Hello there, I am sure since the organic and natural skin care craze started you have been bombarded by a variety of magic organic glow elixirs and serums and all that jazz. You most likely don’t know where to start! However, choosing natural or organic skin care products doesn’t have to involve magic snake oil. Natural skin care is very much rooted in science and there are basic steps to follow to achieve acne free and glowing skin using natural or organic skin care.
The basic guide to developing any skin care routine is in 6 steps; cleanse, exfoliate, mask, tone, moisturise and sunscreen this article will teach you the natural way to go through this step.
Cleanse: A great cleanser is designed to unclog pores, remove dirt, unwanted debris, and makeup and even prevent skin conditions such as acne. Your facial cleanser is the most important tool in your skin care arsenal. Over cleansing, your skin can cause irritation, while under cleansing can lead to acne, irritation, premature ageing and other skin issues. The ideal number of times to cleanse your skin to keep it radiant and healthy is twice a day -in the morning when you wake up and at the end of the day to remove all the dirt and grime of the day from your skin.
It is important when choosing a cleanser for acne prone skin, to avoid products with drying agents such as; alcohol denat or denatured, sodium lauryl or laureth sulphate, paraffin, mineral oil, benzoyl peroxide greater than 5%, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD Alcohol 40, Isopropyl Myristate and Isopropyl Palmitate.
Look for chemical-free alternatives with natural ingredients which a scientifically proven to reduce acne and inflammation, for instance, look out for ingredients high linoleic acid oils like watermelon seed oil, or antibacterial oils in like neem, or clays like fullers earth clay, kaolin, aloe vera, or even turmeric. A great non-drying facial cleanser for oily skin is the watermelon facial wash by Sheabutter Cottage sold here
and Madamori skin care soothing aloe liquid African black soap here
Exfoliate: Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and a lot of people miss out on perfect skin simply because they do not exfoliate. Exfoliation get rid of dead skin cells and make the skin ready to easily absorb the topical treatment. It increases blood circulation, break down of toxins and encourages new skin cells. Physical exfoliants should not be used more than once a week. An amazing natural physical exfoliant is the madam ori skin care mint sugar scrub which aids in fading dark patches and encourages cell regeneration, you can purchase it here
Mask: A great face mask can really spruce up your skin, a great face mask helps you achieve clearer skin and more refined pores. It deep cleanses the pores and clears the pores of metabolic waste, oily substances that clog them and dead skin cells. Depending on the nature of the mask it can rehydrate the skin, reduce fine lines, enhance collagen production, fight free radical damage and even the skin tone. A mask should be used more than twice a week. There are several great natural clay masks you can use on their own or mix as packs. If you have extra sensitive skin, you could use aloe vera powder as a face mask, aloe vera powder is exceptionally beneficial in treating inflamed skin, its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, thus it is brilliant for calming inflammation, prevention of acne, reducing scarring and lightening of dark patching, you can purchase high-quality aloe vera powder here .
Another amazing hidden gem is amla powder! Yes you heard me, amla powder is popular for its hair conditioning properties, however, it is also exceptionally high in vitamin C making it wonderful for fading scars left behind by acne, preventing and removing acne, and brightening the overall complexion. It is also useful in exfoliating the skin. Other great clay powders for acne and spot removal are rose powder, fullers earth clay, rhassoul clay and bentonite clay, you can purchase them HERE
Toner: A toner is typically the in-between step after you cleanse and before you apply a serum or a moisturiser. Toners are historically designed to balance the skin PH after using an alkaline soap product for cleansing, however since cleansers have become more mild and gentle, toners have evolved in the skincare category. A good toner is designed to cleanse the pores of excess oil, dirt and left-over makeup. Toners refresh the skin, assist in refining the pores and reducing the penetration of environmental impurities.
Some amazing toners include Organic Life Plus Rose Hydrosol, their rose hydrosol is not the same as ordinary rose water, it’s a direct by-product from the steam distillation of Bulgarian rose otto, this is excellent for all skin types and will calm inflammation in the most sensitive skin types. It will balance the skin’s PH, it’s alcohol-free and it’s a wonderful mild astringent for cleansing the pores and reducing the occurrence of acne. Its anti-bacterial properties make it excellent for healing scars. You can purchase this beauty here
Another great toner is the winter sage toner, made with clary sage and witch hazel hydrosol which is both an astringent and antiseptic suitable for the treatment of acne and very oily skin. It also contains witch hazel hydrosol which is an amazing deep cleansing astringent, and antiseptic. It is designed to balance sebum production, refine pores, accelerate cell regeneration, and even sooth eczema and psoriasis. You can purchase it here
Moisturise: We are finally coming to the end of our skin care routine hurrah, the second to last step, moisturisation! A common mistake we oily skinned folk make is to totally avoid oils and focus on products with drying and stripping ingredients. Using drying facial creams actually throws your sebum production of balance and can cause further irritation and more breakouts. Using oils for oily skin tell your skin that it is producing enough oils and actually rebalances your sebum production. Also, natural plant oils have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that keep acne at bay.
However, not every oil is good for acne prone skin heavy oils like moringa, coconut oil, sweet almond oil etc. will cause further breakouts, you have focus on high linoleic acid lightweight oils such as coffee bean oil, maracuja oil, watermelon seed oil, etc. the higher the linoleic acid content the lighter the oils and the better it is for oily skin. Also, look for organic oils with a comedogenic rating of 0-2, this combined with a high linoleic acid profile is a winner for oily acne prone skin. These oils are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, non-greasy, easily penetrating, vitamin C packed, antioxidant filled and are all round amazing!!! You can purchase some of them here
If you want to add that extra kick to your routine because your acne is just not budging or is as a result of hormonal issues, then add essential oil to your routine. There are several excellent essential oils that reduce acne, calm inflammation, disinfect the skin, brighten the skin, fade acne scars and even assist in the balance of hormones. Essential organic oils such as myrtle essential oil, cajeput essential oil, wild carrot seed essential oil, Tulsi essential oil etc. You can learn more about them here
So there we have it!!!! Your full home facial routine! At the end of it always remember to wear sunscreen!