Skincare routine.

Once a long-term user of several commercial cosmetics and skincare brands, I’m now fully awakened by the vivid consciousness.. a melancholy truth behind most of the industry’s products..  I found myself slowly and firmly withdrawing from those toxic and chemical contents. 

After running out of my regular skincare products six months ago, I have made my own skincare for personal use as much as possible, while supporting all-natural and organic cosmetics like 100% Pure.  I’m not sponsored by the brand.  There is no monetization scheme. I simply want to support ideas and products of these ethical brands whenever I have a chance.

// 100% pure //

Fermented Rice Water Cleanser // The cleanser is so liquidy that I have to lean the tube against the wall (with its lid on top).  Other than that, the product has a soothing smell and light quality which doesn’t make my face abrasive or dry.

Fermented Rice Water Toner // I normally use my DIY apple cider (recipe below) as a staple toner.  Still, I often use this 100% Pure toner at night after makeup removal and cleansing rituals..  Just because it can also be applied directly on the eye area which assures that my face is completely clean after a day of makeup!

Luminous Primer // I just really like the fact that this product is silicone-free as it doesn’t irritate my skin like other silicone-based primers.  I tried avoiding using primers on my face because they triggered acnes and itchiness.  Now I am guilt-free using this primer because it contains all natural ingredients.  Instead.. I feel pampered by merely putting an extra layer of this natural product that’s made up of resveratrol, green tea, avocado, aloe, and many other goodies.

Fruit Pigmented® 2nd Skin Concealer (shade 3) // The concealer’s texture is smooth and possesses a natural colour tone.  For best results, I leave it on for a minute before blending on skin. 

Bamboo Blur Powder // Using just a little with my powder puff, this magical bamboo powder can cover my entire face and leave a silky texture like baby powder.  :)

Fruit Pigmented® Satin Eye Shadow (Halo) // Though the soft cream texture isn’t easily blended on my oily eyelids, it produces the colour as expected and doesn’t smudge at the end of the day.

Long Last Liquid Eye Liner (black tea) // I’ll be honest and say that it requires certain skill to draw this eye liner.  Yet, once the skill set is mastered, the product stays on until the removing process which can be done easily and effortlessly.

Fruit Pigmented® Ultra Lengthening Mascara (black tea) // It does lengthen my eyelashes and doesn’t smudge under my eyes.  Just make sure to tighten the lid as the product has a tendency to dry fast.

Fruit Pigmented® Pretty Naked Palette // This palette comes with two blush and three eyeshadows in soft and neutral/under tones.  The finish is beyond expectation.  Again, I feel guilt-free to myself and the environment since the product opts for healthy and natural ingredients.. instead of toxic ingredients that are commonly used in conventional make palettes.   

// diy skincare //

1. makeup remover

I wasn’t keen on using coconut oil as my makeup remover until I ran out of my regular makeup remover.  Then I decided to put this miracle substance to the test.  Yes! Straight up!

After a 6-month experiment, I’d say that I’ll continue using it.  Even if I didn’t really noticed changes in complexion and spots, my makeup came off effortlessly and my facial skin seemed softer with natural dewy glow.

*note: not all skin types are compatible with oil cleansing as it may stimulate clogged pores.  Hence, some don’t encourage using it straight up on the face.  With the exception of individuals who have dry or extra-dry skin types.  Find oils that based on your skin type here.

Ingredient: 

  • Coconut oil (unrefined / raw / organic)

Directions:

  • If it’s in a natural solid state, pick up a small amount, rub it in your hand, massage onto dry skin, and rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.  But I found myself wiping it off gently with a thin cotton just that it feels ultra clean…  If it’s melted, pour onto thin cotton and wipe your makeup.

2. daily toner

Apple cider has found its way to make an impact on beauty and skincare due to its quality of anti-inflammatory, pore minimizing, and ph-balancing qualities.

When I first used apple cider vinegar as a toner, I couldn’t stand the smell of it and almost wanted to opt out the idea…  But I’m enthusiastic about the result! (Only if you water it down with large amount of other liquids.)  After several attempts, I narrowed down to brewed green tea and rose water as my ideal mixture for diluting the strong scent of apple cider vinegar.  Time flies as I have continued using this product without complaints.

Ingredients…

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 8 tbsp filtered water (or brewed green tea)
  • 2 tbsp rose water (optional) (if not used, add another 1 tbsp filtered water)

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well.

*note: this ingredient is intended for normal/dry skin.  For the sensitive skin type, dilute with 2 more tbsp of water.  For the oily skin type, reduce water (but no less than 6 tbsp per 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar as too much apple cider vinegar can kill skin cells, erode your skin, and trigger chemical burns.) 

3. moisturizer & eye cream

I’ve always had a very dry skin and never come across any facial creams that absolutely retained radiance and moisture levels on my skin.  Running out of cosmetics and struggling to find substitutes, I tried making my own facial moisturizer and eye cream. 

// ingredients (Moisturizer) //

  • 2 tbsp shea butter
  • 2 tbsp beeswax
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 20 drops frankincense oil

// instructions //

  • Melt shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil in double-boiler with low heat.  Stir occasionally until they are all well combined.
  • Remove from heat and let it sit until almost harden.  Drop jojoba and frankincense oils and mix well.
  • Pour into a glass jar with an airtight lid and store in a cool place.

*note: this recipe is adapted from Organic Authority to suit the dry skin condition.

// ingredients (eye cream) //

  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 tbsp beeswax
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 10-15 drops frankincense oil
  • 1 tbsp rosehip seed oil

// instructions //

  • Melt shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in double-boiler with low heat.  Stir occasionally until they are all well combined.
  • Remove from heat and let it sit until almost harden.  Drop frankincense and rosehip seed oils and mix well.
  • Pour into a glass jar with an airtight lid and store in a cool place.

*note: this recipe is adapted from Wellness Mama to suit the dry skin condition.

// sunscreen //

While the ample sun exposure helps us generate vitamin D naturally, too much sunlight appears to cause major risk factors and harmful health consequences, particularly skin cancers.  Besides avoiding excessive sun exposure, we seek out sunscreen to protect ourselves, even so.. many commercial sunscreens contain chemical UV filters (e.g. Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, etc.) which relate to skin allergies and hormone disruption.

I, again, love to support the ethical brands that are concerned about consumers’ wellness.  The Green Beaver’s Sunscreen (that I have been using) features ingredients without UV chemical sunscreen filters, nano-sized ingredients, dimethicone, artificial fragrances, phthalates, and parabens.

Thanks to 100% PURE® and The Green Beaver Company for crafting these organic, ethical, and cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare products. 

Your creations are absolutely everything I have been searching for! 

After all, we should (as much as we could) support the ethical companies that try to build the solid and sustainable empire for our future generations…

2 Comments

  1. Great information you got here. Very nice recipe also. ^^ i would like to share my experience with some organic skincare also. I’ve been using organic avocado oil as my moisturiser and use jojobar oil or sometimes almond oil for cleansing oil. Jojobar is actually perfect to use for face because it is the closest thing to the oil that we produce. I use jojobar mix with almond oil as moisturiser before but for my dry- combination skin i feel that it was too light for me. Avocado oil seems to work best as moisturiser for my face, the smell was a bit unique but once you get used to it. It seems to work wonder. Jojobar wprk great also for body, since it was so light it absorb to the skin fairy quick so you don’t feel like you have been swiming in a pool full of oil. ^^

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    1. Hi Mo, thanks for sharing your cleansing oil experience! I guess we might have similar skin type as I also regularly use jojoba oil as my facial serum after toner. But never tried using avocado oil as a moisturizer, will definitely give it a try! ♡

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