3 Natural Vegan Skincare Tips For Acne-Prone Skin

If you’ve subscribed to my YouTube channel, you may have seen my video on finally embracing my face after over a decade of having acne.

Well, needless to say it took a long time to get to this stage where I feel content to go out with a naked face, but it didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been committed to a skincare routine since I was 12, but it’s changed a lot during the years, with younger me searching in vain for a miracle product that would keep the pimples at bay.

Anyway, years later I’ve settled on a routine that works brilliantly for my acne-prone skin, and it includes some surprising elements.

1. Oil

You may be thinking of that episode of Family Guy where Chris slathered oil on his face and an angry pimple immediately popped up on his face. From pretty much the moment acne rears its head, we’re told to stay clear of oil. We’re told to pick oil-free moisturisers and foundations and to buy little blotting papers to dab our shine during the day. Basically oil = bad. Well, that’s just nonsense spun by the beauty industry.

I learned a few months ago that robbing the skin of its natural oils is bad for someone with acne. Our skin needs oil. If you use a toner or a cleanser that is very drying, you may get an instant gratifying result where you don’t see any oil on your skin. However, this is a problem in the long run. When the skin is dry, it produces more sebum to compensate for the dryness, so you end up with more oil production than you were already dealing with.

What you want to do is fight fire with fire. Or oil with oil, rather. Invest in a light oil suitable for facial skin, like sweet almond oil (this is my go-to oil). Not only is it excellent for cleansing away makeup without pulling on the skin, it’s also super hydrating. Seriously, press sweet almond oil onto clean skin before bed and you’ll wake up with a face as soft as a baby’s!

You can use oil for cleansing and moisturising, and don’t let the skincare industry or magazines or beauty blogs tell you any differently. Make sure your skin is clean before using it as a moisturiser, obviously, and less is more, but give it a go. You’ll be surprised!

2. Activated Charcoal 

I’d heard the benefits of activated charcoal a long time ago, so I invested in a box of capsules. You can buy it as a loose powder too, but it can be more expensive to do this. The capsules work just as well; all you have to do is open them up and tip the contents into a container.

Not only is activated charcoal a natural teeth whitener, it’s also excellent for getting rid of impurities in the skin like blackheads. Once ever two weeks or so I add a capsule worth of activated charcoal into a tablespoon of french green clay powder (a great base for face masks) and I use it as a mask.

It’ll be a dark green colour, but that’s exactly what you want, and you can even add in a little tea tree oil or lavender oil into the mixture as well, as these are both anti-redness and anti-acne essential oils.

If you invest in some activated charcoal, you’ll notice it has multi-uses. So not only will your skin be glowing (and believe me, this mixture genuinely does work, unlike a lot of shop-bought masks), your teeth will be gleaming too.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar 

This is a skincare tip that you have to sacrifice for, just a little. The whole idea of ‘beauty is pain’ doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest, but apple cider vinegar’s smell is genuinely hard to deal with. But if you can get past it, this product is a miracle worker.

As you probably guessed, it smells strongly of vinegar. You’re probably thinking “This crazy girl wants me to put WHAT on my face?” but bear with me. There’s method to the madness!

Apple cider vinegar is excellent for many different ailments, including digestive issues, but it really shines (yay for puns!) when you use it on your face. It’s highly anti-bacterial, so it can be used as a toner just after cleansing and before you apply a moisturiser.

If you’re planning on trying this (and I think you should if you’re having bother with acne or even a few stray pimples), make sure you buy apple cider vinegar containing ‘The Mother’ (it’ll say it on the bottle). I use the Bragg brand!

As well as this, the vinegar is very strong so you don’t want to apply it directly to your skin (this could be quite drying). Dilute the vinegar with water (about half and half) and use a cotton pad to press it over your face. A little goes a long way! Plus it’s much more natural and far cheaper in the long run than lots of those “micellar waters” and whatever else the industry is spinning these days.

So those are my 3 natural vegan skincare tips! Please let me know how you get on if you try them out, and if you have any more tips for me then let me know in the comments 🙂 My own skincare routine is pretty set, but I’m always looking to learn more!

