My Simplified, Natural Skincare Routine

Skincare — we all know it's important, but if you've ever ventured into the world of skincare research, you probably know that it can get overwhelming and fast

For most of my life I kept things incredibly minimal and simple — face wash, moisturizer, the occasional spot acne treatment, and that was about it. There was a period in there where I used some toner that dried out my face like nobody's business, and let me tell you, that did not last long.

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Beyond the general advice of prevention, prevention, prevention, there are a ton of different recommendations for what to do when it comes to skincare, and I have to say, when I started switching my skincare products to more natural ones, I was extremely overwhelmed.

Not only was all the advice I was getting based largely on your skincare type (and I had no idea what my skincare type was), it also seemed like proper skincare was two things — extremely time consuming and extremely expensive, neither of which was something I was interested in.

My approach to makeup and skincare has always been pretty simple and minimal, mostly because they've never been that high up on the priority list. I used makeup to enhance my features and, if we're being honest, I mostly washed my face because I was supposed to. The last thing I wanted was to make my skincare process more complicated just as I was seeking to simplify other areas of my life.

After a lot of research, including countless articles and videos on YouTube, I finally came up with a skincare routine I love that is simple and easy, but has resulted in my skin being clearer and in better condition than I've seen it in ages.

Now, before we go any further, it is extremely important to note that none of what I'm saying should be taken as legitimate advice on proper skincare or anything like that. I did a lot of reading and research that led me to conclude that, while there are tons of things you can do and products you can buy that will make your skin look absolutely amazing, there are a few main components to a good skincare routine and most of the rest of it is just extra, but I am by no means an expert on any of this stuff. So this is what works for me, but do your own research too.

As an additional note, my skin type is normal to dry with occasional blemish, which means the products I use are specifically designed for that skin type. 

All that said, without further ado, let's introduce you to my simple, natural skincare routine!

STEP ONE: CLEANSING

The first step to pretty much any skincare routine is always going to be your cleanser. At the moment, I use two — one on a daily basis and the other 2-3x a week.

Because I have dry skin, in the morning I simply cleanse my face with water. My daily evening cleanser is none other than organic raw honey. Yes, you read that right. I wash my face with honey.

If you're pretty new to the world of natural beauty, that may seem a little odd and, well, sticky, but it's really not too bad. Organic raw honey is naturally antibacterial, which helps with acne, and is also naturally anti-inflammatory, which helps with redness. It also has a thicker, more paste-like consistency than pasteurized honey, and works as a minor natural exfoliant as well.

Each night, I scoop a small amount onto my fingers, rub it all over my face, then allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes, during which I usually brush my teeth and take care of a couple other random things like filling up my water cup and prepping other things for bed before rinsing it off.

Two to three times a week, I do a double cleanse and follow the honey with Apoterra Skincare's Pumpkin + Wild Carrot Complexion Soap

For most of my life since adolescence, I've had pretty consistent issues with blemishes, but since switching to this cleansing routine, I hardly ever get them anymore.

STEP TWO: HYDRATION

Following the cleanse (or double cleanse, depending on the day), I move onto the hydration step, which involves Apoterra Skincare's Rose Hydrating Toner, which is specifically designed for dry skin types. 

I put three sprays onto a cotton ball and rub it all over my face. Unlike the cleansing step, I use my toner (and moisturizer) in both the morning and evening.

STEP THREE: MOISTURIZING

Following cleansing and hydration, is the final step — moisturizing, for which I use Apoterra Skincare's Simple Facial Oil.

Both morning and evening, I place three drops onto my fingers and apply that to the lower portion of my face, followed with one additional drop that I apply to my forehead and t-zone.

BONUS STEP: SPOT TREATMENTS

Depending on the day, I will use essential oils for additional spot treatments.

Lavender essential oil is wonderful for treating blemishes (and bug bites), so I will apply that if I have a blemish, and Frankincense essential oil is wonderful for overall skin health, so a couple days each week I will apply a drop or two all over my face.

Whenever these bonus steps happen, I do them after hydration and before moisturizing.

WHAT ABOUT SUNSCREEN?

Now you're probably wondering where sunscreen falls into the mix, especially since I'm currently living in Florida.

At the moment, I'm still on the hunt for a natural sunscreen I absolutely love. Ideally, I'll soon find a foundation that has some SPF in it, but since I don't use foundation every single day, I'm also on the hunt for a lightweight, natural sunscreen I can apply during that bonus step in between hydration and moisturizing.

As with most things, my skincare routine is ever evolving and in the next several months, I will likely include some additional weekly or monthly treatments like masks, balms, or steams to take better care of my skin.

It may seem counterintuitive to add things to a routine that has always been a very simple one, but that's one of the wonderful benefits of simplifying the rest of my life — by clearing out the unnecessary clutter from other areas, I'm able to spend a bit more time focusing on some of those areas of self-care that are so easy to neglect when life gets crazy and busy.

What are some ways you've simplified your own skincare routine — be it the routine itself or the products you use? I would love to hear and if you have recommendations on favorite natural skincare products — especially natural sunscreens — send them my way!