Earlier this year I made the decision to switch over to natural beauty products. It’s been a slow process but now the majority of my routine is made up of organic and natural products. But there has been a bigger change than just the contents of my bathroom shelves. I’ve noticed a change in the way I view my skin, which is something I wasn’t expecting.
Before I go into too much detail it’s worth mentioning that there could be a combination of factors at play here. We’ve just come out of a long, hot (yes it was even hot here in Scotland) summer which I was lucky enough to spend relaxing in the garden. I know a little sunshine always helps my skin. I’m getting older which may have an effect. Or it could just be that I’ve had a few ‘good skin’ months. But the common factor is that I’ve switched to natural beauty and makeup.
Whilst I’ve never considered my skin to be terrible, I’ve had my share of days hating my skin. But the thing is it isn’t THAT bad. In fact, it’s actually pretty good. Yes, I get the odd spot around my time of the month and those early signs of ageing are starting to show but that’s about it. In the past, I’ve tried just about everything trying to tackle these ‘problems’ but now they just don’t bother me that much. The odd spot for a few days once a month just isn’t worth all the effect trying to stop it. Funnily enough, since I’ve stopped using so many products these spots have been showing up less often. And when they do, they don’t hang around as long.
Stripping my skincare back has really helped me to appreciate that my skin is actually OK and doesn’t need loads of different products. Plus the products I’m using now aren’t harsh or stripping my skin. Thanks to natural skincare me and my skin are in a happy place right now.
However with autumn here and winter on its way I’ve made a few switches to make sure my skin stays happy. At this time of year, I’m all about hydration, hydration and more hydration. With the cold weather, harsh winds and central heating it doesn’t take much to dry your skin out in winter. So to keep my skin happy I’ve been adding a few new products which will hydrate my skin naturally. I’ve been using these products together for a couple of weeks now and so far they are working well.
Trilogy Cream Cleanser – I’ve been using this all summer and plan to keep it in rotation for the colder months too. It’s a lovely lightweight cream cleanser which is ideal for the morning cleanse or as a second cleanser in the evening. I’ve haven’t really tested its makeup removing abilities as I tend to use this in the morning or after removing makeup but it always leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. There is no tightness or discomfort after using, which for me is unusual. My skin is normally craving some moisture after cleansing but with this, it isn’t.
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream – This is another product I purchased in the summer and intend to continue using. In fact, this tiny little bottle is lasting so long I’m not sure if I’ll have to repurchase this season. To be honest I’m a little sceptical about eye creams and whether or not we really need them. However, I do notice a difference with this one. It leaves the skin around my eyes feeling soft and hydrated. I can’t comment much on reducing those fine lines but do think they don’t show as much when the skin is hydrated.
Antipodes Vanilla Pod Day Cream – I think might have been one of the first natural beauty products I bought and have used it pretty much ever since. Apart from a short break in the summer when I switched for SPF. This is a lovely cream to use, it isn’t too thick but is very hydrating. It soaks in quickly and leaves skin feeling soft all day. I don’t feel the need to ‘top’ up this in the afternoon as I do with some day creams. And like the eye cream, a tub lasts ages.
Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask* – Alongside all that hydration it’s also important to exfoliate your skin. I’ve been using this mask once a week to help keep my skin exfoliated. It is full of active ingredients and can make the skin feel a little tingly. However, it’s not an uncomfortable tingle more of a reassuring tingle. After using this my skin is glowing. I do think it helps prep my skin for all the lovely creams I’ve been using too.
Balm Balm Rosehip Serum – As someone who suffered some oily skin in my youth I’ve always been wary of putting oils on my face. However, this oil serum soaks into your skin quickly and doesn’t leave it feeling oily. Which means it won’t bring back horrific memories of oil slick teenage skin. Rosehip is supposed to be great for tackling the first signs of ageing as well as providing much-needed hydration. I’ve really enjoyed using this recently and it has definitely helped keep my skin hydrated. Only time will tell if it has any effect on reducing signs of ageing.
Dr Jackson’s Night Cream* – I’ve never really been much of a night cream person. I normally just using serums and oils along with my day cream. But this cream might be converting me. Not only is it super hydrating but it feels so good to use. It has a lovely whipped texture which is a joy to use. There is no oiliness and it leaves my skin looking fresh and glowy.
Balm Balm Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm – This is such a pleasure to use. I’ve been using it as a first cleanse on days I’ve had makeup on and its become one of my favourite parts of my routine. There is something very relaxing about watching your makeup melt away as you massage this balm across your face. It turns to an oil as you use it and just melts away your makeup. I then use a flannel to remove everything. This does leave a slight residue so would recommend a second cleanse when using it.
Disclaimer: Items marked with * have been gifted to me. However, I have enjoyed using them enough to add them to my routine. Some of the links used are affiliate links. This means I receive a small commision on any purchases made. This does not affect the price you pay.