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Before I started on my mission to simplify our life I had a box under my bed filled with beauty products. I had a product for everything!
Moisturisers that gradually tan your skin and make you look like you haven’t washed for a month. Exfoliators with extracts of some wildflower from the Amazon jungle that I’d never even heard of but simply had to have.
Lots of products that claim to repair this or firm that. Something to cleanse, something to tone, another thing to moisturise.
The list went on! Each filled to the brim with chemicals that were doing more harm than good.
When I was going through our decluttering process I took one look at the box filled to the brim and felt awful.
Half of the products I hadn’t even used, some I had used once and forgotten about them and the others I’d had so long that they’d expired.
I decided to get rid of the lot.
Anything unopened I passed onto friends & family and all of the expired items went in the bin. Initially, I felt really guilty about the amount of money I must have spent on the products but that was soon replaced with a feeling of lightness that you often get after a decluttering session.
Once all of the products were gone I started to do some research for creating a natural and simplified skincare routine. Below is what I came up with…
To take off my makeup when I wear it, which isn’t that often these days, I use reusable face wipes, coconut oil and hot water. It works perfectly.
I bought my reusable wipes form Cheeky Wipes and I couldn’t recommend them enough!
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To clean my face I now just use a natural soap. I don’t find I need to do anything else. I also use soap for shaving and washing my body.
I have two different kinds of moisturisers for my skin and the one I use depends on what my skin needs at that particular time.
Moonbeam Club Moisturiser
The first is my *Moonbeam Club moisturiser. It’s made from natural ingredients and comes in a glass jar which can be recycled, so zero waste too. It’s an all-purpose moisturiser so you could just use this one product and nothing else.
- Aloe Vera
- Sesame Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Coconut Oil
- & natural preservative
An added bonus of this moisturiser is that 10% of profits will go to an environmental or human rights charity.
What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum
The What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum is a combination of vitamins and plant extracts. It’s an oil-based moisturiser. I use this when my skin is particularly dry or I’m under the weather.
I only ever put it on at night as it’s made from oils and I like it to soak in overnight whilst I sleep.
- Maracuja Oil
- Olive Oil
- Gotu Kola
- Lemon Myrtle Oil
- Bergamot Fruit Oil
To exfoliate my skin I use my dry brush. Not only does it make your skin feel amazing afterwards it also has lots of other health benefits too. Check out my post for 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Dry Brushing Today.
I’m a firm believer in what you put into your body either via food, liquid or supplements has a huge effect on the health of your skin. Since I’ve been eating healthier, drinking more water and exercising regularly my skin has improved massively.
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Last month I started taking a collagen supplement. The one I opted to use is by *Mighty Balance. Not only is it supposed to be good for your skin but also your gut so I thought it was worth giving it a go.
It takes between 30-40 day before you start to notice the effects of collagen supplements so I’ll let you know how I get on with it and whether it’s worth it at a later date.
So that’s it. That is my simplified skincare routine. What do you do to take care of your skin?