The Ultimate 9-Step Natural Skin Care Routine

Written by: Allison Taylor

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Time to read: 16 min

Chemical-based products that promise quick results are appealing in our society which values instant gratification. However, when it comes to something as precious as our bodies, the best, long-lasting approach is to care for our bodies the way nature intended - with the tools she so generously and intelligently provides.

Chemical vs Nature-Sourced Skincare

Many commercial skin care products contain chemicals that shortcut your way to a clearer complexion - at the expense of your long-term health.

Many widely used chemicals in beauty (such as petroleum, parabens, and phthalates) have been linked to diseases like:

  • Cancer
  • Reproductive issues
  • Hormone disruption
  • And other serious health problems - even after you’ve stopped using them.[1]

On the other hand, natural skin care products harness the power of plants and botanicals that work in harmony with our bodies, providing essential nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins that your body recognizes and assimilates as its own.

Drawn from personal experiences and underpinned by scientific research, this guide is gentle yet effective and enduring to help you become your most beautiful and radiant self - just as nature intended.

The Best Natural Skin Care Routine: A Step-By-Step Guide

Whether you have sensitive, dry, oily, acne-prone, or any other skin type - Le Prunier’s natural skin care routine is gentle yet powerful and effective for all. Here are the essential steps for a natural skin care routine that will leave your skin healthy, glowing, and deeply nourished.

Step 1: Nourish From Within

Purpose: To nourish and hydrate your skin from the inside out and increase the effectiveness of the products you use on your skin.

Details: Your skin is a reflection of your inner health.

Diet and lifestyle are often attributed to the root of many skin issues, and taking the time to nourish your body from within will work wonders.

California Dried Plums: The Ultimate Skin Superfood

a big harvest of plums

Plums, often overlooked, are one of the most nourishing foods for your skin. Why? Here are a few reasons:

  • Rich in skin-positive antioxidants and vitamin C that protect against free radicals and promote collagen production
  • Contains essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, and iron that nourish and hydrate your skin
  • Keeps blood sugar levels stable to prevent breakouts
  • One of the best foods for creating a healthy gut microbiome, which is essential for clear and radiant skin

Snacking on California dried plums - an antioxidant-packed superfood - is an easy way to achieve noticeably glowing and more youthful skin from within.

Instructions: If you're not doing it already, nourish yourself with a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins. 

Incorporate plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your meals. Snack on dried plums throughout the day (4-5 dried plums contain only 100 calories!). 

Stay hydrated by drinking enough water throughout the day (at least 8 glasses), limit your intake of processed foods, and get an adequate amount of sleep per night.

Step 2: Purify Your Skin with Oil Cleansing

Purpose: To gently cleanse your skin by dissolving impurities, dirt, clogged pores, and makeup without stripping it of its natural oils or disrupting its pH balance.

Frequency: Once or twice a day, depending on your skin type and needs.

Details: Traditional soap-based cleansers can be harsh and weaken the skin's natural barrier, especially if you have sensitive or dry skin.

Oil cleansing is a natural alternative that uses oils to dissolve impurities and nourish the skin at the same time. 

Contrary to popular belief, oil cleansing won't clog pores or make your skin oily - even if you have acne-prone or oily skin. 

Instead, it helps balance your skin's natural oils and leaves it nourished, soft, and supple.

Instructions: Choose a natural, antioxidant-filled oil such as our bioactive Plum Beauty Oil, rich in powerful polyphenols and omega fatty acids 6 and 9 which outperform common oils (such as argan, marula, and jojoba oil) by up to 8x.

Massage the mixture onto your face and neck in circular motions for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and gently pat dry with a clean towel.

Note: It's important to note that oil cleansing may take some time for some skin types to adjust, so don't be discouraged if you experience an initial period of breakouts or oiliness. Stick with it and you'll likely see improvements in your skin's texture, tone, and overall health.

