After my skin completely freaked out early last year, I’ve been obsessed with finding better and gentler ways to approach skincare. Last spring, I got rid of all my jellies made with chemicals like salicylic acid, made the switch to fragrance-free products and started wearing sunscreen. My routine was going well, but the overachiever in me couldn’t help but think, “How can I do this better?”
One afternoon, during a big apartment cleanup, my roommate mentioned to me that she wanted to start buying natural cleaning products. I thought she was crazy. After all, don’t we need those chemicals to get rid of grease and dirt? “Yes,” she replied. “But they’ll be gentler on our surfaces.” A light bulb went off in my head. If natural cleaning products would be kinder to our countertops, could the same principle apply to my face?
I decided to give it a try. I adjusted my regimen to include only natural products, which mostly consisted of stuff you can get at the grocery store. I replaced my face wash with natural oil, my store-bought astringent with tomato juice, and made my own avocado masks and body lotion. I enlisted the help of coconut oil when I needed a little extra moisture.
I tried to stick to my regular routine. Normally, I wash my face once or twice a day before applying moisturizer (I add sunscreen in the summer, but not much in the winter since I’m inside for the vast majority of the day and also: lazy). I use some sort of lotion moisturizer every day, which I apply twice a day in the winter, and I do a pore-cleansing treatment or mask at least once a week.
Click through to see what happened when I went on my naTRILL skin regimen — what worked, what didn’t and which of these things I’m still practicing today.