Want fresher, younger looking skin? Then it’s time to revitalize or build an all natural skin care routine with an order that works.
Naturally derived skincare involves using naturally occurring ingredients to care for one’s skin, proven to be considerably more beneficial and contributing to your general health and wellbeing.
The best natural skincare routine will comprise of several elements that best suit your skin type. It should consist of regular steps including a cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream and moisturizer. If you want to optimise your routine further, the cleanser can be followed by exfoliators or masks to add another level of care. Leaving a few minutes between each step in your routine will allow the products to properly absorb, which will let you reap the full benefits of the products, with each one enhancing the effects of the previous, helping you combat the environment and stresses of everyday life.
Basics Of A Natural Skincare Routine - Products
It is essential that your best skincare routine is tailored specifically to your needs. It can be flexible and include as many products and steps as you prefer; a basic skincare routine order, for example, needs to consist of a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen to nourish and protect your skin. However, products like serums, eye creams, oils and toners can go above and beyond to deliver more nutrients to your skin.
A fully equipped skincare routine order would include a cleanser, exfoliator, optional masks and toners, serum, eye cream, moisturizer, face oil and, lastly, sunscreen.
Step 1. Natural Cleanser & Exfoliator
Traditional face cleansers are designed to strip away dirt and germs, except they often end up breaking down the natural oils that our skin needs to maintain a healthy balance. Using natural skin cleansers as an alternative is a simple way of gently cleaning dirt and bacteria out of pores and replacing undesirable oils with beneficial ones to protect and nourish the skin.
Washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, is a proven way to help the skin stay clean and free of impurities, such as oil, germs, and make-up residue. There are a variety of potential cleansers to choose from, including oil, gel and cream cleansers made with a variety of natural ingredients, but how do you know which one is best suited for you? You can experiment with cleansers to test what natural skincare product works best for you. Always look for natural ingredients to suit your skin type, such as almond oil, coconut oil for dehydrated skin, olive oil to combat signs of premature aging, or jojoba oil to moisturise and balance the skins oils.
For a more thorough cleanse, you could also try a natural exfoliator
. These remove the dirt and dead skin cells clogging pores to give you a fresh, revitalised look. Only required once or twice a week, these exfoliators can add a whole new level to your natural skincare routine. Some natural exfoliants include sugar, oatmeal, sea salt and even coffee.
Step 2. Optional Face Mask
There are as many different face masks as there are skin types. While a mask isn’t a must as one of the steps in your daily routine, using one once or twice a week can help add an extra level of cleansing to your skincare. Natural face masks add moisture to the skin, de-clog pores, even out your skin tone, exfoliate dead skin and much more. When used with other natural products in your daily steps, they can help your skin feel and look fresh and healthy.
Step 3. Natural Toner
Using a natural toner
might not be at the top of your skincare list, but it can rebalance the skin after using a cleanser & removing impurities left over from washing your face. This leaves your skin smoother and cleaner, ready for the next step in your skincare routine. Not only does it add an extra level of hygiene to the skincare process, but toner is also a temporary tightener and minimizes the appearance of pores.
There are many different types you can choose from, with some good natural ingredients to keep a look out for, including:
- Witch Hazel to soothe and help manage acne and relieve redness.
- Clary Sage to clean and invigorate the skin.
- Green Tea to even out complexions.
- Tea Tree Oil to reduce the appearance of pores.
- Aloe Vera to relieve redness and soothe skin.
- Rose Water to hydrate and clear away impurities in the skin.
Step 4. Natural Serum
Using a natural facial serum
twice a day can lend your skin an extra dose of anti-aging benefits, including hydration and antioxidant protection. By boosting the amount of nutrients delivered to your skin, natural serum helps nourish and protect your skin, leaving it firmer and smoother. A good natural serum product can brighten, plump and smooth skin, while evening out skin tone, reducing the appearance of age spots and even improve the overall skin texture.
There are three types of common natural serums that you can look out for, to give your natural skincare routine a boost. Vitamin C helps soothe and balance the oils in your skin, absorbing easily and leaving your skin feeling fresh and youthful. Retinol is an ingredient that is essentially a strong form of Vitamin E, that works to smooth and protect your skin throughout the day. Hyaluronic acid is something that is already naturally produced by the body that helps retain moisture, adding a level of hydration to your skincare routine.
Step 5. Natural Eye Cream
Worried about those tired lines, dark circles or puffiness around your eyes? Well, a natural eye cream
can go a long way to preventing and correcting any signs of aging around the delicate skin that encircles the eyes. Typically, the more traditional serums and moisturizers are not designed to work with this delicate skin, so using a natural eye cream is a much more effective way to help protect and nourish this area.
