Man, I have been struggling with breakouts on my face for quite some time! It has been so frustrating. Honestly, my complexion is so much worse now as a nearly 30 year old than it was when I was a teenager! I have tried many dietary adjustments and do not feel my breakouts are tied to diet, but rather to hormones which makes a lot of sense because I have had so much fluctuation of hormones over the past 8 years with pregnancies, birthing, and breastfeeding four babies.
I switched to natural products five years ago and haven't looked back but I have never really gotten into any sort of skincare routine because well...I guess I've just been lazy. I finally decided to really bite the bullet and have a better routine. It's only been a couple of weeks but my face has definitely healed up a lot and will hopefully continue to clear up. I am working on balancing my hormones on top of having a good skincare routine. Natural skincare products are HUGELY important because all of the synthetics and chemicals in other products actually greatly affect our hormonal balance. If you're struggling with hormones - this includes thyroid, sex hormones, cortisol, adrenals, etc - (and most of us are!), this is a really important change to make in addition to eating real food and decreasing all types of stress!
I wanted to share some of my favorite skincare products with you all because I know that they are often more expensive than the conventional types. Because of that, I wanted to let you know my own experiences and hopefully give a good review. None of these products have been given to me for a review, these are things I have decided to use myself.
FYI - Most of these products are oil because I have switched to using the oil cleansing method. You can read more about that HERE!
I started using this because I had heard rave reviews about it. It hasn't disappointed! Although I am still dealing with breakouts, this has been a great addition to my life! I use it in the shower because it is just so much easier. This particular scrub is great for hormonal acne. I notice that my face has a smoother and more even complexion since using this. Click on the title to go to Laura's website and learn more in depth about how this helps the skin and also be sure to follow her on Instagram - she posts the best information about skin! If you're in Utah you can even get a facial from her that will rock your world. I am going to actually start getting facials from her maybe once a month to help my skin even more. She knows her stuff and everything she uses is completely natural - she's extremely picky about what she puts on the skin and has the research to back it up!
Another Salis Skincare favorite of mine is the Blackhead Removal Mask. It really helps to reduce pores and get rid of all those blackheads. You only use it on a small area of the face at a time (it is not an all over face mask) so it lasts a long time. I am still on my first container and bought it over a year ago. I need to use it more regularly but have loved how my skin feels after its use. Laura even says it can be helpful for under eye circles as it increases circulation to the area! Beware...it is pretty itchy so hurry and put it on then go right to sleep, lol!
This is a new addition to my routine and I am HOOKED. I have been terrible about washing my face outside of just when I shower (and use the Salis Salt Scrub), so this is what I have been using every night to remove my makeup and have a clean face before bed. It smells DIVINE and after only two weeks of using it, my blemishes are noticeably better. I also started using their PULL cloth and LOVE it. My face feels really clean after using it and it gets more makeup off than a regular washcloth. Meaning, no new breakouts and healing skin. Hooray! Follow them on Instagram!
This clay is so soothing to the skin! I use it as an all over face mask. It pulls toxins and impurities from the skin. It is also good to dab on a blemish. Let it dry, then remove with water and a clean wash cloth. It is one of the biggest things (in addition to Moms Stuff Salve) that helped me with a terrible out-of-the-blue case of eye eczema last winter.
Okay this mask is fun! It totally turns your face an army green color just like a camouflaged army person! I'll warn you - I didn't enjoy the smell at all the first time I used it. The second time I used it, the smell didn't bother me as much. It smells extremely earthy, I don't mind it anymore and actually really love it, but it could be a little bit of a shocker especially if you're used to perfume-y products. Go to my Instagram to see my army green face!!
6. Imbibe Skincare Uplifted Face Cream
I was given this in a swag bag at the A Blog About Love Choose Happiness Retreat (I wrote a little bit about some things that the retreat solidified for me HERE...AMAZING) in May and have been using a travel size container. I am in LOVE with it but I actually can't figure out how to order more because it looks like the website and products have changed. With the oil cleansing method, you actually don't need a moisturizer (you can use the oil itself to moisturize) but I haven't quite broken the habit yet of moisturizing. My skin tends to be dry and this makes it feel so supple...mmmm. Perhaps when I run out of this it will be the kick I need to just switch to oil for good. Here's a link to another face moisturizer I've used for years and loved.
7. Natural Face Moisturizer
When I don't use the Imbibe moisturizer, I use this one that I made and do love it too! The jojoba oil is extremely good for the skin and the Frankincense reduces inflammation, heals fine lines, and promotes healthy cell growth. You can't go wrong with a tiny drop of this to moisturize your face.
8. Acne Spot Treatment
This is an essential blend specifically formulated to promote clear skin. I use this on my new blemishes and it helps them to heal faster in addition to the other products I'm using.
When you're choosing an essential oil or anything you're putting on your face (or into your body for that matter) be choose to use high quality, clean, organic products. I choose to use doTerra essential oils for myself and if you'd like more information on how they've helped me, contact me here.
I am super hopeful that by continuing to use these amazing products AND by incorporating an actual CONSISTENT facial routine, that I'll see marked improvement in my breakouts!! If you suspect that food is a root cause of your breakouts, I would recommend trying an elimination type diet to see what it is that you're reacting to. I offer mentoring on elimination diets both individually or through my Cleanse Your Life Healing Program e-book.