This is Part 5 of How To Get Rid of Acne series. It talks about my story and thought process, the main causes of acne, the key mistakes I made, my tips for getting clear skin, and, finally, my complete morning and evening skincare routine.
Developing this 100% natural skincare routine took me a lot of years of trial and error. I’ve always instinctively known that natural is the way to go but I couldn’t find a way to make it work for my skin. I remember at one point I used to say that my skin is allergic to everything natural. Yeah, I know, that’s silly… I even used to say that I’m allergic to sweat – hmmm, but that’s a topic for another blog post of this month. For now let’s stick with my skincare routine.
This skincare routine is what worked (and works) for me – every skin type and circumstances are different, so play around until you find something that works for you. With this post I’d like to give you some ideas and provide building blocks for your own 100% natural skincare routine.
Is this 100% natural skincare routine going to help you get rid of acne? Absolutely!
But the difference between this gentle natural routine and those based on chemical store-bought products is this – not only will you get acne-free skin but you’ll also look healthy and glowing. It helped me get rid of all blackheads and whiteheads, eczema patches and even dark circles!
The 100% Natural Skincare Routine That Helped Me Get Rid of Acne
- The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) played a huge role in clearing my acne – for the first month or so I used it every single evening. Once I felt that there weren’t a lot of clogged pores coming out anymore, I also noticed a little bit of dryness creeping in – that’s how I understood it was time to scale down. From then on I used the OCM once a week just to maintain clear pores. I really think it’s the best blackhead remover in the world.
- Read more about the OCM at theoilcleansingmethod.com – it helped me tremendously and I recommend it to anyone toying with the idea of starting to cleanse with oils. Make sure you use only organic, cold-pressed and unrefined oils.
- If you are wondering what exactly I use to cleanse, this is my personal OCM mixture that worked for my sometimes oily, sometimes super dry skin: 3 parts avocado oil, 2 parts grapeseed oil and 1 part castor oil with a couple of drops of lavender oil. Experiment until you find the right combination for your skin.
- Once a week, I used a home-made extra virgin olive oil and sugar scrub. I simply mixed a teaspoon of my OCM mixture and sprinkled a little bit of caster sugar on top. A lot of people like using sea salt as well but I find it a little too irritating and drying – sugar is much gentler. The fresher the olive oil, the better – its antioxidant value is highest for the first year after bottling.
- Once I started using the OCM once a week, on remaining nights I simply used a soft flannel, dampened with warm water, to gently wipe my face .
- If my skin felt dry after cleansing, I applied a bit of avocado or olive oil on damp skin to seal the moisture in. I definitely didn’t have to do it every night though – perhaps 3-4 times a week.
- I love my morning routine – it’s so quick and easy. All I do is pour a little bit of rose water on a cotton pad and gently wipe my face with it. That’s my complete skincare routine in the morning! I don’t need to moisturize my skin in any way either as there is still a little bit of oil residue from the previous night and rosewater is a little moisturizing too. Keep in mind that I live in a very sunny and hot climate all year long, so if you aren’t, you might need to nourish your skin with oils more often.
- I use pure rose water distilled from rose petals and water. It’s different from the cheaper version, which is made by mixing water and rose essential oil – I don’t recommend the latter one. If you’re looking for a bottle of great completely natural rose water, I highly recommend these two: Elma and Sana 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water and Shea Terra Organics Pure Moroccan Rose Water.
Makeup removal routine
- Extra virgin olive oil is definitely the best makeup remover in the world. For both eyes and face. It will take off even waterproof makeup without much rubbing.
- Just take a cotton pad, wet it, squeeze the water out and pour some olive oil on it. Then wipe all the makeup off your face – it will simply melt off.
My current skincare routine for maintaining clear skin
Since my pores are clean now, I need much less work to keep them that way. My skin is definitely happier with less rather than more. So I’ve scaled down my skincare routine even more lately.
I now simply rinse my face with cool water in the evenings. Afterwards, I use my trusted rosewater on a cotton pad as a toner. I don’t use a flannel anymore as I feel I don’t need that much exfoliation. I haven’t felt the need to use a scrub either.
A monthly session of the OCM is enough to maintain clear pores – I massage my face with oil for around 10-15 minutes, and then wipe the oil off with a warm wet flannel. I generally do the OCM around “That Time Of The Month”. That’s when my skin becomes noticeably more oily and clog-prone.
I’ve also fallen in love with olive oil for moisturising – I haven’t used anything else for a couple of months. I love the way it smooths and soothes my sun-parched skin. I use local extra virgin olive, and I would definitely recommend getting it as fresh as possible.
What’s the cost of 100% natural skincare routine? It must be expensive!
Not at all – you’ll find it so much cheaper than your acne washes, medicated creams, high-end brands, etc. It’s even cheaper than most drugstore skincare. Your wallet will be the happiest it’s ever been.
Let me break down the annual cost for you:
- Rose water – you’ll need around 5 bottles per year, which will cost you around $50. It’s probably the most expensive item but it’s not absolutely necessary. I find it’s a lovely treat that smells divine, and my skin loves it, so I think it’s worth investing money in this little ritual.
- Oils – my oil mixture for OCM costs around $25 but honestly it’s such a huge quantity that it will be enough for one whole year of cleansing, plus for moisturizing my body, feet, hands, etc. That’s what I call a bargain!
- A couple of flannels and some cotton pads – just a few dollars.
So for approximately $80 dollars a year you can get a lovely natural skincare routine going. It’s only 22 cents per day! I love it when being frugal also smells so good and makes me look/feel great. I don’t have to feel bad about putting chemicals on my body, and my skin is comfortable, happy and smooth.
Where to find things if you’re in Europe
As I get a lot of questions from those of you living in Europe, I’ve decided to include links to all the things mentioned above. I know it’s often impossible to find things (especially when you live in the middle of nowhere like me), so getting them online is often the only choice. Luckily, it’s the cheapest choice as well!
My final advice is this – don’t give up if it doesn’t work from the first time. Keep trying until you get it right. And remember – your skin is very much about what you eat as well, so eat clean, and you’ll soon start seeing results.
Good luck finding your own way to natural skincare!
If you try my 100% natural skincare routine, come back and let me know how it went! How has your experience with natural oils and floral water been so far?
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