We care about what we eat, what we drink and, more recently, there’s growing concern surrounding the air we breathe. And yet, when it comes to what we put on our skin, we seem to be well behind in prioritising products that are made from more natural ingredients.
Cosmetics and beauty products can be filled with chemicals, so if you’re the sort of person that tries to be health conscious, changing up your daily skincare routine is something well worth considering. Gone are the days where such choices signal you out as a raging hippy, with wellness bloggers and experts alike championing alternative, often paraban-free products. Making the switch is simply about being more aware, and about treating your skin as you would your stomach. After all, our skin is porous, and some product can penetrate all the way into our blood streams over time.
I was advised by my beautician that it’s often best to use products that all come from the same line, as different brands can react with one another in different ways. So I’m not suggesting that you use all of these products in tandem, I’m just pointing you in the direction towards the best natural products I’ve found so far. Slather one of these babies on and I promise you won’t ever want to go back to picking up a generic, chemical filled brand when hitting the Boots counter again.
REN Skincare Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
This fantastic detoxifying cleanser, made from French Kaolin Clay, purifies the skin whilst gently exfoliating to unclog blocked pores. It contains a mix of essential oils – chamomile, lavender and sage – which reduce and calm inflammation and also have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It has a super subtle sent and feels lovely on your skin. I was having a real problem with my skin when I began to use this, and since then it’s totally cleared up. I would highly recommend this product!
£19 for 150ml
REN Micropolish Cleanser (Exfoliator)
Once again, REN have seriously delivered. Unlike the clay cleanser the micropolish is only to be used once or twice or week, as it’s a little more intensive. It’s perfect for giving your face a good scrub, but unlike other exfoliators that can leave your skin all dry, this one gently cleanses and leaves your skin super soft. One of the key exfoliating ingredients here is an enzyme extracted from Mexican Papaya called papain, which makes your skin look bright and healthy. The microbeads are made from amber puff as opposed to pesky plastic, so you can use this product safe in the knowledge that it’s not harming you or the environment.
£20 for 150ml
Dr Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm for Lips
I discovered this product years ago in Space NK and have never looked back; it really is the best lip balm around. Made from 100% medical grade lanolin – a fatty substance found on sheep’s wool (ok, so I know that sounds a bit gross, but it’s actually used extensively in skin and beauty products and is totally natural) – this product is also really versatile. The name refers to the historical use of the formula by nursing mothers to soothe sensitive nipples, but it can also be used for dry skin, split ends, cracked heels, cuticles, scars- pretty much anywhere you need a bit of extra deep hydration. Literally everyone who tries this loves it.
£12 for 15ml
Neil’s Yard Rehydrating Rose Toner
This award winning toner is one of the best selling Neil’s Yard products and it’s easy to see why. It’s super subtle, meaning it’s great for sensitive skin, and it calms and cools a treat. The rose damask gives the product a delicate scent and beautifully primes your skin pre moisturiser. It’s made with 95% natural products and is vegan to boot. Just be careful with the bottle, as it’s quite easy to pour way too much onto your cotton wool!
£16 for 200ml
Origins ‘A Perfect World’ Antioxidant Moisturiser
I first came across this product when on the hunt for a daily moisturiser that contained the right anti-ageing properties for younger skin (I’m in my twenties and wanted to start using this type of product preventatively). White tea is a powerful antioxidant a fantastic anti-ageing ingredient and reenergises skin whilst rose oil rehydrates. As if that wasn’t enough, the cream is light, goes on like a dream and smells gorge.
£34 for 50ml
Weleda Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion
This product is fantastic for when you’re having a bout of bad skin, like when you’ve been to a festival, or when you’ve been lazy with make up removal. I would only use this once a day, as opposed to the recommended twice a day, as it is really quite strong. That being said, this bacteria buster is all-natural and encourages balance using chamomile, essential oils and biodynamic calendula.
£9.95 for 100ml
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Lotion
This gentle formula is made for sensitive, combination skin and is light and perfume free. Almond oil is rich in Vitamin E and is perfect for calming over-reactive skin. Whilst I like to use a thicker moisturiser in the evening, this lotion works really well in the morning as it’s not greasy at all so is great for under your make up.
£14.95 for 30ml
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
This serum has a seriously good reputation in the beauty biz. It uses a high- powered vitamin C complex to smoothen and protect against further damage from environmental aggressors. It’s absorbed instantly and is oil free, so it won’t make your face all greasy as other serums can tend to. The smell is fantastic and it really does refresh your skin beautifully. The product makes your complexion so glow-y that once tested you’ll never want to leave your wash bag without it again, despite the hefty price tag.
£78.50 for 50ml