Meghan’s Morning Hair and Skin Routine… Exposed!
Guys, meet Meghan! She’s new to the naturals thing, she loves Kate Hudson unironically (which, because I sometimes feel like I live in a Kate Hudson movie, makes me love her) and she had this to say:
“I firmly believe that happy, confident girls are the prettiest girls so I always wear clothes I feel good in, work at a job I enjoy, and surround myself with good people.”
I mean, come on. And she’s only 24. Here’s her routine, which is a nice mix of no-fuss naturals and DIY.
Current weather: Cold front just moved in and I live in the desert…so cold but dry (which obviously does wonders for your skin…. ;)
Hair: thin but lots of it, short, naturally blonde and pretty smooth and straight
Skin: oily T-zone, dry around my mouth, gifted with a chin and forehead that are prone to breakouts.
I started transitioning to natural products after having a bad reaction to a new sunscreen. When I realized I couldn’t even begin to determine with of the more-than 100 chemicals in the product caused the reaction, I decided to slim down my ingredients list and really know what’s in my products for my whole regimen, which led me down the cleaner path to natural goodies! I only recently made the switch so my skin and hair are still figuring things out, but here’s what’s working for me so far…
In the shower…
I keep everything pretty simple!
1. Shower every other day or so
2. Shampoo with Acure Organics shampoo (the lemongrass and argan stem cell one smells so yummy! and I find it hydrating enough for me that I don’t use a conditioner)
3. When my hair gets buildup or it starts getting tangled, I pour a 1:4 apple cider vinegar/water mixture on my head and massage it in. I let it sit while I clean the rest of myself, and rub a little ACV on my face as a toner
4. Still trying to find a good, non-drying product for shaving…right now I use leftover bottles of dirty conditioner :/
Outside the shower…
1. Dry off from the shower, wrapping my hair turban-style in the towel while I get ready.
2. Moisturize my face with Dr. Bronner’s fair trade organic white kernal coconut oil. A little dab’ll do ya! I think my skin is still going through it’s purge/’healing crisis’ as after the initial lovely response to the oil my skin has become troubled–so to all your lovely, well-informed readers, how long is that crisis supposed to last?!?!
3. While that’s soaking in, I apply Acure Organics body lotion (the lavender one). This lotion is only so-so (it’s not super moisturizing for me) but I can’t stand feeling greasy from lots of lotions so it works for now. I do love that the company donates to Bright Pink, a fantastic resource that I refer lots of patients t0 (I work in oncology).
4. Once my face feels moisturized but not oily I top it off with Burn Out Eco Sensitive Sunscreen. I have to wear moisturizer underneath or else it stays tacky-feeling and dry on my face all day, but with moisturizer it feels like Josie Maran’s argan oil spf daily moisturizer minus the questionable ingredients.
5. I brush through my hair (no snarls~that shampoo is amazing!) and blow dry my hair. On days I don’t shower I curl it with a flat-iron, but haven’t yet found any great natural heat-protection products.
6. I’m using Soapwalla’s deodorant, which works fine (I’m not really a sweaty person anyway) but is a little gritty for my liking. I’ll probably try Bubble and Bee’s Pit Putty next–I love supporting local businesses!
My makeup routine has gotten pretty simple since switching to natural. I use RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in modest for my cheeks, which gives a really nice natural-looking flush, and sometimes I put it on my lips over my favorite Sprout lip balm (I find the RMS too dry to wear alone). My one dirty product that I can’t give up is my lipstick/balm collection: I love showcasing the big lips I inherited from my mother! I am still trying to find a natural mascara that works for me; I have never had reactive skin before but I tried Honeybee Gardens’ mascara and eyeliner and my eyes swelled shut! Not pretty. I just picked up Zuzuluxe’s mascara so hopefully that works better for me?? Then at night I slather on the Acure Night Cream and Juice Beauty Eye Cream for extra moisturizing goodness.
And that’s it!
Pretty sweet, right? Help us in welcoming Meghan to the Clean Club.