Up until a couple of weeks ago, my skin had been the worst it has been in a long time. So much so, that I was packing on the makeup to try and hide the many blemishes that seemed to have taken up residence on my chin and cheeks. It got so bad that I felt almost ashamed to be seen without makeup, as at 28 I should not be looking like a teenager! I know there are a lot of other people who have issues with their skin in their late twenties, and many times it is due to hormonal imbalances. I’ve noticed there are not many blog posts about treating blemished skin naturally, as many products designed to help treat blemishes are often packed with chemicals. I thought that my skincare routine may be of use to some of you who also have troubled skin but are looking to go down the more natural skincare route!
NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTINE – MORNING
In the morning, I’ll wake up and gently wash my face with a warm washcloth. I’ll then use a super gentle cleanser, and the one I love is the SKIN By Ecostore Gentle Cleanser. This is a cream cleanser that is extremely gentle and works well on a wide range of skin tones. I’ll simply massage this into my skin, before removing it with warm water.
Next up is toner, and when my skin isn’t 100% I love to use the La Mav Pore Refining Toner. This stuff is great for helping to balance the skin, and works well if you have normal/oily skin. I find this toner helps to clear up my skin a little quicker and this is probably due to the citrus fruits and lavender that make up this toner. I simply spritz a little on and leave it to dry. One thing I really like about this one, is that it sprays well from the bottle, so I don’t need to use a cotton pad. This decreases my chance of spreading bacteria around my skin.
I then apply a treatment to my skin and I will often use the Living Nature Manuka Honey Gel. I’ll let this dry completely before applying my go-to moisturiser for troubled skin, my Virtuous Skincare Skin Repair Cream*. When my skin is bad, this is the only moisturiser I’ll use as it’s full of skin repairing ingredients and it’s so gentle on the skin. I find it also leaves my skin feeling moisturised and supple. I definitely think this product helps to clear up my skin quicker
NATURAL SKINCARE ROUTINE – EVENING
When my skin is blemished, I either end up wearing zero makeup (if I’m just chilling at home), or a tonne of makeup (if I’m heading out for the day). As I mentioned above, when my skin is bad, I’ll never leave the house without makeup, and I often end up wearing quite a bit as I’m trying to hide the redness. This means it also takes a bit more effort to take off at night, so the first thing I’ll do is use the oil cleansing method to gently remove my makeup.
I use a custom blend of oils which I create myself, and all the ingredients are great for troubled skin. If you want to simply buy a oil cleanse product, the Tailor Skincare one is great and so is the Jasmine Synergy Cleansing Balm from Ora Wellbeing. Both of these I have tried and loved, and they work well on a range of skin types. Once my makeup has melted into an oily mess, I’ll remove it gently with a warm washcloth.
Next up, I’ll use my SKIN By Ecostore Gentle Cleanser again, massaging it into my skin with my fingers. I’ll then use my Clarisonic Mia 2 on the parts of my face that aren’t blemished, before removing the excess cleanser with a warm washcloth.
Most nights, I will use a treatment mask to help try and clear up my skin. I’m a big believer in using masks regularly, and one of my favourites is the Girl Undiscovered Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask. This contains thanaka extract and kanuka extract – both of which are great for blemished skin. As well as being a face mask, this product also works as an effective, yet gentle, exfoliator. The other mask I use religiously is The Botanical Alchemist Exfoliator + Masque*. This awesome 2 in 1 product is my go-to exfoliator and then I’ll leave it on my skin a little longer for the mask benefits. This mask seems to dry any blemishes out and I’ve noticed really good results from this mask when I use it regularly. It’s also gentle enough to be used pretty much every day!
Following up with toner, at nights I opt for my Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner. This is a natural chemical exfoliator and toner, which is made from bio-fermentation. Since it contains lactic acid, it’s also an effective AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) product, which is a great product if you suffer from troubled and congested skin. I just make sure I avoid using this product on any open or bad blemishes as it will sting!
Finally, I will treat my skin with the same product as in the morning – the Living Nature Manuka Honey Treatment Gel. I’ll then use the same Virtuous Skincare Skin Repair Cream* as in the morning to moisturise my skin at night.
And that’s my natural skincare routine for blemished skin. All of these products are completely natural and every product serves a purpose. When it comes to treating blemished skin, it’s so important to keep it as simple as possible and avoid putting unnecessary things on your skin.
If I’m just at home, I’ll make a point of not wearing makeup during the day, and instead I’ll pop a mask on for a few hours. If I am wearing makeup during the day, I’ll also make sure I’ll remove it as soon as I’m home for the day to allow my skin to breathe. While I do use all natural makeup, I’ll often opt for mineral foundations and concealers when my skin is breaking out, as these products are just a little bit better for the skin.
I hope this routine may help you if you are looking for some natural options to help treat your skin. If you have any favourite natural products that you swear by, then please let me know in the comments below!
Please note: All products marked with a * are PR samples which have been sent to me at some stage. These views are my personal opinion and are no way influenced by others. I always provide an honest opinion, so you all know which products are worth purchasing