I love beauty products. LOVE. Luxuriate in. Collect. Make great use of. Research. Buy. Create.
I particularly love natural beauty, by which I mean products made with all-natural ingredients. I have a nice stash of essential oils, waxes, carrier oils, butters and herbs that I use to mix my own balms and creams using recipes from herbal magician Rosemary Gladstar, author Julia Gabriel, and various bloggers. In my effort to reduce my spending and promote personal minimalism, I’ve cut way down on purchasing products and instead invest more in ingredients and in finding what methods work for me and sticking to them, rather than switching brands and methods just to try something new. This brings me to my absolute favorite, most-effective, miracle skin-care routine, which I learned about from The Green Beauty Guide (and which, as a bonus, is big in Japan). Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to…
The Double-Cleansing Method For Radiant, Healthy Skin!
- Cleansing Oil. Sound fancy? It doesn’t have to be! There are plenty of cleansing oils on the market that contain nourishing botanicals, but you can also get by just fine with coconut, almond, grapeseed, sesame, olive oil…you get the idea. The secret’s out: your skin loves oil! Feed it.
- Soap. Soap for your face. I use lots of different fancy, handmade soaps, but that’s because I’m an addict and cannot pass by a soapmaker’s stall at a market or craft fair without making a purchase. You can also use a cleansing milk if your skin is sensitive, or whatever non-drying soap you are already using on your beautiful face.
- Toner. Your toner should not include alcohol! Alcohol will dry out your skin, making it overproduce oil, and you do not want that (do you?). You can easily make your own toner with a mixture of easy-to-find witch hazel or apple cider vinegar and distilled water. I often use a simple spritz of rosewater.
- Moisturizer. Any moisturizer will do. I feel like the more fresh and natural this product is, the better, since preservatives and synthetic chemicals can break down over time and through processing, generating toxic byproducts that will be absorbed into your body through your skin. I generally use more oil to moisturize before bed, and in the morning I use a CC cream with sunscreen.
- Cleanse with oil. Really. Get some of your cleansing oil in your clean hands, rub together to get it nice and warm and mobile, and massage it all over your gorgeous face. Using oil will dissolve sebum, remove makeup, and wipe away dirt. When you’re satisfied with your lovely face massage, use a clean cloth to wipe the oil off your face. Look at all the stuff that’s collected on your face over the day! Be glad that it is on the cloth and not clogging your sweet pores.
- Wash with soap. That’s all. Just wash with soap like you normally would, to deep-clean the pores and remove leftover oil, dirt, everything else that’s collected over the day. If you want to use an exfoliating cleanser, now is the time.
- Spritz with toner. After gently drying your face, spray some of that refreshing toner on your clean face, or wipe it on delicately with a cotton pad.
- Moisturize. Apply moisturizer, night cream, oil, sunscreen…whatever you’d normally use to moisturize. During the day, moisturizer (with sunscreen!) protects skin and provides a surface for makeup; at night, moisturizer nourishes skin.
That’s it! This routine is so simple that it’s hard to find an excuse not to do it. Sometimes I fall off the double-cleansing wagon, but I always kick myself for doing so. My skin feels softer and looks clearer and more radiant when I stick to this routine. The oil cleansing step is especially relaxing, as it really is like giving yourself a little face massage.
Let me know if you have any questions about this routine or if you’d like any product recommendations–or if you have a beauty routine that you swear by! I will post my recipes in the coming weeks.