Step 3: Exfoliate with Enzymes

Purpose: To remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and improve overall skin texture.

Frequency: 1-2 times a week for normal or combination skin, up to 3-4 times a week for oily or acne-prone skin.

Details: Over time, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, causing it to look dull and rough.

Enzymes are natural proteins that break down and dissolve dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother and brighter.

It's a gentle and effective way to remove these dead skin cells without harsh scrubbing (which leaves your skin vulnerable to damage and irritation, which can age your skin). It can also help regulate oil production and reduce the appearance of acne.

Instructions: Look for exfoliating products that contain fruit enzymes such as papaya, pineapple, or pumpkin. Apply a thin layer of the product onto clean, dry skin and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

As skin renews itself overnight, you should exfoliate your face in the evenings. This will also help to remove any makeup or impurities that have accumulated throughout the day.

Note: Avoid using enzyme exfoliators if you have sensitive or inflamed skin, as it may cause irritation. Consult a dermatologist before incorporating them into your skincare routine if you have any concerns.

Pro tip: 

Exfoliation can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Be sure to use a non-toxic sunscreen such as our 6x award-winning Plumscreen SPF 31 during the day.

It’s a 4-in-1:

  • Physical sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Makeup primer
  • Anti-aging skincare

Step 4: Tone with Herbal Infusions

Purpose: Helps to balance the skin's pH levels and prepare it for further product absorption.

Frequency: Daily. Can be applied multiple times per day to wake up and hydrate your skin.

Details: Skip the alcohol-based toners and use herbal infusions to soothe and balance your skin. 

Fresh, herbal-based toners offer benefits that store-bought toners simply can't match.

Herbal infusions not only help to balance the skin's pH levels but also provide added benefits such as calming inflammation, reducing redness, and providing antioxidants.

They are gentle enough for all skin types and can be used daily.

Instructions: Herbal infusions can be made by steeping dried herbs or flowers in filtered hot water and then allowing the mixture to cool.

When choosing herbs for your infusion, consider the specific needs of your skin.

For example, if you have acne-prone skin, you may want to use calendula or tea tree-infused water. If you have dry skin, try infusing rose petals or chamomile. Experiment with different herbs and see which ones work best for your skin.

dried flowers for tea

These infusions can be used in a variety of ways, such as adding them to a spray bottle and misting them onto your face or using them as a toner by applying them with your hands or a cotton pad.

You can store your herbal infusions in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze extras into ice cubes for later use or use them as a refreshing facial treatment on hot days.

Step 5: Indulge in Face Masks

Purpose: Target specific concerns such as dryness, clogged pores, acne, and dullness and provide deep nourishment for the skin.

Frequency: 1-2 times a week, 15-20 minutes in the evening.

Details: Face masks can elevate your skincare routine and provide targeted treatment for any specific concerns you may have.

Types of masks to try:

  • Sheet masks: These pre-soaked sheets are typically made from cotton or hydrogel and come in a variety of options for different skin concerns. 
  • Clay masks: Great for oily or acne-prone skin, clay masks can help absorb excess oil and unclog pores.
  • Gel masks: These hydrating masks are great for dry and dehydrated skin, as they provide a boost of moisture.
  • Exfoliating masks: For dull or congested skin, exfoliating masks can help remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother skin.
  • DIY masks: You can also create your own face masks using natural ingredients from your kitchen, such as raw honey, apple cider vinegar, essential oils, aloe vera, oats, and avocado.

Instructions: Face masks can be done at any time of the day, however, the evening is a great time to create a luxurious self-care ritual for yourself.

After cleansing and toning, apply your face mask to damp, clean skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

Step 6: Feed Your Skin with Hydrating Serums

Purpose: To nourish and hydrate the skin with natural, deep-penetrating ingredients. Serums are lightweight, concentrated formulas that can target specific skin concerns such as dryness, dullness, or fine lines.

Frequency: Daily.

