This post was inspired by my good friend Renee, who did a similar post! It’s fun to see what people use every day. My skin type is combination, but it’s also sensitive. So my t-zone gets oily, my cheeks are prone to dry patches, and using products that are too harsh can irritate my skin in general. My body is generally dry.
- Cleansing: I wash my face day and night with Origins Checks and Balances face wash. I use Say Yes to Cucumbers facial wipes to remove make-up first, if needed.
- Toning: None. I’m probably going to try a gentle toner from Origins next. My old one was too harsh.
- Moisturizing: I moisturize in the day using Origins A Perfect World moisturizer with SPF 25. At night I use Alba Botanica Renewal Night Cream. For my eyes I use Avalon Organics Vitamin C Revitalizing Night Cream.
- Exfoliation: I’ve been adding sugar to my cleanser as a scrub once a week. Simple and effective!
- Mask: I use a yogurt mask once a week to hydrate and soothe my skin. I smooth plain, non-fat yogurt on my face and leave it on for about ten minutes. It feels amazing! I find other masks to be a bit too harsh.
- Body: I use a shea sugar body scrub from Tree Hut once a week in the shower. My moisturizer varies greatly. (I have a lot.) Every few days I keep my skin glowing the healthier way by using Sun Laboratories Dark Sunsation. The best self-tanner I’ve ever used! Full review coming another time.
It’s not uncommon for me to change things up a lot. This is my current skincare routine, but it’ll likely change as I try new things. Right now I’m loving Origins because it’s sensitive enough for my skin, but hydrates well. So I may try more from them in the future. Thanks to those of you who recommended I try Origins when I asked for advice on Twitter. :)
Going completely natural
Some people prefer to go completely natural with their skincare. I haven’t gotten to this point yet! Maybe one day I will. However, if you’re interested here are some substitutions you can use.
- Cleansing: Use any oatmeal. Wet the oatmeal in lukewarm water until it softens, then rub it on your face. It soothes irritated skin, gently exfoliates, and hydrates.
- Toning: Use witch hazel. You can find it at any drugstore. About 99% of commercial toners I’ve seen use witch hazel as their main ingredient.
- Moisturizing: You can use the yogurt mask method I mentioned above and it will leave your skin hydrated. A super thin layer of vaseline works just as well. Neither will clog your pores. I still recommend you find something for sun screen if you live in a sunny area.
- Make-up Removal: Olive oil or jojoba oil does the trick! Put some on a cotton ball and swipe it around your face/eye area.
- Exfoliation: Oatmeal will gently exfoliate, but if you need more I recommend my method of just adding sugar to a cleanser. I don’t recommend using salt or apricot scrubs — way too harsh for your skin. You can also try investing in an electrical cleanser brush.
Getting into a routine
I think it’s important to take away this piece of advice — everyone’s skin is unique and different! Just because these products work for me doesn’t mean they will work for you. Unfortunately, it takes time, money, and patience to find products that work with the chemistry of your skin to keep it in its best shape.
I’ve found over the years that less is more. I definitely don’t advocate this recent trend going around that more is best, and to layer skincare items. (See this Michelle Phan video for a brief introduction to the layering technique.) I’m not a professional, but it just doesn’t seem to make sense to me! The more products you use, the higher the chance that some of them won’t work well together, or your skin runs the chance of getting stressed and will only look worse. What do you think about the recent skincare layering trend?