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Why I Switched To A Natural Skin Care Routine And Some Of My Favorite Products + A Giveaway!

May 7, 2015

I feel like I’ve been waiting 10 years to publish this post. Okay, it’s been more like a year but I’m still beyond excited to be sharing this new journey with you.

I obviously chat a lot about healthy food and fitness around here so it only makes sense that I should care about what I’m putting on my body, but this thought didn’t click with me until about a year ago.

My Natural Skin Care Routine // thehealthymaven.comI know, I know, how could I be all preachy about what I put in my body but not care what I put on it? Honestly, it was guilt that got the best of me, but in making the transition to a natural skin care routine I have learned so much about what’s in conventional skincare products that I am just grateful I made the switch when I did.

Why I Switched To A Natural Skin Care Routine

I know what you’re thinking, “oh she’s gone off the deep end” or “thank you for the hippie talk”. I get it, I’ve been there, and I’ve judged people for thinking that their moisturizer was going to kill them. While I don’t know that the correlation is that direct, I do know that if I ate McDonalds for the rest of my life, I’m pretty sure I would die of heart disease. So if I’m putting chemicals all over my body each and every day, there must be some health implications to that.

I NEVER ever thought I would be the type of person who used natural beauty and skincare products, but now here I am telling you why I switched to a Natural Skin Care Routine.

I challenge you to take a second to read the labels on some of your beauty products. When I did I was shocked to discover there was no actual oil in my argan oil and my facewash’s first ingredient was Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a carcinogenic chemical found in most conventional beauty products. This is the reason I switched. If there was no way I was eating Blue #6, then why does it need to be in my beauty products?

It was really quite simple, ignorance was no longer bliss.

My Favorite Natural Skin Care Products

When I finally decided to make the switch, a product line that came highly recommended to me was Skin Essence Organics. Little did I know that it was love at first sight. I’m pretty lucky to have found a brand of natural skin care products that my skin both loves and is local. I’m even luckier to be teaming up with them to bring you some awesome products today.

My Natural Skin Care Routine // thehealthymaven.comFunny story how this little partnership came about. I was at the Green Living Show and saw that Skin Essence had a booth. I’ve been obsessed with their products for about a year now and impulsively ran over to tell them how much I love their stuff. Turns out someone had run over just before me and had done the exact same thing. The people checking out the products at the booth thought they had hired us because two people in a row declared their rave reviews. This is when you know it’s a good product.

What I also love about this company is how awesome they are about educating their customers. Each time I speak with them I learn something new! Here are some useful tips…

What to Avoid In Your Skin Care Products

-If you can’t pronounce it, don’t use it. I have the same attitude when it comes to food. With the exception of quinoa…

-Stay away from parabens. The most common are butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben. Parabens are considered xenoestrogens―agents that mimic estrogen in the body. “Estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.

-Avoid products in plastic bottles. The good stuff needs to be protected in dark amber bottles and should have an expiry date. If it doesn’t, it’s likely full of preservatives.

-If the first ingredient is water, it’s no bueno. It’s a cheap filler used as a diluent. Just don’t buy it.

Why I love Skin Essence Organics

Their products are so clean, you can straight up eat it. In fact I have and they’re delicious (please don’t judge me…). They’re also completely organic and fair-trade.

They have a whole line of products for every skin type and all of their ingredients you’ve most likely heard of. The only ones that were unfamiliar to me were some of the oils because they’re from plants in faraway lands that contain magical properties. Clearly I’m simplifying and it’s more scientific than that!

They have a ton of different skin care products which you can CHECK OUT HERE but I wanted to highlight some of my favorites with you today.

MY-FAV-Skin-Care-ProductsOcular Eye Serum – helps to improve dark circles, reduce puffiness and smooth fine lines.

Facial Oils – The two that I love are the rose hip seed oil and light oil. both are cold-pressed and certified organic.

Fresh Face Cleanser – a mixture of vegetable glycerin (from coconut) and essential oils to clean off excess oils and dirt.

Facial In a Jar – I use this as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells that clog pores and form blackheads.

