It seems that the older I get, the more attention I pay to my health and the things that have a positive and negative impact on my overall well-being. In the last few years I’ve started to pay particular attention to what I put on my body. In my day-to-day routine the only ingredients I completely avoid are parabens and phthalates, because I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the questionable safety of these ingredients.
I know that having a completely natural or organic skincare routine is really important for many people and I am also trying to steer towards products with smaller ingredients lists with more plant-based ingredients. There are a few natural products that I like to rotate in with my usual routine and I not only love their ingredients, I love the positive effects they make on my skin.
My natural cleanser of choice is easily the Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. This creamy, gel-like cleanser’s sweet almond milk and yogurt are meant to act as a probiotic treatment for your skin and restore your skin’s pH balance, while the the tea tree oil and menthol leave your skin feeling cool and refreshed. If you aren’t a fan of this one’s cucumber scent or prefer a foaming cleanser, the One Love Organics Chia Whip Cleanser offers the foam sensation that so many people crave but without damaging sulfates or fragrance.
I tried Thayer’s witch hazel as a toner years ago, but it thoroughly irritated my skin so I mostly steer away from toners. However, I do love a hydrating spritz toner and there are plenty of simple, water-based toners on the market to choose from, including the über popular Maya Water and Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mist. These mists are a nice, albeit costly and largely unnecessary step in my routine so I have yet to repurchase these two. One natural toner that caught my attention recently after I read more than a few glowing reviews about its miracle capabilities is the Yuli Panacea. I bought this as soon as I heard of its ability to banish blemishes for good, but the first time I sprayed it on my face I knew I was never going to finish the bottle. This stuff is PUNGENT – as in, the only thing I can liken its smell to is dog food. I would hold my breath and spray this on my face in hopes that it would cure my skin but it made no noticeable difference and made my face and hair smell awful all day. I’ve heard good things about the Cocoon toner though and none of the reviewers mention it’s smell, so that might be a promising toner option to try in the future.
Out of my collection of natural skincare products, the two things I use day-to-day are the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster and the Odacite Wild Carrot Facial Serum Concentrate. These two are so versatile and can easily be incorporated into anyone’s skincare routine since they can either be used neat or mixed in with your favorite moisturizer or night mask. These are best used at night since even a drop or two is supremely moisturizing, but if you need a bit of a moisture boost during the day or want to add glow-getting properties into your foundation these will add major radiance to your usual routine.
Treatment wise, I rely on the Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm and the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for different problem areas. The Tammy Fender is amazing for healing ruddy cheeks especially after a windy and frigid day spent outside. This smells so good that I sometimes open the pot and sniff it for a few minutes if I’m feeling particularly stressed or need to relax. On the other hand, the Resurfacing Mask works best on problem areas that are uneven in skin tone and texture. This can even be used overnight as a spot treatment mask if you have a blemish that you would like to treat naturally.
The Aurelia Probiotic Skincare range and the Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner are next on my list to try (see a theme here?). Do you have any suggestions for natural products I should try next? Let me know!