Struggling to find skincare that actually works? With so many brands and information out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated trying to find something that works. Well, I can honestly say that after years of trying all kinds of brands and wasting money on useless products to maintain health in my skin, I finally nailed it. And, girl, did I have it all wrong!
I was using toxic skincare and makeup that clogged my pores and damaged my skin overtime. Dark spots were beginning to develop on my cheeks and my acne only got worse. Ultimately, leaving me with scars. You can imagine how desperate I became to try all kinds of products in the hopes that something would work. I was vulnerable to marketing ploys that claimed to be the “best” and “most effective.”
I allowed myself to be sold on commercialized crap and marketing tactics for products that clogged my pores and made my skin even worse than it already was. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me and why nothing I tried worked, despite the results that they promised. After a while, it made me wonder ‘how true are these results really’ because I wasn’t seeing any of it.
Needless to say, I finally figured it out and was able to heal my skin through diet and a change in cosmetics.
The key is in the ingredients.
I learned that brands who use toxic ingredients like the ones listed in the top 12 to make their products, instead of clean, toxic-free, plant-based ingredients are not worth a penny spent.
Even less, if they are able to unconscionably take advantage of the lives of innocent, vulnerable, helpless animals and exploit them to laboratory torture unecessarily – All for the mighty dollar.
If you have acne prone skin like I did, I would highly recommend you also stay away from comedogenic ingredients in cosmetics. These are more likely to fuel your acne prone skin rather than help clear it. Even the brands you think are “good” sneak some of these nasties in during production so be sure that what you are buying is non-comedogenic.
However, be wary of any rating system of the pore-clogging potential of cosmetic ingredients; most sources are unreliable at best and misleading at worst. That’s because they typically rate ingredients based on the effects of 100% concentrations, which doesn’t apply to how ingredients like algae (or countless others) are used in skincare.
Another issue that makes such lists of potentially comedogenic ingredients more useless than useful is that they do not account for the ingredient combinations in a given product or when multiple products are used, which pretty much describes an average skincare routine!
Keep in mind that nutrition also plays a big role in the appearance of your skin. What you fuel your body with is what will reflect on the outside.
Just as toxic cosmetics can be pore clogging, so can toxic food. A clean, organic plant-based diet with predominantly raw living food in combination with clean, organic, toxic-free skincare and makeup just the same is what I would HIGHLY recommend to reap the results you’re looking for all around.
Products to use
I’m not going to sit here and tell you there’s only one best product that will do the job because there isn’t. Everyone’s skin is different and everyone’s lifestyle choices are different. So what might work for me, may not work for you and vice versa.
What I will do is make suggestions based on my experience and what I have tried myself so that you’re not blind-sighted and left guessing on whether or not a product is good enough while blowing money on useless crap loaded with toxic ingredients that clog your pores like I did over the years.
This will help eliminate the guesswork and at least narrow it down for you.
Where to start if you’re unsure
A great place to start is going with a clean beauty box that provides high quality, non-toxic products so you can see which product works best for you. With Kinder Beauty, you can either get a subscription which you can cancel at any time or you can go with one of their deep discounted “mystery boxes.” Use the code KINDER10 to get 10% off your first box.
Petit Vour is another amazing, high quality beauty box that provides various options to try. Right now, they’re offering a free beauty kit on orders of $75+ and free shipping on $50 or more (US only).
You can try brands like Osea, Biossance, 100% Pure, Ilia, French Girl, Pai and so many others that will help you decide. Then, once you’ve decided to try a particular brand, you can start the skin healing process! That’s what I love about these boxes, they come with so many high quality options to make it easier to decide without worrying if they’re good for you or not.
With so many clean beauty options out there and growing by the day, it makes it very hard to decide individually.
Right now, I’m using Osea for my skincare routine and I’m loving their products. Although, I feel after using the Atmosphere Protection Cream, it still leaves my skin dry so I’m going to try the Undaria Argan Oil next to use as a layer for extra hydration. It looks like a great add-on so I’m excited to try it. I’ll keep you posted on how that works. Right now, I’m using e.l.f’s Daily Hydration Moisturizer on top of the cream and it’s been working out fine.
Should you stick with just one product line?
Personally, I like to change it up. This may be a myth (or not) but I feel that the skin, much like our hair needs a break in routine for greater results. After a while, the initial effect of your routine wears off and no longer has the same outcome as it did when you first started it. That has been my experience so trying different products and changing up my routine has always been a game-changer.
Just like when you workout and do the same workout routine over and over again, you not only get bored but your muscles get used to it to the point that it’s no longer effective. So, you plateau.
Plus, seasonal changes are important because with each season, comes different demands. For example, in Winter, the dry air has a stronger effect on the skin and hair than it would in Summer so it’s important to change it up during seasonal shifts in time.
Skincare brands I would recommend
Osea (if you have dry skin, make sure you add the Undaria Argan Oil)
Biossance (They now have a new moisturizer/hydration duo so you can get both in one buy. Trying this one next! 🙂
e.l.f – This one is more of an economical line. In addition to the moisturizer, I’ve also tried their Daily Face Cleanser which I thought was great for the price.
Keep in mind that these are only some of the product lines as there are so many to choose from which I will share a little at a time so as to not overwhelm you.
Let me know if you have any questions!
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