Is your skin in need of some TLC, but you don’t know where to start? Thinking of switching to a natural skincare routine, but unsure about making the transition?
Luckily, we’re here to help! Lots of people assume that natural skincare must be expensive, time consuming, and a little odd (we’ve seen all kinds of tips on using raw eggs on your face and hair!), but it really doesn’t have to be. These days there are so many great natural skincare brands to choose from, it’s often not that difficult to make the switch.
Making the transition
If you already have a skincare routine in place, then the first step is making the transition. You don’t have to throw all of your products out at once – though if you want to and can afford to, then go ahead!
You can either start by throwing out your main products first and replacing them with natural alternatives. This includes the products you use every day, such as your cleanser and moisturiser, but your shampoo and conditioner can also affect your skin so consider switching these.
The other alternative is to simply wait until a product runs out, and replace it with a natural one, until all your products have been replaced. This takes a bit longer, but it means that the cost is spread out since you are buying new products when you would have replaced them anyway.
These days we hear about so many weird and wonderful skincare advice and celebrity tips, so today we’re going to keep it simple.
A good, simple facial skincare routine generally consists of three key elements – an exfoliator, a cleanser and a moisturiser – and should be repeated in the morning and at night. When choosing the right products, you should consider a few factors such as how dry or oily your face is, if you have sensitive skin, and how much makeup you wear. Most products will indicate what skin type they are suitable for.
There’s much debate about which order to use the cleanser and exfoliator (we can’t even agree here at Jan de Vries!) so it might be best to try both ways and see which you prefer. Gently scrub your face with your exfoliator in small, circular motions to buff away dirt, makeup and dead skin. Rinse off, and then apply your cleanser (or cleanse before exfoliating). How you do this depends on the cleanser. Gels, liquids and foams are usually applied to wet skin, lathered and rinsed off like a face wash, whereas cream cleansers are usually best applied to a cotton pad and then wiped over the skin. Finally, dry your face and apply your moisturiser.
As you can see, a basic skincare routine is easy to achieve and doesn’t take up too much time!
Other products you may wish to add to your routine include: a toner – this goes on after cleansing, but before moisturising, and it helps to remove oil, balance the skin and restore hydration; a serum – these are anti-aging products that can be applied to the whole face, or specifically around the eyes; or a skin treatment – usually an acne or spot treatment, if needed.
However, the skin on your face isn’t the only important thing – don’t forget about body skincare! When it comes to looking after the rest of your body we recommend finding a good body scrub (which, depending on the product, can be used before showering or during your shower), a gentle body wash and a body lotion to use after your shower.
Make your own
Want to try your hand at making your own skincare products? This doesn’t have to be as fiddly or as messy as you might imagine!
If you opt for DIY skincare then you’ll need to get yourself some coconut oil. This amazing oil makes a great cleanser and moisturiser, and has a number of other surprising uses too! You can add a little essential oil for an aromatic scent, or combine with salt or sugar for a simple exfoliator. If you want to branch out a little, then beeswax is great for thickening your homemade product.
You may also want to consider getting some castile soap. This gentle soap is naturally derived from plant oils and can be easily added to your homemade products – this is particularly useful if you are finding coconut oil a bit too oily. Alternatively, you can use it on its own, mixed with a little water as a face wash, hand soap or shampoo. It can even be used as a laundry detergent! We now stock the hugely popular Dr. Bronner castile soap at Jan de Vries; a 100% vegan, cruelty-free and organic product.