An update on my natural skincare routine for acne-prone skin has been the most requested video/blogpost ever (the previous one I did was 2 years ago), so finally here it is! My skincare routine is still very simple, affordable, and effective. It keeps my skin consistently clear and that’s all that really matters, isn’t it? I feel I’ve also found a good balance between DIY and store-bought products. Hope you’ll find some ideas to try!
I posted the video about my skincare routine a couple of weeks ago, but I’m putting it here on the blog only now (I know, I’m so bad at organising myself at the moment). The truth is I’ve been doing a lot of reading and researching lately, and I’ve made some incredible discoveries, put a lot of missing pieces into my health history jigsaw, and I’m super excited about it. But unfortunately I’m also not very good at multi-tasking, which means I get completely sucked into whatever I’m researching and I can’t think of or do anything else until I’m done researching (sometimes I think I’m mildly OCD, but when it comes to self-healing, it’s a blessing in disguise). I’ll definitely be sharing everything about those discoveries soon. I think I’m done with researching for now (not for long, I’m sure), so here I am updating my blog. 🙂
Super Simple Morning Skincare Routine
In the morning, it’s really simple for me. All I do is wash my face with warm water while I’m in the shower. I just get some water on my palms and rub my skin. Once I get out of the shower, I dry my face. leaving it a little bit damp, then I apply some oils.
Lately, I’ve been loving the combination of two drops of Trilogy rosehip oil and one drop of neem oil, which is my current star ingredient. I’m obsessed with it. Neem oil is anti-fungal, so it’s great for any kind of skin issues and I love it.
I always apply my oils on damp skin with damp hands because that’s how you trap that moisture on your skin and if you don’t use damp hands, you might find that using oils actually dries out your skin.
Those three drops of oils will be enough mostly for my face and whatever remains I’ll also apply it on my neck, chest, and shoulders. I don’t like using too much oil during the day and I find this quantity works best for me, but I change it up depending on the weather, the amount of moisture in the air, and the amount of oil that my skin is producing on a certain day (it always gets oilier around my period).
Morning Shower Routine
I actually shower just with water and I’ve done it for years. I use a simple exfoliating mitten from a local supermarket. I know that the Body Shop has very good exfoliating gloves, too. I used to buy them in the past, but they’re slightly more exfoliating than my mitten.
I simply rub myself off with the glove and it takes off any kind of dead skin cells, bacteria or whatever needs to be taken off, but without disrupting my skin’s natural acidic mantle.
For shaving, I still use the same Aleppo soap and it’s brilliant. I still use my Gilette disposable razors because they work great and they have the best price to value ratio out of everything I’ve ever tried.
Once I get out of the shower, while the skin on my whole body is still slightly damp, I use my beloved lavender whipped body butter from HK Natural Creations (I mentioned it in my Holistic February Favorites video). I love this body butter so much because it’s completely organic and all natural, and it smells amazing.
I apply it with some neem oil: I simply put some of the body butter on my palm and then add a few drops of neem oil. I rub my palms together and then I apply it on my feet, legs, arms, and elbows because those parts are the parts that get really dry.
I especially love using neem oil with the body butter for my feet because I have always had really dry soles (not anymore, thank God). They’re cracking and they’re really dry. I used to be really self-conscious of my feet when I was a teenager and all of my friends had normal looking feet while mine looked like a Sahara dessert! No matter what I did, it never helped.
But I read that this dryness can be due to yeast in the skin and neem is amazing for that. I started using neem oil and my feet are literally transformed. So if you have cracked feet, try to add some neem oil to your body butter – it might change your life.
For deodorant, I use my DIY deodorant. I still love it. It works really well. I make a large batch that lasts for around 6 months and it costs just pennies. It also smells great (I add peppermint oil to mine).
A couple of times a week, I also use a body scrub. I hadn’t had a store-bought body scrub for a long time, but I kind of longed for something like that, so I got a Russian body scrub on eBay and it got sent to me from across the world, but I love this brand, so it was worth it. The brand is called Babushka Agafia. Grandma Agafia is a herbalist from Siberia who makes natural skincare and haircare. I happen to really love her shampoo, so I decided to get her cedar nut body scrub as well and I really like it. The ingredients aren’t as clean as I would expect them to be, especially as it claims to have 100% natural ingredients (there are a couple of ingredients that are not that natural), but I’m still happy with it, it smells good, it works really well, and I enjoy using it.
I guess I could say I’m currently going through a phase where I really enjoy using some store-bought products (after 3 years of DIY galore it’s understandable), but I’m sure at some point I’ll go back to my DIY coffee scrubs and things like that.
Basic Evening Skincare Routine (No Makeup Removal, No Deep Cleansing)
Firstly, let’s talk about a very simple night routine when I don’t want to do much.
