Many aestheticians have told me that I look younger because I have naturally oily skin. I suppose that I should take that as a blessing, but when your makeup starts sliding off your face by 3pm having oily skin seems to be more of a curse than anything. I know it seems odd to use oil to combat oil, but I have to say since switching to natural oils on my face it has become less oily by the end of the day, I have fewer pimples and overall the quality of my skin looks better. It turns out that cleansing with an oil-based formula actually helps normalize sebum production, which leads to fewer breakouts. Who knew? I have tried everything from the high end skincare products to the drugstore kinds and these natural products are the ones that work the best for me and cost the least too!
Remove makeup with organic coconut oil on cotton pads. I buy my coconut oil at Trader Joe’s ($5) but you can also find it cheaper than at a grocery store by buying it at TJ Maxx & Marshall’s.
After my makeup is removed, I wash the oil off with hot water. Then I add pure rose hip oil as a nighttime moisturizer (picked up this tip from Miranda Kerr). My favorite brand is Now Foods Rose Hip Seed Oil from iHerb ($5.34). This also works great as an eye serum so you can use a little in the morning around your eyes so your foundation doesn’t slip into fine lines. If you have some leftover on your hands, just run it through the ends of your hair.
In addition to oil, a few times a week I scrub my face in the shower with Acure Organics Brightening Scrub ($9) after cleaning my makeup off. I read about this product on BYRDIE.com in an interview with Miss.Kristin Cavallari. It is UH-mazing, cleans your pores and really makes your skin feel clean – even the husband loves it.
That is it! Simple, easy and cheap skincare products that don’t harm animals or have nasty chemicals in them. What natural products do you use and how do you use them? Share with me in the comments below. xx, Beth