The state of our face often reveals that of our inner well-being, such as red eyes, yellow complexion, drooping eyelids... And, even if our face does not present any telltale sign of internal imbalances, it is still very important to take care of it, especially through practices, solutions and care adapted to each type of skin.
Here is a selection of natural facial care products with soaps, moisturizing care, firming care, anti-aging care, anti-pollution, micellar waters, vegetable oils, face creams... to have a beautiful skin!
What does our skin need?
Our skin can react to many things, external aggressions such as pollution, cosmetic products with chemical ingredients, our daily lifestyle. It is important to follow some basic rules like these: have a balanced diet rich in fatty acids, trace elements, minerals and vitamins; provide good hydration with quality water internally and externally (not too calcareous in particular, rather filtered water or mineral water); have a good quality of sleep, good stress management, and not be sedentary. Beware of tobacco which is a factor accelerating the aging of the skin.
To listen to your skin is to be able to spot the signals it sends us because a skin that goes well is a supple, comfortable, luminous, well hydrated and nourished skin, and that does not pull.
Each face has its own specificity. There are different types of skin: normal, combination, dry, oily, sensitive, mature.
Normal skin has no peculiarity, pores are not visible, the grain is regular. They react very well to external aggressions (cold, pollution, humidity ...). They support all kinds of cosmetics. It is cleaned on a daily basis but we avoid too frequent scrubs.
- Vegetable oils for normal skin: jojoba, argan, evening primrose, apricot kernel, aloe vera
- Hydrosols for normal skin: neroli, lavender, geranium
Oily skin is skin that produces excess sebum. The appearance of the skin can be shiny. The pores will tend to be dilated so visible and more sensitive to external aggressions and imperfections can appear more easily. Some areas of the face are more affected than others, including the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin).
This type of skin requires special care. Do not attack it with scrubs that are supposed to purify it, nor avoid moisturizing it so that it is not even fatter. On the contrary, it needs hydration and delicate care. She will appreciate fluid textures like micellar waters and fluid moisturizers. Avoid overly aggressive products that strip the skin as well as creams that are too thick that suffocate it.
- Vegetable oils for oily skin: jojoba, hazelnut, grape seeds, aloe vera
- Hydrosols for oily skin: peppermint, witch hazel, tea tree, thymol thyme
Dry skin tends to pull, it is rather dull and rough, it can have redness and plaques. They are more impacted in winter because the cold attacks them and cracks can appear. Dry skin is going to need protective, regenerating care with soft textures. Choose cleansing oils or milks and soaps surgras without soap. We limit ourselves to one scrub per week.
- Vegetable oils for dry skin: jojoba, argan, sesame, borage, aloe vera
- Hydrosols for dry skin: orange blossom, chamomile, lavender, Damascus rose
Combination skin is neither too dry nor too oily. Some areas will be dry and others greasy. It is important to cleanse without drying the skin and nourish without overfeeding. This type of skin needs softness with micellar waters, cleansing milks, special creams and rather white or green clay masks.
- Vegetable oils for combination skin: nigella, hazelnuts, jojoba, grape seeds, aloe vera
- Hydrosols for combination skin: witch hazel, peppermint, lavender
Sensitive skin has a sensitivity with redness, feelings of tightness, heat or burning, they can even itch. They need great softness. Choose hypoallergenic, protective and regenerating products with soft textures. Avoid micellar waters and prefer cleansing milks and soaps without soap. Pink clay masks every week can relieve sensitive skin as well as shea butter.
- Vegetable oils for sensitive skin: calophyll, hemp, evening primrose, perilla
- Hydrosols for sensitive skin: helichrysum, chamomile, lavender
With the fall of hormones during the pre-menopausal and menopausal period, the skin changes. Mature skin is an unbalanced skin type that can have a flare-up of pimples, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, greater sensitivity. Mature skin therefore has more specific needs than other skin types. Choose creamy creams, and provide it with good hydration.
- Vegetable oils for mature skin: argan, evening primrose, avocado, rosehip, borage, aloe vera
- Hydrosols for mature skin: Damascus rose, cistus, carrot, neroli
Regardless of your skin type, it is important to have daily facial hygiene.
Daily skincare routine
Some tips to set up morning and evening.
- Clean your skin, with soap or without soap, then patting the face with a clean towel.
- Apply a hydrosol, as a lotion on a cotton pad or as a spray, also tapping with a towel so that the skin does not dry out.
- Put aloe vera and vegetable oil by massaging the skin, from the inside out. You can also take the opportunity to do massages with circular movements.
- Apply your treatment of the day.
- If makeup, prefer mineral makeup.
In the evening:
- Gently remove makeup with cleansing milk, micellar water or vegetable oil depending on your skin type. Take the opportunity to put some on your neckline that is often forgotten.
- Apply a hydrosol like in the morning or colloidal silver
- Massage with aloe vera and vegetable oil.
- We are in a simple and natural routine on a daily basis. There are other natural products that you can add as an eye contour treatment especially if you are used to having dark circles or the appearance of fine lines for example.
As we saw above, not all skin types support scrubs and exfoliants. Prefer gentle peels based on powder or flour, such as oatmeal, rice or almond powder, apricot kernel, seaweed. Do every 10 to 15 days, especially for sensitive skin.
The beauty mask
Similarly, you can add a face mask to your routine every week, at least once. There are different types of natural mask. You can make steam masks by adding plants to the water which should not be too hot as it will dilate the blood vessels. It will detoxify the skin by opening the pores for better elimination of sebum and comedones, blackheads and other impurities.
Moisturizing masks can be made with vegetable oil or shea butter. Masks can also be made with clay, its color will depend on the type of skin (green for combination to oily skin, white for dry skin, pink or white for mature and sensitive skin). Be careful not to let the clay dry so as not to dehydrate the skin. Spray water or hydrosol on the cracking parts.
To go further in the detoxification of the skin, it would be relevant to drain the emunctories with a lemon juice in the morning for example according to your temperament in naturopathy. An appointment with a naturopath can enlighten you and give you personalized advice.
Institute treatments are also interesting from time to time to take the time to pamper your skin. Choose organic facial treatments and thermal waters.
For shaving or hair removal, be sure to lightly exfoliate your skin before and moisturize it well afterwards. Use natural products for shaving, vegetable oils, face creams... to have a beautiful skin!