I’m somewhat of a self-professed skincare addict, with an overflowing cabinet to prove it. After a long battle with breakouts and sensitive skin, I decided to trade my luxury brands for an organic routine. For one week, I tried an organic skincare routine and it actually changed my skin. All the products are cruelty-free, safe for sensitive skin, and under 50 dollars!
Superfood Cleanser – Youth To The People.
Truthfully, my diet contains zero “super-foods” but I’m happy to say my cleanser does. This face wash contains kale, green tea, spinach, vitamin C, and other cold-pressed antioxidants. I use it morning and night to remove any dirt or pollutants that built up throughout the day. It has a light scent and lathers nicely without stripping my skin. It actually cleared my breakout in two days.
Facial Toner – Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel.
Thayer’s witch hazel has become a cult classic, and for a good reason. I use the rose petal and aloe formula, but the cucumber and lavender versions are equally nice. Historically toners have been entirely too harsh for my skin but witch hazel is alcohol-free and completely organic. Directly after cleansing, I spray the toner all over. It closes up my pores, and leaves me with a dewy finish. Witch hazel has even been proven to reduce dark marks, and stimulate collagen production.
My entire life I’ve had combination skin – oily in my t-zone, and dry everywhere else. After switching to organic aloe, I’ve said goodbye to that issue. Previously I tried using different aloe gels but I was always left with clogged pores. Then I tried aloe straight from the source. You can buy aloe leaves from your local grocery store or Whole Foods. I simply cut off a small portion and rub the inside on my face. Surprisingly the plant stays fresh for two weeks wrapped tightly in foil. Rubbing a plant on your face may feel a little unconventional at first, but the results are worth it.
Essential Oil – Desert Essence 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil.
Organic tea tree oil has become the most important aspect of my new routine. Admittedly, the first time I tried to use it I practically gave myself first degree facial burns. Apparently, I didn’t read the “must dilute” directions. Used correctly it’s become my go-to product for healing breakouts. I dilute one or two drops in the aloe before applying to my skin. It leaves me with a tingly, clean feeling, without over-drying.
Facial Oil – Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil.
My entire life I’ve been warned to stay far away from oil – oil equals breakouts right? Actually, that’s not entirely true. With a lot of hesitation, I tried Drunk Elephant’s organic marula oil and the results were amazing. This oil saved my dehydrated and dull winter skin. I put two drops in my hands and rub them together to disperse the product. Gently press the oil into the skin with your fingertips – don’t rub it in like moisturizer. Afterwards, my skin looks rested and youthful.
After a week I’m now a firm believer in organic skincare routines. I’ve seen less breakouts, more hydration, and reduced sensitivity from these products. I’ve tried everything from 10 step routines to harsh prescriptions – rationalizing every insane price tag along the way. Somehow these natural, inexpensive products have knocked my luxury brands right off the shelf. My diet still consists of boxed mac & cheese and Taco Bell, but my skincare is clean as hell.