I have the world’s quickest and most simple skincare routine. It’s cleared my skin of blemishes, gives it a healthy glow, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. It’s also 100% natural and good for the environment.
Before I started using this simple skincare routine, I suffered from regular outbreaks, particularly blackheads. I had the classic combination skin problems, and I was spending far too much money on expensive skincare products that simply didn’t work.
I no longer spend a lot of money, my outbreaks are a thing of the past, and I no longer have that oily T-Zone that the “experts” like to make a big deal of.
What’s my secret? I stopped overcomplicating things. I threw out all of those expensive skin treatments and replaced them with 3 natural products that I use morning and night.
** before I share my simple skincare routine with you, I want you to know that I’m not trying to sell any of the products I write about. I use them, and they work, that’s why I mention them here. No affiliate marketing, no consultant sales, nothing. Just advice.
Here Is My 3 Step Simple SkinCare Routine
Step 1. Cleanse
Before I developed my simple skincare routine, I was forever buying expensive, chemical-laden cleansers. I started with a makeup remover, then a face wash and twice a week, I used a face scrub. When my skin became oily, I would cut back on the scrub and made sure I used a foaming cleanser. Then when my skin became too dry, I would switch to a cream cleanser. And round and round I went until a friend introduced me to Norwex body cloths.
Norwex body cloths are made from a super soft microfibre that lifts dirt safely and gently from your skin. I use the body cloths on my face and body and use the makeup remover cloths around my eyes to remove my mascara.
I haven’t bought a skin cleanser in the 5 years I’ve been using these cloths, and I’ve only recently replaced my first purchase. This is what I’ve noticed about my skin since I started using them:
- Reduced oily T-zone.
- No more blackheads.
- Consistent skin type (no more changing from oily to dry and back again.)
And a beautiful bonus? No plastic bottles to throw out. I simply wash and reuse the cloths.
Step 2. Hydrate
No toners in my skincare routine! Instead, I use pure aloe vera gel to balance and hydrate.
Many years ago, I was a consultant for an MLM company called Grace Cosmetics. Their products were all aloe vera based and did wonders for my skin. But what I discovered is that aloe vera works beautifully on its own as a hydrator and skin balancer. All the extras that skincare companies love to add to their products are entirely unnecessary.
Here are a few benefits of Aloe Vera:
- Aloe Vera is full of minerals and antioxidants that your skin loves.
- The gel is absorbed four times faster than water and can penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin. This means it can deliver all of those minerals and antioxidants to where it is needed the most.
- Once Aloe gel has dried on the surface of your skin, it provides a barrier which helps keep moisture locked in.
- It has anti-inflammation properties which help heal and soothe inflamed skin.
So after I’ve cleaned my skin with my Norwex cloth, I apply a small amount of organic pure aloe vera gel. I love how it makes my skin feel cool and refreshed almost immediately.
The Final Step In My Simple SkinCare Routine
My final step is to moisturise. I believe that this final step in my skincare routine is the one that has made the most significant difference in the condition of my skin.
Let me ask you something – how many expensive moisture creams have you bought, only to leave them sitting in your bathroom cabinet because they didn’t work as expected?
For me, the answer is – too many to count!
The promises that skincare companies make about their over-priced moisturisers are phenomenal. The thing that bothers me the most, even more than the ridiculous price tags, are the animal testing practices that many of these companies have employed. How many animals do we have to torture to find chemicals that won’t hurt our skin when nature already has everything we need?
And how many bits of plastic packaging do we need to wrap these expensive creams in?
A Quick Look At Our Skin
Our skin is made up of natural wax esters called sebum. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands, and its job is to moisturise and protect your skin. Sebum is the main ingredient of your bodies natural oils.
Sebum locks in moisture to keep skin looking healthy and hydrated. Too much sebum = oily skin and too little = dry skin.
How I Keep My Sebum Levels Balanced Naturally
There are quite a few natural plant oils that help balance sebum levels in our skin. My favourite and the one I use as part of my simple skincare routine is Jojoba oil. Here’s why:
- The Jojoba plant produces wax esters identical to our own sebum.
- Jojoba oil mimics our natural skin oils which means it can penetrate at a deeper level.
After cleaning my skin with my Norwex cloth, I apply a small amount of Aloe Vera gel, and then I pat a small amount of pure jojoba oil into my skin.
And that is it. So quick and so simple and effective.
Sure, adding oil to your skin may sound a little off-putting, I certainly felt that way at first. But in the 5 years I’ve been using jojoba oil, I have never had a breakout, and I no longer have the “combination” skin problem of dry cheeks and oily T-Zone.
An added benefit of using a natural plant oil is that I can take my glass bottle to my local no waste store and top it up whenever I need to. No more plastic packaging waste.
A Few Other Tips For Your Simple Skincare Routine.
While this simple skincare routine is my daily morning and night routine, there are a few other things I do to keep my skin looking and feeling good.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells so your beautiful skin can breathe and glow. I use a natural skin scrub 2-3 times a week. There are many DIY recipes you can try, but I prefer to buy one for two reasons
- I like to support companies that are giving us natural alternatives to traditional skincare companies.
- I’m not a professional alchemist. I feel that some things are better left to people who know what they’re doing and understand the science behind which botanicals blend well for optimal results.
I love the way my skin feels after a face mask, don’t you? All soft and fresh and clean. A natural face mask makes your skin feel like it’s able to breathe deeply again.
I make my own simple clay face mask:
1 teaspoon Morrocan lava clay
1/2 teaspoon Australian pink clay
Enough milk kefir or yoghurt to create a paste
It really is that simple! I love the way a clay face mask penetrates deeply into my skin to unclog pores and leave my face soft and ready to absorb my natural jojoba oil. The clays I’ve chosen work well for my mature skin, with a bit of research you can find the perfect clay mask recipe for your skin type.
So there it is – my simple skincare routine. Feel free to try it for yourself.
I’m proof that it is possible to have beautiful clear skin without spending a small fortune, applying chemicals to your skin or doing any damage to the planet. I hope I inspire you to simplify your own skincare routine.