Beauty blogging whaatt?! Yaasss. Can y’all tell I’m excited to share some beauty stuff? It’s been awhile and I have sooo much to talk about when it comes to my first love. Seriously. I have a notebook full of blog post topics so you know that it’s real. I almost didn’t know where to start but after a few deep breaths and a quick peek at my stash, I decided skin care was the way to go. Skin care is really the foundation to beauty so if anyone is thinking about switching to natural beauty or even just adding more natural based products into their life, skin care is the place to start.
While the type of beauty products I love and use may have changed a bit, what hasn’t changed is that I still am a low maintenance girl when it comes to my makeup, hair, and skin. My natural skin care routine is no different. One day, I’ll become one of those fancy skin care people that has a million and one steps in their routine but until that day…this is me.
My Natural Skin Care Routine
I start by cleansing my skin with the Acure Facial Cleansing Gel. I discovered this brand during a trip to Target in which I absolutely shouldn’t have been in the natural beauty section but I was. I picked up a few sample sizes of the Acure cleansers (like pictured) so I could try them out and have been loving this one. I purchased the full size, but the sample sizes cost about $3 so you could go grab a few and try them out as well. The Acure Facial Cleansing Gel has superfruit + chlorella and is for people with combo to oily skin types–although, I have been dealing with some forehead dryness that is irritating my life, but that’s another story for another day. I use this cleanser twice a day, though at night, I usually use the Simple Cleansing Wipes to remove any makeup before cleansing.
A couple times a week I exfoliate my skin. Can I talk to y’all real quick about how exfoliating can really change your skin’s life when you do it right. As a beauty writer, I know that I’m supposed to exfoliate for glorious, glowing, gorgeous skin but…welp…I’m late. I am LOVING this Vanilla Bean Latte exfoliating scrub from Buff Her. I simply add a little to my cleanser and wash as normal. It’s super gentle and leaves my skin feeling soft after I’m done. This particular scrub is for people with combo to oily skin types but they have other versions as well. I might do a whole review on this one because I love it that much.
And finally, when I’m done cleansing and exfoliating I follow up with my favorite toner, the Refresh Rosewater Mist from Belle Marron. I’ve always had a love hate relationship with toners for some reason. Since before I made the decision to switch over to a natural skin care routine. Either they would be too strong and irritate my skin or they would work for awhile and then they’d…start to irritate my skin. I almost gave up until I learned about the astringent properties of rosewater and how it can be used as a toner. At Belle Marron we use an 100% organic hydrasol for our Refresh Rosewater mist and it’s hands down the only toner I use!
I definitely have a few other deets to share about my natural skin care routine including some oils I love, my favorite moisturizer, and a few masks that I incorporate on an as needed basis but this is a great start for those who are interested in natural skin care. I’ll cover more in a later post.
*Reminder! I’m co-hosting a green beauty and natural hair Twitter chat on March 1st at 7:30pm EST. Follow me @tyshia_shante and join us using #cluelessbeauty!