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2018 Update: See my updated skincare routine, here.
Since starting this little online space over two and a half years ago, I’ve shared a number of DIY recipes here on Live Simply; everything from cleaning solutions to personal skincare products. Due to the number of homemade recipes on the blog, I often receive blog comments and emails asking what I personally make and use for my daily home and skincare needs. Today, my plan is to show you exactly what I’m using for my fall skincare needs.
Just as our nutritional needs change with the seasons (heartier meals in the winter and lighter fare in the summer), I believe it’s also important to nourish our skin seasonally. For me, this means transitioning my facial cleanser from a soap-based sudsy cleanser to a gentle cleanser made with aloe and honey. Other factors also play into my natural skincare routine at the moment: 1) the time I have available to make products and the ones I feel most strongly about making 2) ingredients I currently have in my pantry or “medicine” cabinet that agree with my skin.
Just because this skincare routine works for my skin doesn’t mean it’s right for you. We all have different skin types and live in different environments. I hope today’s post encourages you to find a routine that works for you, one that’s simple and natural!
My All-Natural Fall Skincare Routine
My Morning Routine
I keep my morning routine simple these days. Upon waking, I take a shower and rinse my face with water. I wash my body with castile soap (I love my homemade body wash recipes, but right now my time has been spent making other homemade products). That’s it! I still use a store-bought shampoo and conditioner since I haven’t been able to find or make homemade versions that work. Just being honest, friend.
For body lotion, I’m currently using Everyday Shea. I love my homemade lotion recipe on the blog, but at the moment I know a decent store-bought lotion exists so my time is better spent elsewhere.
My Evening Routine
My evening routine involves a three step process (think: Clinique goes homemade).
Step One: Aloe and Honey Facial Cleanser
After tucking the kids into bed, I rinse my face with water and massage my face with an aloe and honey cleanser. The cleanser is washed off using a wet wipe (I’m in love with these wipes for facial cleansing!).
Step Two: Apple Cider Vinegar Astringent/Toner
Next, I move on to balancing my skin’s pH with apple cider vinegar. Since apple cider vinegar is strong stuff it must be diluted.
Step Three: Moisturizer
I use a simple blend of aloe and almond oil on my skin. This solution takes one minute to make, and it lasts for months! Previously, I was using this argan oil moisturizer (pictured), which is also fabulous, but it became a bit heavy for the Florida heat.
Simplicity at its finest, my friend. A homemade skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated, just effective.