We live in the age of information. As more information becomes available, consumers become more discerning about ingredients and the products they put on their skin. This is why many have made the switch to more natural, skin-friendly beauty products. If you are also thinking of starting a natural skincare routine but don’t know where to start, here are a few tips:
One at a Time
As with any change, it’s always best to start slowly. Replacing all your skincare products at once could overwhelm your skin and cause irritation or breakouts. Instead, introduce new products one at a time, giving your skin enough time to adjust. It’s also a good idea to buy products from the same line, as they tend to be more compatible with each other. Brands like Well Within Beauty offer complete lines of high-quality, well-formulated organic beauty products to meet all your needs.
Start by replacing your cleansing products. Well Within Beauty makes a wonderful natural makeup remover that features plant oils and botanical ingredients to gently yet effectively remove sunscreen and makeup. Then choose a gentle and pH-balanced second cleanser to wash off any residue. A good cleanser should not contain harsh ingredients like sulfates, and should leave your skin feeling clean, yet soft and nourished, not squeaky clean.
A solid moisturizer is a must-have in any skincare regimen, whether you have dry, oily or combination skin. Fortunately, many natural and plant-based ingredients make fantastic hydrators, safely yet effectively restoring moisture to your skin. These include aloe vera extract, shea butter, avocado oil, olive oil, honey and green tea extract.
Not all organic moisturizers are made equal; some feature richer formulas with heavier oils, while others are more lightweight and better suited to oily skin types. Choose a moisturizer that is best suited to your skin type, and look for antioxidant-rich ingredients to help your skin cells fight against harmful free radicals in the environment.
Choosing the Right Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine. Years ago, most sunscreens were unbearably thick and heavy, uncomfortable on the skin and creating an unflattering white cast. Thanks to advances in science and the beauty industry, we now have plenty of different formulations available, both chemical and organic, that feel lightweight and do not give off a strong white cast. Look for a sunscreen with zinc and/or titanium dioxide, which are the only two natural ingredients that can protect your skin from the sun, and choose one with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.
Choose Your Tools
If you’re serious about switching to an all-natural skincare routine, you should also take your beauty tools into consideration. Replace your synthetic shower puff or washcloth with a natural loofah or konjac sponge. The former is made from a gourd in the cucumber family, while the latter is a great way to gently exfoliate if you have sensitive skin, and it is relatively inexpensive and completely biodegradable.
Keep your switch to natural skincare simple and stress-free. Don’t overwhelm or confuse yourself by trying to change your entire routine in one go; start with baby steps and make small, easy changes. This will help make your routine more sustainable so you will be more likely to stick to it.