How to Start a Natural Skin Care Routine
I've received many emails from readers who are just starting to make the switch to a healthier way of life and want to know how to start a DIY natural skin care routine. They're usually very excited, eager and at the same time confused. The world of natural skin care can seem overwhelming with tips on what not to use as much as what to use. So let me put you at ease right away. Keep it simple. Simple works.
How to Start a Natural Skincare Routine
Starting a natural skin care routine is not as hard as it looks. When I switched over to DIY beauty from using traditional products, my skin started glowing immediately. In fact, the results were so great that I was bummed I hadn't taken the plunge earlier. But better to start late than never at all.
This is how I did it.
Create Simple Natural Skin Care Products at Home
After years of searching for the perfect product to erase all of my skin imperfections, I finally decided to give up on that and go the natural DIY skin care route.
Natural Face Wash
The first thing I did was start washing my face with honey back in 2007. More about that and the tons of benefits of using honey on your face with my post, Why You Should Be Washing Your Face With Honey. I still wash my face with raw honey to to this day, and have created a more luxurious version with my Honey-Face Cleanser available in our digital guide, the Babe-Face DIY Skin Care Starter Kit.
I don't necessarily believe you need a toner to have glowing skin. I've gotten through most of my life without one. However, after many requests for a toner recipe from our followers, I created the Babe-Lift Toner recipe which I really love, also available in our Babe-Face Starter Kit. Lifts and tones, plus reduces acne.
Natural Facial Moisturizer
Second, I started using oils on my naturally oily face to moisturize. Sounds counterintuitive, but it completely balanced out my skin. You see babe, I was stripping my natural oils away when I used traditional skin care products. The result was my skin was over-producing our natural oil, sebum. Once I started applying natural oils to my face, my skin stopped over-producing sebum.
I have tried numerous facial oils out there, everything from coconut oil to sea buckthorn oil (which I love, but is a bit pricey). Note: I don't use coconut oil as a facial moisturizer anymore because I found it didn't easily absorb into my skin.
Third, I switched over to a natural facial sunscreen/ light foundation that I use every day called Color Correct Sheer Tan SPF 30 by Andalou Naturals. It's actually a tinted sunscreen and works perfectly with my skin tone. They also have sheer nude, a lighter color. Either way, it's a very light coverage and works well for most skin tones, while still giving great protection.
For a body sunscreen, I use my homemade DIY Shea Butter Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide recipe. Perfect for a day at the beach.
Natural Facial Masks
Natural facial masks are a great way to feed your face some incredible nutrients and yes, you can create a ton of them at home. Here are some of my favorite recipes from our blog. Use a mask once a week to detox your skin.
Note: Don't be fooled by "all natural" claims on the front of product labels. Always check the ingredients portion of any product you use to make sure it really is natural. Or, the best way to ensure you know what's in your skincare products is to make your own.
Check out the last section of this post for more skincare recipes for the rest of your bod.
The Keys to Starting a Natural Skin Care
Getting the right skincare ingredients is an important part of a natural skin care routine. My readers have been asking for years for a one stop shop for ingredient recommendations. Now we have it! You can find which beauty ingredients I recommend in our Beauty Ingredients Shop.
Buy organic when you can. If you can't afford organic, make sure you get your ingredients from a reputable company. For example, the raw honey I use from Honey Pacifica to wash my face is not organic. Here's why:
"Our honey is not certified organic. Although our sage and buckwheat honey meet standards to be certified organic, we do not currently certify them for the following reason. Due to the drought our production of these honeys are very low, even with the high prices we must charge we often sell out before the new crop.Therefore, we do not wish to increase the cost of the honey by going through the certification process and then have to pass that cost on to the consumer."
Some essential oils are not available in organic form, but are sourced from the wild without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Do your homework when it comes to searching for ingredients and companies you can trust. Or check out the ones we recommend in our shop link above.
Natural Skin Care Products
What if you don't have time to create your own skincare products, but still want to switch to a natural skin care routine? These days there are plenty of reputable skin care companies out there to choose from. If we had to pick, two of our favorites are Leahlani from Hawaii and Lola Jane Naturals, a local skincare brand here in San Diego. You can find our favorite products of theirs here.
Check out the next section of this post for more skincare recipes for the rest of your bod.
More Natural DIY Skin Care Products and Recipes You Can Make at Home
So are you completely enamored with starting a DIY natural skin care routine? Here are some of favorite recipes from Salt & Ritual that will leave your skin healthy and glowing.
Keeping Your Skin Naturally Beautiful Through Diet
Natural skin care is not just what you put on your face. Eating a clean and healthy diet, exercising and reducing stress is half the battle. For example, if you are still getting acne despite using a clean and natural skin care routine, look at what you eat. Look at how much stress you're regularly experiencing. Taking care of the inside of your body and your mental state will do wonders for your skin.
Learn how to feed your skin internally the daily vitamins it needs with the super yummy recipes in our digital guide, Glossy Skin Elixirs.
Conclusion on How to Start a Natural Skin Care Routine
I've been writing about DIY natural for almost 10 years. In that time I've done a ton of experimenting. I created the Free Clean Beauty Challenge for my readers and learned about what they were looking for in DIY beauty recipes and the frustrations they were having with their skin.
Because of the years of the experimenting and listening to my readers here at Salt & Ritual and before with my prior blogs, I was able to come up with the Babe-Face DIY Skincare Starter Kit that works well for any skin type.
If you're serious about switching to a natural skin care routine, I highly recommend downloading our Babe-Face digital guide. It will save you time and money in the long run and get you on the fast track to natural beauty and skin care with the best ingredients I've come across.
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Kate – Founder of Salt & Ritual
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Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy, while nursing and on children. Please research oils prior to using.