Stripping back your skincare and beauty regimes to include natural products is the perfect way to treat your skin from the surface. The reason chemical-packed products appear to instantly transform the skin is because heavy acids and chemicals injure the top layer of the skin, forcing skin renewal by creating fresh new skin cells. While this can be wonderful if your skin is in dire need of a freshen up, too much cell renewal leads to thin, papery skin that can’t withstand the elements the way it should. Work with your skin and feed it what it needs by going back to basics with these natural beauty products.
Despite public perception that BBs provide sheer, fluid coverage, Jane Iredale’s BB Glow Time fuses full coverage with intense hydration. This base is a favourite amongst dermatologists as it can be applied immediately after a facial or peel without irritating sensitive skin, as well as containing SPF 25 sun protection.
Clay based products are praised by beauty lovers for their detoxifying and brightening properties. Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask draws impurities out from beneath the skin’s surface as well as gently exfoliating to promote cell renewal without any chemical-induced damage.
In the same way that harsh chemicals can cause the skin to overwork itself, they can have a detrimental effect on the hair. Mr Smith’s line of shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products have eradicated the chemicals and parabens that can permanently damage the hair, instead working to repair the hair naturally.
As its name would suggest, Weleda’s Skin Food is what we reach for when our skin is crying out for something rich- it feels indulgent, but is free from anything artificial. A rich cream with an almost balmy consistency, Skin Food is a favourite for counteracting the effects of a long haul flight, soothing dry skin and other ailments, as well as finding its way into our handbags as an oft-used hand and nail reviver.
You wouldn’t put chemicals into your body, so why would you risk having them sit on your lips? With a truly cult following, Karen Murrel’s lipsticks are as richly pigmented and long lasting as every high end and mainstream label we’ve tried- the difference? No preservatives, chemicals or animal testing.
This botanical elixir is another natural multitasker, perfect for oil-cleansing the skin (a method of removing makeup and grime without stripping the skin of its natural oils), as an overnight hydrating complex, as a bath soak or as a hair treatment.