Skin Care Essentials

One of my goals for 2017 is to build a solid skincare routine. My skin has always been pretty low maintenece, but now that I'm in my mid-twenties and can definitely tell that it's changing and I want to be more proactive in keeping it healthy.

I feel like I spent a lot of time battling what comes naturally to my skin-- namely the way it releases oils, dirt and toxins. Recently instead of trying to stop or cover up (irritate and clog), I've been learning why my skin does what it does, learning to understand the symptoms and support it better instead of working against it. Because in the end, what we want is happy healthy skin, right?

The starting point for healthy skin is a good diet and getting a good amount of sleep. This reduces toxins your body needs to rid itself of and fuels it in the detoxing and restoring process.

The next big impactor of skin health is the products we put on it! Our skin is our largest organ and the substances it absorbs can enter the bloodstream in less than 30 seconds! I'll talk more about make-up products in another post (link here). Here I'm going to focus on my daily routine. 

There are a lot of products out there to chose from and a lot who boast being natural. I'm going to share with you a couple of products I love and a couple of resources I use to sort through products and understand what ingredient are and how they affect my skin.

Cocokind

Their coconut oil based products are so pure you could eat them! Made with a handful of distinguishable ingredients, certified organic and mostly packaged in glass bottles, my interest was peaked. What sold me was the simple "tutorials" the founder Priscilla Tsai does on their Instagram account. She talks daily about the many ways she uses the products, which is great for me as a skin-care newbie.

I have the Organic Sea Moss Exfoliate, the Turmeric Spot Treatment, and the Organic Facial Repair Serum. 

Next on my list to try from Cocokind is their Rosewater Facial Toner, MyMatcha All-over Moisture Stick, and the Macabeet Tinted Moisture stick

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Urban Oreganics

This company's branding is what originally caught my eye (so clean and focused), but I'll admit that I have a full on love-affair with their Green Tea Facial Cream. It's heaven in a jar! It's refreshingly moisturizing without being too thick or oily. I adore the simple ingredients in their products and they are all handmade! Urban Oreganics has a line of baby skin care products as well!

I have their Rosewater Toner, make-up remover, beet-tinted lip-butter, green tea facial cream, simply coconut cleansing bar, bare cleansing grains, and their organic bamboo reusable facial rounds

Next on my list is the lavender cleansing bar and their brush cleaner.

Resources

Janny over at Janny Organically has written a really great article on "Greenwashing" --a category of ingredients that manufacturers pass off as "natural" when they either aren't natural or the substance is compromises in production. Hop on over and glean from her research, my friends!

The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database has always been a good starting point for me. They rate skin care products for toxicity and quality ingredients. They even break down each one and talk about risk levels on the body so you can make informed decisions on what you buy and put on your skin. They have a mobile app now so you can scan products right there in the store!

Do you have any clean skin care favorites? What is the biggest factor for you in your skin care routine? Let me know in the comments!