While I do use every single one of these products, I also have a couple others in my repetoir. I use a homemade facial toner (stay tuned for the recipe on SHEuncovered) as well as a vegan and organic hyaluronic serum. And of course you know my love for FACEMASK FRIDAYS over on Snapchat where I make a homemade facemask from kitchen staples! When I’m in a crunch, I also use Skin Essence’s Facemask mix (made with oat powder, clay, stevia leaf and chamomile flowers).

daily-routineIf you’re curious what my typical skin care routine looks like, here it is:

1. I wash off the daily grind with the Fresh Face Cleanser. About 3 times a week I exfoliate with the facial in a jar after cleansing.

2. I use a cotton pad to apply my homemade face toner

3. I wet my face slightly and use the hyaluronic serum

4. Followed by the light oil in the morning or the rose hip seed oil at night

5. I also use the ocular cream in the morning and evening (or when I remember!) 

I know it seems odd to be moisturizing my skin with oil, but it’s not the heavy oils found in coconut or olive oil. It’s much lighter and in fact your skin needs oil in order to look healthy and plump and function as it should. It might take some time to find the best oil for your skin, but once you find it you just know!

I figured I probably shouldn’t get through this whole post without sharing with you guys what my skin actually looks like. I asked C to take a pic of me last weekend when we were hanging out with some friends in Trinity Bellwoods. I do not have a stitch of makeup on my face! I actually hate wearing makeup so this is what I look like most of the time. I’m so grateful to have found awesome products that allow me to pull this off.

Me-in-TBYour skin is the largest organ in your body.

When you think about it this way, it seems crazy to cover it with all of the chemicals found in conventional beauty and skin care products. Everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. It’s not like food that passes through your liver and kidneys.

That being said, I recommend you start small. You don’t need to go replace everything in your bathroom but week by week start replacing your conventional skin care products with a more natural variety like Skin Essence Organics. Replacing it all at once might lead to your skin freaking out so try doing it one product at a time. And don’t give up if at first your skin isn’t so happy. Sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out what products do and don’t work for your skin.

Lucky for you, Skin Essence Organics has offered THM readers and awesome GIVEAWAY!

giveawayOne lucky reader will win a prize pack that includes:

  1. Facial Cleanser of your choice
  2. Facial Moisturizer of your choice
  3. Exfoliant & Skin Softening Mineral Mask (Facial In A Jar)
  4. Ocular Eye Serum

That’s a $132.21 VALUE

The giveaway is open to North American readers and will run until Monday May 11th at 11:59 PM. 

In addition, Skin Essence Organics is giving a 15% off discount when you enter the code “Healthymaven” during checkout AND will offer free shipping to any order over $50 in North America. That’s an unreal deal!

Make sure you enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter below:



Disclaimer: While I was given some free product from Skin Essence Organics, I was not asked to write this post. I am genuinely a huge fan of their products and wanted to share this with you.

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  • Reply
    May 7, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I am a massive supporter of a natural beauty regime. I too didn’t realise how much crap was in my products until a couple of years ago. Once you know about it, you can’t “un-know” so continuing to use products full of toxic chemicals was just a no no. It took a good year to make all the switches and find the products I loved or ones I could make in my kitchen, but I have got it down now. It is so important to make the switch and like you said start small 🙂
    And you don’t need make up woman! Beautiful without it!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      I love that! Once you know, you can’t “un-know”. It could not be more true! Nice to hear a fellow bloggy is on board 😉

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    Alexandra robertson
    May 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Love hearing reviews on natural products! I am transitioning into a more natural lifestyle and am looking for a good skin care line! Thanks for the info and the great giveaway!

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    May 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I never used to really think too much about it, but have recently began changing some of my products out for more natural ones. I love Tarte Maracuja Oil and Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Bar Soap!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Awesome! I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for those!

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    She Rocks Fitness
    May 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I love their products and all the choices they have for different skin types. I am all about natural skin products and have been researching a lot of companies to find what works best for me. I have been dabbling with a lot of oils too, which is fun and interesting. Thanks for a great giveaway friend!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    May 8, 2015 at 7:34 am

    i have been exploring about all natural products because i use nothing but chemicals in my body and want to change that. I have made a switch with tooth paste and soap bars as of now..slowly moving to shampoo and skin care will be next. thanks for this post.

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    May 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

    This seems like such a lovely skin care line! You have gorgeous skin!

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood
    May 8, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    you are such a beauty!!! love this post!! xo

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    May 11, 2015 at 1:17 am

    I know what you mean – sometimes I can’t believe I’m the girl who ditched all her standard skincare products and a load of make up to go… well, crunchy. I think using oil (jojoba or almond are my go to’s) to clean and moisturise has been the biggest revelation – who’d a thunk oil is what oily skin needs!

