Skincare and beauty for me is like a whole other passion. It started way back when I was a teenager, probably when I was around 13 years old that I became more aware of products I put on me. Back then I didn’t really realise what I should look for in order to help my problematic skin.

And what was the problem? Well, since I remeber I had an extremely (and I mean extremely with a big ‘E’) dry skin. I would put products I find good just by the looks of their packaging, without any research whatsoever. I would experiment too much, make my own face tonics, making a disaster out of my skin. Then there came small acne, which means more harsh products, etc. I thought that I would get rid of pimples by alcohol based drugstore products. The harsher, the better. Oh, If I could turn back time and talk to my young self, I would have saved myself so much problems and money, haha.

How does my skincare routine looks now? Seeing that my skin is in a bad condition (moistureless, dull, uneven in colour and strucutre), I started learning more about the ingredients in products I buy. I discovered organic, natural products and thought they would be perfect for my sensitive skin. I exchanged all of my previous cosmetics for the natural ones. I discovered so many brands I wanted to try. Before I talk about specific products I use now to keep my skin in best shape, I wanted to write the toxic ingredients I avoid and the natural ones I specifically look for.

Ingredients to avoid:

Bad alcohols (Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol): They act as antimicrobials, preservatives, but they will, over time, dry out your skin and make it more prone to acne.

Silicones (Dimethicone, Cyclotetrasiloxane): They are supposed to make a barrier between your skin and air, so that it’s protected and looks smoother, however, skin doensn’t breath, therefore in the long term silicones will clog your pores making it problematic.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS, SLES): It makes a soap all nice and foamy, but also irritates and dries out skin.

Fragrance (Parfum): It can add, of course, a beautiful smell to your skincare regime, however, it will irritate your skin, especially if it’s prone to allergy. Sometimes I buy products with fragrance in it, but I try to avoid it as much as possible anyway. Also, one word ‘fragrance’ in ingredients list can have several other toxic ingredients hidden under this name.

Other harsh, toxic or cancerogenic chemicals: PEGs, Formaldehyde, Hydroquinone, Mineral oil, Petrolatum, Alumina, Oxybenzone, Talc, Toluene, Triclosan, Phthalates, PPD, Mercury, Lead, Parabens, DEA/TEA/MEA. Beware, because sometimes products labelled ‘natural’, ‘organic’ can have those mentioned above as well.

Ingredients to look for:

Shea Butter, Glycerine, Jojoba Oil:  If you want to keep good level of hydration for your skin or hair.

Vitamins (A, B, C, E, etc.): For regeneration.

Omega fatty acids: They act as antioxidants.

Hyaluronic Acid: It locks the hydration of your skin, keeping it naturally moisturized, healthy and glowy.

Natural sunscreen (SPF): Especially for foundations, powders or day creams, so that you use sun protection on everyday basis; look for Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in ingredients list, these are the natural protectors against sun.

My skincare routine:

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser
It gently cleanses my skin without drying it out and my skin feels fresh and smoother afterwards. It has a consistency of a milk and smells very nice. It’s a bit on a pricy side, but so worth it. I use it every morning and evening to remove any impurities and makeup. Also, it lasts veeery long.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset May Lindstrom Skin The Clean Dirt, Cleansing Clay
I use it as a peeling once a week. It’s one of the most natural peelings you can get on a market. Also it’s very luxurious and does work wonders if I feel like my skin is starting to feel a bit dull.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset Pai Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream
OK, I think this one is like my Holy Grail. I’ve been buying this moisturizer for like two years. Always coming back to it, never disappointed. There is just no cream like this one, it hydrates my skin, gives it the soft, silky smooth feel, keeps it feeling pampered all day. But also, it doesn’t have that sticky, oily residue as some heavy creams can have. It’s just perfect, I can’t go single day without it!

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Another one from Kahina. I use it on my lips and under eye area before sleeping. This way I know I won’t be waking up with zombie eyes. It’s a small pot, but goes a long way, because of the heavy consistency.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
You gotta put something regenerating on your skin after rough night, right girls? I use it maybe twice a week, when I feel my skin needs a bit more attention, either it’s pimples, dry patches around my nose or loss of glow, it works it all out.

Hopefully this post was helpful for you, you maybe learned something new and will make better decisions next time shopping for skincare!