Skincare is incredibly important. When I went to college in Florida, the only skincare routine I followed was facewash and the occasional moisturizer when needed, and I only used body lotion when I was wearing shorts or dresses. I started breaking out during my senior year and into my first year postgrad. It became more difficult finding products when I transitioned my skincare products to be all vegan and cruelty-free that worked for my sensitive and combination skin. Now my routine is a bit more involved:
Body Wash: Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castille soap
- cleans so well and smells great
Body Moisturizer: Organic coconut oil
- I put it on wet skin after I get out of the shower. It keeps my skin moisturized twice as long as lotion does
Exfoliator: Dry Brush and natural loofah
- I use the dry brush before I get out of the shower and the loofah with the castille soap in the shower
- The scrub I only use at night after taking off my makeup with the oil. I use the oil in the morning when I don’t have as much dirt on my face.
Toner: DIY Witchhazel Toner and Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner
- Lush’s toner is what I use on my face. The witchhazel toner is too drying for my face but it works well on my chest and back when I get breakouts there. The DIY toner is about 95% witchhazel and the last 5% is equal parts tea tree oil and lavender oil. When I use it I shake the bottle to mix the oil in the witchhazel.
Facial Serum: Derma E Vitamin E Concentrated Serum
- This serum isn’t moisturizing but it doesn’t dry me out. I’ve noticed some of my small acne scars have cleared up after using this serum.
Face Moisturizer: 100% Jojoba oil
- Just a couple drops of this keeps my dry skin at bay and doesn’t irritate it. I used to use Derma E moisturizers but they started breaking me out around my nose and chin.
- Aztec Bentonite Clay: You mix this powder with apple cider vinegar (which itself is known to be great for you too). This clay mask is super powerful and you feel your face pulsating. It pulls out the dirt and afterwards my face is red but it is not in pain.
- Shea Moisture African Black Soap Mask: This clarifying mask is a little different for me because it doesn’t completely harden on your face. This also clears my face of breakouts very quickly.
- 100% Pure Detox Mask: If you couldn’t tell I like detox masks, then I don’t know what you’re reading. I have gone through this mask so quickly and now that it is almost empty I am using it sparingly. This is the most expensive mask out of the three and has made a little difference in my pore size.