I promised to write about my skincare routine, and I’ve received a few messages about it (thank you for reading!), so here it is! Now, my skin is incredibly sensitive, and I have patches of rosacea on both cheeks that are pretty well under control these days, but they do flare up occasionally. I’ve found that the products that work best for me are natural, fragrance free, and as mild and moisturizing as possible.
As I mentioned in the honey post a few days ago, I don’t wash my face anymore. The less I do to my skin, the better it looks. I can get away with it because I use natural makeup, but if you use traditional drugstore or department store foundation, you definitely want to make sure you wash it off every night. I recommend the honey as a cleanser, and I also know people who use coconut oil or the oil cleansing method, which I tried and didn’t care for, but others swear by.
In the morning, I splash my face with water, and while it’s still damp, apply about a nickel-sized amount of Tropical Traditions Unscented Moisturizing Lotion. Because it’s so concentrated, one bottle of this lasts me almost all year. They’re actually having a sale now, so I’ll probably stock up.
Next, I apply the Celtic Complexion Organic Tinted Sunscreen I mentioned in my What’s In My Makeup Bag post. I’ve worn sunscreen pretty much every day I’ve gone outside since I was 16, and it’s probably one of the smarter decisions I’ve made.
In the evening, I remove my makeup with a damp washcloth, then apply a thin coat of Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera if my rosacea is misbehaving. It soothes and cools, and takes the redness away almost immediately.
Lastly, I apply some Unrefined Shea Butter as my nighttime moisturizer. (That’s what’s in the jar with the label turned away; the jar itself was just an empty one I had lying around.) Shea butter is very greasy—I wouldn’t recommend using it undiluted during the day, or people will wonder if you somehow got into a fight with a package of bacon—but nothing is more moisturizing. Unrefined, it’s full of vitamins (especially vitamin A, which is anti-aging—I can’t use Retinol creams, but this gives the same effect without all the harsh chemicals) and lipids, and it’s also shelf stable. I obviously love the stuff—I feel like I’ve mentioned it a hundred times now—but it’s definitely a heavy-duty moisturizer, and probably won’t suit everyone’s needs.
That’s pretty much all I do! Once or twice a week, I might do a scrub with honey and a little salt, but using the washcloth to remove makeup usually exfoliates enough for my skin to feel soft and smooth. This has been my routine for about two years now, and I’ve had no skin issues other than the occasional stray pimple. While my rosacea does occasionally get red (usually when I’m stressed or overheated), it’s no longer rough and bumpy, which caused me a lot of angst back when I was still using products from the drugstore.