Happy last #tbt in September to all of you! It’s pretty crazy to believe that we’re almost to October – I swear, this year has gone by faster than any years before it. It’s going to be Thanksgiving and full-fledged holiday season before we know it.
While we all know that I thoroughly love me some ethical fashion, today I thought I’d dive into another love of my life: green beauty and skincare. Over the past few years I have slowly but steadily replaced all of my conventional skincare products with green, natural, mostly organic products. Many of the goods I have invested in were recommended by Sarah James over at Whoorl, or by the lovely ladies at my local green beauty oasis: Credo. It’s been a long journey to get here, full of budgeting and some strategic swapping, but I’m pretty proud of what stares back at me from my medicine cabinet these days.
As someone who grew up swimming and surfing, nary a hat in sight, and for whom the concept of re-applying sunblock seemed a nice, if not inconvenient suggestion, I’ve had my skincare work cut out for me. Though I will never be able to undo the damage incurred in my youth, I am trying to do the most when it comes to corrective and preventative measures from here on out. For reference, my skin is DRY. Like, scary dry. And I also experience the pure joy that is once-monthly hormonal acne. When it comes to skincare, I need moisture, first and foremost, then something to address these darling little fine lines, and lastly something to help tame the breakouts. If you happen to be in my same boat, or are curious about making the jump to the green beauty world, well then, I've got just the post for you. I also want to say that I am by no means an expert, not on skin nor on the green beauty market, but I really love the stuff featured below.
Daily Morning Routine:
To start off, I have recently incorporated this hydrating rose tonic mist from Kari Gran into my morning routine to great effect. What can I say? This stuff is absolutely delightful. I use it immediately after I’ve cleansed (with Dr. Brommer's, usually) and patted my face dry, and it soothes and preps my skin for optimal moisturization. Also the faint rose scent is the perfect way to wake my skin up in the morning. It’s a favorite favorite.
Until a year or so ago, I was a faithful Kiehl's consumer, and it wasn’t until last month that I finally used up the last dollop of my previously beloved Kiehl’s moisturizer and made the leap to this amazing, but significantly more expensive Tata Harper serum. You guys, this stuff is amazing. I actually texted my best friend six months ago or so to get her opinion – was this just too ridiculously expensive to buy or what? At that moment, it was, but six months and a little frugality later, it came home with me. I don’t know what to say about Tata Harper – everything she makes is so good, and this rejuvenating serum is no exception. I am in love with the scent and the consistency. It feels slightly heavier than my Kiehl's stuff, but I think my skin might actually need that, especially as we turn the corner into winter weather.
This Juice Beauty tinted CC Cream is another more recent green beauty swap. I was using and loving a Peter Thomas Roth product that I picked up at Sephora, but after doing a bit more research I realized that I could do better. Juice is good stuff. The tinted CC cream offers some light coverage and so far my skin has really taken to the formula. The only thing I’m not wild about is the slightly peppery smell, but it’s not so strong as to be off-putting.
Typical Nnighttime Routine:
Most nights I wash with the same gentle cleanser from the morning, before removing my makeup with Trader Joe’s pure jojoba oil (works like a freaking charm). I’m actually really into using this oil to remove my mascara and daily makeup, and have heard that it makes a great cleanser as well. I’ll have to get back to you once I try it out.
Once my face is clean and clear, I mist myself with the same rose toning spray from the morning and then apply Eye+ by Skin Owl. This one was a recommendation from the Credo ladies, and so far, I think it’s pretty good. I’m not sure that it is as powerful in diminishing my crow’s feet as some of the more conventional products I was using, but it is lightweight and I think it it has been pretty effective in reducing the bags and circles under my eyes.
My final step before donning an activated charcoal sleeping mask (god, I sound like the bougiest, most high maintenance POS. I swear that I'm not) is to use a few drops of Tata Harper's Replenishing Nutrient Complex on my face and neck. I start by warming the oil by rubbing two or three drops between my fingers ( a tip picked up from Sarah), and then lightly dab it around my face and down onto my neck and décolletage. This is another pricey product, but I truly love it. I use this oil 3-4 times per week and it always feels like I'm wearing a thin velvety layer on my face.
On the nights I don’t use my Tata products (probably a few nights a week), I use Kypris’ Moonlight Catalyst to gently exfoliate my super dry skin. No toning mist before this one, because the Credo women told me not to. Apparently this is meant to have a similar effect to using a retinoid, but it’s free of harsh chemicals and synthetics. My favorite part about it is that you use it by itself, so my nightly routine is reduced to one simple step. Nothing quite like a one and done!
Once per week I use an exfoliating scrub from Fig + Yarrow. I’ve gotta be honest – I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I like the exfoliating nature, but it seems to leave an almost waxy residue that requires some extra rinsing to remove. But since I only use it once a week it’s really not a deal breaker.
Once per week I also use a mask, and this Resurfacing Mask from, you guessed it, Tata Harper is my favorite. It’s gentle and brightening and leaves me with a great glow. Also the scent is divine. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to incorporate a moisturizing mask into their routine!
Lastly, just for kicks I thought I’d add my new favorite hair product – also recommended by Sarah on Whoorl. I am a girl who loves some beachy waves, but I had yet to master the technique or find a product that works for me without making my hair crunchy – until now! Before I dive into the actual product – can we talk about the packaging? French Girl Sea Spray? With that label?! I mean, c’mon. It’s too good. This sea spray gives me the perfect texture, without drying my hair out. Also it smells like cool girl heaven (aka jasmin and neroli), and it's organic and in all ways perfect. So there.
Are you a fan of green, natural or organic skincare products? Let me know what you're crushing on these days and let's compare notes!