The journey to healthy, holistic skin care | Guest Blog by Lisa

Hi babes!
My names Lisa and I'm obsessed with all things organic, holistic and beauty. When Instagram stories became a thing, I immediately started getting DM's from my followers asking me to "tell them my secrets", or telling me "your skin is flawless" or just simply asking me to show my skin care routine. This made me laugh a bit because I thought in my head "if they only knew". I have been through it all when it comes to acne, skin care and finding out what routine and products work best for me.
I struggled with acne from the age of 14. It calmed down a bit going into my junior year of high school. Then I went vegan when I was 19 and my skin freaked out again. It felt like a never ending cycle. I tried everything from commercial brands and high end brands like Neutrogena, Murad and Dermalogica. I've tried cleansing tools like the Clarisonic and the Foreo. I had an absurd amount of facials and microdermabrasion done. I washed my pillowcase every two days. I used the purest detergent. Nothing seemed to permanently keep my skin in check. It took me a while to realize that these products all work in the beginning and then the results start to fade again.
When I really got into an organic lifestyle was when I realized how important what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on the outside of it. So when I went on a plant based diet I thought that totally clear my skin once and for all, but nope! My skin FREAKED the F out. It was so bad, I had red bumps everywhere. It was dry in some areas and super oily in others. I just wanted to give up. Then I did some research and realized the stress and shock I was putting my body through with such a huge diet and lifestyle change, so I believe that it was just a result of the whole change and cleansing of my body. 
Along with this new natural, plant based, organic lifestyle came with new natural organic products. I ditched the unnecessary make up wipes and started using coconut oil as a make up remover, pre-cleanse & moisturizer. I began using Dr. Bronners tea tree soap as a cleanser, due to all of the healing & anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil. I found this awesome aztec clay mask that I swear by, I used it one-two times a week for a while, now I use it maybe once a month as needed and it still works like a charm. I basically stuck to these three items for 6 months. I had a morning and night time routine that I stood by religiously and my skin FINALLY cleared up. It felt amazing to not have to wear make up and still be able to feel confident. 
Fast forward to the present day & what I'm doing now..
my morning routine:
  • NOTHING! I usually wake up and just love the way my skin feels & looks with all the natural oils on it. 
  • If I'm super tired I'll splash my face with a little water to wake myself up and pat it dry, then if I feel I need it i'll moisturize with a little bit of coconut oil. Unless I workout in the AM, then I will cleanse my face in the shower and moisturize after. 
my nighttime routine:
  • REMOVE MAKE UP: I use about a quarter size amount of coconut oil to remove all my face and eye make up.  
  • PRE-CLEANSE: I use a pea sized amount of Dr. Bronners soap, I switch it up seasonally but right now I'm using the hemp & almond. I believe pre-cleansing is so important to really get your skin clear of all dirt and make up before you cleanse. 
  • CLEANSE: As of lately I've been using the Pacifica Kale Detox cleanser. I love this brand because 100% vegan & cruelty free. It's also free from sulfates, phthalates, parabens and all other nasty chemicals you don't want on your skin. This cleanser is made for oily & acne prone skin and I just feel like it was made for me! My skin had never felt cleaner and I legit get excited to use it. 
  • MOISTURIZE & UNDER EYES: I use coconut oil to moisturize my skin before bed & I swear by the Cocokind MYMATCHA stick for my under eyes, sometimes if I'm lazy I'll just use the whole stick on my face and pat it into my skin. 
So, that's it my babes!
My simple, all natural skin care routine that actually works for me. It took years for me to develop this routine and find the right products that work. What works for me may not work for you but I hope this post was insightful & gives some of you hope that your skin does not have to be bad. It's all about developing a routine, your diet & using natural clean products. 
xo, Lisa

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