Deciding which skincare products to use doesn’t have to be rocket science!
A good cleanse is the best way to start your skincare routine.
Not only will a good cleanser remove makeup, but it will remove dirt and debris, clear your pores, and allow your natural oils to reach the surface.
These natural oils (usually called sebum) are important because they help to balance your skin’s moisture levels. And if they don’t reach the surface, they’ll clog your pores. So all in all, cleansing is one of the most important steps to keeping your skin in good shape.
If you have oilier skin, you’ll want to cleanse twice a day - once in the morning and once at night. If you have drier skin, you may be able to skip that morning cleanse. I know we just talked about how important cleansing is, but for dry skin, skipping that morning cleanse could prevent your skin from becoming too clean, which can cause skin irritations, sensitized skin, and of course, acne.
While there are several different types of cleansers on the market, I love using either high quality bars of soap, or an oil cleanser. I go back and forth depending on the season and how my skin is feeling.
During the Summer I prefer reaching for a bar of soap. It’s a bit lighter than an oil but can get the job done just as well. You can start with the invigorating Eucalyptus Mint Soap or go with the detoxifying Charcoal Anise Soap.
They’re both made with similar base ingredients - organic olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter so they’re both great for nourishing your skin, gently cleansing, and leaving your skin soft, but not stripped.
During the Fall and Winter, I prefer to reach for the Facial Cleansing Oil. While a cleansing oil may sound scary, especially for those with oily skin, I promise it’s not. I’ve managed to balance my skin and reduce my cystic acne by using cleansing oils.
Made with argan oil to repair, castor oil to draw out impurities, and tamanu oil to heal, your skin will be cleansed, detoxed, and moisturized. If you’ve only got two minutes for an evening skincare routine, you could get away with just using a cleansing oil.
While you won’t want to use a mask daily, you will want a go to mask for your weekly skincare treatments. After cleansing, apply the Brightening Face Mask, leave on for fifteen minutes, and wash off with a warm cloth.
This mask has chemical and physical exfoliation properties from all kinds of plant ingredients. There’s Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and pineapple powder to break down your dead skin, kaolin clay to absorb excess oil, tamanu oil to moisturize and heal, and turmeric to reduce inflammation.
While Leaves of Trees doesn’t carry any toners yet, this is an important step that you don’t want to skip. So we’re going to help you do it yourself. Toners are surprisingly easy to make yourself which means you won’t have to spend a lot of time or money on this recipe.
Witch Hazel is the feature ingredient in this recipe. This astringent, pH balancing beauty ingredient is made from the leaves of the witch hazel plant. We recommend using an alcohol free option to prevent irritation or dryness.
Once you’ve got your witch hazel sorted, you get to pick out your essential oils. A few recommendations, and oils you’ve probably seen in the Leaves of Trees products, are eucalyptus to reduce acne, orange blossom to firm your skin, lavender to soothe, tangerine to tone, and frankincense for reducing the signs of aging.
Amber Glass Spray Bottle
30 mL Water
60 mL Witch Hazel
5 - 8 Drops of Essential Oil
All you’ll need is a glass spray bottle, preferably made of amber or dark blue glass. This will protect your Toner from the damaging sunlight. I also recommend you keep this in a dark, cool place like your bathroom cabinet.
Once you’ve got your bottle, simply measure your ingredients and add. Close the bottle, shake vigorously, and you’re good to go. The witch hazel with balance your skin’s pH levels and reduce acne, while the essential oils you chose will target your skin’s specific issues. It’s a custom skin treatment just for you!
A good facial oil can take you a long way. The Leaves of Trees line uses a lot of argan oil, so we’d be silly if we left it out here.
Argan oil is a popular skincare oil for a reason. It’s chemical makeup makes it an ideal skincare oil that’s used to reduce acne, prevent and repair damage, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
As you can see, argan oil goes beyond moisturizing your skin. The Leaves of Trees Argan Oils are available with different essential oils to go a step further. My go to is the Frankincense Argan Oil. Frankincense is one of those holy grail essential oils. It’s incredibly beneficial for your skin as it improves cell regeneration, it’s anti-aging, and of course, it’s moisturizing.
If you prefer, you can use this facial oil as your all in one serum and moisturizer. But you can also use this facial oil as a serum and follow with another layer of moisture.
Finish your skincare routine with a lotion or butter. The Argan Hand and Body Lotion can easily be applied to your face for an extra dose of moisture. Made with ingredients like argan oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin e, this is a light cream that’s great for oilier skin types.
If you want to indulge in a rich face cream, go with the Olive Argan Butter. Made with just argan and olive oils, this is a cream that will nourish even the driest of skin types.
See all of the options and find your new favourite moisturizer here.
Have you tried anything from Leaves of Trees? What did you think?