Au-Naturale: My Minimalist Skin Care Routine

 
Au-Naturale: My Minimalist Skin Care Routine

Au-Naturale: My Minimalist Skin Care Routine

This has been a highly requested topic, so today I'm {finally} going to share my daily skincare routine with you!

My philosophy about what we put ON our bodies is paralleled to my beliefs about what we put IN our bodies: the simpler the better. 

How you look on the outside is a direct correlation to how you're treating your body on the inside. Drinking lots of purified water, eating an abundance of fresh fruits and veg, and taking quality vitamins every day has changed the way I look (and feel) dramatically.

And while nutrition can do wonders for giving us that natural "glow", I still felt like the person in the mirror was aging faster than I was. To make matters worse, I struggled with adult acne and had a really hard time getting rid of it.

After consulting with a few different skin experts, I learned that our skin needs the right kind of support to remove dirt and dead cells, to let it “breathe”, and to regenerate effectively, especially as we age (which meant my coconut oil and witch hazel weren't cutting the mustard).

But I was faced with a decision — do I sacrifice my health by applying chemical-ladened products?

the reason for my big dilemma...

Our skin is our largest organ. It 'digests' things that are put onto it. In fact, we absorb 60% of what contacts our skin in just 26 seconds.

Then what happens? Your body does what it can to filter them out through detoxification cycles, and the rest get stored in your cells. In fact, 287 chemical toxins have been detected within the umbilical cord blood of newborns.

If we’re constantly bombarding our skin with questionable ingredients and chemicals, we're not doing it any good - no matter how many promises the product label makes, or what luxury price tag was attached to it.

From eye creams to moisturizers, women, on average, use 16 products containing 168 different ingredients daily. Among them are phthalates, parabens, and fragrance components such as musk xylene.

 
 

Since there are thousands of chemical additives legally available, it’s almost impossible to create a list of all products to avoid. In general, avoid any products with:

  • Parabens
  • Talc
  • Butylated ingredients (BHA)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates or polytetrafluoroeth- ylene (PTFE) [Yes, that’s Teflon]
Chemicals

If you’ve ever wondered if the chemicals in beauty products influence your health, the answer is YES.

Toxic ingredients in beauty products disrupt your hormones and sabotage your health. Your liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, other organs are burdened with processing these harmful ingredients out of your body. Overtime, this can cause serious health implications.

I see this all too often in my work with clients.

For example, I've seen everything from weight gain, acne, fatigue, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, cancer, menopausal symptoms, and reproductive problems all influenced by the chemicals in personal care products.

You can find more comprehensive lists at SafeCosmetics.org and at EWG - Skin Deep, to see what nasties might be lurking in your personal care products.

My skin care routine

The goal of any skin care routine is to clean out pores, revitalize skin cells so they're functioning at their best, and also troubleshoot or target any areas you want to work on.

FOUR STEPS to my skin care regimen:

  1. Cleansing — Washing the surface dirt and oil off my face
  2. Toning — Balancing the pH of my skin and clearing out my pores
  3. Serum  — Renewing cell turnover and boosting collagen production
  4. Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin

These four steps have become my daily ritual to clean and fortify my skin. And WOW, what a difference it has made.

I've noticed the best results when I do this regimen twice daily; when I wake in the morning and again at night before bed. Because the skin is constantly being burdened by environmental factors (and regenerating daily), results are only seen through consistency — like anything regarding your health.

 
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My favorite skin care products

I was over the moon when one of my favorite manufacturers formulated a state of the art nutrient-dense skin care line with the most rigorous ingredient selection process in the industry (with a “never-list” of over 2,500 ingredients!!)

Though, I'll admit, I was skeptical of the claims at first... A blend of nutrients and botanicals that can erase 10 years in 60 days?

Come on.

So I did what I do and I researched the science - down to every raw ingredient. No chemicals, no contaminants; only high-density nutrients that facilitate speedier cell renewal.

No chemicals, no harm, I said. So I decided to give it a shot.

By day 1 my skin looked brighter and felt smoother, but of course the skeptic in me thought this must be placebo or coincidental. By day 3 my pores started to flush out. By day 10 my dark circles and puffy eyes had almost entirely vanished. And within 2 months, well, you tell me.

 
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And now? 

I'm LOVING not needing to wear makeup anymore. I've officially said goodbye to my tried face. #winning!

If you want to give Youth a try for yourself, you can get 15% off the regimen I use by clicking this link.

What are your favorite natural skin care ingredients, products and remedies?

Leave a comment and let me know how you keep your skin healthy!

hugs,

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