The Ultimate 9-Step Natural Skin Care Routine
Time to read: 16 min
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
Plums, often overlooked, are one of the most nourishing foods for your skin. Why? Here are a few reasons:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purpose: To add hydration and nutrients, leaving the skin soft, supple, and glowing.
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.
Purpose: To seal in moisture and provide essential nutrients and antioxidants to the skin.
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:
✓ 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.
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:
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:
✓ Feels more like a silky cream than a traditional sunscreen
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.