Good, Natural Skin Care
Wondering if there’s a natural skin care way to manage facial needs without (a) breaking the bank and (b) harming the living beings around you? So was I! When I think about the money spent on expensive products that I’ve slathered on my face and what I know about the ingredients in those products now, I could kick myself.
So much of what is marketed to us as a way to “care for” our skin actually exposes us to carcinogens (cancer causing agents) and other sickness-causing ingredients. Some that claim to work wonders are actually useless as a topically-applied substance. (Case in point, consume your B3, don’t apply it.)
All those articles that say to drink enough water and eat right? They’re right. Those things reap clear, good physical results and that includes your skin’s vibrancy, tone, and elasticity.
But I’m 41. I have dry skin (been that way since birth) and a touch of rosacea. I live on an island in South Florida that sees 266 sunny days per year. Eating right and drinking enough water will help, but my skin needs a little specialized TLC, too.
Also, the packaging of many skin care products lining the shelves of drug stores, Wal-mart, Sephora, ULTA, and department stores ends up in landfills and the ocean. Nemo does not need an old moisturizer bottle, folks.
So, I went on the hunt for natural skin care that wouldn’t break the bank, didn’t harm the environment or other living beings, and that actually took care of my skin.
And, after a few years of consuming with care, I feel confident enough to share with you the good, natural skin care items I’ve found.
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For dry skin, say, “Hello, Coco!” Face wash and moisturizer with coconut in it work really well for me.
To clean my face, I use:
Pacifica is a fantastic company that uses natural ingredients and cares about the impact of their packaging on the environment. They even have a program where you can mail in your empty Pacifica packaging/containers for free and earn points to your Pacifica account.
I really admire the effort they put into helping lessen the presence of their bottles and other packaging in landfills and waterways.
Hubs uses this exact same face wash, too, and loves it. He has oily skin. So, it seems to be great whether you have dry skin like me or oily like him.
For moisturizer, coconut oil is MAGIC, my friend. I tried several different brands over the course of a few months. Some of them are oily and greasy, which is not exactly what I wanted to slather on my face. Some of them break down the second I turn the A/C up past 72. Others had a yuck odor or developed one before I used up all the product. And still others were just as expensive as those name brand beauty products I was now avoiding.
And then, on a grocery run, I saw VitaCoco coconut oil in the baking aisle. It was inexpensive enough for me to think, “Why not? I can always use it to bake if it doesn’t work on my face.”
Here’s what it looks like:
I put it on my face and neck every single night. It has a very light coconut scent (so I feel all island girly) and gets into my skin instead of sitting on top of it. It doesn’t leave oil marks on anything.
I even wear this coconut oil under my makeup most days, it’s that light.
And speaking of makeup…
In my evangelical days, every Sunday morning found me standing before the mirror, spiffing myself up to “look my best for God.” Truth be told, though, it wasn’t about looking my best for God most Sundays. It was about trying to look as good as all the other women sitting in the pews.
SIDE SQUIRREL: Has anybody else noticed how much the women in Southern Baptist churches now look like clones of FOX News anchors? It’s like everybody bought the same hair straightener/big curling iron, lip plumper, and false eyelashes. It’s weird. About a year ago I went to a political dinner where the main speaker was a Republican gubernatorial candidate. I felt so out of place. I have naturally curly hair that I allow to be naturally curly even when I leave my house.
Yeah, it’s a hot mess some days. It has a mind of its own. I do not spend energy fighting with it anymore. It makes my husband and children laugh. It draws attention away from the crow’s feet at my eyes.
But as my curls and I sat at that round table surrounded by other round tables filled with conservative folks, I looked around. Every woman had the same hair style: a few inches past the shoulders, slight wave, no gray. They all had big eyes and red/pink painted lips.
It felt like Stepford Wives.
I get it, though. Check out my FOX News wavy hair from just a few years ago…
Yep, I filled my drawers and shelves with anything but “natural skin care.” Bottles of Lancome, Clinique, Too-Faced, Neutrogena, Make Up Forever, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and more rattled around my bathroom drawer. I might have single-handedly kept my local Sephora in business with all the cosmetics I’ve used over the years.
Now that I know the dangers of the ingredients in many cosmetics and the harm their processes and packaging cause, I avoid about 90% of it. (I’m working on the last 10%!) So, what’s in my drawer instead?
You can buy the Pacifica line pretty much anywhere you get the other kinds of cosmetics. (Or click the word in this article.) Unlike a lot of the products you’ll find in those places, Pacifica is vegan and 100% cruelty-free. And, as I said earlier, they even have a program that lets you return your empty containers FREE and earn points toward future purchases. (This is called winning at consuming with care, folks. You not only get to do a good thing…you get rewarded for it!)
Most days, I skip foundation and just use Pacifica’s Alight BB Tinted Moisturizer:
This lets me say, “Oh, I don’t wear foundation,” like I imagine all the models say. (I think the beauty industry came up with the term “tinted moisturizer” just for women who have this particular vanity. Sigh. I still have so much inner work to do.)
Anyway, I haven’t tried their Radiant Foundation (because then I’d have to say I’m wearing foundation and my vanity would take a hit), but if you want something with SPF in it that might be worth looking into. On my beach days, I wear straight-up sunblock and no makeup. (It’s just going to run off when I hit the water anyway.) On work and stay-at-home days, I just use the tinted moisturizer and call it done.
Your Ideas for Natural Skin Care
So, what natural skin care products have you used and liked? I’m always looking to up my game in this department. When I was evangelical, it felt like there was an unspoken emphasis on fitting a certain mold of beauty. (Is the FOX look just in white evangelical churches?)
Now that I’m living a post-evangelical life, makeup and skin care are areas that require reconsideration, too. I can look at companies that are owned and operated by people who wouldn’t be accepted in evangelical circles. I can evaluate these companies from my new value system: do you meet my need/want in a way that is kind to yourself, others around you, and the planet on which we live?
These are some of the natural skin care products I’ve found that meet the new standard. If you have suggestions for others, tell me in the comments below or hop over to the FREEVANGELIC Facebook group and let everyone know.