My current skin care routine probably started with getting the three-step system from Proactiv, back when Jessica Simpson was the brand’s spokesperson. I never really had a terrible case of acne when I was a teenager, but I would get the occasional pimples on my forehead, which were most likely caused from having bangs that covered half of my face (I remember trying to emulate typical “scene/emo girl” hair, but not to the extreme. I don’t know, 2007 to 2010 was weird for me).
I still stick to a three-step system today because it’s quick and simple for me to follow. The only difference now is that I’ve ditched conventional brands for more natural products that are actually good for my skin!
To give you a little background to my skin, I am somewhere along the combination-oily part of the scale. Meaning, my skin has balanced out tremendously since switching over to more all-natural products, but I do still get a tad oily in my T-zone area (aka my forehead down to the tip of my nose) and sometimes dry patches show up around my nose, in between my eyebrows, and on my brow bone.
I’ve recently dealt with a bad case of cystic acne (ya know, those large punks that feel like bruises when you touch them) on my chin, which was most likely caused from experimenting with different cleansers and cleansing methods. Using the products in my morning routine and night routine (which will be a future blog post), I have seen a crazy awesome improvement in my skin and even though I still get pimples here and there, I am so happy that my cystic acne has calmed itself!! So let’s get into it:
Because most of the gunk on my face was removed the night before, I like to use a gentle acne cleanser with a konjac sponge. The ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash ($8.30) by Alba Botanica contains 2% salicylic acid from a willow bark extract to keep pimples at bay and it smells incredibly citrusy and minty thanks to Orange peel, Bergamot, and Peppermint, which is perfect for waking up a non-morning person like myself. This face wash is a light, gel-like consistency that is 100% vegetarian, has no artificial colors, artificial fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium myreth sulfate, and it is not tested on animals. Even though it does not contain sulfates, this cleanser lathers up pretty nicely like a conventional face wash. I believe this is my second bottle because this stuff lasts for a good 6 months, but I think I just may try out another face wash once I use this up.
If you’re unfamiliar with konjac sponges, they are made from the root of the konjac plant that is found in different parts of Asia. They’re 100% natural, contain no artificial colorings, and are biodegradable. These types of sponges offer a gentle exfoliation compared to scrubs that contain physical beads, so they won’t leave your face feeling tight and dry. To use a konjac sponge, all you need to do is soak the sponge under warm water and you can either use it with a tiny amount of face wash or just by itself. When you’re done, you just gently squeeze out any excess water and then hang it up to dry. There’s different varieties of konjac sponges that suit different skin types and so I chose the charcoal kind from the company My Konjac Sponge ($10) because it’s meant for oily, acne-prone skin.
This serum is quickly becoming a near and dear holy grail item for me because my skin reacts so well to this stuff! If I could, I would scream the benefits of this product to anyone who has dealt with stubborn cystic acne from every mountaintop possible!!!! I got a hold of a sample-size through the December box of the monthly, vegan beauty subscription service called Petit Vour. It is definitely on the pricier side at a whopping $26 for 1 oz., but I have not come across a product that my skin has loved so much. It’s ingredients include Coriander, Yarrow, Fennel, Goldenrod, Roses, Dandelion, Aloe juice, Carrot juice, and Jojoba oil to name a few and it smells like a calming blend of herbs. All, but a couple of ingredients, are certified organic and this serum is cruelty-free as well as being vegan.
The consistency of this product is a little odd to me because when I think of the word “serum” I immediately think of a thin, liquidy product. This is definitely on the more creamy side, but it still feels very light on the skin. I like to simply rub a small layer onto my skin after I’ve washed and dried it. You can even use this serum as a spot treatment on those pesky pimples and it’ll reduce the redness and size of those buggers like a piece of cake!
The price tag can definitely be a huge factor in buying the full-sized product, but Blissoma actually offers sample sizes of this and its other skin care products on their company website, so I say go out and try out this serum ASAP! I’ve even bought the full-size of this magic from Amazon.com! Seriously, your skin will thank you for it!
Living in Southern California means there’s plenty of sunshine action going on. Even in the wintertime when the skies can become cloudy and overcast, it’s a good idea to wear a sunscreen to block out those harmful UVA/UVB rays that go straight through clouds. I like using this particular Andalou Naturals moisturizer ($12) because it gives me just a little hydration with an added sunscreen benefit without giving me that white cast that typical sunscreens do.
Some of the ingredients include Sunflower oil, Turmeric, Chamomile, White Tea, and Licorice extract. Looking at the company’s website, Andalou Naturals champions “Certified Organic, Natural Origin, BioActive, Fair-Trade, Verified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegetarian and Vegan Ingredients, Eco-Friendly Practices, and a Meaningful No Animal Testing Policy” and they reject “GMO’s, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Sulfates, Synthetic Colors, Dyes, Fragrances, Triclosan, PEG, MEA, TEA, DEA, or Paraben Preservatives,” which is all just music to my ears, really.
This moisturizer is also a great base under makeup, but I warn those with dry skin. You may need a slightly more nourishing moisturizing because this specific one may not hydrate your skin as much. This is probably my third or fourth tube, but I may venture off and try another lightweight, SPF moisturizer.
I have some big ol’ eyes and equally big ol’ bags under my eyes from time to time. My eyes can be a little tired too, so I like applying this eye cream both under my eyes and on my eyelids to wake those suckers up without irritating them. I don’t always remember to moisturize my eye area, but when I do remember my eye area feels incredible. The smell of coffee is also a great, invigorating pick-me-up in the morning too. The ingredients include Organic Aloe Juice, Organic Rose Hydrosol*, Organic Rosehip Oil*, Organic Green Coffee, Vitamin E (tocopherol), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), Extracts of: Coffee Cherry, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Goldenseal, Vanilla Absolute, and Candelilla wax.
Now, this tiny tube of eye cream comes in between $18-$21 depending on where you buy it. I was only able to try this product because 100% Pure was having a promotion where a 5-piece giftset was included with a $35 purchase. Would I buy this again? Probably not because of its price and because I want to try out other eye creams.
Silk Naturals’ Organic Pear Lip Balm
TMI: I constantly have chapped lips, so I like putting on a lip balm after I wash my face to seal in some needed moisture. This Silk Naturals lip balm was a gift when I ordered a couple of lipsticks from the company and from the looks of their website, this flavor is not currently being sold. The ingredient list is super short with just Olive, Castor, Jojoba and Avocado oils, Beeswax, Candellila wax, Hemp and Cranberry oils, Carnuaba wax, Flavor, and Stevia. This lip balm feels more oily than waxy, but it soothes my dry lips instantly and I constantly turn to it for its yummy flavor too!
And that’s pretty much morning skin care routine! It seems like a lot in this post, but really it takes me about 10 minutes in the morning to follow this routine. Let me know what products you’ve been loving in the comment section below!