My Favorite Biodegradable Exfoliating Cleansers

If you care about your skincare routine, you probably have an opinion about the impending ban on microbeads. I love that these microbeads are being banned because they do not dissolve and may pose a threat to the environment. However, some ladies are a bit frantic because their staple cleansers won’t be around anymore. Well, fret not. I have pulled together a list of my favorite natural exfoliants. I have purchased each of these products within the last year and have LOVED each of them.

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The Busy Girl’s Skincare Routine

I used to receive a lot of compliments about my clear skin in college. Since then, I let my former routine fall by the wayside–there doesn’t seem to be as much time in my days anymore. As a result, my skin has suffered. For the first time in my life, I started having awful breakouts and blemishes. I know it’s because I have increased the time between shampoos since returning natural AND sometimes being too tired to remove my makeup at night. Sigh. Anywho, I’ve settled on a routine that is easy and gives me the results I desire: my old face!

When I wake up, I wash my face with raw African black soap. I spoke about the wonders of this soap in a previous post. It gets my face really clean, without leaving it feeling dry. It clears up all of my blemishes. So much so, I purchased a liquid body wash version to try on my bacne marks.

After using the black soap, I moisturize with a bit of Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream. Most days, I add a bit of EOS lip balm and I am done. I try not to wear makeup all the time (and light coverage when I do), unless there’s a special occasion. In the summer, I like a bit of tinted moisturizer to protect my skin from the sun. See the video below for my usual makeup routine.

The hard part comes when I have to remove my makeup. The way I do this is with good ol’ cold cream. I use the CVS version of Pond’s cold cream because it is slightly cheaper (and I earned some Extra Care Bucks on my purchase). After applying the cream, I wipe it off with a warm, damp washcloth. After which, I add a bit of moisturizer.

If I need a little extra help or “get right” for my skin, I do have a few tricks (like using a non-toxic baby wipe to scrub dead skin from my lips). I’ll do a full post about that, so stay tuned!