During the winter season your skin deserves some extra care and attention. As a natural beauty enthusiast, I’m sharing my quick 3-step face routine with you, using all clean beauty products. This routine is perfect to protect your skin during winter times.
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Winter is coming, but take one step outside and you might think it’s already in full swing. The sudden drop in temperature, the harsh wind against your skin, your toes turning into ice cubes in your shoes and your fingertips struggling to swipe.
As much as you may pile on the layers and cover your skin with hats, scarves and gloves, your skin will still feel the effects of winter.
In my bathroom homemade beauty products and store-bought skincare sit happily next to each other on my shelf. And when I’m sourcing new skincare items, you’ll always see me shopping in the clean beauty section.
But what is Clean Beauty?
The term seems pretty self-explanatory. Clean Beauty is Beauty that is Clean. But what does that mean exactly, ‘Clean’ ?
What are Clean Beauty Products?
There’s still no official definition of ‘clean beauty’ to be found in the Oxford Dictionary. The term is used by brands to indicate a number of attributes, such as environmental-friendly packaging, all-natural, organic ingredients or cruelty-free certification.
So green beauty, organic skincare, cruelty-free makeup and non-toxic skin products can all be considered as clean beauty. But when you buy a clean beauty product it doesn’t mean the product is all of the above.
Since Clean Beauty can mean just about anything, you might ask yourself, is buying Clean Beauty brands worth it?
Why choose Clean Beauty?
In a time where brands want to impress you with how ‘clean’ their products are, you can really ask yourself: What’s important to me?
Clean Beauty can be whatever you want it to be. If a product is labelled as ‘clean beauty’, or one of its many synonyms, you know it’s doing ‘something’ right. (Considering they’re not green washing, but that’s a whole different topic).
Is low waste packaging important to you? Do you prefer a brand that excludes ingredients x, y and z? Should the production process be as environmental-friendly as possible?
I started my natural skincare journey to treat my eczema-prone skin and to find allergy-free alternatives. That’s why I look for products that ‘keep it simple’.
- a short, transparent ingredient list
- no unnecessary additives, like fragrances and colorants
- not tested on animals
Everything else is a bonus. If I’m deciding between two products and one of them comes in low waste packaging or the brand gives back doing charity work, than that product will likely end up in my shopping cart.
3-Step Facial Skincare Routine
I like my beauty products plain and simple, literally. And the same goes for my skincare routine. As a matter of fact, I think you’ll be surprised to see just how ‘basic’ my daily routine is.
I find that if you ‘help’ and ‘guide’ your skin, as opposed to throwing a bunch of stuff at it, it will keep itself balanced and happy.
Step 1: First Cleanse with Micellar Water
- Why? To remove makeup and general dirt
- When? Every day, AM and PM
- How? Saturate a cotton pad and wipe your face and neck
The 2-step cleanse has gained popularity over the last years. With this method you usually use 2 different types of cleansers, for example a water-based and an oil-based cleanser.
I use the first cleanse to remove makeup or just general dust and dirt from my skin.
If I’m wearing a lot, or waterproof, makeup I like to take most of it off with reusable microfiber wipes first.
Every morning and evening I cleanse my face with micellar water as part of my skincare routine.
To gently cleanse my face clean I’ll use a cotton pad (check out this reusable makeup pads tutorial to make your own) soaked with micellar water.
It’s no secret I love micellar water. Currently I’m using the Quick Clean Micellar Water from MyChelle Dermaceuticals. It’s basically water with cleansing super powers. It’s a very quick and effective way to cleanse your skin, without having to rinse off any product.
Step 2: Second Cleanse with Cream Cleanser
- Why? For a more thorough cleanse
- When? Once a week, AM or PM
- How? Gently massage onto wet skin, rinse off
When I feel my skin can use a little extra, I’ll use a cream-based cleanser, like the Acure Soothing Cleansing Cream.
Vegan brand Acure steers clear of sulfates, formaldehyde, parabens, paraffin and mineral oil.
