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I’ve been making a big effort lately to be more mindful and conscious in my life. This goal has sparked a transition to using more natural and plant-based beauty products. In stepping up my overall self-care game, it’s important for me to avoid toxicity, in all areas of my life. This extends to stepping away from products that are potentially harmful to my body. I like to do things in an orderly fashion and I’ve started my make-up transition with the basics: moisturizer.
I’ve been searching for a great daytime moisturizer for a few months now. I have very fair skin and daily sunscreen is a must if I don’t want to look like a strawberry. I could never find anything over 25 SPF and always ended up applying sunscreen over my moisturizer instead, then adding foundation on top of that. I used Bare Minerals foundation for years, but I always felt I had either too much coverage, not enough or it just looked uneven. It was greatly improved with the addition of a primer, but I have such dry skin I would still get dry, flaky spots. Not to mention, I was up to four layers of product—just for a base!
Since then I have found a much better alternative. Let me introduce my first two great finds from my natural beauty quest: Mineral Fusion SPF 40 Moisturizer and 100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer. Now my routine is super easy, quick, natural, and did I mention easy? These two are total beauty game-changers.
The Mineral Fusion SPF 40 moisturizer is the ultimate solution to my sun protection problems. I know most day moisturizers have SPF, but the usual 15-25 just doesn’t cut it for my skin type. I was so pleased to find something that had adequate SPF because it’s allowed me to use only one product instead of two. Also, I hate the smell of regular sunscreen. I love this product! It protects me from those harmful UV rays and it is moisturizing enough for my ultra dry skin. It can look a little bit greasy if you use too much but, once it dries, it will look well blended and your skin will look smooth, not sweaty.
This natural tinted moisturizer from 100% Pure is so much better than the Bare Minerals powder I was using before. It is SPF 20 which is one of the reasons I blend it with the Mineral Fusion moisturizer, so I get that extra sun protection. The other reason why I like blending it is because their lightest color is still not quite fair enough for my skin tone. They are coming out with a new one soon that will be a tad lighter for fair skin with a pink undertone. I’ll have to look into that when this one needs replacing. I love 100% Pure because they are truly natural with plant-derived pigments. Plus, it gives very even coverage and looks smooth and light.
I have found that the products work best for me combined in a roughly 3:1 ratio of the Mineral Fusion moisturizer to the 100% Pure tinted moisturizer. The thickness of the Mineral Fusion cream lightens the color of the tinted moisturizer just enough to make it the perfect color for me, although I usually blend down my neck just in case.
This combination makes for the perfect light and easy everyday base and, on my lazy days, this and a little mascara is all the makeup I need. Okay, most of my days have been lazy lately… I will always love makeup and I’m excited to continue this transition into using all natural products.
Do you have an everyday beauty product you’d recommend? What about a favorite natural beauty brand?