My Skincare Routine: Winter 2018 Edition

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Dull, dry skin is a pain to deal with anytime of year. But living in Michigan during the cold months (think extra dry and freezing temperatures) can be especially tough on skin. I have found that it is important to change up your skincare routine with the season to suit your unique needs. I have my all-natural winter skincare routine down to a science and I am so excited to share it with you!

Remember, your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs up to 70 percent of what you put on it.

Read on to find out which five organic and plant based products I use without all the nasty chemicals found in traditional products.

P.S. — If you purchase any of these products from iHerb, use my code ALI1635 to get 5% off! 

Cleanser: Avalon Organics Wrinkle Therapy with CoQ10 + Rosehip


I know I’m only 25, but I think it’s important to take care of your skin at any age to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Being so dry in Michigan, my normal face wash was just not cutting it for me. I have combination skin and my husband has very dry skin. This works for both of us, as it is more of a cream cleanser that adds moisture instead of stripping it away.

Toner: Brittanie’s Thyme Organic Balancing Toner


After I have cleansed my skin, I prep it for the rest of my routine by dabbing on a little toner.

I was looking to switch up my facial toner from natural beauty cult classic Thayer’s, because I found out that their products contain citric acid. And if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know citric acid is one of the preservatives I avoid in both food and skincare. So, on a shopping trip to Fresh Thyme, I picked up a bottle of this organic facial toner by Brittanie’s Thyme and gave it a try.

It smells really fresh and is not harsh on my face. I dab a little on an organic cotton pad and pat it on my nose, chin and forehead – basically anywhere I get oily skin, though that is rarer in the wintertime. Overall, I really enjoy this product, especially because all of the ingredients are organic, vegan, and alcohol-free.

Serum/Oil: Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil


Miranda Kerr’s line Kora Organics has been on my radar for a while. I finally decided to give her Noni Glow face oil a try due to its rave reviews and really clean ingredients.

Not only does this stuff smell lovely, I have found it really hydrates my skin. It is definitely a thicker oil that helps keep my skin nice and smooth during the cold, dry Michigan winter.

Eye gel: Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Eye Revive Contour Gel


Everybody needs an eye gel or cream! EVERYBODY. The skin beneath your eyes is so delicate and sensitive and to prevent crowsfeet or other lines, you need to keep your under-eye area healthy. I don’t plan on being a Botox lady when I’m older, so I am trying my best to keep my skin young and healthy with a proper vegan diet and skincare routine.

Currently, I am really loving this Andalou Naturals (I adore their products!) eye revive gel. It comes in a nifty little tube that you hold right up to your eye and spread underneath.

I usually use this at night, after I have removed my makeup and let the gel sit over night. I do not rub it into my skin, but rather let it absorb slowly over time.

Face oil: Desert Essence Organic Jojoba oil



As an alternative to the Noni Glow or if my skin is feeling extra dry, I will apply this jojoba oil. I love jojoba oil because its composition is very close to the natural sebum (oil) your skin produces, so it does not clog my pores. I think a lot of people are afraid that if they put oil on their skin, they will break out. I have fairly oily skin in the summer, and I have found that this is definitely not true. Jojoba oil is so gentle and makes my skin plump and moist rather than oily. I would definitely recommend changing your facial moisturizer from a cream to an oil.

What are your favorite organic and plant based skincare products? Let me know in the comments below!



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