As winter skin is very delicate, I’ll use this cream cleanser instead of a scrub. It’s targeted to sensitive skin types, but in my opinion everyone who finds they have a skin issue has sensitive skin.
Use your cleanser after you’ve removed your makeup (that’s where step 1 comes in).
Step 3: Hydrate & Moisturize
- Why? To re-hydrate and nourish your skin
- When? Every day, AM and PM
- How? Gently massage onto clean face and neck
Now that our skin is soft and clean it’s time to give our face a moisturizing boost.
I’m talking about moisturizers of course, and more on that later, but don’t forget to moisturize your eye area and lips too!
Lip products are the number one cause of making my eczema flare up. And I’m happy to report that this crème brûlée scented organic lip balm from Sierra Bees has not broken me out!
This organic lip balm brand keeps it simple, with only a few base ingredients. One of which is beeswax, so this is not suitable for vegans.
Its ingredients list is very similar to what you’d use to make your own lip balm at home. This is a nice alternative if you’re not up for a DIY, and it also comes in tons of flavors.
To give my under-eye area a moisturizing boost I use the Rejuvenating Eye Cream from Acure. I like to use this in the mornings, under or instead of my concealer.
Depending on the time of day and how my skin is feeling I’ll use different moisturizing products.
Option 1: Tinted Moisturizer with SPF
If I’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, I’ll opt for a moisturizer with SPF. Even though it’s winter, there’s still sun.
This CC Cream from Andalou Naturals not only contains SPF 30, it also has a correcting tint and a delicious rose scent. Andalou Naturals also prides itself in using natural ingredients wherever possible.
Option 2: A moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid might sounds scary, but it occurs naturally in the human body. This ingredient has the ability to make dry and damaged skin look fuller and plumper.
I like to mix a dollop of this moisturizer from Mild by Nature with my CC Cream in the morning, to make a custom lighter color for my super pale winter skin.
In the evening I like to use it alone as an overnight cream.
Option 3: A Facial Serum
A serum can be used on its own, or in combination with a moisturizer. I’ve recently started using products with retinol and I’m loving this Vitamin A Serum from Azelique.
There’s a lot of debate about vitamin A as a skincare ingredient, also known as retinol. Although it’s approved for cosmetic use, and considered a miracle product by some, it seems that research is still on-going and sometimes contradictory.
For now, I use this vitamin A serum once or twice away, as part of my evening routine. When I feel my skin can use an extra moisturizing boost, I’ll use my Green Tea moisturizer with it.
If you’re looking for a different type of serum, Azelique has plenty more!
Body Skincare Routine for Dry Winter Skin
Exfoliate with Dry Body Brushing
If you haven’t tried dry body brushing before, you’re missing out.
It’s a very affordable and effective way to stimulate your blood circulation and buff away dead skin cells.
EcoTools for example has a set of 2 dry body brushes. If you take good care of your brushes they will last you a very long time.
I like to use this before I shower. Start at your feet and brush in upward strokes towards your heart. Finish with your shoulders and your neck.
The best thing about dry body brushing is that it makes you feel refreshed and warms your skin.
Moisturize with a Body Balm
The skin on my arms and legs gets super dry during the Winter time. Times like these call for a rich, moisturizing body balm.
In the Clean Beauty Category I like this Lavender Body Butter from Mild by Nature.
Since these body balms take some time to absorb into the skin I like to use them in the evening, before I go to bed.
By the next morning, the moisturizing balm will have soaked into your skin.
Where to Buy Clean Beauty Products
You can find a great selection of clean beauty brands in online stores, such as iHerb. Here you can take your time to read the reviews and go over the ingredient lists. So you can make the best choice for your skin’s specific needs.
Since green and clean beauty products are such a trend right now, the choice can feel very overwhelming when you walk into a store. Different brands will try to lure you into buying their products with clever packaging designs and bold claims.
iHerb sells over 30 000 natural products. Another plus for me is that they ship to over 150 countries, including mine. The products arrived incredibly fast and in tip top shape. It’s also reassuring to know that they provide 24/7 customer service in 10 languages.
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