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    May 13, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    […] Why I Switched To A Natural Skin Care Routine And Some …, it was guilt that got the best of me, but in making the transition to a natural skin care routine I have learned so much about what's in conventional skincare products that I am just grateful I made the switch when I did. […]

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    May 15, 2015 at 9:02 am

    […] Why I Switched To A Natural Skin Care Routine And Some …, it was guilt that got the best of me, but in making the transition to a natural skin care routine I have learned so much about what's in conventional skincare products that I am just grateful I made the switch when I did. […]

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    May 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I came to your site through Kitchn, and after pinning a recipe or two, found this blog post. I normally agonize over buying skincare products because I’m allergic to *everything*… and if I’m not allergic, my skin freaks out anyhow. Y’know, ’cause it’s Tuesday or something. I know all the chemicals don’t help my rosacea, so the fact that they had a whole line with a single line of ingredients that are natural, I figured I had to try it.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 29, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Glad I could help you out! Hope you enjoy their products!

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    Nikole Goncalves
    July 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I’ve never tried their products before! I feel like I should after reading this post 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      I’m gonna connect you with the team! They’re so lovely and I know you’ll love the products!!!

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        Nikole Goncalves
        July 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        That would be amazing! Im always looking for awesome clean skincare brands.

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    Meg Lund
    July 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I definitely am with you on the natural skin care routine. I have been wanting to change all of my skin care products to organic, however, I don’t know where to start or what kinds of products are reputable. Thanks for all of your tips and suggestion on the things you use. I’m so glad that you found success in the Skin Essense Organics, and I’ll have to definitely try it out. I also really like the insights on what to avoid. I feel like there are so many things that you should have in your products that it’s easier to address the things that shouldn’t be there. I definitely appreciate the most simple tip that if you can’t pronounce the name, it probably shouldn’t be put on your face. Again, thanks for all of your insight on going green with your skin care product. I think this time I’m actually going to give it a go!

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    Evie Sterne
    August 12, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Hey Davida,

    Thanks for sharing such a nice post and experience of using natural skin care products. I am totally agree with you that skin is the most important organ of our body and we should proper care of it. Natural skin care products are free from harsh chemicals which will surely help you in preventing various skin problems without affecting your natural beauty.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      August 13, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Agreed! Glad to hear there are others out there who feel the same way 🙂 Thanks Evie!

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    Marissa @Barefoot Colorado
    September 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    What shampoo/conditioner do you use? I’ve been looking for a more natural one, and it looks like you have thick, curly hair like me! Would love to hear your recommendations.

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    natasha mikhael
    September 16, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Davida, you looks so beautiful. I like your skin <3

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    November 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Ever since I switched to natural skin care products, my complexion has reduced in redness dramatically. The only thing I can assume is that it was the chemicals in prior products that caused my face to become red after treatment.

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    December 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I have been searching for a natural hair care line, which includes product to protect from hair drying, any suggestions?

    Thank you!

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

      I’m hoping to find one for myself too! I haven’t been happy with anything I’ve tried but I’m always on the lookout and will keep you posted!

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    February 1, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Awesome! Post. Thanks for shearing your secrets about beauty. I am really searching last few hours for such type of info and finally i got. once again thanks.

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    Innate Skincare Number
    February 2, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Good article. I definitely love this website. Keep
    it up!

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    May 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I’m weighing in a little late but just thought I’d say thank you for the coupon code. I was in my favourite health food store the other day and saw a jar of Skin Essence E-Cream. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with an eczema spot on my forehead (it’s more like a splotch of red and very unsightly). It’s been there for years and after having tried everything, both natural and medicinal, I was pretty much ready to give up. This cream caught my eye so I decided to purchase a jar. The effects of reducing the redness was apparent after ONE application. So I decided to go on their website and see what else they had. I ended up buying a starter kit for facial skin care and used your coupon code…it still works! So thank you! I’ve been using the cleanser and serum, as well as the exfoliating mask. It’s only been a few days so too early to tell but my skin does feel good and I’m very excited about this line which is Canadian and 100% organic. I especially the love the E-cream which is continuing to work its magic!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Aw thank you! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying it. I used the e-cream for an eczema patch that started this past winter too and it’s amazing. You’re going to love the rest of their products!