Due to the delicateness of the skin around the eyes, it is even more important to avoid harsh chemicals and toxins, and look out for gentle, natural ingredients:
Vitamin C: provides a range of anti-aging benefits and noticeably improves the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.
Vitamin E: works to minimise the signs of aging and leave the skin smoother and more even as a result.
Gotu Kola: removes impurities and brightens the eye area.
Grape Seed Extract: helps to fade the look of dark circles and spots.
Goji Berry: calms the area and helps reduce puffiness.
Aloe Vera: smooths, softens and soothes the skin.
Caffeine: perks up the eye area.
Step 6. Moisturiser
A natural moisturizer
product is essential for any natural skincare routine as it works to nourish and revitalise the skin. Often while cleansing and toning, many good natural oils are stripped away, causing the skin to dry out. Moisturizer replenishes the skin with these good oils. Some good ingredients to look out for in moisturizers include jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, olive oil and shea butter.
Two options for moisturizers are the natural day or night creams. Day creams work well underneath makeup and often contain UV protection. Night creams tend to be heavier to repair any damage that has been done to the skin throughout the day. By actively replenishing these oils, moisturizers help prevent the skin from overcorrecting dry skin and producing more oil than it needs. Night creams also help to lock in moisture overnight, which helps reduce the signs of aging, actively hydrates the skin and generally improves the tone and texture of the skin.
If dry or dehydrated skin is something that you struggle with, then using a natural rich day moisturiser
and a natural rich night moisturizer
will go a long way to helping bring balance to your skin.
Step 7. Face Oil
Using a natural face oil
in your natural skincare routine can serve as an addition or even a substitute for your moisturizer. Using a small amount on cleansed skin to cover the face and neck will provide hydration and seal in moisture. Oils that produce hydrating results include almond oil, coconut oil, lavender essential oil and even avocado oil, perfect for dry skin that needs a boost of moisture.
Natural face oils contain antioxidants and essential fatty acids to help nourish, repair, and moisturize the skin. Not only do these protect the skin from environmental factors and stresses, they help reduce the signs of aging and combat acne, skin irritations and overall dehydration.
Step 8. Sunscreen
Protection against the sun’s UV rays is an absolute must. Natural sunscreen is the best defence against UV damage, and helps keep you looking younger and fresher in the wake of long-term exposure to UV. The application of sunscreen should ideally be the last step in your natural skincare routine. Unsurprisingly, the sun is the number one cause of damage and skin aging.
To get the most from your natural sunscreen, look for ingredients including zinc oxide, as this reflects light and is not easily absorbed by the body, protecting against the harsh rays of the sun. Remember to regularly reapply the natural sunscreen every two hours to remain protected.
Skincare ingredients to avoid
Many of the artificial ingredients in inorganic skincare products have now been found to cause problems such as allergies, eczema, hormonal problems and even cancer. Unfortunately, these harmful ingredients are readily available at your local store in a variety of synthetic products. Some ingredients to watch out for are:
Aluminium: a toxic substance found in almost every personal care product that can disrupt the functions of the endocrine system.
Mineral Oil: a petroleum by-product that lines the skin, clogging pores and increasing the likelihood of skin conditions like acne.
Parabens: contribute to hormone imbalances and are usually found all around us, from skincare to deodorants.
Phthalates: chemicals linked to the production of plastics and often found in cosmetics and fragrances.
Siloxanes: often used in cosmetics to soften and smooth, but have been shown to cause endocrine and reproductive problems.
Triclosan: a synthetic antibacterial agent that can interfere with correct thyroid function and has been linked to the development of cancer.
Build a natural skincare routine that works
To achieve your own best skincare routine, it is not essential that you follow each of the eight steps that we have detailed. Find the steps that are tailored to your needs, so that you will be able to follow it regularly.
For those looking for a briefer routine, our 3 step natural skincare routine
is a great way to cut down on the steps and still see long-lasting benefits and improvements. This involves 3 all natural products as shown below:
Look after your skin with INIKA’s natural skincare
We at INIKA are committed to providing all natural products, free of synthetic preservatives and chemicals. We have one of the strictest natural ingredient criteria in the world, reflected in the quality of our products and the proven impacts they have on the wellbeing of our customer’s skin. For more all natural products to boost your skincare routine, check out our natural skincare line to help you on your way to healthy, revitalised skin.
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