Try These 7 Daily Tips For A Week Of Game-Changing Skincare
If you’re just getting into the skincare game and aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry. While any new routine can feel intimidating at first, starting small helps you build healthy, sustaining habits that’ll support you for years to come. Instead of bombarding you with a million tips, we’re breaking down our top seven skin-saving practices into a daily plan, so you have everything you need to get started. Keep reading to get our tips for skin that’s healthy and glowing, every day of the week.
Monday: Cleanse Like A Queen
Let’s start simple: There’s really no better place to begin your skincare journey than with a twice daily facial cleanse. Cleansing helps wash away the dirt, grime, and oil that can build up at night and all throughout the day. Cleanse in the morning and before you go to bed to ensure you’re starting your day and falling asleep with a clean palette.
Here’s how to make coconut oil a part of your cleansing routine: Massage a small scoop of CoCo onto dry skin for about 30 seconds, rinsing with warm water and patting excess moisture away with a towel. Oil Cleansing is a powerful natural cleanser because it penetrates deep into the skin, clearing out impurities that can clog your pores.
Tuesday: Give Your Makeup Brushes Some Love
We know we’re supposed to be keeping our skin clean and clear, but have you ever given much thought to the cleanliness of your makeup tools? If makeup brushes go without regular washing, bacteria can build up in their bristles, which then transfers to the skin with use. Take some time today for a little clean up to prevent the possibility of breakouts. Simply clean bristles - including beauty blender sponges - with liquified coconut oil followed by a quick rinse with water. You’ll put on your makeup knowing your brushes are not only squeaky-clean, but protected and nourished, cutting down on waste by keeping tools in tip-top shape for longer. Moving forward, make this a once-a-week practice.
Wednesday: Oil Pull To Perfection
While oil pulling is most often associated with dental health, its benefits go way beyond your teeth. The traditional Ayurvedic practice supports your body’s natural detoxification systems, helping remove harmful toxins. When you oil pull in the morning, you’re getting rid of toxins that build up in your body throughout the night, preventing them from getting into your bloodstream and impacting your skin.
As we said, oil pulling is most effective when done first thing in the morning before eating or drinking. Massage one Conscious Coconut oil packet and squeeze it into your mouth, swishing inside your mouth. 15 to 20 minutes of oil pulling is recommended, as this is the time it takes to kick its therapeutic effects into gear. We know this sounds like a lot (who has 20 extra minutes in the morning?), but we make it happen by multitasking, swishing either while prepping breakfast, taking a shower, or whatever the morning brings. You can also double-up on the self care by pairing your oil pulling practice with something that recharges and rejuvenates you before jumping into your day. Maybe that’s putting your thoughts to paper with journaling or finding calm with a meditation. Whatever centers you and brings you joy is the best supplement to all the good you’re doing for yourself with oil pulling.
Thursday: Get Glowing With A Nourishing Moisturizer
If you’ve ever heard that moisturizing is an optional step in your routine, check your sources. A daily moisturizer is an essential part of a holistic skincare regimen. The areas of skin on your face, ears, neck, and chest shed cells at faster rates than other parts of your body. As a result, this skin needs the most moisturizing support to repair itself. To keep skin looking and functioning at its healthiest, moisturize each day with coconut oil, particularly after bathing or exfoliating to renew dry skin.
Conscious Coconut Oil contains Vitamin E, a powerful nutrient in fighting off free radicals, helping to keep skin safe from daily environmental stressors (we’re talking long hours in the sun and exposure to air pollution that’s a given in our modern lives). Vitamin E teams up with lauric acid, a fatty acid that provides hydration for deeply-nourished and moisturized skin.
In addition to making coconut oil your go-to moisturizer, you can boost your skin’s hydration by drinking enough water, being mindful of the temperature of your showers (hot water dries out and strips your skin of essential oils), and swiping on an SPF sunscreen after you moisturize.
Friday: All About The Eyes
After a week of working under deadlines or staying up late to catch your favorite show, you’re probably rolling into your weekend feeling in need of a little rest and relaxation. Same goes for your eyes—with hours spent in front of the computer screen and our faces glued to our phones (guilty!), dark under eye circles are real, and something many of us have to deal with from time to time.
Say goodbye to your tiny tube of expensive eye cream and dab a little coconut oil under and around your eyes. Because Conscious Coconut Oil is a natural and gentle anti-inflammatory, it’s an effective way to brighten up this delicate area of skin. What’s more, coconut oil provides a healthy dose of moisture, warding off fine lines and wrinkles. Build up to making this a daily practice for maximum results.
Saturday: Take Your Makeup Off Before Bed
You can give your skin *impeccable* care, but if you’re going to bed without removing your makeup first, you’re missing a crucial step in establishing an effective skincare routine. Leaving makeup on overnight hinders the skin’s natural regenerative and exfoliation processes, increasing the appearance of dull skin. What’s more, makeup can clog your pores, making skin more prone to breakouts.
Sure, it can be hard to make this happen every night (who really wants to bother with scrubbing off mascara when all you want is to be in bed?), but it’s a key step in ensuring you wake up with glowing skin. Simply use our Organic Coconut Oil Wipes just like a makeup remover wipe! Unlike drugstore wipes filled with scent and chemicals, our wipes are simply our award-winning USDA organic and fair trade certified coconut oil infused in a gentle bamboo cloth. Not only does it remove your makeup (including eye makeup!), it's like a gentle cleanser and soothing lotion in one. You’ll go to bed knowing your daily skincare checklist is complete!
Sunday: Scrub The Scaries Away
When we’re getting ready to start a new week, something within us just wants to kick things off with a clean slate. This is, of course, true metaphorically—tying up loose ends, wrapping up a project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long—but also physically. Bacteria can build up on our skin throughout the week, and taking time to give yourself a spa-like Sunday can do wonders for helping you jump into Monday feeling fresh and ready to go.
For a routine that’ll make Sunday scaries a thing of the past, we recommend putting to practice the following tips. First off, make a DIY face scrub that’ll stimulate circulation and swipe off excess oil. For a single recipe, mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with softened coconut oil until the mixture is the texture of sand. Scrub gently in a circular motion, preferably after showering when your skin is still slightly wet. For a big batch that’ll last you the week, try this recipe from Simply Veganista: Mix a cup of brown sugar with three tablespoons of melted coconut oil, starting with a tablespoon at a time until each is fully incorporated. Soft, supple, and sweet-smelling skin awaits! Because brown sugar is gentle on the skin, you can use this scrub up to four times a week.
Sunday is also the perfect day to start a dry-brushing routine. This restorative practice is one we rely upon for getting a smooth and radiant glow. After showering, apply coconut oil all over your body. Using short, firm strokes starting at your feet, brush upward toward your heart. Be mindful not to apply too much pressure as this may damage the skin. Try dry brushing in the morning to take advantage of the practice’s energizing qualities. You’ll step into your day feeling like you just had a shot of espresso (minus the caffeine) with gorgeously-exfoliated skin.
By introducing a new skin-supporting practice every day of the week, you’re establishing healthy habits without the overwhelm that often comes with jumping into something new. As you get started with your new routines, remember this: every little skin-saving effort counts.
For skin that’s healthy, hydrated, and nourished inside and out, make Conscious Coconut Oil a mainstay in your medicine cabinet. Find the coconut oil that supports you best by exploring our entire coconut oil collection here.