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(Mostly) Natural Skincare Routine

By now we've pretty much come to the conclusion that I am a fan of organic and natural skincare products. Bonus points if the words "not tested on animals" are included in that description. Up until a few months ago, my skincare routine was pretty basic. I just purchased a cheap, natural face scrub, moisturiser and natural toner, and called it a day. And it did work for a while. The products may have been picked up at the local supermarket, but they were organic in nature so my face never had much of a complaint. Then, one day, I ran out of my usual scrub and at the last minute, had to grab a replacement which wasn't what I normally used but I thought it would be okay. Fast forward to the worst skin episode of my life where that face wash dried my skin out so much it caused massive painful clusters of pimples, and my skin hasn't been the same since.
Now, I pay way too much attention to products, building up a routine that will help calm my skin and keep it in good condition. So organic products are where it's at to do exactly that without irritating. So now, I'm happy to say I have a routine and the best products for it.
- Two of the products I use, I've mentioned before including the Rosehip Gentle Facial Exfoliator
- So with that in mind, the newest edition is the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion by The Body Shop. Now, The Body Shop is kind of a love/hate for me. Love, because their products are amazing, so good for your skin and easy to get a hold of. Hate, because they're so expensive and sometimes the sizes are pathetic for the amount you have to pay. But this stuff, I dig. It's working so well for what I needed it for. The tea tree stings on breakouts but reduces them almost immediately and works absolute wonders. It's hydrating without being oily, and the tea tree and tamanu oil act as a natural antiseptic to kill bacteria. It dries matte so you don't have to worry about shine.- Again, the Jojoba & Kakadu plum cleansing oil is something I've mentioned before, and it's still part of my routine because, oh my, it works! This stuff I use every second day instead of the exfoliator, cleanser, toner and moisturiser - because this stuff does all of that in one.
- Another recent addition to my routine is this Rosehip Cleanser. Because I love my exfoliator so much, it only makes sense that I would pick this one up to rotate with the other one. This stuff is just as great as the other, it's really soft and nourishing and works straight away to clean up blemished skin. It's really gentle as to not dry out the skin and works to replenish its natural moisture balance. The skin doesn't feel so dry afterwards.
Even though the exfoliator says it's gentle enough to use daily, no exfoliator should be used so regularly, and I discovered this when a pimple would pop up whenever one was killed. It can dry out the skin and strip it so much that it does more harm than good, so using that once a week while washing with a normal cleanser is the way to go. - This is the "mostly" part of this "mostly natural skincare routine" - Nivea toner. Not exactly organic, but a toner is an important part of my routine to help close the pores, tighten the skin and refresh it after it's been washed. Normally I'll pick up Witch Hazel (for the name mostly but it's wonderful too) but after I ran out and needed to replace it, I had to pick up something else instead (because Coles never have the products I want). But, I have no complaints because it's not only refreshing but very moisturising and soft on the skin. It's a treat. It dries like any other toner but keeps the skin soft at the same time.

The Daily Routine

I start by washing my face with the Rosehip cleanser and then drying it with a towel. With a cotton pad, I pour a little toner on it and then gently wipe it across my face. Once my skin is dry, I simply then moisturise with the tea tree
Once a week, I swap the cleanser for the exfoliator to really get in and clean, remove blackheads and dead skin cells.
Every second day I swap the usual routine for just two light pumps of the cleansing oil, which I massage into my skin and let sit for a good 5-10 mins. Then. I grab a face towel, damp with warm water and gently wipe it over my face to remove the excess oil. 


All photo's by Sheree Grace

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