I truly believe in the care routine I've discovered for myself. This post contains affiliate links to all of the great products I use.
Looking back, I’m amazed at all the harsh chemicals I put on my skin to try to defeat my acne. Not only was I harming my skin and my body, but nothing worked! I still have some discoloration and scarring from benzoyl peroxide, one of the most common acne treatments. What I’ve learned is that what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream. It really does matter.
After trying all kinds of harsh products on my skin, I’ve finally found a natural routine that works wonders for me. I feel great about what I’m putting on my skin.
I start with a manuka honey mask. All honey has natural antibacterial properties, but manuka honey has even more. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. There are a lot of different products and recipes out there to try, but honestly, as a busy mom, wife, and chiropractor, I don’t have a lot of extra time. So I just put straight manuka honey on my face and it works great!
You can use it as a mask and leave it on for up to one hour, or leave it on just a few for a great morning freshener. The longer you leave it on the softer your skin feels. I know it sounds crazy and messy but it works wonders.
After the honey mask, I spritz on some Life-Flo Salicylic Acid Spray before applying Beautycounter Dew Moisturizer Skin Tint with spf 20, which I use as a sunscreen and moisturizer. If I want a little extra coverage I use Beautycounter Skin Twin Foundation, which is also very moisturizing.
On work days and special occasions I also use Beautycounter’s eyeshadow and mascara.
If I have worked out or been in the garden and feel like my skin needs a little refresher, I will use Beautycounter’s Activated Charcoal Cleansing Bar, Life-Flo Salicylic Acid Spray, and either the dew moisturizer or Beautycounter’s Countermatch Moisturizer.
In the evenings I double cleanse with an oil-based cleanser as well as a charcoal cleansing bar. Oil cleansing is based on the scientific principle that like dissolves like. This is a great way to clear off all the gunk from your day. I have tried using different oils, such as jojoba or oil mixes, but I only got more breakouts.
The only oil-based cleanser that works for me is the Cleansing Balm by Beautycounter. This product acts as a make-up remover and cleanser. For my follow-up cleanser I use Beautycounter’s Counter+ Charcoal Cleansing Bar. About once a week I will replace the active charcoal bar with the Counter+ Charcoal Mask.
I love this combo so much. I can’t say enough about how much better my skin feels since discovering this cleansing duo. I used to think I had to wash my skin until it was squeaky clean. Turns out this was one of the reasons my skin was so oily. If you stop removing all the natural oils from your skin, it stops overproducing acne-causing excess oil.
I follow up with Life-Flo Salicylic Acid Spray nd either an oil moisturizer or Beautycounter’s Countermatch Moisturizer.
Everyone’s skin is different, but this is what works for me. I encourage you to play with different products and combinations that I have tried and see what works for you. Best of luck on your journey to clear, beautiful skin.
Hi! I am Ammie Chapman, mother, wife, chiropractor and clean living fan. I have had my struggles with health issues that I have been able to treat with diet and lifestyle changes. I am hoping it may help you too.
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