I thought I’d share my natural skincare routine with you today as I’m always curious what products other people use and swear by, so I thought you might appreciate a peak into my routine. I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to my skin – I don’t wear a lot of makeup or use a lot of beauty products – but as I get older I’ve started to pay a little bit more attention to it.
I used to use a variety of products on my face, such as cleaners, toners and exfoliators, but now I just use a standard bar of soap and a flannel. Not only is it budget and environmentally friendly but it’s brilliant on my skin. I just wet my face, apply some soap and wipe in circular motions with a warm wet flannel, before giving my face a good rinse. It cleans and removes makeup without dryness, and gently exfoliates my face without the need for a myriad of products or plastics. I’m working through an old supply of regular soap but this post outlines some good natural soaps that I plan on trying soon.
Natural Moisturiser – Day
A trap I used to fall into was using a day moisturiser with SPF. I assumed moisturisers with SPF were good for my skin, but last year I discovered that many day moisturisers with SPF only offer UVA protection, rather than both full spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Green People sent me their Green People Day Solution Cream SPF15* (£15.99) to try, which delivers both UVA and UVB protection.
It’s a lovely natural moisturiser, that’s paraben free, as well as being free of other nasties such as petrochemicals, phthalates and colourants. It’s light and non-greasy and easy to rub in, so no danger of a white tint to your face or being left with an oily face! It’s got a fresh and pleasant light scent too, so ticks all my boxes. On sunny days when I’m out and about I’ll top this up every couple of hours.
My only gripe is that I don’t find it moisturises my dry-ish skin quite enough, so after letting the SPF sink in I use Laidbare Working 9-5 Anti-Ageing Hydration Cream* on top for a moisturising and anti-wrinkle boost. It’s £7.99 from Holland & Barrett but is currently available on a buy one get another product half price promotion!
Even though it’s on the very cheap end of the scale as far as anti-ageing products go, I don’t think there’s any compromise on quality. It’s packed full of natural ingredients,and doesn’t leave my skin oily or sticky. It doesn’t have an overpowering smell and leaves my skin soft and moisturised. I really like this stuff.
Natural Moisturiser – Night
Weleda Skin Food £9.95 from Weleda is my go-to for most dry skin issues. It can be a bit too heavy and oily as a facial moisturiser during the day, but I find it makes an excellent night cream. It does have quite a pungent herbal aroma, which some people love or hate, but I find it quite pleasant. It moisturises my skin while I sleep, and doubles as a hand cream, elbow cream, foot cream, and everywhere else cream! I did a full Weleda Skin Food review right back at the start of Moral Fibres – I’m a long time fan!
In the summer when I’m out and about I keep a tube of sunscreen in my bag. Green People sent me their Green People SPF 15 Sunscreen* (£12.99), to try, which I love. Made with 82.2% certified organically grown ingredients, and free of nasties, Green People is one of my favourite brands of eco-friendly sunscreen. Unlike traditional types of natural sunscreen, it’s light and non-greasy and doesn’t leave a thick white layer behind on your skin. SPF15 is fine as long as you reapply every couple of hours, which is what you should be doing, even with higher SPFs.
I also like Jason Sunscreen SPF45* (£11.99 from Holland & Barrett, but also available on their buy one get one half price promotion), and keep it in my bag for use on the whole family. It’s paraben free and SLS free, and again I find it rubs in really well, without being overly thick or greasy.
So, that’s my natural skincare routine. What about you? Are there any products you love or swear by? Or do you make your own natural skincare products?
* Denotes an affiliate link. Please see my disclosure policy for more information. Green People also sent me the moisturiser and sunscreen to review – as always you’ve got my honest opinion.
The main image is by the very talented Benjamin Bullins – don’t you just love the idea of recycling an old bike in this manner? All other images are my own.