Natural Skincare Routine for Dry Skin
I spent the majority of my teens baking in the Florida heat without sun protection and slathered in tanning oil. I wanted to be bronzed at any cost but didn’t fully realize the damage it could cause (Mom, you were right). When I hit my mid-twenties, I noticed a big difference in my skin. The overall texture changed, wrinkles started appearing out of nowhere, and makeup didn’t set right. I started to get serious about finding a natural skincare routine that worked for my dry skin.
One of my favorite blogs from years past, The Renegade Health Show with Annmarie and Kevin Gianni, taught me so much about health and wellness. When I found out they came out with their own skincare line, I had to try it.
Sure enough, I fell in love with the line and have been hooked ever since. The photo above shows my skin without foundation or concealer. It’s become the foundation for my skincare routine. Every time I try a different brand, I always go back. While it’s on the expensive side- their products are full of organic, wildcrafted ingredients and a little goes a looong way!
1. Makeup Remover (night)
Removing long-lasting mascara and eyeliner can be a challenge. Most products left my sensitive eyes irritated. Plus, when I would wake up the next morning, there would still be mascara residue under my eyes. Now I use coconut oil. It’s the perfect addition to my natural skincare routine, doesn’t irritate my eyes, and removes everything. Using a small amount, I gently pat the coconut oil on my skin and using a cotton round, lightly wipe away the product. The best part is it naturally moisturizes my skin and eyelashes instead of stripping them.
2. Cleanser (night)
A total game changer for my skin was not washing my face in the morning. I used to over-cleanse, which caused more dryness. In the morning, I splash my face with lukewarm water instead. I wash my face in the shower at night, with my go-to Aloe-Herb Cleanser. On days where I want a little extra exfoliation, I’ll use a bamboo facial cleansing brush along with it.
3. Toner (morning & night)
I like to think of Toner as a primer for your serum and moisturizer. It helps balance the pH levels of your skin and reduces the appearance pores. I use this Neroli Toning Mist. It’s gentle on my skin and smells lovely. It always bothered me when products I’ve used in the past smelt chemical-ly. The aromatherapy benefits of Annmarie products are an added bonus.
4. Serum (morning & night)
Before using moisturizer, I apply a citrus stem cell serum. It has done WONDERS for evening out my skin tone and reducing redness.
5. Eye-Cream (morning & night)
Out of all the products I’ve tried, this eye-cream my favorite! My eyes show the most dryness and I’ve noticed a lot more wrinkles over the years. Within the first few days of using this cream morning and night, the tightness in my under-eye area disappeared and the hydration helped with fine lines. I’m obsessed with it! I only use 1/2 a pump on both eyes! Meaning: it’s going to last a while!
6. Face Moisturizer (morning & night)
For moisturizer, I use coconut or jojoba oil. It’s easily available and my skin loves the natural hydration.
7. Mask (twice a month)
This is the most recent addition to my skincare. I received a pottery bowl, brush and mask for Christmas. The pottery bowl makes applying the mask even more spa-like and luxurious. I leave it on for about 15 minutes or so, rinse, and pat dry. Afterward, my face feels smooth and soft.
8. Spot Treatment (as needed)
For those pesky spots, my go-to product is Indian Clay. I add a couple drops of water to the powdered clay and spot treat overnight. When I wake up, the spot is noticeably reduced (if not gone).
9. Dry-Brushing (nightly, before showering)
Our skin is our largest organ, and it’s also where our toxins expel through. Dry-brushing helps by opening up the pores to release toxins that have been stuck under the skin. The benefits don’t stop there- it also helps remove dead skin cells, improves dry skin, and promotes circulation (among other things). I’ve been dry-brushing for almost seven years. It adds about 10 minutes to my routine, but I’ve noticed my skin becomes dull and dryer when I go a week without it.
10. Body Moisturizer (morning & night, as needed)
Growing up, my legs and knees showed the most dryness. My grandmother would always tell me to go back upstairs and put lotion on my legs. She ingrained this habit in me. My favorite lotion is Radiant Skin Silk Body Lotion. I love that it absorbs quickly, leaves my skin hydrated, and doesn’t feel oily or greasy. It’s also perfect to lock in moisture after showing and dry-brushing.
That’s a wrap on my natural skincare routine. I’d love to read about your favorite skincare brands or products in the comments!
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