It Works: All Natural Skincare routine for Clear Skin.

Clear skin routine for combination skinOne of my most insanely frequently asked questions is “what is your skincare routine” and “can you share a skincare routine for clear skin”? LOL, I’m not even exaggerating but if I could make a dollar each time someone asks me that question, I’d be as rich as Bill Gates. Okay just kidding, but you get what I mean.

I have been procrastinating this post but I figure now is a good time to do it. If you remember a couple of posts ago, I write about My Hyaluronic Acid Serum Experience where I shared my skin’s reaction to hyaluronic acid. Since then, my skin has been experiencing major skin tsunami. As at two weeks ago, my skin is at the worst it’s ever been. EVER. It’s clearing out now since I started this new routine, so I thought I’d share it. For anyone struggling with acne or dark spots, this routine will help! This routine has kept my breakouts at bay and is helping clear out the aftermath of popping every zit.

Another main reason why I want to share this routine is that I will be spending the next 3 weeks fully devoted to one specific brand. I don’t want my skin’s response to those products to influence this post later.

This is literally what I do every day, day and night. So let’s get started with this skin care routine!

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Step 1

 I wash my face day and night with the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. You guys already know this is currently my favorite cleanser of all time. This cleanser truly cleanses and exfoliates my skin at the same time. One of my main secrets to clear skin is exfoliation because it gets rid of those dead skin cells to reveal a fresh new clear skin. I try to exfoliate pretty much every day and the Tata Harper cleanser is gentle enough for that. My skin is super clear with this stuff, I never want to run out.  A cheaper alternative to this cleanser is the Avalon Organics face scrub which you can use 2-3 times/week in addition to your regular face cleanser. The Avalon cleanser is slightly harsher and that’s why I wouldn’t use it every day. 

Step 2

This step cannot be skipped. Whatever it is that you’re going through in life, do not skip this step! This is literally one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. For this routine, I found that my DIY toner has been working magic for me. I use a DIY apple cider vinegar toner. This is so simple, affordable YET EFFECTIVE toner! All I do is mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and then use it like a regular toner would. I use This apple cider vinegar (ACV) because I trust the brand more and have been using it for years for pretty much EVERYTHING! ACV contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids which is great for removing dead skin cells and revealing a healthy new skin which is what we need. ACV also balances skin’s PH, helps unclog pores and fights acne/pimples. This stuff works! 

Step 3

DIY skincare routine for oily skinAnother go-to for me is this DIY rose and aloe water. Rose water is perfect for hydrating the skin. After cleaning and toning the skin, it’s critical to replenish any potential moisture loss. This spray is great for giving your skin that hydration without any dryness. Aloe Vera is another powerhouse for the skin. It’s amazing for all skin types and for oily skin, it is anti-inflammatory which means, bye bye breakouts!

I love making my own DIY spray because I can trust everything I put in it and make it in small batches. I spray this as soon as I am done toning. I feel like it preps the way for whats next for my skin. I use This Rose water and This Aloe Vera gel. You can use aloe vera juice as well, just make sure it’s pure. Both products are pure and will last you a long time. 

A lot of people ask me about the Mario Badescu rose water toner and I say, NAH! I have checked the ingredient list and it contains way too many unnecessary ingredients including Parfum! You just want rose water to hydrate your skin, not all these unnecessary stuff. Ugh. So yeah, make your own rose water, sis. 🙂

Step 4

Now it’s time to moisturize. I always moisturize with my Osea Malibu blemish balm. This thing is currently my favorite moisturizer of all time. It’s moisturizing, blemish fighting but does not dry out my skin at all. OSEA Malibu also has moisturizers for all skin type so definitely check them out if you’re looking for a quality moisturizer with clean ingredients! 

Step 5

I finish up with a hydrating serum from Gaffer and child. sometimes, I use this serum alone as both a moisturizer and a serum. It leaves my skin so hydrated and naturally radiant. Sometimes, I also switch between using this serum first before the moisturizer. I’m not sure if it makes much difference which one I use first. It works for me either way. 

Step 6

1-2x/week, I use a face mask. I love masks and use different kinds. One that I constantly reach for is this Plantain Purity mask from Sanre Organic Skinfood. I have raved about this product in many posts. This mask really does purify my skin and leaves it very clear! Definitely one of my favorite masks of all time!

That’s it!

get clear skin naturallyThis routine is what I have been using for the last couple of weeks and I have seen incredible improvements in my skin. My skin is brighter, younger looking, healthier and more radiant. Most importantly, my dark spots are clearing out and I am excited!

I hope you guys found this helpful! Let me know your thoughts in the comment and follow me on Instagram for daily skin care shares 🙂

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  • Thank you for this post. I’ve been battling with following a regimen and just about a month ago I went all in. Got on beauty blogs, got some products and followed through. The cleanser/exfoliating/moisturizer routine. It was going good first weeks and I was seeing improvements on my face until I wasn’t. I have a few questions:
    1) after using the facial cleanser, do I still need to use a washing liquid/soap on my face while bathing?
    I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten a shade darker on my face and I don’t know what to do about it.

    • Hey. No, you do need need to go in with soap again after cleansing. This is why it’s good to use cleansers that thoroughly cleans your skin that way you don’t need extra cleaning. Some people don’t “double cleansing” with a lighter cleanser but this is optional and depends on the ingredients. The last think you want is to over dry your skin.
      With you noticing your skin not improving after improving for a while. What I noticed is that my skin tends to get used to product and those products seem to not work anymore, for that reason, I rotate my products. So I tend to rotate my cleansers every week or so just so my skin feels like it’s getting a new ingredient. You could try that. Find 2-3 cleansers that work for your skin type and rotate them.
      And lastly, with your skin looking darker, you should try brightening cleanses and masks. (This shouldn’t be mistaken for bleaching btw). Products work brightening ingredients just help reverse your skin to its natural tone plus extra glow. Also, use a good tone. That helps rebalance your skin and improve tone and texture.
      Hope this helps! 🙂

      • Yes. the rotating cleanser bit, it makes perfect sense. Jeez.

        I’ve been looking up options for this – brightening cleanses and masks, but unlike other products, their brightening qualities are never stated. Don’t know why. Any suggestions for any for oily skin? I’ve checked, you don’t really have a post on them

        • As you know, I only use all natural & organic products. I do have a number of them that I just added to my stash & plan to blog about this week. I’ll tell you some brands you can look into: Laurel Skincare, lilfox Miami, acure, and sanre Organics. I will find other brands on different price points & let you know. An alternative would be using a good vitamin C serum. Vitamin C has brightening effects. More info on my “finding the right ingredients for your skincare”. But yo start out, ACV will do you good (and it’s cheap) 🙂

          • Yes Yes. I do use ACV, as an alternative to a toner. AN dI’ll look toward the Vit C serum, adn I will look forward to your posts. You do give honest reviews and your beauty escapades are interesting!

  • I’ve heard such great things about ACV, maybe it’s time to give it a try. And thanks for sharing the info about the Mario Badescu spray, I was thinking of getting it. It’s supposed to be a facial spray, why should the ingredient list be complicated? I like the sound of your DIY spray. Nice routine Asake 🙂

    • You should definitely give ACV a try. The smell is a little off putting but you get used to it. I love that it works for every much every akin type. The DIY spray like the ACV toner is great too because it’s very effective without breaking the bank. 🙂