"Sunscreen ingredients can damage DNA" source
If I am going to be in the sun I will wear something like a Larenim face powder or a more natural sunblock such as Dr. Hauschka, but as a whole sunblocks are not a part of my routine. Zinc Oxide and physical blocks are a better choice. The one thing I have been consistent about has been to make sure that I get greens, fruits and veggies in my diet because antioxidants in the diet can and do have sun protective effects on the skin. In addition greens are essential if you need to build muscle, support the right bacterial flora in your gut and maintain proper mineral balance; as an added benefit the carotenes in greens and orange colored produce give you a nicer skin tone. I did notice a huge change in my skin tone when I switched to a "Rainbow color" diet. As a teenager my skin was very pale.
A good thing to know is that citrus (excluding limes), greens and buckwheat in your diet can protect your skin from sun damage from within. photo-protective properties of buckwheat SOURCE
My morning skin care routine RIGHT NOW:
I do not use a face wash in the morning. I find it to be drying, harsh and unnecessary for my skin type. (my face skin is normal and the skin on my body can get dry if I take long hot showers so I try to keep that to a minimum and I stick to quick showers. I also use a shower filter!!)
I wash my face in the morning with water and some days I do a mask or a sheet mask.
|KARUNA FACE MASK|
|SIBU Purifying Mask|
SIBU BEAUTY is a skin care line based on Sea buckthorn extract and oil.
Or a homemade DIY vitamin C mask that is very potent and effective. Recipe HERE
You DO NOT need to buy masks at the store. Honey, coconut oil, olive oil, tomatoes, green tea powder, clay, potatoes, etc are all wonderful ingredients for a homemade mask.
Keep in mind this serum may not be good for dry skin. Lumene is not an expensive brand but it is cruelty free and I like it more than some of the fancy organic brands that I have tried. Most creams make me look oily and I end up avoiding them so this serum is light as if I didn't put anything on yet I feel it is very moisturizing.
|LUMENE TIME FREEZE SERUM|
LUMENE is a Finish Skin Care line that uses a lot of arctic berries and plants in their ingredients. The products are also vegan friendly.
I am currently adding a few drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil (therapeutic grade) to my face creams and serums. It has an anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle effect. Great for dry skin, irritated skin. It can soothe rashes and eczema. It can lighten liver spots and if taken internally it has a diuretic and a liver cleansing effect. I am using it to boost my store-bought creams and serums.
The second bottle of Lumene is being re-used for a Vitamin C serum and treatment that I make.
Night time routine currently:
I take my make up off with Sea Buckthorn oil or a creamy make up remover. No brand worth mentioning here. Oils do just fine. Sometimes I use make up removing pads or a creamy soap after the oil cleansing to get the remains of the mascara off.
Sea Buckthorn oil is a favorite of mine. I learned about it years ago from Tonya Zavasta- a gorgeous raw food and beauty author. The oil is bright orange and that's part of why it is so good for your skin. However it will stain your sink :)
|SEA BUCKTHORN OIL|
|SEA BUCKTHORN OIL- BRIGHT COLOR|
The color does absorb into your skin so if you just put a drop on your skin it will not stain your face.
As a night time cream I am either using a heavier moisturizer or pure Argan oil, Rose hip oil, Shea butter that I order from Mountain Rose Herbs
|LUMENE RETINOL NIGHT RECOVERY|
OTHER CURRENT PRODUCTS I AM USING
|SIBU HYDRATING SERUM AND ALVERDE CARROT CREAM|
Thats my daily routine. Other honorable mentions are face brushing to exfoliate and improve circulation, jade stone massager, dermaroller, microdermabrasion and glycolic acid.
I am not using self tanners often but I do have a few by Lavera, Alba Botanica, etc.
I use Alverde deodorant (not skin care but worth mentioning for the European readers that have access to this brand)
Angelica Essential Oil for breast massage. It has hormone regulating properties and overall a good thing to add to your health care routine.
|Lavera tanner, angelica essential oil, Alverde deodorant.|
Let me know if you have any questions. And PLEASE do share things that work for you!
LOVE AND BLESSINGS