Our All Natural Skincare Routine

Words and Images by  Yarminiah

Words and Images by Yarminiah

 

Taking care of yourself is an act of preservation, an affirmation that you matter. When I pay attention to my skincare routine, it helps me face the day with ultimate comfort and who doesn’t love that? Being mindful about what we are allowing into our body, mind and spirit is a way to observe daily balance. Have you ever stopped to take a moment and read what’s on the label of your favorite moisturizer or face wash? I never did until one random day when a fierce determination took over me to meticulously read and google the ingredients of my go-to face wash and when I learned that what I was applying was mildly toxic, I decided to spend extra coin on an Acure face wash that had all natural ingredients. My awareness of the benefits of natural skincare has always been on my radar thanks to my Caribbean family and ancestors who are masters of natural care and healing practices. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks from my family to help keep my skin moisturized and healthy year round. All the products on this list are either naturally sourced or produced.


Miracle Face Serum

This serum has me feeling so glowed up its practically given me wings. I cannot recommend it enough. Made with sweet orange, mustard seed, rose hip, lemon and vitamin e oils- this is like fertilizer for your pores. Plus, the scent is so fragrant it smells like you just peeled opened a fresh tangelo orange. Put it on and my skin stays hydrated all day. The only way to buy this is the good ‘ol homegrown way: , contact the maker, Veola directly. She hand mixes and pours each batch with so much love and care. Tell her I sent ya: Veolaparris@gmail.com.


Moisturizer

When I’m going through a particularly oily skin phase, I’m a a fan of a good mattifying moisturizer. Both Acure and Sukin offer moisturizers that help tame my oily skin in the summertime. You can find this at Target, Marshalls or buy it online.


Gentle Cleanser

As I mentioned above, I happened to discover Acure while at Target on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. I read the all natural ingredients list, took a chance and was impressed by the effectiveness of this cleanser. It also helps that it smells delicious.


Moisture Mask

This is hands-down my favorite moisturizing mask. If you are experiencing dryness or peeling skin, use this mask followed by a moisturizing serum. I find I still need to exfoliate with this mask to remove dead skin, but it does wonders for moisture retention.


rosewater

This rosewater is the most fragrant deliciousness you’ll ever come across. OK, I’m obv exaggerating, but it smells like literal roses and it’s completely organic and all natural. I use it before I put any moisturizer and I also use it to set my makeup once its applied. Available on Amazon.


Clay Mask

I use Rhassoul glay for my hair, but also for my face as a purifier about once a month. Here’s a great video explaining why it works for hair but same science can be applied for your skin. Available at Vitamin Shoppe.


Honey Mask

Just apply to your face before you take a warm shower. Leave on ‘til you finish your shower and voila, after a few times doing this your skin will begin to feel like suede. I use this honey because I found it at Marshalls, but use any honey that is raw and ethically sourced.


Moisturizing Oil

Sweet almond oil is great sealant for my hair, but I also use it on my face. Sometimes I’ll use this or coconut oil as a face wash. You read, right, I bathe my face in oil to “wash it”. Oil attracts oil, so this is a perfect way to get rid of white heads and buildup in your pores. Massage the oil into your face for about 5 minutes (really indulge in this self care moment). Dip a washcloth in hot/warm water and give your face a delicious mini steam treatment for about a minute by draping your face in the washcloth and trapping the steam by cupping your toweled face in the palms of your hands. Then gently wipe the oil and dirt away. Follow up with a spritz of rosewater and finish with Veola’s Miracle Face Serum - sis, you are bound to glow. This weekly routine has made my skin baby soft and has greatly minimized dry skin peeling. It’s gold!


There you have it- an all natural list of products that have helped my skin. I plan to make a gradual switch to all natural makeup because what’s the point of using all natural skincare when you add synthetic products on top of it daily? One item you will not find on this list is sunscreen, but I plan to begin wearing sunscreen daily. What are your top recommendations for all natural, non-chalky sunscreen? Drop ‘em below! 👇🏿👇🏾👇🏽👇🏼

Also, side note, while visiting Sudan we had an auntie show us her turmeric and yogurt face mask routine and yes, it looked glorious. I’ve seen a couple you-tubers rave about this and I tried it for the first time yesterday but it irritated my skin a bit. Do you have any additional natural skincare routines that have saved your skin from ashiness and drama? Let me know in the comments below.