As I’ve gotten older, my skin has gotten more sensitive. Basic over-the-counter skincare products have really irritated my skin. I’m not exactly an “all-natural, organic” kind of girl, but I’m not a huge fan of all the synthetic ingredients in most products.
This is my basic regimen. I’ve used most of these products for a while now and haven’t had any major problems. They are more affordable than many name brands and they have better ingredient lists. For those of you wanting a more natural skincare regimen, I would definitely recommend these items. (Note: My skin is normal-to-dry, so these products may not favor more oily skin types).
- WASH. I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap. I pour some into a little spray bottle with water (I originally did a 1:1 ratio, but I kind of like 1:2 ratio of soap:water). I spray it into my hands and wash my dampened face. I takes off makeup without a problem and like its name, it’s really mild. They have other scents, but I like the non-scented one. This soap is also awesome for baby wash (I also dilute it). It costs about $10 for 16oz.
- TONE. I never used toner until the past year. I originally read that rose flower water was good for your skin and I came across Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner. This stuff makes your skin feel really fresh. I use it after washing my face with a cotton ball. It costs less than $10 for 12oz.
- MOISTURIZE. Finding a moisturizer that didn’t irritate my skin was hard. Finally, I found Andalou Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Facial Lotion with SPF 18. I don’t necessarily buy into their “fruit stem cell science,” but I do like the product because it isn’t oily or too heavy. It costs less than $15 for 2.7oz (I get mine at Whole Foods).
- FOUNDATION + CONCEALER. This is the most recent brand I’ve tried and I’m really happy with it. It’s Gabriel Moisturizing Liquid Foundation with SPF 18. My number one complaint with foundation is that it is usually oil-free, thus it makes my face gross and dry. Plus I don’t like the scary long ingredient lists. This foundation looks really natural on me and the pale ivory color is the best match I’ve seen. It has a bunch of healthy oils in it to keep skin nourished too. I use a damp makeup sponge to apply mine. The foundation is $28 for 1oz and the concealer is $15 for .3oz (I get mine at Whole Foods).
- POWDER. My setting powder is by far the most natural… I use arrowroot powder. It actually does a really great job smoothing pores and fine lines under the eyes. It functions the same as a translucent powder. I just use a powder brush immediately after applying my foundation. If you add too much you can look a little powdery, but you can just brush it off. I got a pound of arrowroot powder from Mountain Rose Herbs for about $6 (which will last forever!)