A good skincare routine is the foundation of beautiful looking skin.
I’m no stranger to problematic skin. From random breakouts to dryness, I’ve had it all, so I understand the need to look towards naturally-derived skincare alternatives. The harsh chemicals found in traditional skincare products can affect everyone differently and can sometimes do more harm than good.
As we learn more about our skin and some of the amazing ingredients found in nature, natural and organic beauty products are becoming more and more popular and not only for those cursed blessed with sensitive skin.
If you’re looking to shake up your beauty routine and ditch the chemicals, here are my favourite natural beauty products that totally changed my skincare routine and my skin.
Coconut oil is your skin’s new best friend. It’s the best beauty all-rounder and not only moisturises but removes makeup and cleanses your skin too. As a moisturiser, coconut oil can be used all over the body, but keep it away from your face if you’re acne prone as it’s very high in saturated fat.
Coconut oil is one of the best moisturisers that money can buy. Why? The fatty acids in the oil lock water and moisture into your skin for days so that you stay hydrated for longer. Plus, oil molecules are smaller than the ones found in your traditional moisturisers, meaning that coconut oil can penetrate your skin and moisturise at a deeper level.
This miracle oil can also be used as a makeup remover. No matter how waterproof your mascara is I can assure you that a good dose of coconut oil will be enough to make it budge. Afterall, oil is one of the key ingredients in many of the makeup removers you’re currently using. Oil does an amazing job of dissolving makeup, just make sure you clean your skin properly after you’re done, as coconut oil can lead to breakouts if you already have acne-prone skin.
Weleda skin food
Another amazing all-rounder, Weleda skin food is an incredibly nourishing and moisturising skin product perfect for those whose skin needs a little extra helping hand during the cooler and drier months. This hydrating cream is made with a range of healing plant and herb extracts that help heal and soothe the skin. For example, sunflower seed oil, which is a proven anti-inflammatory and helps reduce dermatitis, and rosemary leaf extract, which has powerful antibacterial properties that help to fight the causes of conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It’s my go-to moisturiser for winter when I need a product that’s extra nourishing and it doesn’t build up and clog my pores either, making it great for everyday use.
Hurraw! lip balm
These lip balms are amazing in every way, from their oval packaging to their luscious formula and sweet scent. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect lip balm for a while now and these Hurraw! lip balms come very close to perfection. They’re not too greasy or glossy and they stay put for a long time. These lip balms are made using a mixture of oils such as sweet almond and argan, which are renowned for being incredibly nourishing and rich in vitamin E. There are a range of flavours to try and they all smell good enough to eat. It’s hard not to go out and buy the whole range!
Rosehip oil is probably my favourite natural beauty product and there’s a very good reason why. The only ingredient in skincare that has actually been proven to reverse ageing is Retin A (there are probably others but research is limited), which is a form of vitamin A.
What sets rosehip oil apart from other face oils is its concentration of provitamin A (beta-carotene) and tretinoin, both vitamin A derivatives. Yep, rosehip oil is naturally jam packed full of the ingredients proven to reverse ageing. Two of my favourite brands that offer certified organic rosehip oil are Trilogy and Sukin, which each sell it for less than $20 per bottle.
Micellar water can be used as a makeup remover and a gentle cleanser. It’s full of micelles, particles that attract fats, dirt and oils. The micelles pull makeup and dirt from your skin, cleansing it without the need for soap.
Micellar water won’t strip the natural oils and moisture from your face, it only takes the dirt and makeup. It even works on tough makeup such as waterproof mascara, you might just need to use a bit more product. This is the perfect solution for those who find chemical-based cleansers and washes too harsh for their skin. It doesn’t dry your skin and it doesn’t contain any harsh nasties. My favourite micellar water is Swisse’s Micellar Makeup Remover, which is around $11 for a 300mL bottle.
Despite the sudden popularity of charcoal masks, this method of toxin absorption is not new. In fact, activated charcoal has been used in hospitals for a number of years to treat those who have ingested poisonous substances. Activated charcoal acts like a magnet for toxins, so when it’s used on the skin it attracts the dirt and impurities hiding beneath and draws them to the surface. The result? Fresher and cleaner skin. Although those activated charcoal masks are oddly satisfying, you don’t need to use a mask to reap the benefits of this amazing natural product. A simple activated charcoal bar soap does wonders for keeping breakouts at bay and clearing away dirt and non-essential oils.