Hi friends! I had planned on starting off this post mentioning that it was the first day of spring, but I feel a little off-put saying that because I see snowflakes falling from the sky when I look over and out of my bedroom window. Mother Nature is on something serious this year and I think someone needs to lend her a tampon and a box of chocolates or something. I love snow and I think it’s beautiful and all, but not when I’m dropping $20 every other week to get the salt washed off of my car (at least it’s keeping me out of Target..)
Skin is the biggest organ of the human body; it’s also sometimes the biggest pain in the ass, am I right? I realize that holistically speaking, true skin care really generates from within (your skin is basically a mirror of your gut health), but in today’s blog post I want to give you all an update on my current external regime and save the internal factors and what I believe holds true for my skin health in another upcoming post. I have always stuck with minimal products, but I found that when I wanted to try something nifty and new, I ended up just going back to my original favorites anyway. Damn, companies are good at marketing and pretty packaging these days
Winter is usually really harsh on my skin, as I’m sure plenty of you can relate. This year was a bit different, though, because I decided to really pare down my routine, make it super simple and spend the money on products that are really tried & true to me. I used to have serious commitment issues when it came to skin & hair care, but not only was that really halting any progression in finding out what truly works, it was also really pissing off my wallet. Simplicity is best when it comes to the health of your skin from the outside. So here are my top products to use externally that I can recommend to keep yourself in the clear and baby-bottom smooth:
1. Allafia skincare products. I’ve been using their skincare line for years and can absolutely say that not only are their products top-notch (and affordable!) but the whole company is something you can feel good about supporting. Learn more about how Alaffia is assisting people in Africa & how you can help here.
I’ve recently discovered their Secret Multipurpose Skin Cream (ain’t a secret no more, is it?) and I’m in LOVE with it. I use it everywhere, literally everywhere. It takes a few minutes to rub in, so work with it and consider it a free self-massage. It’s kept my hands, face, and otherwise super-dry places so soft and moisturized. I use it nightly where ever I need it.
I also use Allafia’s Neem & Shea recovery facial cream (that I’ve been using for quite some time now).
2. Rosehip oil. I’ve mentioned this before and continue to use it. It’s so good for skin cell renewal and getting rid of pesty red marks, acne scarring and skin “imperfections”. Just note that you need to give this TIME to work. Too many people get discouraged by a product if it doesn’t work immediately. Your skin is not going to change drastically overnight, in a week, maybe not even a few months. Patience and consistency is KEY when using a product that promises something like rosehip oil does.
Rosehip oil is unscented, mild and won’t clog your pores. I apply it every morning & night immediately after washing my face and typically mix it in with my moisturizer.
I use Aura Cacia’s rosehip oil. I buy it from Whole Foods, but you can also find it online & other stores, I’m sure.
3. Coconut oil. If you don’t have a jar of coconut oil in your household, I highly recommend you hightail your tail to the store and pick some up. It’s a cheap, convenient and super multitasking superfood and super skin saver. I use this as my primary body moisturizer. Bonus: it smells like buttered toast when you rub it on your skin. I’m serious, do it and sniff yourself. You’re welcome.
I use coconut oil as a makeup remover, too. You can find it at many stores for $10-$20 depending on the brand. I usually just stick with a generic one.
4. Tea tree oil & salicylic acid. I’m 25 and still dealing with acne, especially right before my monthly gift (which I wish I had a gift receipt for…) and as a preventative as well as a treatment, I apply these two in harmony about every other day. They can be drying, so start with a small amount a few times a week and let your skin get used to them.
Simplicity and a gentle touch is key to providing your skin with the best external care. Don’t overdo the scrubs, that will most likely irritate your skin and cause it to overproduce oil. And speaking of oil – don’t be afraid to use oil on your face! Rosehip oil & almond oil are two very safe bets and neither will clog pores. They will provide your skin with a balance and nutrients it needs as well as give it a little sheen & glow
I’d love to hear about some of your skin care favorites!
Peace and love!