Details: Serums are packed with potent ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin to deliver maximum hydration and nourishment. Look for organic serums with cold-pressed oils and antioxidants. such as Plum Beauty Oil. 

You can layer different serums for a customized treatment. For example, combine a hyaluronic acid serum with a vitamin C serum for extra hydration and brightening.

Instructions: When applying a serum, make sure to massage it into the skin gently with your fingertips. This will ensure that the product is fully absorbed and can work its magic on your skin.

Pro tip:

Adding 1 or 2 drops of Plum Beauty Oil when applying serums further enhances their absorption and efficacy

It also forms a barrier on the skin surface, locking in the beneficial ingredients of the serums and preventing them from immediately evaporating

Step 7: Seal with a Nourishing Moisturizer

Purpose: To add hydration and nutrients, leaving the skin soft, supple, and glowing.

Frequency: Daily.

Details: A good moisturizer is essential for any skincare routine. It helps to balance the skin's hydration levels and protect it from external factors such as pollution, wind, and dry air.

Look for moisturizers with natural, nourishing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera. Avoid heavy creams if you have acne-prone or oily skin.

For hot days, opt for lightweight gel or water-based moisturizers to prevent clogging pores and feeling heavy on the skin.

Instructions: When applying your moisturizer, take a small amount and warm it between your palms before gently pressing it onto your face in an upward motion. This will not only help with absorption but also stimulate blood flow for a healthy complexion.

Step 8: Nourish with Facial Oils

Purpose: To seal in moisture and provide essential nutrients and antioxidants to the skin.

Frequency: Daily.

Details: Facial oils are a must-have in any natural skincare routine. They lock in moisture, protect against pollutants, and provide a healthy glow. 

These plant-based oils are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that nourish the skin from within. They also help to lock in moisture and guard and maintain a healthy skin barrier.

When choosing a facial oil, look for:

cold-pressed

 organic 

 high antioxidant concentration

tinted glass bottles (this helps to protect the oils from sunlight and maintain their potency).

Most facial oils lack a high concentration of antioxidants that are essential for youthful, healthy skin.

Our cult-favorite Plum Beauty Oil is different – it's truly a powerhouse of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that results in visibly plump, luminous, and hydrated skin.

Only our Plum Beauty Oil is:

8x more powerful than argan oil

✓ 6x more powerful than marula oil

...Making it far more powerful than the top oils prized for their anti-aging capabilities.

Not only is each drop of Plum Beauty Oil more efficient and potent, but it's also non-comedogenic - making it suitable for every skin type.

Instructions: After applying your serums, take a few drops of your chosen facial oil and gently massage it onto your face in an upward motion. Allow the oil to fully absorb.

Step 9: Protect with Sunscreen

Purpose: To protect the skin from harmful UV rays and prevent premature aging.

Frequency: Daily, as the last step in your skincare routine.

Details: Sun protection isn't just for sunny days at the beach.

Sunscreen not only helps to prevent sunburns, but it also protects against premature aging, wrinkles, and dark spots caused by UV rays.

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with:

✓ an SPF of 30 or higher

✓ non-toxic, mineral-based formula

✓ non-nano zinc oxide

Our 6x award-winning Plumscreen SPF 31 is a powerhouse 4-in-1: 

  • Moisturizer
  • Makeup primer
  • Sun care
  • Highly potent anti-aging skincare

It’s dermatologist-approved and formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, which is the safest sunscreen ingredient for humans and coral reefs.

Unlike all other sunscreens, Plumscreen is:

✓ Lightweight

✓ Transparent

✓ Non-greasy

✓ Antioxidant-rich

✓ Feels more like a silky cream than a traditional sunscreen

★★★★★

"It smells like plums and feels more like a light face oil than a sunscreen, which makes it something I actually want to use on my skin each morning."

What Is Natural Skin Care?

