I am half way through my natural skin care month and it has been amazing, I wish I had started this earlier! The most noticeable change has been with my pores. They actually look and feel smaller. My skin went from looking dry and dull to moist and glowing. It’s only been a few weeks and I’m sure it sounds over exaggerated but people have actually noticed the change, so I know it’s not just me
As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been feeling really unhappy with my skin and I knew I needed to try something new. I have a healthy balanced diet; I drink loads of water and get more than enough sleep so trying a natural based skincare regime was next on the list, to try beat this problem
My usual skincare regime pretty much consisted of any products that were on special at the supermarket, so there really was no consistency or thought in it at all. All the products I am using this month are products I have used and loved before, I just hadn’t used them exclusively with other natural based products. I couldn’t be happier with my choices, so here they are in all their natural beauty!
I try to support New Zealand business as much as I can and the natural based, organic, super lush products that come out of the Skinfood door make it very hard not to!
There are three main products that I just have to share first, their mud mask, coconut oil and exfoliator. I have tried so many facemasks but what I love about this one is its rich, thick and creamy. Its dries fairly quickly but I like to leave it on for about 20 minutes. Once washed off my skin is beyond soft, I cant stop touching it!
Coconut oil is actually one of the reasons I wanted to go natural. As I previously mentioned, my mum uses coconut oil every night and swears by it. After cleansing my skin I massage a few drops of their coconut oil on my face and rub into my lips. I have always had really dry lips and I am finding the oil much more effective than lip balm. I then rub in the leftover oil from my hands into the cuticles of my nails.
The exfoliator is honestly the best exfoliator I have tried. I have two exfoliators sitting in my bathroom that I just don’t use because when I apply it to my face and start to circulate with my fingers, I can’t feel any exfoliation happening, as there are so few grains! The Skinfood exfoliator actually exfoliators the skin easily, I love it!
Because I have issues with my skin, having a full coverage foundation that lasts is a must. I had this idea that natural based foundation wouldn’t give me the coverage I needed; I imagined it to be light without lasting the full day. Well that certainty is not the case when it comes to the Inika foundation. I have met my match; a natural, organic foundation that has better coverage than any foundation I have used before and lasts the full day.
Something that irritated me with my last foundation was my mascara would run under my eyes during the day. I tried using compressed or setting powder under my eye in hopes that this would help, but it just dried up the skin and my mascara would still run. I have absolutely no run now that I am using Inika! It also smells so fresh, I can smell it during the day, its amazing.
When selecting my foundation colour I realised I was right in the middle of two shades. So I got both, unknowingly solving one of my most annoying make up problems! I am an avid fake tanner, I go through shades of tan depending on the day of the week. So on tan day one my foundation matches my neck perfectly, but when it starts to fade I have to wear a scarf to work to cover up my white neck and hide the ridiculous mis-match between my face a neck. Now that I have two shades, I can blend the two to make the perfect match depending on my tan, brilliant!
I use their primer before applying the foundation. It helps even out my skin, the foundation lasts longer and it keeps my skin moist and feeling fresh under my make up. I am also using their bronzer, which is a loose powder with a slight shimmer that goes on flawlessly. I bought their vegan blush brush to apply the bronzer. I love how soft it is to the face and that it allows me to lightly apply the bronzer and control the application easily.
I have always been the one at the beach that sits firmly under my parasoul umbrella. I never lay out in the sun as I refuse to be leather back jack when I am older and my health is way to important to me to take a risk with skin cancer. So I am a proud fake tanner.
I regularly use body tan on my face even though I knew it wouldn’t be the best for my skin. So I was immediately intrigued when I saw Eco Tans Face Tan Water appear in my Instagram feed, I just had to give it a go! They are all about clean and green beauty so it was an easy decision to switch to their products. After cleansing my skin I literally splash this on with my fingers and blend into my neck. I first applied this at night time before I went to bed and when I woke up my face was an even bronze colour, no streaks, no orange or yellow, just a gorgeous island tan! In addition to this, the Face Tan Water is anti aging and anti acne….. the dream.
Before & After one application
For my body I am using their Cacao Firming Mousse. Again, not just a tan! Made with coffee, blood orange, ginger and mandarin it helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. I really like using mousse as it tends to last longer and is easier to apply. I find that tan tends to develop on my skin better over night. So I apply before going to bed then wash off in the morning. It wasn’t orange, streaky or fake looking and developed into a gorgeous deep tan…. as you will see above!!
Ahhhh Trilogy I Love You!!! I think many can agree here. Hitting 30 you naturally start thinking about those anti aging products. I switched to the anti aging Eco Tan Water and now Im looking into other anti aging natural based products I can incorporate into my skin care regime. I have found Trilogys Eye Contour Cream which I apply in the morning and at night to help smooth and firm the eye area. With my busy lifestyle I feel this is the area that wears it the most so using the best products here is a must!
I am also using their Shampoo and Conditioner so I am natural based from head to toe! The Shampoo leaves my hair squeaky clean which is sometimes quite hard with the length of my hair, so this is a major selling point for me. I think I mentioned this earlier but in conjunction with their Botanical body wash I leave the shower smelling and feeling like I just left the Day Spa, worth every cent!
Their blemish control gel has been my regular for about a month now. This lives on my chin area every night and helps to stop blemishes before they appear, sometimes Im quick enough! I also just bought their face cleanser which I am yet to try so will include that in my next blog post.
Day One Shots:
Here are my dreaded day one shots, as you can see I have large pores, imperfections and little blemishes. Two weeks in and I already feel my skin has changed so I cant wait to share some comparison shots after 4 weeks!!
I am absolutely thrilled with how my natural based skincare regime is going so far. Check back in for more updates on my changes.