A Guide to Minimal and Natural Skincare

This post is obviously for everyone but I am thinking it might be even more for the people who are feeling overwhelmed by the amounts of products influencers/people on social media use, or the people feeling all these products might be a waste for the environment (plastic, paper, carbon impact and so on).

What I have learnt over the years is that you do not need lots of products or make-up to be or feel beautiful. That being said, a lot of us find a lot of pleasure in taking care of ourselves, our skin, our hair, etc. But maybe we want to do so in a conscious and environmental-friendly way.

I absolutely love natural skincare, this will for sure not be the only post on this topic, but often find it can be quite tricky to get good and reliable information on the topic. One of my goals is to make skincare and self-care more inclusive. I want to show people it is possible to have a nice and cheap, simple, yet very efficient skincare routine.

Going natural when it comes to skincare is a lot easier than what it seems! It starts with realising the powers of nature and that it provides us with pretty much everything we need to achieve a healthy and glowy-looking skin.

♡ Understand why using minimal and natural skincare is good for you

for your hormones, toxins, skin, etc

You can start by familiarising yourself with the different ingredients and their benefits: aloe vera, oils, essential oils, hydrosols, etc. But mostly, realise how a lot of the ingredients in “non-natural skincare” can actually be harmful for your health.

♡ Know your skin

Determine your skin type: do you have oily, dry or combination skin?

Just because some ingredients are natural does not mean they are all good for you. For example, if you tend to get a bit of acne or have oily skin, coconut oil might not be for you as it can be comedogenic (meaning it can give you pimples basically).

♡ Start simple

For the reason I just mentioned, I recommend starting very simple, maybe with one or two ingredients that you know would be good for you.

For example: cleaning your face with water, using rose hydrosol as a toner, jojoba oil to nourish your skin and sunscreen (always!).

You can also start using tea tree essential oils on pimples. Use very little as those are very potent! Disclaimer on essential oils: you should not use essential oils if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on children under 8 years-old. Always consult a medical professional if you have a doubt.

♡  Be patient and listen to your skin

Switching to natural skincare can cause your skin to “purge”, meaning you might get more blemishes or so for a few weeks. Hold on, the long-term results will be great!

♡ If I could only buy one product…

Jojoba oil !

This is and probably always will be my favourite skincare product ever.

It is nourishing, anti-aging, non-comedogenic, it mimics the action of sebum so it also regulates the production of sebum which makes it a wonderful oil to use if you have an acne prone skin but also fine lines.

You can also use it on your hair!

Hopefully those tips will help you getting started with minimal and natural skincare. If you want to go very minimal, stick to the essentials: eat healthy, lots of vegetables and fruits, drink a lot of water and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. There is no better facial treatment than 1.5 liter of water and a good night sleep!

Let me know if you would like to see more of those types of content.

For my French-speaking readers, here are a few websites I recommend:

Quelques sites que je recommande:

Oleassence.com: les sérums sont géniaux!

Aroma Zone.com: sûrement plus besoin de les présenter!

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