Why I Converted to a Natural Skincare Routine
You know that friend you have whose bathroom is absolutely littered with hundreds of bottles, tubes, and pumps of moisturizes, scrubs, lip balms, cleansers, toners and filthy, often unidentifiable, out-of-date, makeup?
Yep — that was me!
Don’t get me wrong – it’s a thoroughly embarrassing admission, but since converting to a more simple and natural skincare routine some years back, I don’t feel quite as bad talking about how much of a crazy hoarder I was!
If you ask anyone who knew me well in my early twenties, it was almost an integral part of my identity to accumulate as many kinds of cosmetic products as possible. I was always tempted by the next new mascara, lip balm, skin serum, nail polish, or moisturizer.
Today, however, the marketing hype for mainstream products washes over me — for the most part.
After going through a long period of reduced income, swapping my usual, expensive skincare products for a single raw coconut oil and a bar of natural, vegan soap, I noticed that my skin looked just as good, if not better, and I was inspired to finally change my ways and opt for a more simple and natural skincare routine.
I’m so glad that I did.
Converting to a more natural skincare routine can not only save you money and space in your bathroom and home but honestly, it’s one of the best things I have ever done for myself because our bodies absorb a lot of the chemicals in skincare products — and I’m not a medical professional, but that just doesn’t sound ideal in my opinion.
So without further ado, here’s my current, super-natural skincare routine:
Coconut Oil (for Almost Everything)
Raw, certified organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil (bought in 1000ml tubs for added value) has become a staple in my routine as the uses for coconut oil as a cosmetic are almost infinite.
I use it for almost every cosmetic application you can think of – as a body moisturizer, hair moisturizer, hand, foot, and nail moisturizer, as a hair mask, and most importantly, as a facial moisturizer in the warmer months. I find that it suits my skin very well and provides moisture for at least 5-6 hours each day in the summer.
Coconut oil can give some people big breakouts that are a pain to get rid of. I’d therefore, advise a patch test for 72 hours before cautiously applying a small amount to a larger area of skin and seeing how that pans out for you. If those tests go ok, it should be ok to go ahead and use a small amount of the whole face (avoiding the eye area).
I’m not completely sure if fluoride is as bad as many people claim it is, but I switched to a floured free toothpaste in 2014 and I haven’t looked back. I cut back on sweet treats to be on the safe side and haven’t had a cavity since.
I usually use Aloe Dent Sensitive toothpaste and Aloe Dent Whitening toothpaste in the run-up to an important event such as a wedding when I want a little whitening boost.
Hand & Foot Cream
In the cooler months, I find coconut oil a little too thin for my use on my hands, nails, and feet. I find that using a thicker cream which will offer a larger amount of lasting moisture works a lot better.
I love pretty much anything and everything by Weleda. Their products are so well made and reasonably priced for their quality. I love their Skin Food hand cream. The fragrance is fresh and uplifting, and kind of reminds me of cheery days in the summer sunshine. Most crucially, it provides deep, lasting, natural moisture at a reasonable price.
Showering & Bathing
I know some people prefer to have bubble baths but I’m not that kind of gal. I absolutely adore natural, 2 or 3 ingredient bath bombs and bath salts.
I currently oscillate between using Epsom salt and pink Himalayan salt and homemade or natural, store-bought bath bombs.
It’s said that brushing your whole body gently, with strokes moving away from the heart, can help with circulation and the removal of toxins. I do this once a week on average and I think my skin looks clearer and more radiant overall.
Coconut Oil Makeup Remover
Everyone’s heard of using coconut oil as a hair and body moisturiser, that’s pretty old news, but have you heard of using it as a makeup remover? It might just be me, but when I heard of using it as a makeup remover a few weeks back, I thought I’d give it a whirl.
It was SUPER effective AND moisturizing at the same time!
Apply some to a cotton pad or just directly onto the face with your fingertips and massage it all over. Then wipe your face with upward strokes with a damp flannel. It takes everything off in one go and it’s completely non-irritating.
You can also use it as an eye makeup remover, although I’ve noticed that this can cause slightly blurry vision for a while so I prefer not to!
Hopefully some of those tips were helpful!