Natural skin care refers to the use of products and techniques that are made with natural, plant-based ingredients, rather than harsh chemicals. These products are often free from parabens, sulfates, and other synthetic additives that can potentially irritate the skin.

The shift towards natural skincare has become increasingly popular in recent years as people become more conscious of what they put on their bodies. Many conventional skincare products contain ingredients that may have negative long-term effects on our health and the environment, making natural options a more attractive choice.

Benefits of Natural Skin Care

Using natural skin care products can provide numerous benefits for your skin and overall well-being. 

Truly natural skin care, as you will find in our highly acclaimed skincare line, should include:

  • Zero toxic chemicals: Many synthetic ingredients found in conventional skincare products have been linked to adverse health effects such as hormone disruption, allergies, and even cancer. Truly natural products use, plant-based ingredients that are gentle on the skin, compatible with your body, and free from harsh chemicals.
  • Better for sensitive skin: People with sensitive or reactive skin may find relief by switching to natural skincare. The absence of harsh chemicals can help reduce irritation, redness, and inflammation. Our award-winning Plum Beauty Oil is extremely potent but gentle enough for people with eczema.
  • Environmentally friendly: The production of synthetic chemicals can also harm the environment through pollution and waste. Natural skincare products are often made with sustainably sourced ingredients free from pesticides and minimal packaging, making them a more eco-friendly choice.
  • Nourishing for the skin: Natural ingredients such as plant oils, butters, and extracts contain essential vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients in their natural form that are much more easily absorbed and don’t cause irritation like synthetics.
  • Works in harmony with the body: Our skin is our largest organ and plays a vital role in protecting our body from external elements. Natural skincare products work in harmony with our skin's natural functions, allowing it to breathe, heal, and function correctly.
  • Long-term benefits: While synthetic products may offer short-term results, natural skincare focuses on nourishing and improving the health of your skin and your body in the long run. By using natural ingredients, you are giving your skin the resources it needs to maintain its health and radiance.
  • Versatility: Because of the holistically beneficial nature of natural skincare, products are often multi-functional, targeting a variety of skin issues and providing benefits beyond just skincare. 

For example, besides being an exceptionally antioxidant-rich face oil (containing more antioxidants than kale, blueberries, or spinach), Plum Beauty Oil can be used as a:

  • Skin moisturizer
  • Body oil
  • Serum booster
  • Makeup primer, cuticle strengthener
  • Hair oil (with hair loss-preventing properties)

Helpful Tips

  • Beware of Greenwashing: Greenwashing is when companies misleadingly market their products as natural or organic and use "green", eco-friendly packaging. However, their products contain synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients. Always read the ingredient list and research the brand before purchasing a product. 
  • Massage: Incorporate facial massage techniques such as gua sha into your routine to promote circulation and a healthy glow.
  • Use Clean, Non-Toxic Makeup: The makeup products you use on your face can also have a significant impact on your skin's health. Choose clean, non-toxic makeup that uses natural ingredients and avoids harsh chemicals.

Bonus Tip: Don't Forget About Your Body

While we often focus on our face when it comes to skincare, it's important to remember that our bodies deserve some love too.

Step 1: Dry Brushing

Try incorporating dry brushing into your routine to exfoliate dead skin and promote circulation.

Our Plumtox dry brush effectively removes dead skin cells and aids in detoxifying the body.

About the Plumtox dry brush:

  • Perfect size for home and travel
  • Soft but effective bristles
  • Sloughs away dead skin cells for resurfacing and luminosity
  • Energizes, restores and balances skin

Step 2: Body Lotion

Finish with a moisturizing body lotion rich in antioxidants for supple, hydrated skin.

We recommend Plumbody - a clean, velvety smooth, intensely hydrating, and intelligent body cream.

Plumbody is powered by Midnight Muir®, a rare patented plum extract exclusive to Le Prunier containing bioactives that are 18x more powerful than a standard plum extract containing Vitamin A.