 

Vegan Pampering at Skinfull Affairs in Dublin

As vegans, we often deal with stressful situations in our daily lives; omnis giving us hassle, tummy grumbles while picking over a pitiful lettuce salad, militant vegans calling for death to all humans on Facebook groups. Basically, a lot of the time we need to take a chill pill. We need a mojito and a spa day.

Well, the mojito should be fairly easy to get, but a spa day seems impossible right? Many spas and salons offer relaxing treatments, but how many of them offer vegan products and treatments? How many are even cruelty free??

Worry no more, because a salon offering vegan friendly treatments recently opened in Ireland. Yes, Ireland. You read that right. Called Skinfull Affairs, it’s based just off South William Street in Dublin and not only offers vegan eyelash and eyebrow tints, vegan friendly massages and facials, but also vegan manicures so you can walk around with beautiful nails knowing full well that they’re cruelty free.

I was really excited when I found out the salon, so when my birthday came around I decided to treat myself. I booked an appointment for an express facial, a back, neck and shoulder massage, and a file and polish. All for €70! As someone who has paid that much in the past for just a massage, I think it was a brilliant deal, especially because it was all vegan friendly. Just make sure to tell the girl at the desk when you arrive!

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When I arrived for my appointment, the lady at the desk got me to fill out a form on the salon’s tablet to make sure they knew about any conditions / allergies I had etc. I was offered some cucumber water while I filled it out, and although I was a little worried bout dropping and breaking the iPad, it was nice that the salon was particular about knowing about any issues I had.

The decor in the salon is so unique. There’s lots of plants and wood and a big neon green sign that says ‘Skinfull Affairs’ above the nail area. There’s also a huge wall of products of all kinds (even lubricants!) and a comfy looking chair that’s exclusively for things like threading. Also, all the products that are suitable for vegans have an ‘I’M VEGAN’ sticker on them. Woo!

Anyway, after I filled out the form I was taken downstairs to the treatment area, which was clean and modern and nicely heated. I was left to undress and wrap myself in a towel before letting the lady know I was ready and set up on the table. The massage was lovely (it’s been a while since I had one!) and you couldn’t hear anything of what was happening upstairs on the shop floor, which was great. The music, too, was very calming, though there is a slight pause between tracks that’s a little distracting, but it’s not a big thing.

The facial began basically as soon as the massage finished. I was asked to turn over and I was made comfortable with a rolled towel under my feet and one under my head as well. Overall it was very relaxing and lasted a lot longer than I thought it would for an “express” facial.

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Afterwards, I was told to take my time getting dressed and ready, so I did, and I took a few pictures of the treatment room for this post while I was at it. There is a sign in the room encouraging this anyway! When I came upstairs, the nail station was laid out and I was told to pick a colour from the nail polishes lined up on the wall. There was a HUGE range of polishes in every colour from Ella + Mila. After a lot of deliberation, I went for a green teal colour, which was so shiny and just gorgeous. I wanted to buy it but it’s €15 per bottle which is very expensive, so I left it (though I believe there’s a deal on at the moment where if you buy a manicure you get 10% off nail polish purchases).

While getting my nails done, I spoke to the lady who works there about the products lining the walls. There was so much there, I could’ve stayed an hour just looking through it all. In the end, I chose a moisturiser and hand cream from Dr Konopka, a little known vegan skincare brand from Estonia I believe. It’s been a month since I first tried the products and I can officially say that they are very high quality (full review coming soon!) and I actually bought more products from the brand when I was in Dublin again recently.

As for the staff, they were so lovely. The girl who took care of me was very pleasant and helpful and answered any questions I had about any product. She was really knowledgeable and was able to recommend products from Skinfull’s shelves to match my skin type. I was so happy with my experience, I just can’t praise it enough.

Overall, if you’re looking to treat yourself or the vegan in your life, choose Skinfull. This isn’t an ad or anything, I’m just so happy that vegan-friendly products and experiences are becoming mainstream and easier to find, plus my whole experience was wonderful and really made my birthday.

Have you been to Skinfull Affairs before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

April Vegan Haul | VIDEO

The month has only just started and I’ve already picked up a few vegan goodies in town! I promise I don’t shop as much as it seems, but I just got paid so I got a few treats for myself.

Check out my video on my new revamped YouTube channel and see what I got for myself!