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Minimalist natural skincare routine for dry, acne skin

DIY skincare

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Longing for dewy, fresh, glowing skin? Think it is impossible because of your dry, acne-prone skin. It is possible. You can take care of your dry, acne-prone skin without spending a lot of time, effort, and money.

By using only what your skin needs, you too can have beautiful skin. ‘Less is more’ when it comes to managing dryness, inflammation, irritation, and bacteria.

How do you build a ‘less is more’ minimalist natural skincare routine? Keep reading…

Get rid of acne forever

Before I share some tips and ideas with you, let me address how you can completely get rid of acne forever. If you want to cure your acne, then you should consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.

This person can help you identify the cause of your problem and help you address that cause so you won’t continue getting acne. If your acne is caused by some internal issue no amount of topical skincare is going to prevent new acne.

A minimalist natural skincare routine may help you mange and minimize your acne and scars. Remember, skincare is cosmetics. It is for your fun and enjoyment, and not a cure or a treatment.

If you know that your acne is caused by using multiple products, then cut those products out. A minimalist skincare routine could be a great way to detox and reset your skin.

And one more thing… natural is not always better. It can cause allergic or other serious reactions. Test patch and proceed with caution because some of the suggestions below would make your skin worse.

How to build your own routine

Okay, now to the point…

The very basic minimalist skincare routine has two steps: cleansing + moisturizing. A third optional step: face masks (when you feel like indulging).

1. Cleansing

a) Honey

Remove any makeup first (if you wear it).

Use a clean utensil and scoop some honey out of the jar and apply it to wet skin in a circular motion (for a gentle massage). Rinse.

What type of honey to use?

Any type will do (although raw honey is better). Just make sure that you are not allergic to honey.

Do not heat honey. Some claim that heating honey destroys its beneficial properties.

Why is honey so great?

Honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, a wound healer, and a humectant. Honey helps reduce inflammation and bacterial growth. It will make your acne disappear faster and minimize scarring.

Honey is also great for dry skin because it is soothing and moisturizing. It does not strip away natural oils and will not leave your skin feeling tight and parched (unlike, for example, a soap based cleanser).

2. Moisturizer

a) Aloe vera

Cut a small slice off an aloe vera leaf and scrap out the clear jelly. Rub the jelly all over your cleansed skin.

Fresh Aloe is best. You can buy Aloe leaves from the grocery store. Cut off the slice that you need and keep the rest of the unused leaf in the fridge.

If it is extremely hot and humid where you live, then you may not need anything else.

Why is Aloe vera so great?

It contains, approximately, 98.5% water. So, it is very moisturizing and soothing. It is anti-inflammatory and helps in the reduction of acne inflammation.

b) lotion

If you prefer to moisturizer your face with a lotion, you can buy one. Try to find a lotion with minimal ingredients. A lotion with a long list of ingredients is unnecessary.

By Anhesa cedar face cream or Cacao face cream is a great option.

c) oils

If you prefer to moisturizer with oils, then try either Neem or Tamanu oil or combine them. Neem oil feels heavier on the skin than Tamanu. Tamanu, on its own, may not feel very moisturizing. Combine them, using 2 parts Tamanu and one part Neem, will give you a perfect moisturizing oil.

Why are they great?

Neem has anti-bacterial properties. It is used as a natural pesticide in gardens. It may cause skin and eye irritation. It may be a turn-off for some.

Pure Neem oil has a very strong pungent odour and is orange in colour. Make sure that you get pure Neem oil.

Pure Tamanu also has a very strong odour and is green in colour.

Tamanu is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It also helps with reducing the appearance of scars.

3. Mask

a) Yoghurt honey-spiced mask

Mix 1 tsp yoghurt, 1/2 tsp honey, and a pinch of fresh ground Cinnamon powder. Apply it to face and rinse off after 20 minutes.

Why Yoghurt?

Yoghurt has lactic acid. How much? I could not find a valid source for this. Lactic acid is used in chemical peels and helps with hyper-pigmentation. The lactic acid in yoghurt does not have the same power as acid products. It is suggested as a natural alternative.

Why Cinnamon?

Cinnamon has anti-bacterial properties. Use real Cinnamon sticks to make the powder. Real Cinnamon looks like a rolled up orange cigar. The regular Cinnamon looks like a hollow log.

If you cannot find real cinnamon substitute with Turmeric. Do not go overboard with Turmeric because it can temporarily stain your skin slightly orange.

You can also add a pinch of pure Neem powder (if you do not want to use the oil but still want to use Neem).

Make sure that all the ingredients you use in your face mask are fresh and edible. That way you do not have to worry if you get it in your mouth. Obviously, keep it away from your eyes and nostrils.

Use up the mask as soon as you make it.

b) exfoliating mask

Skip this step while you have acne. No need to aggravate your skin.

How would you make a skin care routine out of this?

Start with one item. After a couple of weeks, if you are happy with it, then add something else.

Step 1

Start with the honey cleanser.

Step 2

Moisturize with aloe vera. Follow it up with lotion. Then use the oil. You do not have to use all three.

Step 3

Use a mask once a week. If you are planning on using all three powders in the face mask, then start with one power. Wait a week and if you have no reactions, add another powder.

Okay. That’s it. Very simple.

I have used step 1 and step 2 on my face. It helps a lot with minimizing acne and scarring. It does takes time though.

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