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My Organic Skin Care Routine

A question I’ve been getting a lot since I’ve started this site is what products do I use in my own skin care routine.

Over the years I have used a few skin scare products, but not as many as you’d think. With the exception of a few creams here and there most of the things I tried had to be discarded, for they caused my skin to have one or another type of reaction, or do nothing useful at all. I have an incredibly sensitive and dry skin. I had a history of dermatitis that colored my entire childhood, but mercifully left me alone just as I was entering my teens. But it did leave me with awful memories and a skin that reacts to pretty much anything applied on it.

Before I ventured to the organic side, I narrowed my routine down to a few relatively mild products that seemed to do what I wanted them to. My non-organic product of choice was Yves Rocher Moisturizer (Hydra Power Day Creme for Dehydrated Skin). I used that one for many years, and should I ever be in a situation where I can’t get anything organic, but need a cream, I would buy it again. Why would I still do it? Because when my skin gets dry, it can’t be ignored. It’s not a vanity thing. It’s a “can’t have any facial expressions” thing, and if there is nothing organic around I’d have to do something just so I can talk.

But luckily I haven’t been in a situation like that for a while now and my routine has a very pleasant short list of mostly natural and organic products.

Here are my personal favorite products that I use all the time:

Moisturizer: Right now the products I use most often are by Dr. Hauschka and Weleda. My skin is not easy to please, but these two do just that. It now feels soft and smooth. And very young. I use the Quince Day Cream on a daily basis, and Weleda Skin Food in extra dry cases, such as when I’ve been next to a dry blowing heater for far too long. I am looking into trying the Rose Day cream in Dr. Hauschka line. With luck, it will become my winter cream of choice, since I need something stronger than I did in the summer.

Cleanser: Confession – I really don’t wear too much makeup. So I don’t usually need anything strong enough to take off makeup traces. Thus most of the time I wash my face with water only. Or with oatmeal (which I also use for exfoliating). But when I do need to take makeup off, I still use Yves Rocher… I simply haven’t found anything organic yet that is not too expensive, gentle on the skin and tough on makeup. I figured that since I use it so rarely, I’ll just let my bottle run out first…

Toner: I don’t use one. I don’t see the point. I realized I don’t need one years ago, when all the advice I got from “beauty experts” at the counters sold me things that dried my skin into a state of parchment, without really telling me why I needed it so much in the first place. More likely then not, you don’t need it either. I found this very interesting article that argues that toners are not necessary. They are an extra cleansing step from tons of unnatural makeup. As I’ve mentioned before, I hardly use makeup, and what I do use ,Yves Rocher takes off just fine. The oatmeal does the rest better and more gently than any toner imaginable.

Special treatments: Oatmeal scrub. I apply it on my forehead anytime it gets too flaky. I also wipe my face with cucumber now and then (but mostly in summer).

That’s about it. I also sometimes use an eye cream, but not as regularly, cause I’m lazy. And also because I find that when I use things like organic mascara, my eyes are not really irritated even after makeup. The eye cream I use is also Dr. Haushka product, and it’s the Dr. Hauschka Revitalizing Eye Cream I reviewed a while ago and fell in love with.

I don’t use any night cream because I think the skin needs rest at night. It needs a chance to breath by itself. Though if my face feels too dry before going to sleep, I apply a little bit of the day cream.

Selecting your skin care routine is necessarily a trial and error process, whether organic or not. Everybody’s skin has its own quirks. So, just because something works for me or your friend, doesn’t mean you’ll get the same results. But as a rule of thumb, start by narrowing down on a line that actually aims at your general skin type (dry, oily, combination or sensitive). Then look at ingredients. Then try it on and see whether you get the results you want.

Another important tip – don’t ignore your intuition. If everyone touts this great new product, and your face doesn’t like it – trust your face. If the great new eye cream makes your eyes red and slimy – don’t believe that that’s supposed to happen. Who the heck would pay for red and slimy eyes?

This is not a theoretical story. It happened to me once, before I was focused exclusively on organic creams, and before I was focused, period.. I was confronted by Biore salesperson, who insisted that their eye cream were better than Clinique (which I was using at the time), and somehow convinced me into shelling my hard earned dollars on a tiny bottle of something that was supposed to be fantastic. Well, it made my eyes itch and swell. But I wasn’t smart enough to stop after first application. No… I did it a few more times thinking that it’s a fluke (I called the salesperson, and she said it probably was…), and it’s working for everyone else, what’s wrong with me? Luckily I came to my senses, went back to that salesperson and made her give me my Clinique. After which I had normal eyes again, and a lesson learned…

I apply these same steps in choosing organic skin care. I look for my skin type. I read the ingredients. And then I see if I like it. And when it comes to using it on a daily basis, I make sure I LOVE it.

After all, why treat your skin with anything less? There are so many choices out there, the cream that’s perfect for you definitely exists. You just have to look for it. And you are worth it :)

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8 comments

1 CheynChichester { 11.24.08 at 11:06 pm }

Nice routine. What would you recommend to a guy?

2 julena { 11.25.08 at 12:12 am }

Cheyn: Depends on the guy and his skin type :)
A basic moisturizer and a shaving cream would do… But can’t give you specific recommendations — as I said, it’s all very personal and you look for what’s best for you. Though I assume it’s a given you don’t have to worry about washing off the makeup ;)

3 Katie { 03.19.09 at 9:48 pm }

Another excellent product you should try for makeup removal is virgin coconut oil. It’s excellent especially around the eyes and it doesn’t irritate AT ALL. I usually buy a jar at the natural food store and it costs about 10-15 $ and lasts for months!

4 julena { 03.22.09 at 9:17 am }

Katie: I love the idea! Besides, I buy coconut oil all the time anyways… I hear it also makes a nice hair conditioner ;)

5 nice { 05.13.09 at 12:08 am }

hi! is oatmeal okay with whatever skin type? thanks! :)

6 julena { 05.14.09 at 8:58 pm }

nice: yes it is. :)
that’s the beauty of it!

7 grace { 10.09.09 at 12:10 am }

I have combination skin, living in hot and humid Asia, with oily t zone. For half a year I stop using toner because my skin was giving me problem and I was on medication. After the problem is gone, I have noticed my pores been dilated and got bigger than ever. Never underestimate the power of using toner. Use a natural one like witch hazel. It doesnt work for you, but its important for oily skin/combination skin. My dilated pore is the proof.

8 all natural lip balm { 07.02.10 at 8:05 am }

Using organic product to make your routine for me is the best thing you did, men and women are safe to use organic product correct me if i am wrong but for me yes both safe from them but you should know your skin type if its is Oily or dry skin to be more safety to you skin.

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