Confession time: I had terrible acne as a teenager. Nothing really seemed to work. I tried prescription creams, systems like Proactive, and every single wash and medicine available in the skincare aisle. One day I ran across a tomato soap in a Burt’s Bees trial kit. That made my skin feel better than it every had. I was hooked from then. My acne cleared up (probably as I grew up, but the soap helped I’m sure), and my skin became less oily and softer. Unfortunately, Burt’s Bees discontinued the tomato soap (boo), but that led to me experimenting and finding my go-to products today.
These days I rely on tomato and charcoal to help keep my oily skin in check.
1. Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser: I didn’t leave the tomato behind. This is my almost every day wash because it helps keep pimples and redness under control thanks to tomato and watermelon extract. I love this cleanser because it’s 96% natural, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.
2. Lush Dark Angels Charcoal Scrub: I use this one about twice a week, sometimes more in the summer when my face is unusually oily. It has a funky smell, kind of like licorice, and it can be messy. It’s also a little expensive, which is why I don’t use it every day.
3. Lush Ocean Salt Scrub: I can’t get enough of this scrub! I would use it everyday if it wasn’t so expensive. It’s amazing at smoothing my skin, but the salt and vodka doesn’t dry out my skin. I thank the avocado butter and coconut oil for that.
4. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask: I use this almost every Sunday to help deep clean my pores and refresh my face from the week. It’s amazing how fresh my face feels after using this. It’s another product that also helps keep my redness at bay.
5. Body Shop Shower Gel: We actually have a few different scents, but I always go back to the olive shower gel. It’s a very light scent that’s different from everything out there, and I always feel squeaky clean after using it. This is soap-free, but I feel cleaner than I ever did using a body wash from one of the cheap brands at Wal-Mart or Target.
I’m still on the hunt for a natural moisturizer for oily skin. It seems to be the one thing I’m missing in my go-to product lineup. I’m also thinking about trying natural makeup, but I really only use eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.
Transitioning to natural products has been amazing for my skin, and I highly recommend trying out products from the brands I mentioned.