Love the Skin You're In: Natural Skincare!
I’m a believer in beauty from the inside out because no beauty product or makeup can make up for a poor diet. I work carefully with my clients to help them find a healthy and alkaline, yet realistic eating plan that will make them feel and look their best, but once we’ve combed through and adjusted what they eat and drink, we look at other things that can cause inflammation, weight gain, and even illness in the body. No stone goes unturned on our mission to become our most radiant selves! Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to support our health—even easier than changing our eating habits—is to rid ourselves of harmful skincare products. Do you know what is in your favorite cream?
Since skin is our largest organ and so important in the task of elimination, it’s important to take care not just what we put IN our bodies, but what we put ON our bodies. During my first pregnancy 13 years ago, I became very concerned about chemicals in our food, skincare products, and our general environment, and did my first overhaul of food and detox of skincare products. Out went all of my prettily packaged, but chemically loaded products, and in came the natural, multi-tasking oils. Some thought I was overreacting, but I knew I was on the right track to be wary of parabens, synthetics, BPA, pesticides, and other chemicals. Today, the collected and growing evidence is too hard to ignore and we're seeing many improvements in products: more paraben free or wholly organic and natural products, BPA free baby bottles and household plastics, and more available and affordable organic food.
I've been using pure organic face and body oils ever since my first baby bump and I think I can boast not only the simplest skincare routine, but probably the most inexpensive! I don’t even go for spa facials anymore—and they used to be a monthly NEED to ward off breakouts. Oils used to frighten people, but over the years I've seen so many new beauty oils come on the market and even be praised by beauty editors. I sometimes try new oils, but I'm still a fan of some tried and true favorites that don't break the bank! And to keep things purposefully economic and simple, all of the products I've pictured here are downright inexpensive and easy to find in drugstores or online!
With pure oils we know exactly what we're getting, while conventional moisturizers and creams need wax and other ingredients to achieve the right texture and aid skin absorption. Oils have an amazing texture and sink right into our skin—NATURALLY! The best part is that nature has already loaded them with skin beautifying and protecting antioxidants, polyphenols, and omega fatty acids!
Oils are the most inexpensive, multi-tasking product in my bathroom. I use them to:
- remove makeup, cleanse, and moisturize skin
- smooth fine lines, help heal scars, and fade dark spots
- soothe irritated skin and sore muscles
- hydrate, brighten, and tone skin
- control dry and frizzy hair
- nourish cuticles and lips
- oral hygiene mouthwash (Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice of swishing around pure oils in your mouth for up to 20 minutes as a form of oral hygiene. I do this several times a week with coconut oil to combat bacterial growth and help brighten my teeth.)
FACIAL MORNING ROUTINE - SIMPLE BRUSH CLEANSE AND OIL MASSAGE COSMETIC PREP
- I started using the Clarisonic skin brush years ago and love it to wake up my face and polish my skin, so I use a gel cleanser to get a light foam going with the brush (as oils don’t work well with brush), followed by oils.
- After rinsing my skin, I mix 2-3 drops of organic rosehips oil (rosa mosqueta) with a drop of tap water and massage it into my skin. Anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene, rosehips oil has been used for millennia to help repair and brighten the skin, restore elasticity, and even protect against the sun. Unlike other oils, it's light and easily absorbed, making it the perfect daytime oil. (I use Trilogy, but there are many other great facial oils out there to try.)
- I don't wear foundation, but if my skin feels dry, I’ll use Josie Maran’s Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil and I love her Argan Oil Enlightenment Illuminator for a subtle glow on my cheekbones. I also apply Josie Maran's chemical free Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF47, which uses natural sunscreens, green tea, and innovative SunBoost ATB for protection without the white masking of most mineral sunscreens. This product, like all of Josie Maran's line, is AMAZING! She was one of the first to produce natural products using argan oil and I've been a fan for years.
