The golden rule of green beauty and natural skincare is: if you can’t pronounce the ingredients then don’t put it on your face!
Everything you include in your natural skincare routine should be simple, pure, and straight from the earth.
While many cosmetic companies claim to rejuvenate your skin they may actually be aging it due to the harsh artificial materials in their products. Mother Nature, however, provides everything you need for flawless skin without any of those drying chemicals.
Here is a daily natural skincare routine to help keep your angelic glow while leaving nothing but footprints behind!
Cleanse with Manuka Honey
I know what you’re thinking, I really do. Honey?! That sounds like a sugary sticky mess! But your skin will thank you and it’s not as messy as you think (plus it tastes delicious!).
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand where bees feed directly from Manuka trees. Studies have shown that the antibacterial properties in Manuka honey are unmatched by any traditional form of honey. Manuka honey is well-known for its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, scar-reducing, anti-cancer, and purification properties.
It’s simple: all you do is wet your face, lather on that sweet honey (feel free to have a taste while you’re at it!) and then rinse off the residue with warm water.
Tone with Witch Hazel
Witch hazel has been used for centuries as a heal-all cure from head to toe but my favorite use for witch hazel is as a facial toner.
The purpose of a toner is to re-balance the pH levels in your skin after cleansing so instead of using a toner packed full of drying ingredients like alcohol (which actually does the opposite of what it’s supposed to do), use a gentle alternative like witch hazel.
Witch hazel is good for your skin because of its anti-collagenase and anti-elastase properties. Simply put, witch hazel allows collagen and elastin in your skin to remain strong and intact. Witch hazel also wards away infections and gives off a soothing scent. To use, simply apply the witch hazel to a reusable cotton round and dab all over your face.
Moisturize with Hempseed Oil
There is a lot of buzz (no pun intended) surrounding cannabis for its medicinal properties and your face is not exempt!
Hemp oil is known for its antibacterial properties, and for being heavy in amino acids, proteins, enzymes, hydrocarbons, vitamins, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids which reduce dryness and irritation.
After toning your face, apply 8-10 drops of organic hempseed oil to your palm or favorite applicator tool and cover face in a thin layer. Massage oil into face to re-apply moisture and increase blood flow. Wait until thoroughly dry before moving on to step four.
Spot treat with Tea Tree Oil
If you have an exceptionally stubborn blemish then the best remedy is to use tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil is the ace-up-the-sleeve of the green beauty movement because of its ability to reduce down the inflamed and non-inflamed comedones on your face. Tea tree oil has long been used in the treatment of acne vulgaris.
To use simply dab a light amount of tea tree oil on your problematic spots or known breakout areas after moisturizing. Tea tree oil is natural but powerful so use in moderation. And if needed, tea tree oil can be diluted with water or a natural oil.
Mist with Rosewater
No skincare routine is complete without a facial spray and the best natural option is rosewater. A facial spray helps to lock in moisture and provide a refreshing end to your routine.
Rosewater has been shown to offer clarity of mind and relaxation while also being an excellent source of vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E. Rosewater also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Spritz rosewater directly onto your face after finishing your beauty routine for a crisp refreshing finish.
While there are many other clean & green ways to nourish and protect your skin this natural skincare routine happens to work the best for me and is backed by scientific studies to show results.
Travel far, live green, and remain hydrated!
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