Over the past year I've begun to embrace a more minimalistic lifestyle with an aim to use natural products whenever possible. Even though I started paying attention to the foods I put in my body a few years ago, I didn't think about what I put on my body – skincare products, makeup, and the like. Until I did, and then I became obsessed with it.
Using natural, grocery-bought skincare alternatives started out as an experiment but has now turned into my regular routine. I use raw honey for face masks, various oils for moisturizer, and baking soda for just about everything.
Once I started using these products, I quickly discovered that not only were they cheaper but they also made my skin feel better.
To continue my ongoing obsession of cleansing and purging my medicine cabinet, I decided to give "Skin Cleanse" by Adina Grigore of S.W. Basics a read, and I'm happy to report that it was totally legit. Full of solid advice and interesting facts, this book goes into detail about our skin, the foods we eat, the products we use, and finally encourages all of us to go on a "skin cleanse" – meaning, you go 24 hours without using skincare products. Just to try.
I did. Nothing happened, and I mean that in the best way. I thought my skin would dry up and I would die, but it actually felt pretty much the same the next morning. Maybe even a little softer.
The book talks about the reliance we have on our skincare products and how we've come to feel like we need them now because we've trained our skin to need them. On its own, at least according to the book, our skin can exfoliate and moisturize itself – no plastic beaded face wash needed.
This makes complete sense when you think about it. From an evolutionary perspective, why would our skin require regular, intense exfoliations and tons of products?
The best part about the book is that it's not preachy at all. Rather than telling you not to use a certain product, or not to eat wheat, the book advocates a plan of trying things out, seeing if they work, and if not then trying something else.
It's not about following a new, pre-planed skincare routine. Instead it's about doing what works for you. No preachiness whatsoever.
Though I've finished the book, I've decided that I'm not going to stop buying skincare products all together. I enjoy the process of buying products, and I think this whole thing is about figuring out what makes you happy, what works for you and your skin, and what you like.
But I will be sticking to a mix of grocery store products and items from natural retailers like delicious smelling, spa-like Ursa Major, S.W. Basics, and Earth Tu Face – a few of my favorites right now. I'm also really eager to try soul sunday, Herbivore Botanicals, and Meow Meow Tweet.
But what about you guys? Would love to hear your take on skincare and natural products. Do swear by them, find them too crunchy, or what? Let me know!
I received product from both S.W. Basics and Ursa Major as gifts, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Second Floor Flat!