Why natural ingredients are the best ingredients for your skin
Taking care of your skin should be an important part of your daily routine. After all, clear skin is good sign for what’s happening a cellular level beneath the surface. But some cleansers can do more damage than good, by stripping away moisture that your skin so desperately needs.
Knowledge is power, so here are a few things to get clued up on before you purchase your next cleanser…
How to read the ingredients label on your cleanser
Even though we live in a society that largely protects us from false advertising claims and promises, as a consumer you still need to do your due diligence when it comes to what’s actually inside your cleanser bottle.
Some brands bulk up their products with preservatives and synthetic ingredients, but these can actually cause reactions with you skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Here are some ingredients that could be harmful to your skin even though they are extremely common in cosmetics and skincare products:
- Butyl Acetate
- Butylated Hydroxytoluene
- Coal Tar
- Cocamide DEA/Lauramide DEA
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Ethyl Acetate
- Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl)
- Propylene Glycol
- Sodium Laureth/Sodium Laurel Sulfate
If the ingredient’s label on your cleanser reads more like a warning label than a skin care label, then find a product that has these nourishing ingredients instead:
- Aloe Juice
- Coconut Milk
- Kakadu Plum
- Licorice Root Extract
- Natural oils (like Coconut, Jojoba and Olive),
- Shea Butter
- Stearic Acid
- Tea Tree
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Drying effects of soap and fragrances
Cleansers are meant to remove dirt and impurities from your skin, but unfortunately some formulations are likely to leave your face and body feeling dry and dehydrated.
To make sure all skin types – even the sensitive and dry – can benefit from a cleanser that not only removes impurities but penetrates the skin with naturally hydrating ingredients, we carefully selected a range of natural ingredients that work to cleanse and nourish gently. The combination of coconut oil, jojoba oil and coffee in our Gentle Cleanser ensures you get added hydration, while the coconut and fruit based natural soap (Cocoglucoside) ensures the cleanser is suitable for sensitive skin.
How often should you be cleansing?
As long as you’re using a cleanser that is natural and free of harsh chemicals, then it’s safe to use it on your skin at least twice a day. If you only have time or inclination for applying once, then at night to remove the day’s impurities is recommended.
As a side tip, did you know experts suggest applying cleanser with luke-warm water instead of hot or cold? This is due to the physiology of your cells beneath the skin. Too cold, and your cells could retract preventing you to absorb all the goodness, and too hot, your skin can dry out without you being aware of it.
For added nutrients into your skin, add some ultra hydrating Vitamin C Face Serum after you’ve cleansed.