Cleanse, Treat, Hydrate.
I’ve been dealing with some stressed skin over the passed couple of months. I have sensitive acne prone skin, which is an interesting skin type to create a routine for. Most products formulated for break-outs aren’t formulated for sensitive skin, and vice versa. Thankfully, after a lot of trial and error, I’ve found different natural ways to manage my skin type and keep it in check. Today I have two products and two ingredients to share with you that I love to use when I’m dealing with breakouts and redness.
To wash my face, I love the Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash. It is formulated with coconut water, clay, and greens, and it leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped of its natural moisture. It is a gel based cleanser, and the 5 oz bottle lasts for a long time. Since one of its ingredients is kale, I find that this product actually smells like a green juice! Even though it is not marketed for sensitive skin, I can use this product with no issues.
I have a couple of face masks that I love to use, and first up is the Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Mask. This mask is for all skin types and contains aloe vera and red clay. I love this mask for my skin type as it cleanses but still leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I also love to mix up my own masks from time to time, and one of my favorites involves matcha powder! Matcha reduces redness and inflammation, making it a great ingredient to include in a face mask. I mix it with a little bit of organic yogurt until it resembles a clay, and it makes a very cooling and soothing mask. Fair warning, it takes a bit of effort to wash this off!
The last step in my skincare routine is always a moisturizer, and my favorite is plain old olive oil! I like to apply it to slightly damp skin, massage it in, and pat dry. This keeps the application from being to heavy, but still gives my skin the hydration it needs. And don’t be scared to use an oil if you have oily skin! This article shows the comedogenic (pore blocking,) properties of different natural oils. I’ve learned coconut oil, an oil with a high comedogenic index, breaks me out, but olive oil, almond oil, and mango butter work really well!