Lavender, Self care

Spring Clean: 5 Steps to a Fresh and Natural Skincare Routine

Spring is finally here! And with spring comes change and transformation. When you prep for the summer season, one thing that helps with flawless makeup application is having a smooth, even toned complexion, especially when you have to deal with unwanted breakouts, discoloration or aging skin.
Sweat and humidity are known for clogging the pores and leads to more acne when the surface is clogged with dirt, oil and makeup residue.
The skin surface is the largest organ (98% of our body is made up of skin) and should be handled with care. It is also the most delicate.
Here are five (5) easy steps to natural, healthy skin.
Facial Brush
Cleanse Daily

Cleansing the face and body is the most important step in your regimen. Your facial cleanser should be the right match for your skin type (oily, dry or combination). Sticking to a daily regimen provides a base for your skin to excrete all dirt, oil, makeup and pollutants from the environment.
Finding a daily cleanser that provides moisture without stripping the skin of its natural oils and preferably provides a PH-balance would be ideal.
One to try is the Bronner Brothers Soap which is a natural way to cleanse the face as well as the body. It has a thick, rich lather without stripping the skin of its natural oils. It leaves the skin feeling extremely clean. The best thing about it is that it’s all organic yet inexpensive. It comes in liquid or a bar.
There are several fragrances to choose from which includes citrus, almond, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, rose, unscented (used for babies). You can read the detailed review here.
Exfoliate Regularly

You may also want to incorporate a great exfoliator or scrub in your regimen to eliminate old skin cells which help to brighten and smooth the skin’s surface.

One to try is using a few teaspoons of brown sugar or white granulated sugar and honey. Depending on your skin, you may need to exfoliate three (3) times or less per week or at least once per week.
Be Toner Ready
A great natural toner for your skin would be rosewater or lavender water with a few drops of Vitamin E which works like a charm as a facial toner. It is a great refresher in the warmer months and clarifies the skin and aids with eliminating discolorations with regular use. You can either purchase an atomizer or just dab a few drops on a cotton ball. It smells so good! Ahhh, so fresh and so clean!

Mask to Unmask Beauty

A facial mask helps tighten the pores and provides elasticity to the skin. There are so many different types of masks for different needs on the market but one to try would simply be egg whites. Just crack one egg and separate the yolk.

Use the egg white with a facial brush to brush onto the face. It can be quite messy but you will be pleased with the final results.
As the egg white hardens, you will feel your face tighten. Try not to place the egg whites around your eyes as this is a delicate area of the face. Simply wash off. Over time your skin will look vibrant and youthful.

Charcoal masks are very popular too. So, you can shop a variety of brands at your local drugstore.

Moisturizing is a Must
I would recommend using a moisturizer that is dermatologist recommended. One thing that I’ve been using which has been transformed the texture of my skin is almond oil. It tends to penetrate into the skin’s surface once applied and does not leave an oily residue especially if you have dry skin.
When you first apply, it may feel oily but it slowly absorbs into the skin. It is light moisturizer which helps improve discolorations and scars over time with consistent use. It is also great to use after a shower or bath to lock in moisture.

I prefer using the almond oil at night to avoid producing oil on my face during the day but I have used the oil under my makeup during cooler days and I didn’t have any issues with shine or greasiness (but it all depends on your skin type).

Vitamin E, almond and coconut oil tends to absorb into the skin very easily. It’s all according to your preference and skin type. There are so many organic moisturizers to try.

There are many healing elements with natural based products. Just make sure you choose one based according to your skin type and you may also want to do a patch test just in case you are allergic to some of the organic ingredients.

Bonus Tips

Lastly, two more bonuses in preparing for the journey to natural skincare includes drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep. These two preventative measures will aid in rebuilding your cells and ensuring proper organ function. They go hand in hand to better overall health. Getting the proper amount of rest also helps reduce stress levels.

If you stick to these healthy habits, you are bound to see results. What better time to prep for summer, than now?

What beauty tips do you use on a regular basis? Share your ideas. Drop your comments, suggestions or advice below.

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