The new year is a great time to make changes to your daily routine, so why not start with your skincare regimen? Here’s 5 of our best tips to get you started.
#1 Ditch Your Cleanser
You heard me right. Pick it up and toss it in the trash. Now pick it back up and spin it around, have a read through the ingredient list. The reality is somewhat shocking to the average consumer. Commercial cleansers are filled with synthetic ingredients that are used in other applications like dish detergent, laundry soap and even street cleaning solutions… since your face is not a gravel-y interstate highway, let’s go ahead and just ditch that stuff, ok? Throw it back in the can one more time for good. Put some oomph into it.
Our Delicate Cleanser is an easy and honest approach to pure, natural products. But if you’re someone who likes to know all their options, just look for ingredients you can pronounce, like organic oils and herbal extractions.
By the way, “organic” isn’t just a buzzword we throw around. Organic, in terms of skincare, means that the oils and herbals haven’t been altered at all by chemicals or pesticides. The oils are completely pure, from the source straight to the bottle. The herbal extractions come from places that are not only pesticide-free, but are nowhere near factories that give off harmful emissions (whether through air or water sources) and can make their way down to the plants themselves. And it’s important to remember that the “certified organic” label is reserved only for edible items, which is why we don’t add that specific term to our labels.
#2 Learn What the Funk A Toner Actually Does
A toner’s job is really simple. Restore a proper pH balance.
Let me say it one more time for the people in the back. A toner should only bring your skin’s pH level back to normal after it’s been exposed to tap water.
Toners that claim to brighten, smooth, banish blemishes, moisturize reduce excess oil and pay your rent are all marketing and sales ploys. Your toner should absolutely not sting or burn your skin, it should never leave your face red or itchy or blotchy or irritated.
Pure, organic rosewater is an incredibly therapeutic way to get this job done. Ultimately, the goal should be to bring your skin’s pH level to about a 6 so that it can more easily work with the ingredients you layer on with your serums, masks and moisturizers.
#3 Banish Scrubs and Peels
Remember in the 90’s when apricot shell facial scrubs were all the rage? If you listen very carefully, you can probably still hear your cheeks screaming “OH HELL NO”. That’s because tough ingredients like ground apricot shells destroy your delicate facial skin. True, they are certainly effective in removing dead skin cells, but so is a sanding machine. There are better ways. Acids and peels are an attempt to sell you on an extreme version of exfoliation that your face absolutely does not need.
Keep in mind, exfoliation is great when done safely. Getting rid of dead skin cells is healthy and in fact, happens naturally. To help the process along, a natural enzyme can gently loosen and lift the very tip top layer of your skin, allowing the water you rinse with to wash it away. You’ll still get that baby-soft and smooth feeling you’re looking for, but without the residual irritation and eventual callousness that comes from over-exfoliation. Chemical peels are also a major no-no. Nothing you do to your skin should leave you contemplating using your last sick day just because your face still resembles a raw chicken. The best tool for gentle exfoliation is your fingertips, as they have tiny ridges that buff away excess skin cells with a quick facial massage.
#4 Remember that OIL IS GOOD
The idea of adding oil to their skincare routine often sends people running for the hills, especially if they have acne-prone skin. There is a major myth out there that putting oil on your skin will cause it to have a negative reaction, creating more blemishes and clogging up the pores. This isn’t inherently true.
Oil is a healthy, normal way for your skin to provide nourishment and protection. True, some of us are prone to making more oil than others, and true, it can make it difficult for your makeup to sit right, but that doesn’t make it a bad thing. So when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, it actually makes the most sense to treat it with more oil so that it has the nourishment it needs and doesn’t have to stress out to make it from scratch.
Here’s where most people get confused. Not just any oil will accomplish what you’re looking for. For instance, many people look to coconut oil as a healthy facial moisturizer because it’s been booming with popularity over the last few years. Don’t get me wrong, coconut oil is wonderful for many reasons. But it’s simply the wrong oil for your face. The molecules are so big, they can’t absorb into your facial skin, so instead it sits on top, suffocating your skin and causing bacteria to get trapped – the real reason behind zits.
The right type of oil will absorb easily into the skin and get into the deep layers without making your skin look greasy or sitting idly on top. Almond, avocado and kukui nut are all wonderful and very natural ingredients that your skin can absorb easily.
#5 Moisturize Smarter, Not Harder
When your skin is dry, it’s natural to want to coat it with the thickest lotion you can find. Sure, it’ll feel good for a little while, but chances are you’re moisturizing the heck out of the top layers of your skin and starving the lower levels, which is where you build your base for moisturized, healthy skin in the first place. This year, instead of just slathering your face with anything you can find, choose a few simple products that actually get the job done. Think of it this way: one product per level of skin. So, you’ll need something to dive deep into the lowest levels, the hypodermis, like a serum, that serves as a healthy, moisturized foundation. Then, if you’re especially dry or live in a dry climate, you should add an oil-based product that will satisfy the mid-level layers, called the dermis. Finally, it’s time to add your moisturizer to satisfy the top layers of the epidermis. Finish it off with some rosewater, which naturally has a little bit of rose oil – think of it like the little bit of whipped cream on top. Although our skin butter works for that too 😉
There you go. Five skincare resolutions that are easily sustainable and make a lot of sense, don’t you think? If you’re ready to commit to a year of healthier, more comfortable and downright glowing skin, we have lots of suggestions from our own shelves and are always willing to help you decipher the ingredients in your other products to determine whether they fit the bill for 2019. If you’re ready to get started, try our Luminance Trio and get a free full size serum of your choice!