Natural Skincare Basics

This post has been a longtime coming, but here it is finally. Today, I want to share the natural basic face products that I have been using since this year March. When I switched to a natural skincare routine, initially there were quite a few bumps–literally even, you’d know if you’ve read my previous post on facial oils. It was only after I tested a few different products and their combinations that I realized what worked and what did not.

FYI, none of the content in this article is sponsored. Also FYI, non-toxic products alone cannot fix your skin. A focus on healthy eating, exercise, better sleep, and stress management is fundamental to great skin.

Moving on…for the sake of this post, I will create three divisions. So 1) cleansers 2) exfoliators  3) moisturizers. And for reference, my skin type is dry to normal and acne-prone.

Cleansers

I tried two cleansers: Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser and ACURE Brightening Cleansing Gel.

The Antipodes one has 100% naturally-sourced ingredients, but it was a disappointment. It made my skin greasy and clogged. I also didn’t ever feel my face was clean after using it. May be it is meant for VERY dry skin in cold weather, but for me it was a no within a few days of using it.

The ACURE cleanser knocked my socks off. It contains super ingredients like aloe barbadensis leaf juice, acai fruit extract, blackberry fruit extract, and calendula and chamomile flowers extracts. And these beneficial ingredients are first on the list, not last, which means they primarily make up the product. ACURE Brightening Cleansing Gel is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, diethanolamine, formaldehyde, and paraffin. It is also cruelty-free and budget-friendly: half the price compared to the Antipodes cleanser.

Usually cleansers that foam dry out my skin, but this one not only foams beautifully but is also gentle. I use it morning and night and love how it keeps the skin clean, bright and unclogged. If I skip using it, I actually can notice a difference in the texture and vibrancy of my skin. Bonus: it has not made me break out–touch wood. So all in all, there is nothing not to like about this cleanser for me. I have just re-purchased it and surprisingly it came in new packaging! Speaking of packaging, I like that it is in a squeeze-y tube that lets me travel with it quite easily. Not to forget, it has a lovely citrus-ey smell that is an instant pick me up!

Buy in UK, USOthers can order from iHerb.com that delivers worldwide.

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The marigold yellow is the new packaging.
Exfloliators

I had long been a fan of the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. I used it for the last five years or so, and I knew this was going to be the hardest product to replace because of how much I loved it. But then I came across the ACURE Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub. I was immediately a fan!

Its ingredients are as clean as the ACURE cleanser I mentioned. The walnut shell powder and lemon peel give it a coarse texture, which makes for a great scrub. Because it does not dry my skin, I use it every other day. I have to say, my skin has never felt more soft and texture-free. If I don’t use it, I notice little white heads surface around my nose. But as long as I keep exfoliating with it every other day, my skin stays fresh and soft, and moisturizer applies like a dream.

Once a week or when I have time, I follow-up the exfoliator with a mask and omg, I just l o v e how great my skin feels after. If there is one natural skincare product you should give a shot, this exfoliator is it. I have already converted a friend, and now it’s your turn. 🙂

Buy in EU, UK, US. Others can order from iHerb.com that delivers worldwide.

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Moisturizers

I find moisturizers to be the trickiest skincare product. Too greasy, weird texture, runny, drying, or worse pore-clogging. I’ve had my fair share of all of them, and if i have to be honest, I have not found the perfect natural moisturizer yet.

I tried the Antipodes Rejoice Light Day Cream for daytime. I thought it’d be best for the summer months, and in all fairness, it’s a pretty good moisturizer. With a consistency true to a cream, the Rejoice Light Day Cream is largely made up of avocado and manuka flower oils. The remaining ingredients are also fully natural, so bonus points there.

My problem with the cream is that after application, the skin feels tight and often sweaty. If you’re someone who wears foundation, this may be particularly problematic. It’s hard for me to describe the feeling. but it’s definitely not that the cream is not moisturizing. Moisturize it does because I’ve never gotten dry skin while using it.

So, I’d use the tube up, but I don’t think I will repurchase this one, as I love my rosehip seed oil as a moisturizer more than any cream.

For nighttime, I tried the Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream, which is an AMAZING moisturizer. I woke up with glowing, plump skin everyday, and I had this cream to be thankful for. Unfortunately though, it clogged my pores. I know, what a bummer! I don’t use it regularly anymore; in fact, I’ve started using it as a hand cream, and so, moisturizing my hands with it is part of my bedtime ritual now.

To give you details, the cream is primarily made up of avocado oil, manuka honey, grapeseed extract, coconut oil and other goodness. It smells divine, applies beautifully, and absorbs quickly. The packaging is chunky and hard to travel with, but if this cream had worked for me I’d have disregarded that.

I have a theory about why it clogs my pores. It may be due to the comedogenic nature of coconut oil, which I have discussed in my previous post. Since my pores are easily clogged, I think the coconut oil in this cream causes little whiteheads to form. Oh well, tough luck.

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Final Verdict

I’ve been more than happy with my switch to non-toxic skincare. It was about time. I have already found my perfect cleanser and exfoliator. I am currently using rosehip seed oil–already discussed in the last post–day and night as a moisturizer. I may have to step up my moisturizer game with the winter months coming up, so i f you have any recommendations for non-toxic moisturizers then do let me know.

And if you’d like me to share other natural skincare products like toners, serums, and face masks that I have been using then do let me know! Meanwhile, keep a look out for a post on natural, non-toxic deodorants! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Natural Skincare Basics

  1. Rosehip oil is my go to moisturiser for night – but in winter I think I need a cream over the top too, so non toxic recommendations would be good – looking forward to deodorant post in this respect.

    I also love exfoliators with walnut shell!

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  2. I’ve never heard of the brand Acure. I wonder if my local drug store has it 😉 I’ve been using cetaphil as a face wash ever since my dermatologist recommended it years ago but I still get a new people each week. I’m in my thirties so it’s frustrating that I still deal with acne. I’ll look out for this brand the next time I go to the store!

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      1. Or just a dermatologist. I haven’t seen once since 2015! And even that was just for a pre wedding treatment. It’s honestly not that bad. I certainly don’t want to pay for a visit to the derm for something that’s not that serious

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