A Minimalist’s Guide to Holistic Skincare
How to build a simple holistic skincare routine for glowing skin!
I’m going to be honest… I wasn’t a holistic skincare guru before, but now? Pshhhh… TRY me!
After I completely effed up my skin with retinol creams, and acids and endured a supposed “purging” period I did what I always do…
I dove deep into research studies and comparisons and then spent hundreds of dollars on various brands. You know what they say; trials lead to triumphs… People say that, right?
The good news for you is that all of my research brought me to a pretty minimalistic routine which I actually enjoy, and therefore stick to.
Not to mention, it’s not going to cost you your life savings.
So without further ado…. Let’s chit-chat about what I use, why I use it, and whether or not it would be good for you.
Here is everything you need to create a fool-proof, holistic skincare routine that any minimalist can appreciate.
The Minimalist’s Guide to Holistic Skincare
Step 1: Cleansing
Desert Essence Face Wash
Cleansing my face with Desert Essence Face Wash is usually my first step in the morning. In my opinion, it’s one of the best natural face washes ever! It has minimal ingredients and addresses concerns for most oily and/or acne-prone skin.
The tea tree oil kills fungus and bacteria that can lead to breakouts and give you that “deep clean” feeling. It does have a drying effect, so I always make sure to follow up with one of my serums (we’ll get to that). Another win is that it’s an affordable face wash that you can buy in pretty large quantities. I use this 1-2 times a day, if I’m not using my cleansing oil instead.
If your skin is on the dryer side, you might want to skip this one and opt for an oil-based cleanser.
Best Skin Ever Oil Cleanser
The name says it all. This one is the most expensive on my list, so if you have to skip it, do. But when I can afford it, I buy it as often as possible. On the days I don’t use my face wash listed above, I use this as an oil cleanser.
This was the KEY to correcting my imbalanced sebum production, which is apparently what was making my horrendous breakout worse. When I’m trying to be conservative, I’ll use my usual face wash and follow up with a few squirts of this oil as my daily moisturizer.
It smells absolutely amazing and contains essential oils like lavender and frankincense, which are known to soothe and heal your skin. Plus, the sea buckthorn oil itself contains innumerable antioxidants and beneficial vitamins and minerals.
I could go on and on – I truly love it, and if you’re having a 911 skin incident like I was, this would be my number one recommendation. I would not recommend wearing makeup over this though, save it for those “natural glow” days.
Step 2: Anti-Aging Protection
Vitamin C Serum
Once upon a time, I managed a supplement store in L.A. and the most beautiful older women would come in for our face creams. I’m talking about 65-year-olds with flawless skin.
One woman, in particular, I will always remember. She said, “If there is ANYTHING you do for your skin, use vitamin C topically every day.” Then she proceeded to show me a vitamin C face lotion that I didn’t even know we carried. Needless to say, I did my digging and sifted through thousands of reviews of various products before trying the all-natural plant extracted vitamin C serum by Mad Hippie.
It’s definitely become one of my favorite brands for my minimalist skincare routine, and I will not go a day without it. Unless I have just recently done some microneedling, of course.
Since vitamin C serums help protect your skin from sun damage, it’s best to use this guy in the mornings. I use it right after I wash my face. Sometimes I use it alongside the Antioxidant Oil (listed below) for a little more of a hydrating effect, unless I used my oil cleansing method that day.
I do not, and I will not EVER, cover my face or body in chemically laden SPF. There are more carcinogens in your average sunscreen than almost any other beauty product. Which is why when it comes to skin protection, I only use the Mad Hippie brand of SPF. Along with the supplements I take for my skin protection protocol.
It’s 100% Zinc Oxide, a natural mineral that benefits your body with gentle UV protection without the scary chemicals found in all the other SPF. Using this on your face every day (even on cloudy days) can cut back on premature signs of aging like wrinkles, sun spots, and uneven tone and texture.
It glides on easily and blends in well and doesn’t feel cakey or greasy underneath your makeup. This goes on after my moisturizing serums.
Step 3: Night-Time Recovery
After washing the day off your face with your choice of cleansing method, it’s a good idea to feed your skin with restoring ingredients.
Night-time skincare is all about recovery and restoration. Focus on deep hydration coupled with anti-aging ingredients. For this, I looked to skincare products with naturally occurring vitamin C, hyaluronic acids, and vitamin E. I like to keep it simple and I either use a serum, a night cream, or both, if I feel I need it.
Skin Restoring Serums
Yes, Mad Hippie made the list again. I’m telling you, it’s hard to beat the ingredients on these! The Antioxidant Facial Oil is something I stumbled upon when I was seeking a pure camu camu face oil for anti-aging. Turns out that’s quite a high ticket item, but this Antioxidant Facial Oil contains lots of natural plant extracts, including camu camu!
At first, I was not super impressed, but to be fair the reviews overhyped it for me. It’s not a cure-all by any means, but it has proven to be an excellent hydrating face oil. Besides, you really can’t beat the price for such quality ingredients. It has a pleasant, yet faint, natural aroma, and it seems to balance my skin tone nicely. It has certainly earned its place in my skincare arsenal.
I typically use this at night after washing my face and allow the good oils and antioxidants to soak in. Some nights I follow it with my night cream for extra hydration. I also use it as part of my weekly facial routine.
FaceTheory Relaxing Night Cream
I don’t use it every night, but when I do? Chefs Kiss. This Relaxing Night Cream by FaceTheory has hyaluronic acid to deeply nourish your skin and promote collagen regrowth to slow down aging.
I get the lavender scented one which I swear makes me sleep deeper, talk about beauty sleep! My skin looks plumper in the morning and I feel like a new woman. I do suggest washing your face first thing in the morning after using it. I have noticed that if I get lazy and leave it on longer than I should it can clog pores.
The moral of the story is: Try out the natural stuff first and limit ingredients so that you have a better understanding of what works and what does not work for your skin. I have found that all of these are pretty universal as far as skin types go. According to reviews, very few people, if any, had a negative reaction to any of these. I credit that to the totally natural ingredients.
I think it’s important to note that overwashing and over-exfoliating can be VERY damaging to your skin and cause more problems than it helps. That’s why less is more, and this minimalistic skincare routine checks all the boxes!
Of course, we are all different, so I can’t make any promises here, but I can say that my skin has never looked more balanced and clear in my entire life. This routine truly saved my skin, and now I’m working on fading my acne scars, so I can pretend that my bad breakout never even happened.