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My Skincare Routine: Face Edition

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My Skincare Routine: Face Edition

Taking care of one of the largest detoxification organs on our bodies, our skin, is just as important as the care we show the delicate skin on our face. Today I’m going to share a highly requested topic for the Natural Beauty Series, My Skincare Routine: Face Edition! Overall my philosophy about make-up and what we put on our bodies is parallel to my food philosophy, the simpler the better. For me, it’s not just what I put on my skin, but purposeful techniques I do to my skin that all of you can incorporate as well to keep the integrity of your skin tight, toned, healthy, and radiant.

I’ve talked at length about the importance of using the right kinds of products on your skin and also in My Skincare Routine: Body Edition so please check back for some of those favorites and tips!


Facial Massage

This is a new discovery for me yet practiced for centuries especially in France, and I’m slightly hesitant to share my biggest beauty secret of all, but here it goes…massage your face. Just like I’m a huge believer in dry brushing as a way to improve skin tone and overall body health, facial massaging is just as great for the delicate skin on your face. Just like massaging, it will help increase blood flow, circulation, feels amazing, relaxes your facial muscles like no other, and I swear the next day my face looks and feels better. It can take as little as 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how much time you have to devote- I try to do this 2 times a week at night when I’m relaxing for 10-20 minutes depending on my mood, here’s how:

  1. The key to facial massage is having a good emollient for your face, oil based masks, cleansers, and moisturizers work the best.
  2. Start by warming the product on your fingertips and then starting from the top of your face, working down massage your skin and really get into the muscles here. You’re not giving your face a sweedish or deep tissue massage, it’s still gentle and incredibly effective.
  3. You can use any of these combinations of massaging moves or stick with one the entire time. I find that mixing it up helps: mini-circular motions, taps, scissors along your jawline and forehead, anything that feels good will help stimulate the vessels and drainage points for lymph.
  4. Since you’re using an oil based cleanser, you’ll need to take a warm washcloth to rinse the oil off your face. My favorites washcloths: Bamboosa Adult Washcloths, Fairface Washcloths, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Muslin Cloths, Dermalogica Ultimate Buffing Cloth.
  5. Your skin should be left feeling incredibly supple, radiant, smooth, and moisturized!
  6. Follow with next steps for hydrating your skin with serum or moisturizers

My favs: Watch Lisa Eldridge show you a full how-to tutorial on facial massaging, she’s amazing!

My fav products for this: Tata Harper Face Oil Cleanser | REN Purity Cleansing Balm



Just as with exfoliating the skin on our body. Exfoliation is incredibly important, I recommend starting with an exfoliation treatment once a week gradually building up to 2-3 times a week. Our skin is sensitive by nature and it’s important that we don’t overdue the exfoliation especially if you’re not used to it.




I like to keep all of my skincare incredibly simple, so I opt for cleansers that are gentle yet effective. This step can also include soaking in the tub with sea salts, which I LOVE doing and highly suggest ya’ll give it a try!

My favs: Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser



As much as rinsing with hot water feels good, it’s not necessarily great for our skin. My dermatologist has always told me, luke warm and cool water is best for keeping skin moisturized and supple, after doing this for years, I’ve noticed the difference!



These aren’t a must-have step, but I love spritzing my face with rose water or some other type of balancing toner before putting product on my face. It’s a great primer and prep step for your skin to absorb more of the ingredients- this is why having natural products and ingredients in your skincare is so important.

My favs: Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water | Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence | S.W Basics Toner



Serums aren’t a must have step, but after exfoliating your skin will really soak in anything else, so I love adding boosters! Whether serums are anti-aging, deeply moisturizing, balancing, or calming, they all can boost your skin in a simple step. I love using face oils and nutrient complexes more than anything else!

Odacite oils | Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil | Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex |Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil | Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream | Pai skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil



Okay I lied, this might actually be one of my favorite steps! If you’re skipping out on moisturizing your skin, you’re missing out on so much! Moisturizing with the right natural beauty products can leave your skin protected, feeling soft, healthy, radiant, and looking amazing.

