With the ever increasing variety of skincare and cosmetics products on offer, it’s easy to be swayed by glittering promises advertised by enchanting spokespeople. We’re all smart, intelligent humans, most of us alert to the half truths charaded within magazine pages or splattered over life-size billboards by winking supermodels airbrushed to an inch of their life. But despite our ability to understand the difference between irrational marketing ploys and realistic product claims, it’s impossible not to be somewhat influenced by products specifically marketed to “fix” precisely the things we think we need perfected.
When it comes to our skin, for example, women have long been targeted by the skincare and cosmetics industries- though in recent years has seen products for men marketed with just as much gusto. And on many levels, it makes sense. Our faces and our bodies physically and literally form our tangible connection to the world. If we feel like our faces are not of a “good enough” standard- we make various changes to try to improve it. Whether it’s acne, sun spots, wrinkles or scars, most of us have something we would like to change or refine, so that we feel like a better version of ourselves.
In the quest of self-improvement and perfection, science undoubtedly offers certain innovations in the field of skincare and cosmetics. However often our desire to erase the flawed attributes that plague us comes at a hefty cost. Because more often than not, beneath the shiny labels and lavish promises of invisible pores and porcelain complexions, swirls a toxic cocktail of hazardous ingredients.
Whilst our eyes may be now sufficiently trained to avoid products steeped in estrogen mimicking parabens, there are still a swampy sea of ingredients that are known to be harmful to our body’s largest organ, our skin. These common skincare ingredients found in face cleansers can include artificial fragrances, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and PEG compounds – all of which are known to be associated with allergies, dermatitis or have an immunotoxicity effect on the body.
And if you can’t pronounce an ingredient (and we don’t mean its elaborate latin counterpart), the rule of thumb should be to shy away from it. Today, science can thankfully tap into many of nature’s powerful cleansing properties and a significant branch of skincare market has adapted to provide consumers with effective products that do not endanger our health.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of most gentle, beneficial and safe 100% natural facial cleansers you should be on the lookout for:
This lovely Californian company produces some seriously amazing products. No synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins are used in their all vegan, all natural products. This deliciously scented foaming cleanser is antioxidant rich and is particularly great for sensitive skin.
More of a treatment cleanser than an every-day product, this all natural face mask benefits from organic raw cacao which is packed with antioxidants that absorb skin damaging free radicals contributing to uneven skin tone. An Australian based company with a quirky name and a wonderful dedication to producing cruelty free, natural products.
If you have oily or combination skin, this 100% natural cleanser could be your holy grail product. With Fare Trade certified ingredients, this gel cleanser both washes away makeup, dirt and oil while simultaneously treating your skin to Chlorella Growth Factor, which is clinically proven to protect collagen and elastin fibers from enzymes that destroy them.
With 46 years of rich holistic skincare research under its belt, the Dr. Hauschka brand has long been a pioneer in the field of natural skincare and cosmetics. Using natural raw ingredients and a biodynamic rhythmical manufacturing procedure, its cleansing products are gentle and pure.
If you suffer from dry skin and prefer a more moisturising, milky kind of cleaner, another option is this lovely lotion from Mukti. This Australian company utilises uniquely native ingredients such as macadamia oil and Kakadu Plum and Mountain Pepper Leaf extracts to aid in skin regeneration while leaving the skin fresh, supple and nourished.
Or why not try your hand at making your own natural cleansing concoction with one of these simple DIY facial cleanser recipes, available by the Natural Beauty Workshop for normal, oily, combination and dry/sensitive skin types.