EVENING FACIAL ROUTINE - OIL MASSAGE AND HOT TOWEL STEAMING FOR INSTANTLY PLUMP AND DEWY SKIN
My nightly mini-facial is so soothing and instantly skin transforming, and because the benefits are immediate and amazing, I also do it before going out for a special occasion! The steam effectively opens pores and helps the oils penetrate deeply. This routine also doubles as my eye makeup remover. Here's the how to:
- If wearing eye makeup, dab a bit of oil on a damp cotton pad and gently wipe eyes clean.
- On your 'uncleansed skin,' massage face and neck for 3-4 minutes with a pure, high quality organic oil using long smoothing upward strokes. (I like 1 part Josie Maran argan oil + 1 part organic jojoba oil + 2 drops of lavender or rose essential mixed into a small bottle with a dropper so it's handy to use. Both argan and jojoba oils are well known natural remedies for acne as they can help control sebum, so even acne sufferers should see a noticeable difference.)
- Wet a clean washcloth in piping hot water as hot as you can tolerate, but not burning. (Always use a fresh towel that has been washed in at least 60°C water and don’t let the towel touch anything that can contaminate it, so don’t soak it in the sink.)
- Drape the hot towel over your oiled and massaged face, allowing the steam to cleanse and warm your face—just like during a spa facial.
- Rinse towel in hot water again and repeat 2-3 times. Most of the oil will have penetrated into the skin or be patted away with the hot cloth.
- While your skin is still a little damp, massage 2-3 drops of your favorite pure organic face oil onto your face, neck, and décolletage. In the evenings, I use a couple drops of Trilogy rosehips oil and Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil, which is made with 100% plant oils.
FOR THE BODY
I use organic plant based soaps and oils from Weleda. I use their Pomegranate Regenerating Oil all over and their Birch Cellulite Oil for my thighs, buttocks, and even tummy because it does such a miraculous job toning my skin. After working out and yoga, I rely on Weleda's Arnica Massage Oil to instantly warm and soothe sore muscles, and for a calming bath, I add their Lavender Milk Bath, followed by a massage with their heavenly scented Relaxing Lavender Body Oil.
For a truly luxurious, but all natural experience, I apply Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil, which is argan, shea butter, and avocado oil spun with heaps of powerful antioxidants into a heavenly texture I adore—and the illuminating version gives the skin such a beautiful glow!
HOMEMADE COCONUT OIL SUGAR SCRUB
- A few times a week, I use my homemade coconut oil and sugar scrub to exfoliate and nourish my skin. You only need two ingredients and two minutes to make this. Optionally, you can add a little essential oil for added aromatherapy, but the coconut oil on its own smells amazing too! For less than 5 Euros for a 500 gram jar, you will have a luxurious, heavenly scented, toxic free body scrub that’s not only going to leave your skin velvety soft, but won’t harm the insides of your beautiful body!
- I scrub it onto dry skin, then just rinse it off in the shower leaving a light oil residue so there's no need for further moisturizing. Really simple and effective!
- 1 part organic coconut oil (I only eat extra virgin cold pressed oils, but if you're watching your budget, just use a good quality pure coconut oil, preferably organic, even if it's not EVCP.)
- 1 part raw cane sugar
- few drops essential oils (optional)
- Combine ingredients in a jar with a lid and stir gently. Add more oil if you desire a thinner texture, but I find 1 to 1 works well. (Note: coconut oil will solidify in cooler temperatures, so you can scoop a little out and warm it in your hands before applying to skin.)
To your health, happiness, and beautiful baby soft skin!
P.S. To find out how toxic your beauty product is, check out the Environmental Working Group's cosmetic database. (They've researched almost 80,000 products!) I still have several non-green cosmetic products and regularly check this database. It's mostly important for me the main skincare products I use daily on every square centimeter of my body are clean and green. But, like eating ice cream once in awhile, I feel okay wearing my favorite red Chanel lipstick now and then when nearly everything else is squeaky clean.