I’ve been spending the last three days doing some major behind the scenes work for Minimalist Beauty, and also catching up on some YouTube videos. I happened to come across a beautiful YouTuber who had a video on her daily foundation routine.
I will be completely honest and say that it upset me that she was literally hiding behind a heavy mask of liquid and powder foundation to conceal dark hyperpigmentation marks all over her cheeks as well as very dark under eye circles.
Although dark under eye circles can be genetic, hyperpigmentaion can be healed. There is a reason why I say skin care first, makeup second. I will be completely honest again and say that I don’t have perfect skin and have battled hyperpigmentation for years. If you have more melanin in your skin, scars will appear darker no matter what. If you are consistently breaking out with unsightly blemishes, those blemishes can scar whether you keep your hands off of them or not.
To have a clear complexion you need to first create a skin care regimen that will support as few breakouts as possible as well as help to regenerate skin cells quickly.
The three skin care product combinations that have worked brilliantly for me are oil cleansing with jojoba oil and essential oils, using weekly masks including rhassoul clay alone and with raw honey, and using skin regenerating natural oils with my moisturizing step. You can maintain clear skin with simple natural ingredients! Before I get into the three skin regenerating natural oils, I’m going to say something that some of you may not like. Somehow you MUST find a way to stop wearing those popular brands of foundations filled with chemicals that may also contain mineral oil. Although they may look good, they aren’t good for your skin or your health.
If you have intense acne or dark hyperpigmentation switch to a mineral makeup that will cover blemishes and hyperpigmentation so that you are no longer clogging your pores and continuing the cycle of being dependent on foundation to leave your home. If you are concerned with mineral makeup not having a smooth finish, or if you have dry flaky skin you may want to check out this tip to smooth your mineral foundation. Also you can learn to make your own mineral makeup.
Three skin regenerating natural oils that will change your life forever are sea buckthorn oil, rosehips oil, and tamanu oil.
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Sea buckthorn oil is an antioxidant fatty essential oil with high amounts of vitamin C, A, B1, B2, and E. It is known to heal skin injuries, burns, eczema, and sun damaged skin. Sea buckthorn oil is popular amongst the skin care scene for its ability to smooth wrinkles for prematurely aging skin and its long term anti-inflammatory properties which is amazing for acne.
Rosehips Seed Oil
Rosehips seed oil has an extremely high concentration of retinoic acid, vitamin A, which is known for regenerating damaged skin tissue and improving skin cell turnover. It greatly reduces scars and hyper-pigmentation while also softening wrinkles. Its anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for eczema and healing burns. Rosehip seed oil is also a wonderful skin rehydrator for aging, weathered, and dry skin.
Tamanu oil have been used to for patients with extreme burns and skin ulcers because it is extremely healing with antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties while possessing many antioxidants. It completely regenerates new healthy skin. It is also used to treat acne and acne scars, dry and scaly skin, stretch marks, etc. Tamanu oil does have a strong scent yet only a few drops is needed.
To easily add one of these three skin regenerating natural oils to your skin care regimen, simply add a few drops to your daily moisturizer morning and night. I can say that oil cleansing with jojoba oil plus essential oil has also greatly improved my complexion by getting rid of some stubborn scars that were trying to have another “anniversary” this year. Here are 10 natural solutions to hyperpigmentation as well.
Update: If you are acne prone please read this newer article as it may be helpful to you as the information was life changing for me.
What natural products have you found to help with acne, hyperpigmentation, and the overall appearance of your skin?
(Image by seabuckthorn.com)