it sounds like bulls**t. Trust me. The whole ‘you need to love and accept yourself’ was always something I rolled my eyes at, but it’s true and you need to believe it. Once I started to accept myself and look in the mirror and tell myself that I am beautiful, I started to believe it, and my obsessiveness to finding the perfect solution to my skin problems started to evaporate. Nobody is perfect. Telling yourself that you are beautiful is not easy, and believing it is even harder, but when you let go of all of this weight of comparisons and negative feelings towards yourself, you release a lot of stress, and your skin will thank you for it. Some days are harder than others, but the effort…the attempt, is still meaningful.
Diet > Skincare Products
Once I changed my diet and lifestyle, my skin was much happier. Your skin will mostly reflect what you put inside your body. If you stick to real food and stay away from certain ingredients, like sugar, you will certainly see an improvement in your skin.
- Drink a lot of water. A lot. Drinking water will help clear your skin of toxins. It will also provide nutrients and vitamins to your skin.
- Fermented food/drinks like Farmhouse Culture’s Gut Shots, sauerkraut, kombucha, and miso.
- Almonds are a great source of fat-soluble vitamin E. Vitamin E is rich in antioxidants and helps moisturize skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar – people like to add 1-2 tbs of acv to their water, which has been reported to bring a lot of benefits, but I simply cannot do it. The taste leaves me feeling sick, so I skip ingesting it and instead use it directly on my skin. ACV is a natural way to remove dead skin, and in my experience improve my skin probably more than any other product I use. I don’t use this stuff every day, it is very acidic, so I limit my use with it and when I do use it, I use it with water. I just take a cotton swab and pour a small amount then quickly put it under the faucet to add some water, then I just wipe it all over my face and decolletage. Since I don’t wear makeup everyday, I like to use it after I have a night of wearing makeup, to completely cleanse my skin, and I probably apply some every other day.
Eye Treatment by Nourish Organic – I have terrible allergies. They have been much better since using Flonase, but my eyes go through a lot and it’s important to me to have a natural eye cream at the ready to provide them some cooling and moisturized relief. I think finding a good eye cream can be tricky. I have tried different brands, but have to say I love the Avocado and Argan Oil cream by Nourish Organic. The applicator is cooling when you apply it on your skin, and the cream never burns or irritates my eyes or skin. I naturally have darker circles under my eyes and so I’ve kind of gave up on ever finding a product that will help reduce the dark circles, but I do notice some changes when using this stuff. It’s also vegan and fragrance-free, so more good things! When you see how small the tube is, the price may make you hesitate, but you only have to use a tiny amount as it spreads evenly. The only thing I have issues with is you have to be careful when you squeeze on the bottle, as more product will come out than what you might want if you are trying to conserve.
Castile Soap is a brilliant product and there are many different ways you can use the product. I’ve used it as a shaving oil, body wash, shampoo, dish soap, and more, but I do like using it as a cleanser when I am in the shower. I don’t like using this product multiple times a day, even though it is not harsh in any way. My skin feels quite strange after using it, although it feels good and clean and helps clear my skin, it leaves it a strange feeling that I don’t know how to describe. I just put some shea butter, oil, or lotion on and my skin feels fine. I’m not sure if that is a normal reaction or if it’s just my body chemistry, but something to look out for if you’ve never used it before. The regular bottle has palm kernel oil listed on the ingredients, but Dr. Bronner’s has a Fair Trade and Organic Certification in sustainably producing palm oil.
Raw Sugar sugar scrub is a product from one of my favorite brands. You will see some chemicals listed on the ingredients but according to EWG, they have no to low toxic ratings. I think this is one of the calmest scrubs I’ve used and is not too harsh on my skin. It’s a good base product to use before cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Just so you know, there has not been any clear evidence on cold press beauty products being significantly better than not. It does have reports of being slightly better for your skin, but perhaps not enough for a heftier price tag. Fortunately, Raw Sugar selling their products at Target, allow their cold press products to be affordable.
Rosewater has so many benefits and helping with your skin is one of those benefits. The main reason I use rosewater is that it helps moisturize my skin and helps maintain my skins natural pH balance, which I have found to be one of the most important elements of my skincare routine. Another way rosewater helps your skin is by healing scars and marks you might have. This is obviously not an immediate benefit, but one that can result after continuous use.
Vitamin E Oil – the holy grail product. I use vitamin e oil, with shea butter as a moisturizer at the night and I will put it on if I am going to wear a lot of makeup. It has been known to cause issues of breakouts to people with naturally oily skin. I have normal to dry skin and find that the oil gives my skin the moisture I need and have not had any issues with breakouts. I use it if I wear makeup, but not during the day if I am not wearing makeup. I find that my skin will look too oily, but the makeup on top blends nicely with the oil. Vitamin E oil is also great at improving lines and scars on your skin.
I will never have perfect skin. I didn’t take care of it when I was younger and am now suffering the consequences, but self-love is the best treatment that I can think of. No product is going to work if I cannot accept and love myself. My diet and lifestyle play a bigger role in the health and looks of my skin than any curing product. This is a pretty minimal routine. I do not use that much product and I don’t use these products every single day. I have found that using less is better for my skin, and when I do use a product, using one that is all natural helps more than some high-end product.
Are there any natural skincare products you use and love and/or what foods/drinks do you find help your skin?