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    Rebecca Dawkins
    May 20, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Great post! Summers are here and now I have started searching about natural skin care as I have too sensitive skin. For this summers I have an idea that why not to try preparing some natural products at home like soap,scrub, cleanser etc. Excited to try this:)

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    Barbara Wilson
    May 30, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I have used backing soda several months ago as a shampoo, once pure and another time mixed with one egg.
    It was to harsh for my hair. As Jen said above, it’s very alkaline so if you use it, make sure to balance acidity with vinegar.

    Thanks for your post!

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    July 6, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Interesting article!!
    It seems their product are worth to give a try,
    I also used natural beauty and skincare products, I just love the benefits on my skin.
    Thanks for sharing Davida!!

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    Eco-Friendly Woman
    August 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I’m an avid supporter of all-natural products too. I’m glad that you made the big switch. Surely, you won’t have any regret switching.

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    August 31, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Davida! It was so refreshing to read about natural skincare products. I had to stop using store bought products a long time ago due to the ingredients causing many skin problems.
    I’ve been using very basic things on my skin, like argan oil and jojoba mixed with an essential oil but the products you mentioned really caught my attention!
    Thanks again for the info!

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    September 2, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I absolutely love anything natural, clean, and especially cruelty free. The great thing about going the natural route is that often times, the ingredients put into these creams, salves, lotions, etc. are so good for the skin that there is no need to test animals. Thanks so much for sharing this, I really need to check this out!

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    September 6, 2016 at 5:26 am

    thanks for sharing us 🙂

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    Diane C
    September 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I’m an avid supporter of all-natural products too. I’m glad that you made the big switch. Surely, you won’t have any regret switching.
    Thanks 🙂

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    October 13, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I am agree with you that every day use of chemicals on face can be harmful for skin. And any of the products can not compared with natural beauty products. Natural beauty products gives oil and other fairness to skin and nothing harmful for skin. I know every one wants to look fair and gorgeous but makeup and all things can make face glowing and gorgeous but for sometime. So I also prefer to everybody that natural beauty is a real beauty and don’t loss it by using beauty products.

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    November 17, 2016 at 3:25 am


    I am glad to know that I can see the same importance of natural products and home remedies which could be seen many years ago. Honestly I only believe in natural treatments and products because natural things are the only one which can safe our skin from skin damages. So I like your blog and also its an interesting while reading. Thanks for posting this.

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    December 30, 2016 at 8:49 am

    There are are many products are available in the market who’s belong to skin care. But one thing should be kept in mind save from the unreal products. Always choose the REG brands OR consult the skin care
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    Julie Wright
    March 9, 2017 at 6:41 am

    These are great tips.Most of the chemicals destroy skin so it’s great to stick to natural products.I always trust natural products on my skin.Keep sharing 🙂

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    Mariana Aly
    March 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I loved your tip. As friend Julie Wright told most of the chemicals to destroy our skin
    Apesa de works with chemical poisons I love the innovations of natural products for the skin I think we are going
    for the future.

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    Forever Flawless
    May 30, 2017 at 5:06 am

    I think natural skin care don’t have nay side effect

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    Grace Cabrera
    June 7, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Wow this is very informative! I’ll try this routine for my skin to be much beautiful

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    Mamta Goyal
    August 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    great tips… as I follow skin regime , this article is very helpful for me…I always use natural products grown in my kitchen garden and buy products which are natural.

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    August 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I loved your tips. As friend Julie Wright told most of the chemicals to destroy our skin

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    October 9, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Great tips for skincare.Its better to go with naturally made products, thanks for this post, please keep updating.

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    October 23, 2017 at 2:17 am

    The backbone of your skin care routine has to be good cleansing. Thorough cleansing keeps the skin free of excess oil, dirt, sweat, and makeup, and leaves a nice, clean base for your acne treatment products. First, you have to start off with the right cleanser for your skin—nothing too harsh or drying

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    February 14, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Excellent article, every day we hear our customers talk about how chemicals have harmed their skin. It’s amazing how quickly people notice the difference once they start using natural skincare products.

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    March 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    What a great article. Most organic skincare products are being realized for women and there’s not a ton for men. I’d love to learn about natural facial creams and oils for men. Currently, I am using a really cool beard oil and balm from Adagio Naturals A really cool natural skincare product company in Canada.

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