Something I discovered when I moved to Idaho, almost four years ago, was that I have dry skin, very dry skin. In the beginning of 2018 I really wanted to start taking better care of my skin. I had been using coconut oil and a wash cloth to remove my makeup for the past year and a half so I thought I needed to up my game and try using a high-end facial cleanser. I researched what other beauty people used to take off their makeup and I found a cleanser I thought would work well for my skin. I also picked up a toner from a brand I liked because I liked their lotion that I had been using for the past few months.
I do not have very problematic skin. I haven’t had acne, or any major skin issues. When I stopped using coconut oil and switched to the facial cleanser and toner my forehead started getting small bumps all over it. So I thought it was just a transition to a new product. After two months I decided to go back to my coconut oil. My skin started getting better again! Not as it was before, but still a lot better.
I was still continuing to use the coconut oil with the toner and lotion when my friend came over and I told her about what happened with the cleanser I was using previously. We looked at the ingredients list and there were SO MANY ingredients on that label. She said that I don’t need all that on my skin since I don’t have very problematic skin. She also told me about how she started using witch hazel on her skin as a toner. I looked at my toner ingredients and saw that witch hazel was included in it, so I decided I might as well just switch over to plain witch hazel. Since doing this I am also seeing more improvements in my skin.
So why am I telling you this long story about skincare? I am telling you this because I think it could help some people. I am not saying that the high-end or drugstore facial cleansers won’t work for you because they can for some people! Everyone swears by different things. My skin has been reacting better to simpler ingredients.
So what do I use for my skin care routine?
Coconut Oil- I use this to remove my makeup and to cleanse my skin. I apply a small amount to my fingers and then rub it onto my face. I then wet a washcloth and rub the oil off my face.
Witch Hazel- This helps get off any extra makeup that is still on the skin. It also acts as a toner for the skin. I take a cotton ball and put some of the witch hazel on it and rub it onto my face and neck.
Vitamin E Oil- I have been using this as a moisturizer. I just put a very little amount on my hands and then rub it on my face, and put any excess on my neck.
I got the Witch Hazel and Vitamin E Oil from the pharmacy section in Target. For the coconut oil I went to a natural foods store and bought some there. These items are not too pricey!
I am always open to trying new things, and I will even be testing a skincare line that caught my eye throughout this next month. If you have any natural skincare lines, or just any skincare line you like, or tips you have for dry skin, leave me a comment, email, or DM!
If you would like to purchase the exact brand of coconut oil I use I will provide the link below, along with links for Vitamin E Oil and Witch Hazel.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Coconut Oil
Disclaimer, this is what works for me and for my skin. I am no expert in skincare I can only tell you what works for me.
Witch hazel is amazing! Love you 😘
Kristin C says
Your skin looks beautiful! This is seriously such a healthy skincare routine! I love using witch hazel and coconut oil, but I have never tried vitamin E oil.
Thank you so much! Yeah this has been really great for my skin. I’m definitely more into natural skincare:)
Coconut oil is a life saving product! I have been using the same face wash and skin products for years and I have seen a difference in my skin, especially with dryness!
What is the face wash and products you use?:) I would love to know!
My skin has been RIDICULOUS ever since I had my daughter! I have been looking for new skincare routines but it’s so hard to wait out the transition when starting a new routine! It’s awesome that you found something that works so well for you. PS we have the same blog theme 😉 You have great taste! haha
Girl I know! Having my baby/being pregnant really can affect the skin! Haha I saw your blog and noticed we have the same theme! Great minds think alike😏
Coral R Allen says
I love this! Idaho made my skin SO dry too. I wish I would have known about these tips when I lived there! But my skin still gets dry in Utah, so I’m definitely going to try these out. I’ve noticed that products with less ingredients in them work better for me, as well. A lot of the fancier skincare products just make me break out more! I love that these ones are inexpensive and effective! I loved this post and think you’re doing such a great job with your blog! You’re going to help so many people!
Utah and Idaho are very dry! Not like our California! I wish high end worked better for my skin, but it doesn’t! Makes me interested in trying more natural brands. Thank you so much you are honestly such an inspiration to me!
GIRL , you are gorgeous! I have dry skin too, so this was such a great post. I love Target…..I def have to try these products.
Kristen Jones says
I love using witch hazel!! It helps heal breakouts so well. Also, vitamin E moisturizers are bomb–I need to try the oil though.! I also need to try coconut oil. I still haven’t tried it yet!
Taylor Mobley says
You are gorgeous. I have dry skin, too, especially when I was in Idaho. Thanks for these awesome tips!
I understand. I also have dry, sensitive skin. My facial cleanser is based in liquid castile soap. Sometimes, I like to use just a toner, which only has witch hazel extract, oil, and essential oils in it. My favorite facial moisturizer is a blend of avocado and jojoba oil with essential oils and extracts. With few exceptions, simple and natural are best. 🙂