With the start of the new year, many people are asking themselves how they can revamp their current routines to get their year off to the right start. Natural skincare is a great option if you are a skin care veteran or just learning the basic steps. Below are 5 tips for seeing if natural skincare is the best option for you.

1. Do I have any allergies?

It’s quite possible that you are allergic to common ingredients or additives in skincare and makeup products. While you may not have an allergic reaction that requires an Epipen, common signs of irritation include burning sensation, itchy skin or swelling or welling of the area where you applied said products. Always do a patch test for a new product to make sure you’re ok to place it all over your face or body.

2. Am I cleaning up my diet?

You may be surprised to see this question on the list, but if you’re making an active effort to clean up what goes into your body, you may want to consider what you’re putting on it. Our skin is our biggest organ! Consider updating your skincare routine if you’re actively changing what you eat.

3. Can I read all the ingredients on my bottles?

One perk of moving to natural skincare is that you’ll know everything that’s going into making that product. Natural skincare products also tend to contain fewer ingredients than their synthetic counterparts, which is a big plus when trying to figure out what’s on the label!

4. Will I save money on natural skincare products?

In my experience, I have found that natural skincare products tend to be cheaper as they aren’t loaded down with fillers and additional processing costs. Consider looking for a natural version of your favorite product that aims to have the same benefits to save some money!

5. Do I want to shop small?

I have some amazing smaller, local brands and shops that sell incredible natural products that have been more effective than the similar products sold by national retailers and big brands. Getting into natural skincare has made grow an affinity towards shopping small and it’s a trend I want to continue in the future.

Is natural skincare an interest to you? Let us know in the comments section below!

This guest post was written by Annsley Lucas. A lifestyle blogger at That’s Really Pretty