Just like in the morning, I rinse my face with warm water, and then I would normally apply two drops of my favorite Vitamin E Enhance oil, which I also mentioned in my 2015 Natural Beauty Favorites. It’s amazing, but I’m running out. I have enough for a few more days only, so I’ve been trying to transition to something else. My alternative for now is using the same mixture that I use in the mornings, which is two drops of rosehip oil and one drop of neem oil (in the last week, I’ve also started using a mixture of sesame seed oil and neem oil – I love it, too).
Evening Body Care Routine
I often just wash my feet and apply some of that whipped body butter with some neem oil for the night, especially if I’ve been walking a lot or hiking and if my feet feel dry.
I generally take my showers only in the morning because I don’t think it’s healthy for the skin on the entire body or the face to be washed so often.
Evening Skincare Routine Using The Oil Cleansing Method (No Makeup)
Two or three times a week, regardless of whether I have been wearing makeup or not, I really like to treat my skin to a lovely oil cleansing method session. You all know how much I like Oil Cleansing Method (here’s how to do it) and it was really one of the things that started my blogging life. The Oil Cleansing Method is like my personal spa for pennies. I find it really relaxing.
I’ve been doing the Oil Cleansing Method with all kinds of oils. I used to do it with pumpkin seed oil (one of my faves), sunflower oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil – they’re all equally great. But what I’m using at the moment is a mixture of olive oil and neem seed oil.
Neem oil is great because it’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory, so it’s great if you have acne, dry skin, peeling and flaking skin, eczema, dermatitis, or anything like that. Neem oil is extremely healing.
I take some of that oil mixture in my palm and I massage it onto dry skin. Make sure your skin is dry for the Oil Cleansing Method or it’s not really going to work. I massage it in for around 2-3 minutes because I don’t want to overstimulate my skin by massaging it too much. Then I usually leave it on while I brush my teeth, so it stays on for a few more minutes, as a sort of nourishing mask and some of it does get absorbed.
Then I take a warm muslin cloth and I wipe all that oil off. I usually rinse the cloth and wipe once (sometimes twice) more. The muslin cloth I’m using right now is from a brand called Pai and I love it because it’s double-layered, so it holds the warmth very well. It’s also slightly more exfoliating than the others. I also have three muslin cloths from Balm Balm and they’re also good. To be honest, a muslin cloth is a muslin cloth – they’re all pretty good.
Once I’m done wiping all the oil off, I give my face one final rinse with cool water and I apply some more oil with damp hands as a moisturiser. Just like in my basic evening skincare routine above, I either apply my vitamin E oil or that mixture of rosehip oil and neem oil.
Evening Skincare Routine with Modified Oil Cleansing Method (Removing Makeup)
Whenever I wear makeup, I could just use the regular Oil Cleansing Method, but I prefer to take most of my makeup off first because I don’t like getting my muslin cloth all dirty and brown with makeup.
So what I do is I take a small cotton disc, I wet it, squeeze out all the extra moisture, and then I put a few drops of any kind of oil that I like using on the cotton disc. At the moment, I’m using sunflower oil, but it really doesn’t matter – they all work equally well. And then I wipe off all of my eye makeup.
Next, it’s time to remove all the face makeup. I take a bigger cotton disc and again I wet it, I squeeze out the extra moisture, I put a few drops of oil on it, and then I wipe all of the makeup off. That moist cotton disc with oil works like a lovely, gentle makeup remover.
Next, I could move to the proper Oil Cleansing Method, but I usually don’t. I simply wipe all of the oil and makeup residue off with a warm muslin cloth. Make sure it’s not hot or it will irritate your skin.
Afterwards, I also like to rinse my face with some cool water to close the pores. I know they say pores don’t really close, but it kind of feels like that because the face feels much smoother afterwards.
Next, I apply some oil just like above: either the vitamin E oil or the neem oil and rosehip oil mixture.
Nourishing Nails and Cuticles
Before I go to bed, every single evening, unless I’m really lazy and tired, I always like applying that body butter and neem oil onto my hands, cuticles, and nails because it makes such a difference. Overnight I don’t wash dishes and I don’t get my hands wet at all, so the cuticles and nails really have a chance to recover.
The neem oil addition has really helped my cuticles. I used to have peeling and irritated cuticles, but since I started using neem, they got so much better (also zinc supplements – hangnails are a symptom of zinc deficiency).
I’d definitely recommend getting some neem oil and adding a few drops into everything. It’s amazing!
Here’s the video if you’d like to watch:
So this is all of my skin care and body care routine. As you can see, it’s really not that complicated. There’s nothing really expensive there. It’s quite minimalist and it works really well. It keeps my skin consistently clear and glowing, and I couldn’t be any happier with it.
I really hope that you will be able to take some of these ideas from me and introduce them into your own skincare routine.
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