Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Minimalist Skin Care Routine

Note: If you haven't read my acne story, you may want to do that first. Just saying.

Minimal, natural skincare routine for hormonal acne prone skin


I have a four step skin care routine (three if it's nighttime), it's super simple and it's what turned my skin around from the hot acne mess it used to be. Essentially, the routine I follow is to:

WASH, TONE, MOISTURIZE, PROTECT 

To be a little more specific I detailed out exactly what I use and when I use it down below. These are the actual skin care products I currently use + a few alternatives that are also tried & true.

Minimal, natural skincare routine for acne prone skin


SKIN CARE

1 / WASH

For both morning and night, I use an activated charcoal bar soap, which I keep both at my sink and in my shower. I lean towards activated charcoal as an ingredient in skincare products for it's detoxifying, anti-aging benefits. I am a big fan of hand-made, natural products so I purchase mine from JuneBug Soap Co.'s etsy shop.

Every other night, I add in using my Foreo Luna Mini (with the bar soap). I've been using the Foreo for two months and I'm loving it. It's so much more gentle than the Clarisonic (which broke me out) and I love that it's eco-friendly.  It only needs to be charged every 6 months and it doesn't require purchasing replacement heads like most other brands.

As an alternative to the Foreo, I previously used an activated charcoal konjac sponge (daily, day & night), which I also highly recommend. Konjac sponges do need to be replaced monthly, so while cheaper initially, the cost does add up over time.

Note: all products mentioned in this post will be linked at the end of this post for anyone who may be interested. 


2 / TONE

Morning and night, after washing I love using rosewater to tone.  I currently use the Cortas brand, which is food grade and 100% natural rose water, so it has no additional ingredients which I love.

The only downside is the bottle is ugly (but glass, so that's a +) and because it's originally for cooking, doesn't come with a spray nozzle so I decant mine into a much more attractive glass spray bottle. Problem solved.

Alternatively, I have used the Mario Badescu Rose Water, which I also am a fan of, but not as much as the Cortas brand. Plus the cost is much greater.

3 / MOISTURIZE

For daily moisturizing, I have been using Malena's Gourmet Natural Face Moisturizing Cream for over a year, maybe two. I found Malena on etsy one fateful day and could not be happier. Her products are all natural and handmade, and I love to support small businesses like hers.

Her moisturizer is super creamy, not too thick and not too thin, for me, it really is the perfect consistency. And it smells soooo good. I'm not sure what the actual scent is, but it kind of makes you want to eat it. Like cake. 

On extra dry days, usually in the winter time, I like to use Medicine Mama's Apothecary Sweet Bee Magic. It is very slick, it has an ointment consistency so I only use it at night. It sinks into the skin overnight and in the morning any greasiness is gone. I also like to use it on cuts or Tyson's little dry puggy nose. I last purchased a 4oz jar in September 2014 and I still have more than half of jar, so one jar will last you several years. 

4 / PROTECT

I never used to wear sunscreen during my younger days, but now I can't go without it. It helps with both acne scarring and anti-aging, which are both very much concerns of mine. I currently use and love the Innisfree The Minimum Sunscreen. This is a Korean brand, so it may be a little hard to find, but it's well worth it. It's not heavy, doesn't break me out, doesn't give me a white cast, doesn't make me feel oily... like I said, it's worth it. 

A great alternative to the Innisfree brand is Neutrogena's Pure & Free, which is what I used to use before I discovered Innisfree. They're pretty similar, but from what I remember (it's been a year since I switched) it has a more watery consistency. But still a good option. 

5 / SPOT TREATMENT

This is not a daily occurrence, but any time I feel a spot coming, I like to spot treat with Tea Tree Oil.  Tea tree oil is disinfecting and soothing, and I find it to be great at drying out and getting rid of blemishes. I also like to use it in natural cleaners and sprays. I bought a 4oz bottle in February 2014, and it's still going strong.

Skin supplements for treating hormonal acne

SUPPLEMENTS

I also want to include my daily supplements, because I genuinely believe the following contribute a great deal to my skin health. I do advise you to do your own research, because I am not a doctor and what works for me may not work for you.

Every morning in my breakfast smoothie, I use the Neocell Super Powder Collagen and Now Food Liquid Chlorophyll

I aso take the Herpanacine skin support supplement twice a day, 3 capsules in the morning and 3 capsules at night. Do not try to overdose on these thinking it'll speed up the process. It won't. I tried and I'm pretty sure I screwed my skin up more than I helped it during that time. Once I started taking the recommended 3 per AM & PM, I quickly started to see improvements. Now I take it for maintenance. 

And maybe not quite a supplement, I really enjoy drinking the Yogi Skin Detox tea. It's my favorite of all their detox/healthy skin teas, and I always keep it in stock.

I sincerely hope at least one person found this information helpful. If so, I'll consider this a blog post success, because I know how heartbreaking it can be to live with acne and how hard it can be to find something that works, since there is no one solution.


PS. I'd love to hear from you in the comments, tell me your favorites or if you've tried any of the ones I mentioned! Also, follow me on BlogLovin to stay updated on future content. <3