MY SKIN TYPE
At the moment I have a normal skin type with good circulation and no trace of sebum (or oil) on the tissue. My skin is mostly soft, with a smooth, even skin tone.
I would say the biggest reason why this is the case is because I drink a green smoothie almost every morning, I exercise at least 3 times a week (cycling, jogging, yoga and dancing), and I use products on my face that are mild, organic and natural (Green People, Rosewater & Glycerin)
I try to keep things simple. My morning routine usually consists of a few steps listed below, but this varies greatly on time of year, weekends and weekday chaos:
FACE & BODY
I always cleanse, moisture, and apply sunscreen. I use the brand “Green People” and have been using them for over 4 years. I am simply in love with their extraordinary organic skin care range. When you go on their website there are hundreds of testimonials from other people who have been using their products and have been transformed literally 🙂 Click Here for more info
The thing is, our skin eats what’s on it so it’s important to apply products on your skin that you are comfortable eating or you have researched and know are good for your skin.
SKIN CARE 101
CLEANSER: I use a gentle cleanser in the morning and evening. Gel cleansers typically make my face feel tight and dry after using them, so I avoid those. I also don’t use anything like soap (including liquid Dr. Bronner’s, pH of 8) to wash my face. Currently using the brand Green People which works great for me at any time of year. To moisturize my face I use the vitamin fix 24 hour cream by Green People
BODY MOISTURIZER: I generally look for something that’s very hydrating and easily gets absorbed by my skin. I’ve been using Glycein and Rosewater for a few years now and it never disappoints when it comes to combating dry skin on my body -not the face – (reviewed and recipe here). I also love using a mixture of Shea butter, Coconut oil, Avocado Oil and Olive oil. I add all the oils in a wide mouth glass jar and melt them in hot water (not boiling) until they are well combined. Whala! That’s how easy it is to create your own moisturizer. I only use oils when I have just stepped out of the shower because I find that when my skin is not damp they don’t get absorbed very well.
SUNSCREEN: I wear sunscreen under my foundation every day, with an SPF of at least 30 — There is a great article about the importance of wearing sunscreen here! For a few years now I have been loving the sunscreen scent free sun lotion
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an EMPTY stomach for around 20 minutes first thing in the morning. Some reported benefits are:
- It draws out toxins in your body
- Promotes stronger teeth and gums
- Produces whiter teeth
- Kills bad breath etc.
Personally, I have been oil pulling since the 19th of November 2015. The only question on my mind now is why I haven’t tried this sooner. I used to have gum ache on the right side of my jaw due to receding gums and bacteria build up, but since doing the oil pulling method I have experienced immense benefits. One being, I hardly feel pain when I eat sweet foods and my tongue feels cleaner and healthier.