Creating Simple And Effective Face and Body Care Routines
Find new products to support your self-care practices
EXPLORE THESE NATURAL WELLNESS PRODUCTS FOR FACE & BODY CARE
We don’t know about you, but we love getting the chance to try new face & body care products; researching cool new ingredients, exploring innovative new formulas in the beauty space, reading about the latest line launch on social media. It all has an air of self-care, self-love and self-confidence, which we’re here for!
The flip side of exploring new products in the beauty and wellness space is that there is so much information out there – a lot of it conflicting. One blog says you should keep it simple by only washing your face and using sunscreen and then another tells you a 10-step routine is the only way to go. How’s a person to know what to do?
At Saje, our philosophy is somewhere squarely in the middle. We think it’s important to build a foundation of clean, safe, supportive products that you want to use regularly and see value in as part of your routine. We think you should look forward to using that moisturizer each morning and you should want to slather on that body butter after your shower – after all, isn’t self-care in the beauty and wellness space allowed to include joy, too?
In this article, we’re going to share some favorites we reach for when it comes to caring for the face & body. We’re sharing according to skin type so there really is something for everyone. Read on to learn more!
FACE & BODY CARE PRODUCTS FOR NORMAL/COMBINATION SKIN TYPES
Products that are formulated for those who identify as having normal or combination skin type are typically balanced and neutral in that they are not necessarily looking to target a specific condition or concern. They’re created to help encourage cleansed, hydrated skin that looks and feels healthy and well-behaved. A few of our favs below:
We’ve recently launched an oil cleanser, a first of its kind at Saje, as part of our Glow On skincare line. Let us just say, we cannot get enough! An oil cleanser is versatile in that it can be used as step one in a double cleanse routine, or it can be used standalone as your primary cleanser morning or night. It’s gentle on skin, tough on makeup and SPF and smells fresh, green and herbal thanks to one of its key ingredients, antioxidant-rich powerhouse parsley seed. You can also find sunflower oil, jojoba oil and sugar cane-derived squalane in the formula.
A body care product we’re fond of for normal or combination skin is the Liquid Sunshine bar soap. Unlike other bar soaps that can be drying, irritating or stripping to the skin, we’ve infused bright, cheerful essential oils of lemongrass and mandarin with richly moisturizing coconut oil for a cleansing and skin-softening bar that’s double milled, firmer than single milled conventional bar soap and formulated to be long-lasting.
FACE & BODY CARE PRODUCTS FOR SENSITIVE/REACTIVE SKIN TYPES
We created our Calm-O-Mile skincare line for people who are prone to redness, irritation and reactivity, all classic signs of sensitive skin. It’s a balancing act to create products that are still highly effective while also being mild and gentle on delicate skin, and we think we’ve struck the balance just right.
The Calm-O-Mile moisturizer is formulated with a series of base ingredients to help soothe dryness or redness, keep skin feeling hydrated and also offset any potential irritants during your skincare routine. Calendula is relieving and supports the production of collagen in the skin, apricot kernel oil is mild and well-tolerated as a dryness-quencher for most people, raspberry seed oil helps to fight free radicals and defend against environmental stressors and blue chamomile is chock full of antioxidants known to improve dryness and help reduce the appearance of redness.
For the body, we’re suggesting a product called Strong Balm that’s been formulated as a jack-of-all-trades; it can soften cuticles, promote growth and strengthen the lashes and nails, gently remove makeup and act as a nourishing lip balm. In short, there isn’t much this little jar of wonder can’t do, including ease dryness and itchiness on areas of the body like knees and elbows.
FACE & BODY CARE PRODUCTS FOR DRY/MATURE SKIN TYPES
If you identify as having dry or mature skin, it’s likely that you’re looking for rich, deep hydration – regularly. As we age, our skin begins to naturally produce less collagen, which is when you typically start to see the classic signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin caused by a loss of elasticity. Fortunately, there are many innovative plant-based ingredients that are highly effective at providing just the right nourishment to keep dry or mature skin looking and feeling firm, smooth and supple.
Our favorite product from the True Dew skincare line is the luxurious face oil. This oil has our highest number of carrier oils, carefully selected for their incredible properties in supporting skin health. Pomegranate oil is rich in vitamin C and helps promote regeneration, prickly pear seed oil contains skin-softening vitamins E & K, blueberry seed oil makes the skin look plump and firm and sea buckthorn extract is well-regarded for anti-aging benefits like hydration and promoting the formation of collagen.
As we age it’s not just the skin on our face and can become dehydrated. Oftentimes those of us who identify with having dry or mature skin are also in need of rich, nutritive hydration for the body. Our go-to hydrator post-bath or shower is Yoga body butter. Not only are we in love with the earthy, citrusy, herbal scent of essential oils like patchouli, orange, bergamot, cardamom and cedarwood, we’re obsessed with the deep level of hydration, softening and soothing we get from the base butters like mango seed, cocoa seed and shea.
FACE & BODY CARE PRODUCTS FOR OILY/ACNE PRONE SKIN
For those who identify as having oily or acne prone skin, it’s important to carefully select ingredients and products that are gentle and non-irritating so as not to disrupt the skin’s barrier and trigger over-oil production, which is one the ways that breakouts are caused. It’s a delicate balance to create products that are soothing to irritated and reactive skin while ensuring it also remains fresh, clean and hydrated.
We created our Claritea line of products to be a balance of ingredients that are astringent and moisturizing. They are clarifying and they are stabilizing. They provide the skin with vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs to feel calmed and restored while also helping to refine pores and reduce excess oil.
Claritea toner is a refreshing and deeply cleansing blend of liquid mineral salts to help remove lingering traces of dirt, oil and makeup and essential oils of tea tree, geranium, patchouli and juniper berry.
Claritea moisturizer is a mattifying moisturizer designed to smooth skin’s texture, stabilize oil production and keep skin feeling hydrated without irritation. We’ve blended mild and well-tolerated apricot kernel oil, antioxidant-rich raspberry seed oil and redness-busting shea butter with essential oils of lavender, bergamot, myrtle and patchouli for a go-to day and night facial moisturizer.
LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR INTRODUCING NEW FACE & BODY CARE PRODUCTS TO YOUR ROUTINE
If you’re new to the face and body care game, fear not! Though it can seem overwhelming at times, what’s important to remember is that adding products to a routine that makes sense for you is the one that will serve you best. Everyone has preferences and unique goals, so don’t get caught up in what you see and hear others purchasing and using. Here are some tips for getting started:
- Less is more. Yes, some people have 10-15 step face & body care routines. Is that necessary for everyone? Absolutely not. Like we said, people have different goals and aspirations, and we firmly believe that nailing the basics of a foundational routine matters most, and you can expand your assortment (if desired!) as time goes on.
- More expensive doesn’t always equal better. Don’t be fooled by brand names, fancy packaging and good marketing. A high price tag isn’t always better than a lower price tag, it just might mean you need to do your own research on ingredients, reviews and company reputation.
- Results take time. Unless you experience an actual reaction to a product like a rash or allergy, it’s our best suggestion to use a product all the way through to completion. When it comes to face & body care, you won’t see changes overnight. It takes time for your body to adjust and acclimate to new products and ingredients so be patient with them and allow time for the results you want to materialize.
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
— Anna Quindlen