I absolutely love skincare, especially EFFECTIVE skincare.
Before I share my routine, I think it’s important for you to know my skin type. I’m definitely oily but mostly just on my nose. I used to have pretty bad acne (everyone thinks they’ve had bad acne) but seriously, I actually DID have bad cystic acne – 18 years old was probably when it was the worst.
While I’ve “cured” my acne, I still suffer from clogged pores. Not even blackheads, because they almost never oxidize. I’ve tried everything to clean out my pores but nothing really keeps them clean for long.
Until I made the decision to switch to an all natural skincare routine. Best. Decision. Ever.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’ve never gravitated towards anything natural (except nutrition, big on good nutrition!) in the beauty realm. Natural skincare and beauty products always seemed “cute”. Like for people that want a skincare or beauty routine but it doesn’t really do anything effective. Boy, was I wrong!
After seeing how badly clogged my pores were earlier this year, I had a very strong feeling that it was all the crap (including MAKEUP!) that I was using on my face, so I decided to switch to an all natural skincare routine.
I’ve also more recently decided to slowly make the transition to all natural makeup. So when I run out of a makeup staple, I replace it with a highly rated all natural alternative.
You guys, this skincare routine has completely changed my skin and I want to share it with you! I think it’s really effective for almost any skin type, you’ll just need to alter how often you use certain products based upon your needs.
I would also like to note that this will be a two-part skin series. I will be posting ¬†how to get rid of acne since I successfully did so, probably in a couple weeks. I really want to share how I did it because I know how low acne can make you feel. I’ve been there homie.
So let’s jump into it!
I recently noticed how much I tug at my eye area when I use make-up wipes to remove eye makeup. The skin around the eye area is extremely fragile and prone to wrinkles, so I knew I needed to find a gentle and natural makeup remover. Jojoba Oil!
I used to always be afraid of oils on my face (except Argan Oil, but more on that in a sec) and even now, trying a new oil is slightly scary. After much research, it turns out that Jojoba Oil is very close to the skin’s natural sebum (your face oil). The molecular structure of both sebum and Jojoba Oil are very similar so no fear for breakouts!
I use a cotton pad and add as many drops as needed to remove my eye and face makeup. It’s so incredibly nourishing to the skin and it feels wayyyy more luxurious than any makeup wipes I’ve ever tried. So don’t be scared, you won’t break out!
Acure¬†Argan Stem Cell + Chlorella Growth Factor¬†Brightening Facial Scrub
This stuff is absolutely amazing. It contains Organic Sea Kelp, French Green Clay, Organic Lemon Peel, Organic Chlorella Growth Factor and Argan Stem Cells to remove dead skin cells, purge impurities and really brighten the skin. It’s also Vegan, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Synthetic Fragrance Free, Silicone Free and Phthalate free.
Best of all it’s only around $10 AND they just recently started selling it at Target so I’m not obligated to buy it online anymore. Seriously, RUN – don’t walk, to get this stuff. I use this as my cleanser every night and sometimes morning too. ¬†Occasionally I can tell that a scrub is just too much for my skin that day¬†and I’ll use my Dr. Bronner’s Soap instead.
Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (highly recommend Bragg’s)
First, let me start off by saying the quality of the vinegar is so important here guys. While your Heinz ACV may seem like a good deal, I highly encourage you to purchase Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’. And you’re all, “Lacy, I already have a mother.” The ‘Mother’ is the strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules that sit in the bottom of the bottle, until you shake it up. It looks a lot like Kombucha!
I use this as a toner after I cleanse in the evening (I don’t currently tone in the morning). If you’re like me and have fairly clogged pores, you can use this straight with a cotton pad. However, if you have normal to dry skin, mix together one part vinegar to three parts water. If you do use it straight, just be prepared… it’s very potent. It will be a little difficult to breathe until it dries (the fumes!). You will experience a slight sting. I feel like this step in particular has made the biggest difference in the overall condition of my skin.
If you used to watch my old YouTube videos, you already know I’m obsessed with Argan Oil. It was the first oil I ever experimented using on my face and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. Argan Oil is extremely nourishing and the perfect last step to your skincare routine. It’s important to only use 100% Organic Argan Oil, there should be no other ingredients on the label.
When I first started using it, I used Josie Maran. I knew I was mostly paying for the brand name and tried multiple brands (they were NOT good quality) and found the perfect affordable brand, Aria Starr Organic Argan Oil.¬†¬†I purchased on Amazon and the owner even e-mailed me to let me know how to use it. Apply to the skin all over, a little extra around the eyes and VOILA!¬†¬†
Dr. Bronner Castile Soap
I like to use this liquid soap in the mornings with my Clarisonic for a gentle, but effective cleansing. I love the Clarisonic because it really gets the blood flowing and makes the skin glow, which is a perfect way to start the day! In case you’re wondering, the Clarisonic was worth the money for me. It’s just like the Sonicare Toothbrush but for your face. It really removes the makeup!¬†¬†
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap comes in many scents but the basic formulation of them all contain Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil and Organic Palm Kernel Oil. I tend to gravitate towards the Baby Unscented Pure variety. My main reason for picking this one is because you can alter it however you like. I can add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil if my skin is actin’ a fool, or I can add Peppermint Oil for a refreshing morning cleanser. Experiment with different varieties to see which blend you like. ¬†
I hope this inspires you to switch to an all-natural skincare routine. I’m currently testing out non-toxic makeup brands, so I look forward to sharing some all natural makeup reviews with you! Be on the lookout for my next skincare post where I talk about how to get rid of acne.¬†