This heroic body cream is clinically proven to plump, firm, smooth, and decrease fine lines while fighting free radicals to prevent skin aging. 

It’s even undergone rigorous testing and scientific review to receive the prestigious Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association - trusted by millions with eczema and sensitive skin.

Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association Logo

Conclusion

A natural skin care routine, in comparison to a chemical-based one, is not based on surface-level results. Instead, this routine can be extremely effective while supporting your body's natural rhythms and healing processes.

Using plants and ingredients from the earth as the foundation for your skincare routine is a testament to the wisdom of Mother Nature. Switching to a natural skincare routine is your pathway to achieving radiant, healthy skin – the kind that truly glows from within.

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Our Heritage

4 Generations. 3 Sisters. 1 Farm.

Welcome to Le Prunier, a skincare revolution rooted in a century-old family farming legacy. Since 1916, we've cultivated purple-red plums in Northern California, defining our heritage for four generations. In 1985, our commitment to sustainable, organic farming expanded globally with the discovery of the dried plum as the "Fruit of Life" in Western Asia. In 2014, we partnered with world-renowned labs to create our flagship product, Plum Beauty Oil, harnessing the skincare potential of our sun-drenched plums. With a 2,500-acre regenerative farm in Northern California, we practice herbicide-free cultivation and use 100% up-cycled plum kernels to eliminate waste. The Power Of Plum® is delivered through our patent-pending Plum Beauty Oil, cold-pressed on our farm. It's 6x more potent than Marula and 8x more robust than Argan oil against hydroxyl radicals.® Experience radiant, youthful skin with our fragrance-free, USDA Certified Organic Plum Beauty Oil. Our cruelty-free, clinically-tested products redefine beauty with simplicity.

Embrace the legacy and power of plums with Le Prunier - where Tradition Meets Innovation® for timeless beauty.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I take care of my face naturally?

Taking care of your face naturally involves using products and techniques that are made with plant-based ingredients. This can include cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, and serums that are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Additionally, incorporating a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as facial massage techniques into your routine can also promote healthy, glowing skin.

Is coffee good for the skin?

Stay away from coffee if you're hoping to achieve radiant, glowing skin. Caffeine can dehydrate and age the skin and cause inflammation, leading to a dull complexion.[2] Instead, opt for caffeine-free herbal teas or water to stay hydrated and nourish your skin from within.

How do I get glass skin?

Glass skin is a term used to describe a smooth, clear, and reflective complexion that gives off a dewy, almost translucent appearance. To achieve this look, it's important to focus on hydration and exfoliation in your skincare routine. This can include using gentle exfoliants, hydrating serums, and moisturizers, and incorporating facial massage techniques for improved circulation.

How can I take care of my face naturally?

  • Wash your face with a gentle, natural cleanser (oil cleansing) twice a day.
  • Exfoliate at least once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
  • Use a natural toner to balance the pH of your skin and remove any remaining impurities.
  • Apply a natural serum or facial oil to hydrate and nourish your skin.
  • Protect your skin from the sun by using a natural, mineral-based sunscreen.
  • Incorporate facial massage techniques into your routine to improve circulation and promote healthy, glowing skin.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables for essential vitamins and minerals that support skin health.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Get enough sleep and manage stress levels as these can affect your skin's appearance.
  • Use natural, non-toxic makeup and skincare products to avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the skin over time.

What is a holistic approach to skin care?

A holistic approach to skin care means taking into consideration all aspects of one's health and lifestyle that can impact the appearance and health of their skin. This includes not only external factors such as using nontoxic skincare products, but also internal factors like diet, sleep, exercise, stress levels, and overall wellness. By addressing these various areas, a holistic approach aims to improve the overall health and balance of the body, which can ultimately lead to clear, radiant skin.

References

  1. https://www.ewg.org/the-toxic-twelve-chemicals-and-contaminants-in-cosmetics
  2. https://www.westlakedermatology.com/blog/how-does-coffee-affect-the-skin/