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“Cruelty-Free, Organic, and Natural Skin Care Routine”

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It’s no surprise that I love natural products, and natural skin care products are my new obsession.

Up until about six months ago, I didn’t do much more to my face than wash it in the shower every day. I was using St. Ives Apricot scrub or whatever bar soap I was using on my body.

But then I realized – Dude, I’m almost 30. I need to start taking care of my skin. Sure, people may mistake me for a college student now, but how long can that possibly last? I need to start caring for my skin and developing a healthy routine while not much damage has been done.

Since that day of reckoning, I’ve added 5 natural skin care products to my daily/weekly routine. All are listed below in order of frequent use.

By the way, I’m the type of person who likes to stick to brands and products that work well for me. When I get great results with a product, I want to try their whole line. So brand diversity is lacking in this list.

That being said, I truly love all of the things listed here, and they are tried and true for my normal to oily skin type.

Now, let the list commence.

 

Yes to Grapefruits Daily Facial Scrub

I found the Yes To brand about a year ago when I was looking for natural, cruelty-free body wash (affiliate link) on Amazon.  I fell in love with the Yes to Carrots body wash. So when I decided to switch from St. Ives to a more natural face scrub, I immediately went to Yes To.

All of Yes To’s products are cruelty-free, paraben-free and 97-99% natural. While this product is not 100% natural or organic, it’s much better than what I was using.

The face scrub is a liquid-y gel with microbeads for exfoliation. And of course it smells like grapefruit. When I first started using it, it made me crave grapefruit so bad that I made a special trip to the grocery store to buy some!

This is the only product that I use every single day. I like it because it exfoliates my skin and doesn’t leave it dry. And it’s a pretty good price, especially considering it’s a mostly natural product.

Foxbrim Lavender Mist Toner

Foxbrim lavender toner natural skin care

The only time I ever used toner was from the original Proactive 3 step kit. Did anyone else have that kit? The toner was step 2. Well, that was back in high school, and I haven’t used a toner since.

To be honest, I wasn’t even sure of a toner’s purpose in a skincare routine. After a quick google search I learned that toner cleanses the skin and shrinks the appearance of pores. I was sold. Aside from that, toners also restore your skin back to it’s correct pH level after washing.

I like Foxbrim because all of their products are 100% natural, and they have a ton of awesome skin products. (Spoiler: there’s another Foxbrim product on this list.) Some of their products are even 100% organic, too.

The Lavender Mist Toner has witch hazel, vitamin C, and organic aloe vera. It comes in a really nice glass bottle and, as the name suggests, it has a spray nozzle so that you can lightly mist your face. Trust me, it’s glorious.

I use this toner about 4-5 times a week; mostly at night after I’ve washed my face. Spritzing my face with the lavender-scented toner before bed relaxes me and gets me ready for sleepytime all while repairing and restoring my skin.  #doubleduty

 

Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Daily Repairing Moisturizer

Yes to Blueberries daily repair moisturizer natural skin care

Again, other than that original Proactive kit that I had in high school, I never used a moisturizer. I have normal to oily skin, so I always worried that moisturizer would make my skin oily. And I thought that since I didn’t have dry skin, then I didn’t need moisturizer.

While I was doing my research on the purpose and necessity of moisturizer, I found that there are conflicting views. Some dermatologists claim that moisturizers make your skin less able to hydrate itself or could clog your pores, and suggest using serums instead.

Other folks support the idea that moisturizer is the best way to diminish and prevent wrinkles, and keep flaky skin at bay.

To be honest, I’m still on the fence about using a moisturizer. I use this moisturizer about 2-3 times a week, usually if I’m not going to be wearing makeup and I notice that my skin is looking a little dull.

Does my skin need it? No, probably not since I don’t have dry skin. But I do like having a moisturizer in my rotation, because sometimes my skin can be unpredictable.

 

Foxbrim Makeup Remover and Face Oil

Foxbrim makeup remover and face oil natural skin care

On the days that I wear makeup, I’ve started using Foxbrim’s Makeup Remover in place of washing my face with my usual face scrub (so messy!) or using makeup remover wipes (so drying!). It takes off my eyeliner, mascara and foundation so easily without drying my skin and making it tight. It actually does the opposite because it has has organic oils like grapeseed, avocado, macadamia and jojoba which hydrate the skin and penetrate blocked pores caused by the use of makeup.

Since I don’t wear makeup very often, I’ve only been using the Foxbrim face oil about 2-3 days a week. I use on alternating days from the moisturizer. I actually like the way the oil feels on my skin better than the moisturizer, so I may end up replacing it with this full time, or try one of the 100% pure organic oils (neem, rosehip or jojoba). So stay tuned on that.

By the way, if you want to try any of Foxbrim’s 100% natural products, use my code NaturallyMermaid15 (affiliate link) to get 15% off  any and all Foxbrim products.

 

 ELZY Skin Labs Dead Sea Mud Mask

Elzy Skin Labs dead sea mud mask natural skin care

 

I first used a dead sea mud product, again, when I was in high school. (Am I the only one noticing a trend?) I bought it at a mall kiosk, after being stopped by the sales guy to do a sample.

It wasn’t a mud mask as much as a scrubby face wash, and I loved it. It made my skin so smooth and clear.  Unfortunately, when I wanted to buy more, the kiosk was no longer there. This was before the days when you could order any and everything online, so after checking a few more times, I forgot about it.

Recently I was contacted by Elzy Skin Labs to do a review of the dead sea mud mask. I felt like I was in high school again.; this stuff worked exactly how I remembered. It smoothed, brightened and evened my skin.

The Elzy mud mask is made with 100% natural ingredients, including shea butter, aloe vera juice, and jojoba oil as additives to the main ingredients of deionized water and dead sea mud.

I want to use it every day, but I stick to about once a week to week and a half.

natural skin care products routine

Those are all of the products that are currently in my weekly skin care routine. As I try new products, I’ll be sure to post an updated list. I’m always looking for new natural and organic skin care products to try, plus I want to check out some of Foxbrim’s other products.

If you all have tried any of the natural skin care products that I mentioned above, I’d love to hear your opinion. Do you have any suggestions on other products I should try? I’m interested in knowing what natural skin care products you all use. Let me know in the comments!

 

Ciao!

 

 

(Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post.)

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