The 3 most important skin-care swaps to make first if you’re going natural
Cleansers, Toners and Moisturizers Oh My!
We love the natural trend. The more we all learn about the ingredients in the products we use, the cleaner our lives become. The key to making a clean break to a more natural skin care regimen is finding the products you love!
For the cold winter season, we love our Supergoop! Forever Young Body Butter. Our skin can dry out easily and it's still so important to use sun protection throughout the year.
Also, don't forget your pucker! Our lips are so susceptible during the dry winter air, and we don't leave the house without our Organic, Vegan, BEING Lip Service!
For your facial routine, here are some favorite cleansers, toners and moisturizers from Well+Good to help you on your way to the natural and clean.
Why: Many cleansers contain harsh detergents like sulfates that can leave your skin dry without really doing much for it.
Sykes says that many familiar drugstore cleansers promise a deep cleanse or acne relief, yet their ingredients don’t live up to their claims. “They tend to contain harsh detergents, sulphates, and synthetic filler ingredients that actively irritate and weaken the skin over time, strip the skin of the natural moisture, and ultimately lead to more or new breakouts or a rashly, bumpy texture that looks like a breakout but is actually a skin reaction,” she says.
She advises you to stay away from “skin ravaging suds” such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, diethanolamine, monoethanolamine and triethanolamine, or triclosan as well as artificial fragrances and dyes. “This is one of the first and most important steps you can take towards seriously improving your skin,” says Sykes.
“If you love a drugstore standard like Cetaphil or are just afraid to try anything else for reactive or cranky skin, try Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk ($10) instead,” says Sykes. “This is anti-inflammatory and redness-relieving, has probiotics to help balance and clear, and plant stem cells to add antioxidant, anti-aging benefits.”
“One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil ($42) removes makeup effortlessly, helps turn blackheads into distant memories, and smells like a vacation,” she says. “Papaya and pumpkin enzymes break up dirt and debris, soften skin, and help clarify even the most sensitive breakout-prone skin.”
Why: They’re often full of alcohol and skin irritants.
Using the wrong toner can lead can throw off your skin’s pH, lead to breakouts, and create to an unbalanced skin foundation of oil to dryness, says Sykes, who sees toner over-use wreaking havoc on many a client.
“Ditch unnecessarily drying toners made with ingredients like alcohol and skin irritants like propylene glycol, dyes, and artificial fragrances,” she advises. “Instead, look for natural toner options that help balance the skin’s pH and give it extra support from soothing or clarifying botanicals and anti-aging antioxidants.”
“A perfect swap for anyone concerned with breakouts is apple cider vinegar-based S.W. Basics Toner, ($22). It uses natural salicylic acid from witch hazel to clarify, and it helps heal and prevent breakouts with antibacterial, sebum-balancing clary sage and sandalwood,” says Sykes.
“Perfect after a creamy cleanse, Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner ($34) is an anti-inflammatory tonic with rose, chamomile, and ginseng. It works to even out your skin tone, refine your pores, balance the skin’s pH, and help the next products in your routine penetrate more deeply for better results,” says Sykes.
Why: Many are loaded with filler ingredients like emulsifiers and texture enhancers that don’t do anything for your skin, or worse, they may act as hormone disruptors.
“The average moisturizer is very likely to contain fillers like propylene glycol, a skin irritant and potential hormone-disruptor, as well as acrylate plastics or nylon that create a smooth feel but don’t actually provide your skin with real hydration or nourishment,” says Sykes.
In this case, your moisturizer can actually contribute to redness, dry skin woes, breakouts, or a buildup of that plastic-y product residue in the pores, she says.
Which is why she makes the case for moisturizers with a natural base of aloe, plant oils, and butters, which “you’ll find your skin actually drinking in.” This is opposed to “sitting pretty on the surface and tricking your eyes or hands until the product is washed off,” according to Sykes.
“Buckler’s Daily Skin Repair Moisturizer ($42) is a lightweight refreshing moisturizer that soothes and cools the skin with aloe and mint, brightens with vitamin C, and has a touch of lactic acid to help keep combo to oily skin types balanced and clear,” says Sykes.
“I’ll say it, even the La Mer your mother swears by doesn’t hold a candle to Naturopathica Bio-Energy Lift Contouring Cream ($40),” she says. “This is a genuinely effective moisturizer designed to address the hyper-aging effects of city pollution and stress. With firming probiotics, nourishing sea flora like algae, and a remineralizing complex that restores glow to tired, depleted skin, it’s worth every penny and then some.”
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