Natural cosmetics can be healthier for you and better for your skin. You can create a beneficial step-by-step process by assessing your needs and finding products that fit. Be sustainable and take care of your skin by starting a natural skin care routine.
Figure Out Your Goals
You should understand your skin’s requirements before creating a new skin care routine. Are you looking for products that fix dry skin? Do you exercise regularly and need something to clean your face? An all-natural skin care routine works best when you tailor it to your needs.
There are a few basic skin care steps you should consider:
- Cleansing – Cleansers remove buildup and impurities on your skin.
- Exfoliating – Exfoliation gently removes dead skin cells.
- Moisturizing – Moisturizer replenishes your skin’s moisture.
- Sun protection – Sun protection products shield your skin against damage.
You should follow each step in the order they’re listed. Each one is essential to the health and elasticity of your skin. These are just the basics — you can add steps or products if you have special needs like acne or sensitivity.
These are crucial parts of most routines, but you can leave steps out if you prefer. For example, you wouldn’t get a product that exfoliates if you have sensitive skin. Creating a skin care routine is about making something tailored to you.
Find Sustainable Products
Ensure the products you use are sustainable when creating your skin care routine. Cosmetic companies routinely use synthetic additives because they can purify or stabilize their products, although many natural ingredients can affect the actual product. That means you may find a mix of both in some products.
Packaging is another crucial part of an all-natural skin care routine. Look for sustainable or reusable containers. Some cosmetic companies use refillable products made from glass. It saves critical environmental resources and reduces waste. However, only some products can use this packaging because it can alter their shelf life and appearance.
Check The Label
The most important part of an all-natural skin care routine is the ingredients you use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate some claims, so you must check the ingredients. For example, a skin care product can say it’s green or organic without proving it to the FDA. Ignore its claims and check the label to see what it contains.
The ingredients list is usually on the back of the label and will tell you everything the product contains. Whatever is listed first will have the highest concentration, so if you spot a natural ingredient at the bottom, it may not be worth it. Always check the label and ensure the all-natural ingredients are listed first and there aren’t any synthetic additives.
Use All-Natural Ingredients
All-natural ingredients should come from nature. They can be waxes, oils, fats, clays or botanicals. Some examples are beeswax and seed oil. Many of them have excellent health or beauty properties.
People commonly use clay on their skin for protection and cleansing. Kaolin clay has low oil absorption and is soft, making it great for cosmetic use. Companies can process it to remove grit so it stays fine and delicate. It’s gentle on the skin and doesn’t draw out any essential moisture. It can even protect against the sun because it contains small, unsymmetrical particles.
Vitamins are also all-natural ingredients you can use in your skin care routine. Each has different properties, so find what works best for your skin. For example, vitamin C can improve wrinkles, while vitamin E can reduce redness. Think back to your skin care goals and choose products that align with them.
Start Your All-Natural Skin Care Routine
Natural skin care can be beneficial for your skin and healthier than synthetic alternatives. Try finding sustainable products with eco-friendly packaging when you’re building your routine. Remember to check the label and the ingredients list before you settle on anything. Find your products and get set to start your all-natural skin care routine.
Jane is an environmental writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of Environment.co where she covers sustainability and eco-friendly living.