Apr. 10. 2015
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of NS and Creator of The Method

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 Daily Skincare Routine: Body Edition! Overall my philosophy about makeup 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. The are practices that all of you can incorporate as well to keep the integrity of your skin tight, toned, healthy, and radiant. Perfect timing for flowy summer dresses and skirts, right?

What Your Skincare Routine Should Include

I’ve talked at length about the importance of using the right kinds of products on your skin, but for a little recap, remember that the most important factor of how our skin, hair, and nails look on the outside, is how we’re treating our bodies on the inside. This is affected by how nourishing our foods are, how we manage stress, how we move our bodies, and other lifestyle factors — these combined with natural skincare play a huge role in my beauty regimen.

Skin is one of our largest detoxification organs and if we’re constantly bombarding our skin and bloodstream with questionable ingredients like parabens, chemicals like BHA and formaldehyde amongst a long list of others, then we’re not allowing it to “breathe,” stay healthy, regenerate, and glow naturally. My goal is to share with you that you don’t need pricey chemical-laden serums, moisturizers, and the like to look your best on the outside! Nourishing your body from the inside out is the foundation, what we put on is the icing on the cake!

Now, as for my go-to products I use in my daily skincare routine, read on for the details.

My Favorite Skincare Products

1. Dry Brush

I love dry brushing. Dry brushing is by far my favorite part in my skincare routine because it’s yielded the most results long term! I started dry brushing daily back in college and have done so every morning before a shower. It only takes about 2 minutes but the benefits are incredible! I, like so many of us women have/had cellulite on the back of my thighs, which was incredibly irritating, but when I started dry brushing I noticed improvements in my skin tone and overtime no more cellulite (that of course coupled with increased muscle tone and composition).

Dry brushing also helps the integrity of our skin from the inside as well, it’s gentle enough to move our lymph and stimulate our circulation to bring oxygen to our skin, our muscles, collagen, and gently massages our connective tissue to keep our skin looking tight and toned. I promise it only takes a couple minutes and hope you find it as relaxing as the rest of your routines, here’s how:

  1. Start by mini-circular motions on the chest, above the heart stimulating the vessels and drainage points for lymph.
  2. Then go to bottom of your feet, gently brush in an upward stroke (towards your heart) with a natural fiber brush. Continue this sweeping motion until you’ve reached your hip then start on your other foot working your way up.
  3. Once you’ve reached your hip, gently brush in a circular motion on your tummy and chest, be gentle because this skin is much more delicate.
  4. Don’t forget to be brushing your back body as well, back of the thighs, your booty, and back in an upward movement.
  5. Then move to your hands and brush up towards your underarm, repeat on the other arm.
  6. Simple as that, you’re done

My faves: Natural fiber brush | Purest Palm Brush

2. Exfoliation Treatment

Exfoliation is incredibly important, I recommend starting with an exfoliation treatment once a week gradually building up to 2-3 times. 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 always recommend starting from your feet and working your way up the body, similarly with the dry brushing, to move your lymph in that direction. Also, I typically use circular motions when using an exfoliation treatment.

My faves: DIY Coffee ScrubS.W. Basics Body Scrub

3. Cleanser

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 you give it a try!

My faves: Dr. Bronners Castile Soap | Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak | Herbivore Botanicals Detox Dead Sea Salt Soak

4. Rinsing

We all know rinsing is important, but I recommend taking showers/baths with warm/hot water versus scolding hot. My rinse routine is to run the water fairly warm, then right as I’m finishing up rinse with cold water. I know, sounds crazy but it works! This not only reminds me of how one of my Russian friends in college had a baña routine of going for a steam then hopping in cold water but serves a similar purpose… to wake you up and your body up! It’s like a natural jolt of energy. Added bonus, my mother who’s a hairstylist has always told me to rinse your hair with ice cold water just before hopping out of the shower to close the cuticles and keep them shiny. WIN WIN.

My must-have: Filtered water shower head

5. Moisturizer

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 faves: Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil | Tata Harper Fortifying Body Lotion | organic coconut oil | Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Oil | Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish

Don’t Forget Your Feet and Hands!

Other products I love and that you might love too! Fig and Yarrow foot scrub, Fig and Yarrow Deodorant Lotion, HollyBeth Organics Lavender Hand Cream.

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.

xx McKel