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A lot of the skincare products available on the market are filled with toxins. Most are packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients that might have a temporary positive effect on the skin, but will have negative long term effects.

These artificial ingredients are absorbed into the skin and goes straight to your bloodstream.

The good news is that there are natural, organic skincare products that actually work better than most commercial products, and without all the harmful ingredients.

If you’re looking for products and a new skincare routine to give you the most optimal results for better, healthier looking skin; then keep reading.

Oil Cleansing

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In general, the natural oil cleansing method is a great solution for any skin type. It’s a fantastic way to wash off all the dirt and debris that has been built up during the day. They are mostly made up of essential oils and vitamins that will feed your skin anti-aging benefits.

Washing your face in the morning and at the end of the day, let’s your skin breathe and repair itself, keeping your face smooth and glowing. Professional make-up artist, Sheri Stroh says, “An oil cleanser does a great job at completely washing off the makeup. It deep cleans your skin with no-drying effect and leaves your skin hydrated and moisturized with no oily residue. Using an oil cleanser will not clog your pores, if anything it gently dissolves clogged pores.”

Use a Facial Toner

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Using a facial toner is an extremely important step to your beauty routine. A toner will help unclog your pores by removing oil and traces of dirt and grime as well as shrinks pores. It gives your skin ph balance since our skin is naturally acidic. After cleansing, due to the alkaline nature of soap, the pH balance of skin gets disturbed. When this happens, your skin needs to work overtime to restore the balance and that may result in over production of oil, but using a toner helps to restore this balance quickly. Using a toner will prime your face to receive the maximum benefits from your serum and moisturizer.

Benefits of a Facial Serum

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Using an all natural face serum will give your skin the extra nutrients it needs to keep it youthful, moisturized and glowing. A serum has a very concentrated amount of ingredients that will benefit your skin such as vitamins C, D and E that your moisturizer has little of. All you need is a dime size to cover your face and neck, hence the small bottle the serum comes in. You apply a facial serum to a clean face before applying a moisturizer and sunscreen.

Day/Night Moisturizer

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A moisturizer’s function is to keep your skin hydrated, along with other benefits that your skin might need depending on your skin type. Hydration is what allows skin to function at peak performance, such as skin cells  rapidly repairing themselves and turnover fresh cells. Which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. Studies show those who uses a moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin. The best time to apply your moisturizer is after toning, as your skin is primed to receive the maximum benefits.

SPF

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There are two types of damaging sun rays: UVA, which are responsible for aging the skin and UVB, which are responsible for burning it. It’s pretty obvious that if you want to protect your skin from burning and premature aging, use an SPF of 15 or higher. Even if you’re not sunbathing, just simply being out in the sun can have damaging effects over time.

A little tip for those with oily skin: you don’t have to use a different moisturizer from your sunscreen. Sunscreens already add moisture to your skin because of their ingredients and if you have oily skin, you may want to skip the separate moisturizer. If you have to put both on, apply SPF first and let it settle before you put on your lotion or cream.

Exfoliate

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So you’ve been cleansing, toning, moisturizing and using SPF. But guess what, if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be.

Exfoliating could be using a cleansing scrub or applying masks that are made to remove dead skin cells and deep cleans the pores

Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the pores and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for serum and moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.