Hi there! Today, I am excited to share a few of my favorite skincare products with you. I say “a few” because I’ve found lots and lots of things I love—but today, I’m narrowing it down to my essentials. These are the things I am buying over and over, traveling with and recommending to friends!

Using clean skincare products has truly changed my life! The biggest change in my skin came when I started to use oils every day, as my moisturizer and a lot of the time in place of serums to give my skin nutrients and ingredients with benefits.

I never really believed in anti-aging skincare … the kind of stuff you can easily spend $300 on at the beauty counter in the mall. I think it’s sad how much money women throw at these products, in hopes of getting younger looking skin. And when I started to look into the scores and ingredients that a lot of these products contain, I was pretty disgusted. But don’t take my word for it—look into it for yourself! (I try so hard not to let these posts sound preachy, but I am so passionate about this subject.)

That said, I want better looking skin too … we all do, right? One thing that I experienced this past year is that I learned a couple tricks that actually are making my skin look younger and more glowy! The first one has nothing to do with products, but it’s about food and drinking tons of water. This book helped change my whole perspective on skincare, and I can’t recommend it enough.

And the second big change I saw was when I started to use oils for cleansing and moisturizing my skin. I’ll talk more about it below. When I was younger, I avoided oils because I mistakenly thought they would cause my skin to break out or be more oily. But since using them, my skin feels dramatically more healthy. It was a complete game changer for me!

Cleansing.
I started to do a two-step cleansing process, using a small amount of oil cleanser first and then a water based cleanser second. If you’ve never tried this kind of double cleansing, I highly recommend it! It does such a better job or removing my makeup and my skin feels softer and more moisturized after.

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil. This is the only oil-based cleanser I have used (other than my homemade one, which I will share with you soon), and it made a huge difference in my night routine. I am a now a huge fan of the double cleansing method and will probably always keep it up!

Kale + Green Tea Cleanser. I will be honest that I first tried this product because the bottle is so pretty, but it’s a great product as well. When shopping for a cleanser, it is very important to look for something with no artificial fragrance.

Aloha Ambrosia Elixir. Also pictured here is my morning oil. It’s light and smells amazing. It is primarily made with squalane oil and jojoba oil. When I put on a morning oil I usually let it soak in for 10-20 minutes (coffee time!) before beginning any makeup.

Next, let’s talk about sun care. These are some of the best products I have found! They are a good mix of functional and affordable. I say “functional” because I’ve tried some natural sunscreens that leave a SERIOUS white film on your skin. This makes it hard for me to get my husband to use it, which defeats the purpose of us buying natural sunscreen. The Coola spray is what we mainly use for pool days.

I love Coola because it is easy to apply, leaves no white film on your skin and they made the list of 22 Best Scoring sunscreens for kids by EWG (for reference, here are worst scoring ones). It’s a great sunscreen for our whole family to use.

I also use their BB cream. A lot of the time I use it as my foundation, especially for outdoor days and pool days. I have very sensitive eyes and it doesn’t sting.

One more thing I should mention (sorry I didn’t get it into a photo) is the BEST organic self-tanner. I love Skinerals. I use the original blend (they have a darker blend as well) with a tanning mitt. Before I found this product, I was paying for organic spray tans, but a bottle of this product is less than one tan! It’s a great product, the best self-tanner I have ever used. I no longer feel like I need to get spray tans because this is so easy to do at home.

I am a huge fan of mists. I have tried so many and they are one of my favorite skincare rituals. I use them after every cleansing, before applying any oil or product.

Oxalis Toning Mist. I love this mist because it smells so good, like rose and neroli. I found this company at a local handmade fair and have become a huge fan. The ingredients they use are incredible.

Herbivore Orchid Oil. You all know I am a huge Herbivore fangirl. I have tried almost all of their products and love them. I love this oil because not only is is gorgeous (have you noticed I love pretty packaging yet? haha), but the ingredients are wonderful for your skin. Orchid is a powerful antioxidant, squalane helps to protect and moisturize the skin and the amazing scent comes from jasmine. They also make purse-sized face oils—great for travel!

Last, but not least. Let’s talk about creams.

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. One of the best smelling products I have EVER used. I love this product and use it every night. Dark eye circles is one of my biggest skin challenges and this product has made some improvements for me; it’s awesome.

Bless Balm. I love this balm! I use it as a moisturizer. It smells incredible and is packed with the amazing things for your skin. It is still oil-based, but feels more like a lotion and it also contains shea butter and organic cocoa butter.

Moon Fruit Night Treatment. I use this often, alternating between this and oils for my night routine. It is filled with super fruits, including Prickly Pear, Goji Berry and Red Raspberry Seed and the bright purple color naturally comes from all natural indigo root powder with a hint of manganese violet and ultramarine. It’s so pretty!

My favorite thing about this treatment is that you are supposed to massage it in until it completely disappears. So it’s very easy to tell when it’s completely worked in. This product is a splurge, but it lasts a long time (most of these product do!).

Alright! Well, there’s my skincare list. I hope it is helpful and if you have any questions at all, just let me know in the comments! xx – Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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