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.
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!