Your Individual Skincare Ritual

I have found that taking care of our skin is much simpler than the big marketing companies would like us to believe. Most factors affecting our skin are internal - not a result of the products we put on our skin. That said, what we put on our skin does matter. In my experience, using unnatural skincare products is worse for us than using nothing at all. That's just from the visible affects I've experienced but we must also keep in mind that what we put on our skin enters our bodies and continues affecting our entire system internally.

I formulated my products around the idea that our skin should be naturally in a state of balance and that with a little care and coaxing, we're all able to use less product and be more beautifully healthy.

Commonly used skin types aren't really "types" - they're skin conditions. Your skin may be freckled or black or white but being oily or dry is your skin condition and you can fix it.

Below is what has worked for each skin condition in my experience:

DRY SKIN

I've found through conversation that when people try to switch over to a natural routine, the first thing they choose to swap out is their lotion for some sort of moisturizing oil. 

A lotion is a water and oil bonded together with a chemical bonding agent (a few natural emulsifiers exist but they don't work too well for the face and I haven't seen them used without a chemical bonding agent too). Our body has both water and oil elements that must be fulfilled in order to feel hydrated. So, it's really important to apply oil to wet skin. Ideally you'd be using a hydrosol based toner for your specific skin type but you should at least be using tap water.

I also recommend people with dry skin stop using soap-based toners because not all oil is bad and soap removes the healthy oil your body makes for itself to keep your skin feeling and looking good.

You'll have to play around a bit with toner and oil to figure out which you need more of at what time of the day. The popular advice to freshen up with toner throughout the day is not a good idea for people with dry skin unless you follow with an oil moisturizer because toner when used alone dry out your skin more.

The products in this collection are appropriate for you.

Eating more healthy fats and oils and staying hydrated will increase the moisture of your skin. Try to always keep a cup of water in front of you to make it easy to drink water. A good quality olive oil is one of the best to eat, just make sure you're not heating it so high it oxidizes. Uncooked olive oil is best.

NORMAL/COMBO/BALANCED SKIN

Call it what you will, this is where we're all aiming. It's entirely normal to fall in and out of balance. Imagine standing on one leg in Tree Pose. Every muscle in your standing leg is twitching in order to keep you balanced. Similarly, every process in our body must be nourished and functioning well in order too maintain healthy, balanced skin. Unless maybe you're just really lucky.

It's pretty normal to have combo skin. Try adding in some of the suggestions for oily skin if you want to work on being less oily or zero in on the suggestions for hormonal skin if you think working on that would help. Combo skin isn't a very good descriptor. Generally, people who tell me they have combo skin have beautiful skin but have just a small element of another problem.

This is the best place for you to start.

OILY SKIN

Oily skin can be caused from a variety of problems. I've seen a lot of oily skin caused by using a soap cleanser that overstrips your skin of oil, which then causes your skin to quickly produce lots of oil, making up for it's healthy lost oil. In my experience, switching over your cleanser to Clarify & Cleanse can be a real game changer. As for toner and moisturizer, choose them second. The issue most often lies in the cleansing method or diet.

You can also try increasing your water intake. Not having enough water inside our bodies can make oil glands produce to much oil.

If you're eating a lot of processed foods, those can cause your skin to be too oily, but I'm sure you already know you should cut processed food out. Take a look at your makeup bag. Foundations can really clog pores. Generally speaking, mineral based cover-ups are better than liquid.

These are the first products I created and this is where you should start.

HORMONAL SKIN

It's a bit difficult to ascertain if a skin problem is hormonal or not, but I encourage all women to understand and live in tune with their hormonal cycles. It's been one of the healthiest, most empowering things I've ever done for myself.

If you really want to understand your hormones, I'd recommend the book Woman Code, by Alisa Vitti. Or, at a minimum the app MyFlo.

There is no product that can fix hormonal skin problems but taking out all the unnatural ones may help. Just literally stop putting things on your face that you can't pronounce. Sadly, skincare is one of the primary categories of hormone disruptors. Start adding in natural products one-by-one and notice how your skin responds.

Replacing coffee with healthier alternatives like matcha and reducing sugar can help immensely.

ACNE/PIMPLES/BLACKHEADS SKIN

Breakouts and blemishes are a part of every skin type but we can minimize them! Healthy skin is going to have less breakouts, so by following any or all of the above suggestions, you should be lessening your chances of breakouts. Especially, staying hydrated, eating more leafy greens, replacing processed foods with whole foods and cutting down on sugar will really help. Maintaining a bit of an alkaline state helps me a lot. Drinking a green juice is the best and tastiest way to sway alkaline for me.

Mostly, be easy on yourself! Don't pick and scratch so much. As much as you may want to pull out the soapiest scrub brush you've ever seen, being gentle on your skin will heal more deeply than any harsh treatment ever could.

I totally recommend getting a professional facial every 1-4 months. Steaming is the most amazing bacterial-zapping at-home treatment you can do.