January 13 2020 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
It's 2020, and finding a natural skincare regimen is essential. Your mission to acquire clear, healthy skin begins with a solid skincare routine. There are natural, simple and inexpensive options that work, and without harmful ingredients.
As we preach this over and over, learning your skin type is the first step to creating your complete guide to your natural skincare routine.
The best combination of natural skin care options varies based on skin type. There are mainly four different types of skin: oily, dry, normal and combination. Knowing your skin type will help you put together a routine that suits your skin’s specific needs.
The steps, in order, of a basic skincare routine:
- Spot Treat
The absolute simplest skincare routine includes only cleansing and moisturizing. Your skincare routine will become fine tuned over time as you adapt new steps that will aid seeing flawless skin over time.
Check out a few DIY's that you can do at home for your skin type.
Switching to gentle and natural skin care options often goes a long way toward removing excess oil production, but in the meantime, there are some natural ingredients that can help prevent breakouts and remove excess oil.
To Exfoliate: A mix of equal parts sea salt and oil (like olive or almond) creates a natural scrub that will help remove impurities without stripping excess oils.
To Cleanse: Oil Cleansing is my go-to cleansing method for any skin type. Generally, those with oily skin will need a higher amount of castor oil in relation to the other oils to keep skin from becoming too oily during transition. In general, a half and half mix of castor oil and olive oil or even a 2/3 castor oil 1/3 olive oil mix seems to work best.
Moisturizing/Toning: Those with oily skin will need less moisturizing as skin adjusts, and often, the natural oils from oil cleansing are enough. If not, a very light layer of coconut oil works, or for those who find that too oily, a diluted apple cider vinegar toner helps keep oil at bay. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water stored in the fridge works great.
Normal and Combination Skin
Those with skin that is not typically oily or dry and that responds well to different types of products and makeup usually adjust very quickly to natural skin care options. Those with this type of skin also usually can use a variety of different options and still have good results.
To Exfoliate: A homemade sugar scrub is a wonderful natural exfoliator.
To Cleanse: Oil Cleansing is a wonderful option for every skin type but is very balancing for normal/combination skin. Usually a mix of about 1/4 castor oil and 3/4 of another oil (olive, almond, etc.) works great, but this can be adjusted to suit individual skin. Here is the full tutorial on oil cleansing.
To Moisturize: Those with normal skin tend to do well with most moisturizing options and often don’t need anything additional as a moisturizer. A dab of coconut oil or shea butter alone often works great for this skin type.
Those with dry or aging skin often benefit immediately from natural skin care options. Often, using natural oils on the skin helps the skin to balance oil production and stop being dry to begin with.
To Exfoliate: Often, exfoliating is not needed for this skin type, but a gentle homemade sugar scrub or cleansing grains can be a way to add natural oils and gently remove dead skin.
To Cleanse: castor oil is the more drying oil in oil cleansing, usually only a tiny amount is needed (about a teaspoon of castor oil in 1/4 cup of another oil like olive or almond).
To Moisturize: Homemade lotion bars, super-moisturizing homemade lotion, and whipped body butter are all excellent moisturizing options for dry skin types. Plain organic shea butter can also be a simple and effective option.
Adding New Skincare Products to Your Routine
While putting together a routine you will likely experiment with a few different products before settling on one as you discover how your skin reacts to different skincare ingredients.
The most important thing you can do is to only introduce new products into your routine one at a time. That means if you decide you need a new cleanser you won’t also start using a new moisturizer without giving the cleanser a test run for a couple weeks.