Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine
If you're like me, when the weather starts to change you re-evaluate your skin care routine. I've come across some new products I really like that are perfect for spring and that I want to share with you. First, I'll say that these products work well with the hot mess that is my sensitive, blemish prone, combo skin. Even if that doesn't describe you (lucky!), most of these products will work for most skin types. You can also check out the other products these clean brands have to offer and find ones that are right for you.
After I read this post on Ecocult, I got my own Konjac sponge on the double. I like this one from Binchotan. Made from Binchotan charcoal and the roots of a vegetable fiber called Konjac, it works to gently exfoliate, cleanse, moisturize, and balance the skin's pH level. It's a very gentle but effective exfoliation which is perfect for my sensitive skin.
This boscia Luminizing Black Mask is one of the few products I have that has ingredients I can't pronounce in it. It's not listed in the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database, so went through each ingredient to check the toxicity. The only ingredient that gets a score out of the green zone is Polysorbate 20 with a 3 rating, so the overall score would be low if it were listed.
Being that I have sensitive skin, I would not think that this would be a good product for me. There's a lot of whining in the Sephora reviews about the pain of pulling it off (it's a peel-off type of mask). Truth: it does hurt and causes my face to turn healthy shade of pink, but it also pulls gunk out of my pores the way those BS Biore strips were always supposed to. The redness goes away (I only do this one at night) and I'm left with less congested skin. Be warned that it is a painful few minutes before that pay-off though.
I've talked about my oil cleansing method before, but I've recently added a new oil into the mix: sandalwood. Sandalwood is known as a centering, soothing, and sensual oil in Ayurvedic traditions. It's a non-irritating oil, but should be diluted before using it on your skin — the one I bought is already diluted in jojoba oil. I add a few drops to almond oil and the requisite castor oil for my oil cleansing routine. Sandalwood oil is meant to help with problem skin and to soften scars and wrinkles.
Many acne products are incredibly harsh and only lead to more irritation. Pink Madison's Willow Bark Serum uses botanicals and extracts rather than harsh chemicals. The star of this product is willow bark extract which contains salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that helps skin shed dead cells and clear pores. Applied topically, willow bark has astringent, anti-inflammatory, and conditioning properties. This product is for the long haul because rather than over drying your problem skin it will bring down inflammation and slowly slough skin cells for less congested skin over time. Use this skin-saver all over or as a spot treatment. Be sure to use sunscreen when using products that contain salicylic acid as it can increase skin's sensitivity to the sun.
Why oh why have I ignored the benefits of rosewater for so long?! First of all, it smells so divine that it's just a pleasure to use. Second, it helps with my irritation and redness. I bought some plain old rosewater at the health food store, but when I saw this John Masters Organics Rose & Aloe Hydrating Toning Mist I had to try it. It lightly hydrates (perfect for warmer weather) with rose flower extract and aloe and calms irritation and tones at the same time. I love everything about this product!
I must know your favorite clean beauty products for warmer weather! Tell me in the comments.
I was gifted the Pink Madison Willow Bark Serum. This post also contains affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you buy anything through the link (it doesn't change the amount you pay). I only include brands that I believe in, that I would use myself, or think might be of interest to you.