Evening Skin Care Routine
I have dry skin that is prone to breakouts, so it has been a struggle to find products that keep my skin clear yet hydrated. I have been doing this routine for a few months now and my skin has never been better. I have cleared up breakouts that I thought would permanently adorn my face and the fine lines I was beginning to see, around my forehead and mouth have gone away as well. Of course, everyone's skin is different what works for me may not work for you, however, the brands I'm using having different formulations for a wide variety of skin types, and I chose each brand specifically because not only are they non toxic, natural, vegan, and cruelty free but as someone who has tried many, many holistic products, high end and low end, these are the brands I keep on going back to. Taking the time each night to run through a routine that cleanses and nourishes your skin is so important, our skin is the first barrier between us and the world and our largest organ, we should take care of it, not with chemically laden products but ones that work in harmony with us as natural beings.
- I start by using coconut oil to remove my make up, I use about half a teaspoon of oil and massage it into my skin, then use a towel dampened with warm water to remove. I use organic, virgin, cold pressed coconut oil from the brand La Tourangelle.
- Next I use Shea Moisture African Black Soap, I love this stuff, it has helped clear up my skin immensely! It is super affordable, and easy to travel with, always a plus for me as I often struggle to take my hair and skin routines on the go. I apply the bar directly to wet skin lathering it up then massaging for 30 seconds before washing it off with warm water.
- I follow up my cleanser with an exfoliator, my favorite is 100% pure's Red Wine Resveratrol Scrub & Mask. I massage it into my skin then leave it on for minute or two as the fruit acids help with exfoliation and brightening of my skin. I rinse it off with warm water. I exfoliate every other day.
- After I rinse off my exfoliator I apply a mask, I do this every other day as well. I have two favorites; Tata Harper Purifying Mask, it is amazing, although it is pricey at $65.00 for a small jar, but the ingredients are all organic, many of them sourced from the company's own farm in Vermont. The second one I love is Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask, it is the same line as my soap and works really well at clearing up my skin and decongesting my pores, but it is super gentle and doesn't try out my skin at all.
- When I rinse of my mask, I tone my skin, this adds extra hydration and preps my skin for facial oil. A makeup artist once told me to use oils only on wet skin as the oils themselves don't provide moisture, they just provide vitamins and help to lock in moisture, so I incorporated this step in my routine, and have seen an improvement in how the oil absorbs. I like to use rose water as I find it very soothing. This one comes in a spray bottle so I just mist it onto my skin.
- Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil is probably my most loved skin care product. It is one of the only products I have stayed loyal to despite it's hefty price tag. It is so nourishing, and keeps my skin looking hydrated, smooth and even textured. I use about 5 drops and massage it in an upward motion onto my skin for a good minute or so.
- I have very sensitive eyes, the skin around them gets irritated very easily, and when I hydrate the skin around my eyes well, they are less prone to irritation. Adding in an eye cream to my skin routine has also helped diminish any lines I was beginning to see, and evens the skin tone and texture helping concealer go on smoother and without creasing. I have not found one I am particularly loyal to, sometime's I just use my lip balm, but 100% pure has some nice ones!
- I wrap up my routine by patting moisturizer on to my face, I pat it gently into the skin with warm hands to help it absorb. Right now I am using 100% pure Acai Berry Antioxidant Face Cream, I really like the texture and the scent from the acai. I may use a cotton bud soaked in tea tree oil on any breakouts if necessary and finish off by patting paw paw, an Australian ointment made from fermented papaya on my lips and any very dry spots!
Photographs by: Rachel King