A Natural, Non-Toxic Skincare Routine for Any Skin Type

Let’s talk skin care.

Often, we as individuals need to cater our skin care routine to our skin type; oily, combination or dry. However, this skin care routine can be used by anyone, no matter their skin type!

But wait… there’s more.

It involves using 100% natural and inexpensive ingredients that actually work better than most commercial products, without all the harmful ingredients.

Most skin care products are packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients that may provide a temporary positive effect on skin, but long-term can bring with them many negative effects.

What is this miraculous skin care rotuine?

The natural oil cleansing method! It’s a great solution for any skin type, though the combination of oils used varies depending on your skin type:

Oily skin care

I’m an oily skin kinda gal, so this is the skin care routine I follow to keep my skin healthy and breakout-free:

Natural exfoliator: Mix together equal parts sea salt and olive oil (or almond oil) to create a scrub. Gently exfoliate skin to remove impurities, then wash away with a warm, damp washcloth. This helps clean skin without stripping it of oils.

All-natural cleanser: As a rule of thumb, those with oily skin need a higher amount of hazelnut/castor oil than the carrier oil (like olive). Combining 2/3 hazelnut/castor oil and 1/3 olive oil seems to work best. This is a wonderful alternative to conventional cleansers which use planet-polluting plastic microbeads to clean away impurities, and which also strip skin of its natural protective oil barrier. To oil cleanse, simply:

  1. Massage oil blend into skin for 1-2 minutes, or until the oil has completely saturated skin. Leave oil on for 10 minutes to really clean pores.
  2. Saturate a clean washcloth with really hot tap water (until it’s completely soaked), then wring it out, open and place over your face. This will provide the steam to remove the oils and any impurities.
  3. Leave the washcloth on for 1 minute, then use the corners of the cloth to gently remove any remaining oil on your skin.

Natural toner: Apply a diluted apple cider vinegar toner to help remove any leftover dirt and keep oil at bay.

Natural moisturiser: Often oily skin types will find that the natural oils from oil cleansing are enough, and won’t require a moisturiser. However, if needed, apply a very light layer of coconut oil.

My homemade “oily skinoil blend for cleansing.

Combination skin care

Combination skin types find their skin is neither oily nor dry, and will often adjust quickly to natural skin care alternatives.

Natural exfoliator: A homemade sugar scrub works well as a natural exfoliator, to help remove impurities from skin.

All-natural cleanser: Mix together 1/4 hazelnut/castor oil and 3/4 olive oil works well, but can always be adjusted to suit individual skin types. To oil cleanse, simply:

  1. Massage oil blend into skin for 1-2 minutes, or until the oil has completely saturated skin. Leave oil on for 10 minutes to really clean pores.
  2. Saturate a clean washcloth with really hot tap water (until it’s completely soaked), then wring it out, open and place over your face. This will provide the steam to remove the oils and any impurities.
  3. Leave the washcloth on for 1 minute, then use the corners of the cloth to gently remove any remaining oil on your skin.

Natural toner: Mix together 50 ml rose water, 1 drop chamomile oil and 1 drop geranium oil and gently apply toner onto skin to remove any leftover dirt or impurities.

Natural moisturiser: Combination skin types will often not need to moisturise, however, a dab of coconut oil works well.

Dry skin care

Those who experience dry skin will fall into this category. Using natural oils on the skin helps to balance oil production and stop skin becoming too dry.

Natural exfoliator: Not necessary for dry skin, but if needed, a gentle homemade sugar scrub may help to remove dead skin cells without stripping skin of oils.

All-natural cleanser: Mix together 1 tsp hazelnut/castor oil in 1/4 cup olive oil (as castor oil is the more drying oil, only a very small amount is needed). To oil cleanse, simply:

  1. Massage oil blend into skin for 1-2 minutes, or until the oil has completely saturated skin. Leave oil on for 10 minutes to really clean pores.
  2. Saturate a clean washcloth with really hot tap water (until it’s completely soaked), then wring it out, open and place over your face. This will provide the steam to remove the oils and any impurities.
  3. Leave the washcloth on for 1 minute, then use the corners of the cloth to gently remove any remaining oil on your skin.

Natural toner: Apply some natural rose water to skin to help remove any leftover dirt or impurities.

Natural moisturiser: Applying a homemade body butter or moisturiser work wonders for dry skin.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

How do you take care of your skin? What natural alternatives do you use? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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