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Get the Natural Look, Naturally

Do you want flawless, glowing skin without the help of makeup? Most of us do, but the problem is, skin can be difficult to understand. The good news? It doesn't have to be. Your skin is your biggest organ: It covers about 22 square feet of the human body. It has two main layers, the epidermis (outer) and the dermis (inner). The epidermis serves as your first line of defense from the elements. It's constantly shedding too:  We end up with a completely new outer layer about every 35 days. This process slows with aging, but is essential for cell regeneration (aka, healthy skin!) The dermis contains nerve endings, blood vessels, hair follicles, and sweat glands. Together, these two layers of our skin are vital for keeping us comfortable and protected. So how can we make sure they are in optimal condition?

Simple: Don't put products with toxic ingredients on your skin. Just like every organ, your skin needs to be cared for to perform at its best. Your skin battles enough pollution, weather, and environmental factors every day. It doesn't need anything else to worry about (aka toxic skincare products). When your skin is constantly bombarded by all these factors, it can get overwhelmed, resulting in acne, premature wrinkles, and a dull complexion (to name a few). To make matters worse, 60 percent of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream. That's why it's so important to nourish your skin with green glam skincare: high quality, organic products that don't sacrifice performance for the sake of being natural. Think of it as armor for your skin: By feeding your skin nourishing products, you are protecting it from further damage and enabling it to do its job better (and easier). In return, your skin will reward you with a healthy, dewy glow makeup artists can only artificially recreate: The "natural look", so to speak. This glow will mean one thing: Your skin is healthy, hydrated and ready to take on the day.

But it's so important to choose products that are truly all natural, that way your skin gets the best of the best. A lot of brands claim to use natural ingredients, but the term 'natural' is very rarely regulated. Unfortunately, this means there's still a very good chance that "all-natural" products are full of pore-clogging, toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. The only way to make sure you don't get fooled by green washed brands is to buy from a trusted organic skincare line that's high preforming.  We're proud to say almost all Honey Girl Organics products are USDA Organic Certified, meaning they contain 95 percent organic ingredients or more. There are absolutely no parabens, hormones, silicones, petroleum products, fillers, artificial preservatives, or other unnatural additives in our products.  The best part? They're super effective and guaranteed to give your skin the support it needs.

Which Honey Girl Organics products will help create your healthiest, most radiant skin? What order should you apply the products in to get the best results?  We decided to create a four-step guide showing you how to create the ultimate green glam routine. Here you'll learn which products to use, how often to use them, and what order you should be applying them in. If you follow this guide, we guarantee you will have glowing, dewy skin in no time.

Step 1: Cleanse

Start by cleansing your skin with our USDA certified organic Facial Cleanser and Makeup Remover. You may use this both morning and night, depending on how often you like to cleanse your skin. We recommend using it every night, at the very least. After all, it's important to remove any makeup you have on at night. Cleansing your skin will remove irritants from your pores and stimulate new cell growth. Our facial cleanser and makeup remover is super gentle and non-abrasive: It won't dry out your skin and can even be used on your eyes. It's great for all skin types and removes a quantity of things such as makeup, dirt, excess oils, and even fake eyelash glue. To cleanse, just massage a small amount onto moist face in circular motions, then wipe excess cream off with a damp washcloth. 

Step 2: Tone

As soon as you finish cleansing your face, apply our USDA certified organic Facial Toner. This toner will hydrate, invigorate, and moisturize your skin. It has gentle antiseptic properties that help combat wrinkles and puffiness, stimulating blood flow into the capillaries. It's also great for acne prone skin, as it clears the complexion and balances sebum production. To use, shake and then spray directly onto your face with closed eyes. You can also spray it onto a cotton ball and smooth gently onto the skin to remove any excess impurities you might have missed in step 1.

Step 3: Regenerate

Next up, apply our USDA certified organic HoneyGlow Regenerating Serum. Remember how we said earlier the epidermis is constantly shedding its layers to create new skin cells? This serum helps your epidermis do exactly that: It is a deep penetrating and highly absorbable serum that promotes cell regeneration and skin renewal. This makes your skin's job even easier, giving you a youthful glow that's completely natural. It also promotes collagen production, which plays a role in replacing and restoring dead skin cells, creating brighter, younger looking skin. To use, simply shake gently and apply under your eyes, surrounding area, and any dry or problem areas on the face, neck and décolletage. Allow it to absorb into the skin for 2 to 3 minutes before moving on to the next step. You can use this serum day or night, but we recommend using it at least once a day. Since this serum offers protection from the elements, we recommend putting it on before you leave the house so your skin has a little help doing what it does best: Protecting you! 

Step 4: Moisturize

Last but not least, finish your skincare routine with our best-selling (and USDA organic certified) Face and Eye Cream. This cream provides moisture and nutrition to the skin that brings out your natural glow. It's guaranteed to soften, repair, and hydrate your skin while providing protection from the elements. It's also great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and protects against premature aging. You don't need much for this cream to work: It's very concentrated, so a pea-sized amount goes a long way. Apply around your eyes, face, neck, and décolleté, then wait 2 –3 minutes to let it absorb. We recommend applying this in the day (before putting on makeup), so it can protect you from the elements all day long and give your skin a drink (and a break!). For night time, you can swap it out with our Night Cream, which will help you wake up to hydrated, younger looking skin.

Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with eco-friendly products, makeup, and the environment. The site features beauty product reviews, natural DIYs, healthy recipes, and more.