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If you've been reading for some time, you know I'm a fan of healthy, natural skin and body-care products. Obviously I'm concerned about toxins going into the skin (since it is our largest organ, and absolutely absorbs what is put on it), but I also want to use products that are quality and actually perform! Transitioning to natural skin care can be tricky, and so I wanted to share my first-hand experience with you (some insight, and some of my mistakes!) so you can do this thing successfully too.
I've recently had the privilege of trying out some skincare products from Cheshire Fields Nature Inspired Skincare line.
Thank you to Michelle from Cheshire Fields for sending me some great products to try in exchange for my honest review!
A little bit of background on the Cheshire Fields brand and mission, which I'm sure will inspire you… 🙂 Here's a word from Michelle, the founder of Cheshire Fields:
“I strive to make products that make people feel good. All of my products are formulated using nature derived ingredients. Coming from nature the recipes I use enhance the well being of your mind, body, and spirit; naturally.
It is amazing how something as simple as smelling good can make you feel sensual or relaxed. I love the feeling I get when using and consuming things that are equally as good for my well being as they are for the environment.”
Tips for Transitioning to Natural Skin Care
(& a Review of Cheshire Fields Natural Skin Care Line)
I was able to try each of the products pictured above, and I wanted to briefly go over my thoughts about each one!
Made with a variety of 100% Organic oils, this makeup remover smells good enough to eat! I love the way this feels at the end of the evening when I'm practicing a little self-care and removing my makeup at the end of a long, hard day. Use with either some re-useable cotton swabs, or (what I personally do) use a damp, warmed washcloth to gently remove the oil and makeup remnants from your skin.
You could also use this oil as a moisturizer (just a dab!).
Okay, so I'll be honest, the first time I tried this, I wasn't so sure about it. I felt like it left a little bit of a film, which I was not a fan of. I reached out to Michelle who helped me through using this particular cleanser. I was so grateful for her insight and re-direction, ha! It actually has been a while since I'd used a cleanser like this, and part of it has been my skin adjusting, and on the other hand was total user error. I want to spare you my mistakes, so here's what I did…
Mistake #1: I used too much! I was using WAY too much of the cleanser… in retrospect I think I was trying to accomplish a foamy feel, but that's not how you use this cleanser! It's meant to be used as a honey/oil cleansing method, which is really different to traditional cleansers. It's much more gentle and nourishing to your skin.
Mistake #2: I wasn't patient. So, when using this method to cleanse your face, it takes time for your face to adjust. Traditional cleansing typically dries out your skin and creates a response from your glands to produce more oil. Because I hadn't been taking care of my skin the way I should have been, I had a bit of an adjustment period I needed to go through in order for my skin to learn that I wasn't going to strip it, so it didn't have to create so much oil to compensate for the damage I was doing! To help this transition a little easier I also used a soft cloth to remove any excess of the cleanser that I felt like was just too much. Game changer.
The way this cleanser smells is just straight up sweet and delicious. It's made with honey and also has geranium and grapefruit oils to promote a healthy balance to the skin! I'm a fan. 🙂
If you've never used raw apple cider vinegar as a toner before, you may be in for a surprise. Ha! The smell is typically a little pungent, but the essential oils in the Cheshire Fields toner balance it out to have a really pleasant smell! Not only that, this toner helps to restore proper pH to your skin after cleansing to avoid over drying and make it smoother.
Okay, this is one of my new favorite face-care products! I typically use either french green or bentonite clay blended with water or apple cider vinegar as a mask, but honestly, both of those feel like they're a bit too much to use weekly. Like I mentioned before, I've been guilty in the past of over-stripping my skin and not replacing nourishing moisture like I should!
Enter Cheshire Fields awesome exfoliant… it's just enough to remove dead skin cells (which can clog pores causing breakouts), and can double as a face mask! My skin feels so smooth after using this!
I know I just said the exfoliant was my favorite… but this is a really close call. For one thing, the Cheshire Fields face cream has grass-fed tallow (you KNOW how much I love tallow!)… and it's super nourishing.
Like the cleanser, I initially made the mistake of using too much… a Tiny amount goes a really long way. The smell is delicate with a faint floral scent. I've also used this on the back of my hands (perfect for winter dry-spells) and on dry patches on my arms… I prefer this to lotions, I feel like it provides a lasting softness and absorbs much more quickly. Love this stuff!
If you're ready to take the plunge into natural skin care, I highly recommend the Cheshire Fields products I've reviewed here. She also has other skin, hair, and home care products you should definitely check out. You can use coupon code SARAH15 at checkout to get 15% off of your purchase! Click Here to shop Cheshire Fields now.