My favs: Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer | Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF | Pai moisturizers, my favorite is the Perfect Balance for my skin tone.


Additional treatments that are fun to do on a weekly basis: face masks using Pai skincare | Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask |



I hope this was helpful to you all and you enjoy some of these truly amazing products that I’ve discovered this year- I’m so grateful for all these amazing companies bringing health and beauty together! Let me know if you have any questions! I already have so many to answer about natural beauty in my YouTube Q&A series, but keep them coming by emailing [email protected] Also, you may enjoy this app called Think Dirty and the Cosmetic Database to check how safe and natural your products are.

in other news…

I’m sure you’ve heard if you keep up and follow me on Instagram, but I’m in San Francisco for the next couple of weeks shooting my cookbook! It’s been such an amazing experience already and can’t do it without my amazing team supporting everything I’m doing and making it all come to life. I’m hosting a San Francisco meetup, Saturday the 16th at the Ferry’s Building Farmers Market at the Nana Joes Granola booth at 10am, I hope to see you there!

xx McKel

Share your thoughts

  • This is very helpful! It’s so important to take care of your skin through diet and fitness too!

  • Manu

    Great post
    I also love Pai skincare, especially the rosehip oil, the cleanser und the rosehip mask.
    Also Dr hauschka has great products

    Thanks for your interestings posts

  • What a well rounded routine !

    And you are really articulate when you write. Very beautifully written.

    I go on and off the face massage wagon. Reading this made me want to give myself one as i read the article.

    No sunscreen ? I get off my all natural boat for sunscreen and serum. I couldn’t find products that did the job as good as yet.

    I live in SFO. I hope you are loving the city. And you get to eat some good food.

    – Archana.

    • I do use sunscreen daily! I jump around with those brands so I don’t have a favorite I use. Hope this was helpful and thank you for the well-wishes in San Francisco! xx

  • Thanks for sharing you skin care tips! I always love to learn about new natural products out there.

  • michelle

    any recommendations for the best (organic, natural, clean/safe ingredients) drugstore or low cost products?

    • Maria

      I find province apothecary’s cleansing oil to be extremely affordable given the size of the bottle. I’ve been using it daily for over a year and I still have a third of a bottle left.

  • Love this! I am such a huge believer in facial massage. I have a little stone roller that helps with lymphatic drainage, relaxing muscles and promoting collagen production. One of my favourite beauty tools. Loving all the insta’s from SF!! So excited for the cookbook. xo

  • Maria

    I’ve been using muslin cloths for a while and I’m finding them very difficult to clean. I run them through the washing machine, but after a few uses they retain an oily residue and a funky, musty smell even after going through the laundry. Any tips for really getting them clean?

  • LH Nash

    Will you be doing a makeup series soon? I am trying to slowly but surely switch all my products to organic products and would love some ideas… love your blog!


  • Elizabeth

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I stopped using Obagi products at the beginning of this year and moved to all organic products + essential oils. Since that time my skin has had bad reactions and has been breaking out! I was considering switching to Tata Harper but someone recently recommended REN Skin Care. Have you ever heard of it or tried it? The ingredients are “natural” so not organic but there are decent reviews on their products. I’m curious about your expert opinion!

  • Brooke F.

    I have been looking for a good natural and safe facial exfoliant for ages now. What would you recommend?

    • I like Paula’s Choice exfoliants which are chemical based, other than that I just use baking soda!

  • Kimberly

    hi , would love to know what you know about natural products like coconut oil & baking soda! Great exfoliant and great on the pocket too!! Also did you share anything on organic natural make up yet? thanks!! 🙂

  • Mercy

    Hi! Thanks for your article! What exfoliating scrub do you recommend?

    • McKel Hill

      I like so many, Tata Harper, Fresh beauty are my favorites 😉


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