#Clean Beauty: Natural Skin Care
We all know about clean eating, but now it's time to dish the dirt on the newest wellness obsession: Clean Beauty.
In the second segment of the #CleanBeauty series we are taking a deep dive into Natural Skin Care!
To see part one on hair care head over here
You thought you had moved on from the teen years of breakouts and oily skin, only to emerge into adulthood and face a second wind of acne. If you are struggling with the shock of wrinkles and pimples at the same time, just know: you are not alone. Adult acne is on the rise, with research showing 54% of women and 40% of men over the age of 25 experience adult acne.
Affecting the skins oil glands and hair follicles, the outward display of acne can highlight a deeper underlying issue such as chronic stress, dietary intolerances, hormonal imbalances or inflammation. FYI: Hormonal acne tends to be along the chin, jawbone or cheeks, and forms as deep cysts which are painful and sensitive to the touch.
Aside from being painful, adult acne can be distressing, causing dips in self esteem and leading to feeling as though you need to hide or cover your skin. It’s important to remember it isn’t vain to want clear skin, nor does it make you shallow for wanting to find a remedy!
Remember: If you feel as though there could be an underlying health issue causing outbreaks it is always best to see your functional doctor, alternative practitioner or GP to treat from the inside out.
The skin (our largest organ) absorbs a huge proportion of what it is exposed to via dermal-absorption. Yet most us don't even realise the disruption to our endocrine systems, health and wellbeing that the chemical laden ingredient list of most commercial skin care products is causing.
Enter the Clean Beauty Natural Skin Care products which have helped soothe, clear and nourish our skin – whilst fighting the good fight against both adult acne and the onset signs of ageing (hello, wrinkles...). All are derived from natural, nourishing ingredients, are cruelty free, and many are certified organic!
Revitalising Facial Scrub
This 'good for all skin types' gentle scrub is formulated from bamboo and ground walnut shells which gently exfoliate, whilst aloe vera and chamomile extracts soothe your skin. Add on the oils of rosehip, jojoba and sesame, which replenish moisture to the skin barrier, and you’ll have soft, fresh skin without causing any excess irritation or broken skin vessels from a more aggressive scrub. It’s great to use once or twice a week to help eliminate dead skin cells and reduce congested areas.
Qualifications: Sulphate & Paraben Free, 100% vegan, no animal testing, Australian made.
Foaming Facial Cleanser
This very gentle foam cleanser leaves your face feeling fresh without drying it out. Packed full of the cleansing ingredients of chamomile, aloe vera, witch hazel and green tea then matched with nourishing macademia and evening primrose oils, this cleanser will purify and balance your skin. It’s great for everyday use, morning and eve.
Qualifications: Sulphate and Paraben Free, 100% vegan, no animal testing, Australian made.
Blemish Cleansing Moisturiser
This is an absolute hero product to fight acne without adding in any harsh bleaches or benzyl peroxide – which are in most anti-acne topical treatments! Use as a cleanser onto slightly damp skin, and then leave on as a moisturiser to allow the benefits to fully soak into your dermal layers. Full of edible oils and anti-oxidants, this product also features Whey Protein and Milk Protein which provides fatty acids to both control the bacteria on the skin and increase the skins elasticity, whilst providing mega hydration. You might not see overnight results with this one – in fact, we noticed an initial purge period, which is a good sign of it working! – but long term results which gently help to reduce breakouts and protect the longterm health of your skin.
Qualifications: No Benzyl Peroxide or bleaches, pH Balanced, no animal testing.
Raspberry & Pomegranate Beauty Serum
This locally made, 100% organic oil provides deep nourishment from a formulated blend of precious oils, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients. Containing camellia, baobab, avocado, borage, rosehip, sea buckthorn and raspberry extracts, this enticing and nourishing oil protects your skin from the ageing effects of free radicals, helps to restore and build the skin's barrier and leaves you with healthy, glowing skin. It's great to use at night when you want a little extra hydration.
Qualifications: 100% certified organic, vegan, palm oil free, Made in Fremantle, WA.
This is a fast absorbing, lightweight oil that doesn’t leave you feeling sticky! The properties of 70% essential fatty acids and vitamins within the single [organic] ingredient oil help to soothe and hydrate the skin, whilst nourishing and reducing the signs of ageing. Rosehip is a great oil to use to reduce the appearance of scars, relieve redness and maintain healthy skin! This one is great to use in the morning and once absorbed will sit well under a tinted moisturiser or foundation.
Qualifications: 100% certified organic rosehip oil, preservative free, no animal testing.
Light Face Cream
This day cream ramps up your hydration levels for plump and fully nourished skin! Enrinched with a concentrated and balanced blend of antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids, including sea buckthorn, borage and chia seed, which are then mixed with the shea butter, jojoba and coconut oil this one is best for normal to dry skin. You really only need a TINY amount of product –at most half a pea size – which you pat onto gently moist skin to get the potent nutrition deep into the skin cells.
Qualifications: Preservative free, 100% certified organic, includes fair trade ingredients, no animal testing, Made in Fremantle, WA.
Botanical Kinetics Energising Eye Cream
If you’re looking for an eye cream that reduces puffiness and gives you the appearance of being wide awake – then this is the one for you! With licorice root, an ayurvedic ingredient that soothes, and coffee bean extracts to energise – this will combat those dark circles from one too many late night! Perfect for all skin types, it is lightweight and quickly absorbed so you can get on with your day.
Qualifications: 98% naturally derived, no animal testing. responsbile packaging & manufacturing: girst beauty company to use 100% wind power in its primary facility & packaging is 35% recyclable.
The Tinted Moisturizer
This mineral tinted moisturiser is lightweight and ultra-hydrating. Perfect for everyday use, it protects your face from damaging effects of the sun and replenishes the skin at the same time! Formulated with a mixture of hydrating oils and plant extracts that calm, soothe and nourish the skin, this blends in well and provides a sheer to medium coverage, with a soft focus finish.
Qualifications: Organic, SPF 15 UVA/UVB sun protection, vegan friendly, no animal testing.
Argile Rose Masque
Masks are an incredible treatment to indulge in a little bit of self-care! This Pink Clay mask is super gentle, making it perfect for sensitive or irritated skin. Created from two ingredients - pink clay and aqua, this is a super clean product that will treat your skin! The clay helps to balance the sebum levels of the skin, drawing out impurities, which also providing stimulating properties to bring out your natural glow. Best to use once or twice a week when you make time to unwind.
Qualifications: 100% Natural, sun dried, no artificial preservatives.