My All-Natural Skincare Routine + a DIY Recipe

Posted December 13, 2017 by Thirty-Something Angie in Wellness / 0 Comments

As ya’ll know, over the last few months, I’ve made detoxifying my home a top priority.  We were already living a pretty natural lifestyle compared to most, but I’ve been on a mission to eliminate those last few toxic products from our home.

Recently, my focus has been on natural skincare.  I’ve always had red acne prone skin, so changing my routine was a really big deal. What if it got worse? {Spoiler alert: it didn’t!}

My New Skincare Routine

This change has been in the works for several months.  Like many other things, swapping out every product you use can be pricy and overwhelming.  Many of the products I’m using came from Young Living, so I was luckily able to try them with my rewards points. The rest are pretty affordable, or DIYs, so it was a nice balance.

The products I’m currently using:

  • Young Living’s ART skincare system (facewash, toner, and moisturizer)
  • DIY makeup removing pads (recipe coming soon)
  • DIY oil cleansing facewash (recipe below)
  • DIY charcoal facemask (recipe)
  • Young Living’s Savvy Minerals Makeup
  • Frankincense, Lavender, & Manuka essential oils

Now, I know you weren’t coming for makeup tips, and that’s not what this post is about.  I will tell you, though, that making the switch to a truly clean makeup brand has done wonders for my skin.

Yes, I’m cleaning my face with oils.

I know it sounds crazy to clean the oil off your face with oils, but if you stop and think about it, it makes so much sense. When you use harsh soaps and detergents, you strip your skin of its natural oils.  Then, it gets thirsty and throws your oil production into overdrive.  This causes oily skin, which you combat with even more harsh soaps and detergents, which just continues the cycle.

After several months of testing this out, I can say that my skin is clearer, brighter, and so much healthier.  Ya’ll.  I’ve even been known to go out in public without makeup on, on purpose. It’s been quite awhile since I was comfortable enough to do that!

My daily natural skincare routine.

I listed a lot of product up there, and I don’t want you thinking I’m high maintenance.  I’m actually really low maintenance.  In fact, I have so many products because I use them depending on my mood.

My typical routine goes like this:

In the evenings, I wash my face using my DIY oil cleaner and exfoliator (recipe below).  That’s typically all I need, because it doesn’t dry out my face, so I can go straight to bed after I use that.  On nights that I’m feeling super lazy, I use a DIY makeup remover pad just so I can go to bed without makeup on my face.

In the morning, I use the ART toner (with one drop of essential oil, which I rotate) and moisturizer before applying my Savvy Minerals makeup.

This sysem gives me the perfect balance and has kept my face amazingly clear for the last several months.  I have to say, the most revolutionary part of this system was to incorporate oil cleansing.  I was so nervous, but it’s been the best choice I could have made.  It’s so easy and cheap, too, so you can try it for a few days without much consequence!

How to Make an Oil Based Facial Cleanser

This is the simplest cleanser, ever.  You only need a few ingredients to get started, and there’s a chance you even have them in your pantry already.

All you need is:

  • 1 part unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 part baking soda
  • Essential Oils- I recommend Frankincense or Lavender to start with
  • 1 glass container

To make this, you simply mix the coconut oil and baking soda and add a few drops of oil to your mixture. Be sure to use a glass container, which you should be doing any time you make or store products with pure essential oils!

Not sure what “part” means? All it means is that you will have equal parts oil to baking soda.  That might only be 1 tablespoon of each as you try out the recipe, and when you want to make a larger batch, it could be 1/4 or even 1/2 cup of each.

To use your new cleaner:

In the shower or bath, simply apply the cleanser generously to your face and massage like you would with any facewash.  It won’t suds, and it’ll feel pretty oily, but give it a try.  Wipe it off with a wet washcloth and pat dry with a towel.  Once your face is dry, you’ll notice that it feels smooth and clean.  I personally don’t even feel the need to add any moisturizer to my face after using this, but if you do, you can use the ART gentle moisturizer to finish it off!

If you’re looking for a new natural skincare routine that will leave your face clear, bright, and healthy, I highly recommend that you start cleaning your face with oils. The coconut oil repleneshes moisture, the baking soda gently exfoliates and cleanses, and the essential oils are amazing for skin health! If you don’t have oils yet and have been looking to get started, I’d be happy to help you get your hands on a premium starter kit (which has all of the recommended oils in this post). Just simply check out this blog post and follow the directions at the bottom of the post to get started!

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